The National Association of Counties (NACo) in Washington, D.C., announces an opening for the Director of Research and Data Analytics within the Counties Futures Lab.
About the NACo Counties Futures Lab
The NACo Counties Future Lab brings together leading national experts to examine and forecast the trends, innovations and promises of county government with an eye toward positioning America's county leaders for success. Focusing on pressing local government issues — and grounded in research, data analytics and knowledge sharing — the Lab delivers reports, analyses and other actionable intelligence to a variety of venues in collaboration with corporate, academic and philanthropic thought leaders to promote the county government of the future.
About the Position
The NACo Lab is seeking a Director of Research and Data Analytics to promote NACo as a thought leader on top county issues and to ground the Lab’s policy research in high-quality data. The Director of Research and Data Analytics will be responsible for developing rigorous and applicable research studies and reports, for disseminating key information on the future of county governance and for ensuring the overall quality of the Lab’s data-driven research. The director will manage the Lab’s Analytics Team and technical assistance efforts, and collaborate on projects with other members of the Lab under the guidance of the Director of the Counties Futures Lab.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate strong, proactive, strategic thinking to align research products and other deliverables of the Analytics Team with NACo priorities. The director should possess exceptional communications skills, a natural ability for analysis and a proven track record of developing in-depth, data-driven research in collaboration with others while managing a team. This position will have overall responsibility for management, quality control and on-time delivery of Analytics Team projects, updates to NACo’s County Explorer tool and various other deliverables of the Counties Futures Lab.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities
Identify emerging trends on issues of interest to counties and design and launch new products based on these trends
Author and co-author NACo research reports and make research-based contributions to other NACo publications (e.g. case studies, advocacy briefs)
Act as lead for NACo’s County Explorer maintenance and coordinate functionality upgrades and dataset expansions; work on promoting its capabilities to different audiences
Supervise timelines and quality control of deliverables such as economic trend analyses, individualized county profiles for advocacy and communication purposes, estimates for policy research and analytics conducted for internal and external partners under the Counties Futures Lab brand
Represent NACo in meetings and at conferences as well as deliver presentations for both internal and external audiences on NACo and county issues
Oversee and provide direction to the Analytics Team within the Counties Futures Lab
Manage the budget for County Explorer and other analytics projects, review expenditures and allocate financial resources
Improve internal processes and systems with an eye toward future needs and budget realities
Participate in implementing the Counties Futures Lab’s fundraising strategy
Provide staff support for NACo advisory committees and affiliate organizations, as assigned
Other duties as assigned
A graduate or postgraduate degree in economics, public policy, public administration, political science or a related field; doctoral degree preferred
Minimum seven years of experience working in a public policy environment
High-level skills in statistical analysis and developing data trend reports, preferably in data journalism/policy/think-tank environment
Thorough knowledge of research methodology as well as high-level skills in developing and deciphering methodologies
Ability to create persuasive narratives and effective data visualizations for non-technical audiences
Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communications skills, including public speaking; experience presenting at conferences, conducting workshops and holding training sessions
Familiarity with data at different geographical levels, i.e. census block, census tract, county etc.
Project management skills; ability to manage multiple projects under pressure and deliver on time
Attention to detail, strong data analysis and ability to effectively communicate the results of data analysis to a non-technical audience
Experience managing a team
Comfortable command of coding tools such as STATA and R.
Willingness to travel domestically
Knowledge of county/local government structure and issues preferred, but not required
Persons interested in this position should submit a CV (including list of publications), short writing sample and cover letter with salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Employees of NACo enjoy a fun and challenging environment with a wide range of competitive benefits. Benefits include comprehensive medical, vision and dental insurance coverage; paid holidays and leave; transportation subsidy; tuition reimbursement; group life insurance; 401(k) match and pension plans; credit union membership; and short-term/long-term disability coverage.
NACo and its subsidiaries are equal opportunity employers. Our jobs are open to all applicants regardless of race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, disability, military status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.
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