Here are a few sample job advertisements for these types of roles:
- You would be responsible for in-depth research and forecasting for state and metropolitan economies and international economies; producing written analysis for our regional and international publications; and responding to client requests and inquiries.
- The work requires general spreadsheet analysis, computer programming for data transformation and estimation, collecting and interpreting data for clients, working with the senior staff on larger research and consulting projects, and contributing to our live commentary website.
- Bachelor’s degree in Economics.
- Excellent academic record, writing skills, and a strong proficiency in the use of computers and statistical/econometric software.
- The position requires a motivated, responsible person who can work well with others and independently of daily supervision and produce near copy-ready quality reports.
- Strong interpersonal skills are a must as Associate Economists will work directly with clients to produce scheduled customized products as well as to share their insights on the areas they will cover.
- Experience with quantitative analysis and creative thinking will contribute to the success of a candidate.
Job Duties and Responsibilities
- Collaborate with the VP of Consulting and team members to scope out, build, and deliver customized and standard reports that draw conclusions from data, surveys, and on-the-ground information from the communities we work in
- Write proposals for potential clients based on a description of client’s needs, client’s budget and availability of data
- Respond to RFPs, develop and write scopes of work, execute awarded proposals as project lead and manage client relationships
- Conduct quantitative analysis using labor market and economic data for client projects and external marketing/PR purposes
- Conduct virtual and on-site presentations for both small and large audiences
- Manage or co-manage scope, schedule, and budget of project
- Collaborate with team members to turn what you’re learning on projects into data and product innovation
Essential Functions, Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Bachelor’s degree in economics, public administration, business, data science, community planning, public policy, or equivalent
- Preferably 1-3 years’ experience working in economic development, workforce development, or as a consultant/researcher
- Strong analytical and technical skills and demonstrated ability to apply economic theory and statistical techniques
- Ability to write about and explain complex economic concepts in simple, concrete terms
- Ability to meet milestones while juggling multiple responsibilities and work with minimal supervision
- Desire and ability to travel for presentations, meetings, and focus groups
- Desire and ability to present virtually as required
- Keen business development sense and strong client relationship skills
- Strong proficiency with MS office (particularly Excel, Word, and PowerPoint) is required. Experience with Tableau is ideal. Additional skills in statistical modeling and programming applications are welcomed.
$58,070 – $159,286 a year
Starting salary: $58,070 – $159,286
Bachelor’s or master’s degree
Foreign language bonus eligible
About the Job
As an Economic Analyst at CIA, you’ll assess foreign economic, trade, and financial interests that affect U.S. security interests. Economists working in regional offices focus on a range of macroeconomic and microeconomic issues facing the country or region, while economists working transnational issues take a broader, global approach to these issues and deep dive into technical details. Analysts may assess illicit financial activities, including terrorist and criminal networks, money laundering, or foreign corruption.
Opportunities exist for foreign and domestic travel, language training, and analytic tradecraft and management training. You will have an opportunity to develop deep substantive expertise and participate in broadening assignments with other offices in the Agency and across the U.S. Government.
Who You’ll Work With
At the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), we recognize our Nation’s strength comes from the diversity of its people. People from a broad range of backgrounds and viewpoints work at CIA, and our diverse teams are the reason we can keep our country safe.
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What You’ll Get
Our benefits support every aspect of a working professional’s life, including health and wellness, time off, family, finances, and continuing education. Our programs include highly sought-after government health benefits, flexible schedules, sick leave, and childcare. In some cases, we also offer sign-on incentives and cover moving expenses if you relocate.
As a CIA employee, you’ll also get the satisfaction of knowing your work is part of something bigger than yourself. Our work is driven by one mission: to keep our Nation safe. Every day is an opportunity to enhance U.S. national security.
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Bachelor’s or master’s degree in one of the following fields or related studies:
At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4-point scale is preferred
Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills
Ability to meet the minimum requirements for joining CIA, including U.S. citizenship and a background investigation
Interest in international affairs
Awareness of U.S. national security interests
Foreign language capability
Strong verbal presentation skills
Demonstrated ability to write clear, concise text
Research experience in international affairs
Ability to work in a team environment
Interest in a career that requires regular writing assignments
$63,849 – $72,203 a year
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES: To be responsible for performing professional analysis and research of complex and critical issues impacting the state budget, regulation, or policy structures including, but not limited to, forecasting revenue and budget drivers such as program growth and/or enrollment, evaluating expenditures and investments; to perform cost-benefit analysis and research of a quantitative and qualitative nature used to develop state government policy and programs and evaluate their effect; to determine the impact of legislation proposed by the Governor and/or General Assembly; and to do related work as required. SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Works under the general supervision of a superior from whom assignments are received with latitude for the exercise of initiative and independent judgement; work is reviewed through conferences and reports upon completion for results obtained and for conformance to law, rules and regulations, instructions, objectives and departmental policies. SUPERVISION EXERCISED: Usually none, but interacts with administrative support staff and internal and external colleagues on a regular basis.
To be responsible for performing professional analysis and research of complex and critical issues impacting the state budget, regulation, or policy structures, including, but not limited to, forecasting revenue and budget drivers such as program growth and/or enrollment, evaluating expenditures and investments, analyzing the effect of policy and program changes. To perform cost-benefit analysis and research of a quantitative and qualitative nature used to develop state government policy and programs in the fields of policy and program evaluation and effect. To provide a high level of expertise in research design, analysis and data needed to examine issues, trends and program evaluations. To utilize econometric and other statistical methods to analyze and forecast revenue associated items and expenditure drivers and apply data analysis protocols to reach accurate conclusions. To interpret and apply policies, business practices, federal or state laws and regulations, etc. in performing policy analysis. To identify, analyze and estimate the impact, including the economic impact through the use of economic models, of changes in policy, business practices, program performance, federal or state laws and regulations, etc. to existing programs or the establishment of new programs. To estimate the impact on the state budget of program and policy changes and the impact of legislation proposed by the Governor and/or the General Assembly. To utilize research data in order to make recommendations to policy officials to improve existing programs, combine programs, utilize resources and determine the net impact and feasibility of such proposed changes. To write policy and position memos, technical reports or other documents based upon research, investigation or analysis. To present analysis results and make recommendations to policy officials with information necessary to make informed decisions and take appropriate action on specific state program operations, issues and policies. To develop recommendations designed to improve efficiency and effectiveness. To attend meetings with appropriate personnel to discuss recommendations and related implementation issues, as required. To do related work as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND CAPACITIES: A thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of policy analysis including policy development, coordination, economic analysis, cost-benefit analysis and implementation; a working knowledge of the organizational structures common in government and the functions of departments and agencies therein; a working knowledge of organization and management including public administration, governmental budgeting and program evaluation; a working knowledge of the role of outside interest groups in the formulation of policy; the ability to identify problem areas and to work independently in analyzing and evaluating complex statistical data; the ability to apply logic and analytical techniques to determine underlying principles, reasons, patterns, or facts associated with data and other information to draw conclusions; the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with state and municipal officials, superiors, subordinates and the public; the ability to prepare clear and concise objective analyses and recommendations; the ability to use statistical software in performing complex research and preparing conclusions; and related capacities and abilities. EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Education: Such as may have been gained through: possession of a Masters Degree from a college of recognized standing with specialization in Public or Business Administration, Economics, Statistics, Public Policy, or a closely related field; and Experience: Such as may have been gained through: performing review and analysis of policies and programs in a governmental, public affairs or business context. Or, any combination of education and experience that shall be substantially equivalent to the above education and experience.