Research Officer

  • Drexel University
  • Aug 10, 2023
Full time Financial Other Research

Job Description

Job Summary

The Nowak Metro Finance Lab at the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation is seeking qualified candidates for a Research Officer position, who will study national models for urban transformation at the federal, state, and local levels—and the public, private, and civic investments and innovations driving them—in order to capture and codify their financing, governance and operating structures. Research findings are published via reports, case studies and newsletters, and shared with our national network of reflective practitioners to adopt and adapt for inclusive, equitable, long-term growth.

Essential Functions

  • Perform original research and data analysis to develop strategies related to increasing minority business ownership and entrepreneurship, inclusive growth in historically socio-economically distressed areas, anchor institutions and their relationships to advancing equitable neighborhood development, and deployment of public, private, and non-profit assets to achieve those goals.
  • Analyze and synthesize research findings into draft memos, white papers, and reports.
  • Work with the Lindy Institute staff to coordinate graphic design efforts for report products.
  • Communicate and coordinate with internal staff and external stakeholders via email and phone to ensure deliverable timelines and expectations are met.
  • Other related duties as necessary.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Master’s degree or Real Estate Finance, Public Finance, City/Regional Planning, Urban Strategy, Business Administration, Public Policy, Public Health, or other allied field.
  • Minimum of 3 years of experience.
  • Knowledge of a variety of finance, planning, and urban economic policy issues.
  • Ability to be a self-starter and work independently.
  • Ability to coordinate a variety of applied research and engagement projects.
  • Strong research, writing, communications, and presentation design skills.
  • Strong outreach and engagement skills.
  • Ability to be a creative thinking, problem solver and quickly assess all aspects of a public policy issue, find gaps, and source solutions.
  • Ability to understand the strengths and weaknesses of different methods of quantitative data analysis.
  • Ability to synthesize various research findings into policy-relevant decision memos for public, private, and nonprofit leaders in a clear and digestible format.
  • Must be authorized to work in the US.
  • Ability to travel domestically.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience analyzing quantitative data and using tools such as ArcGIS, R, SPSS and/or SAS. 
  • Knowledge of federal and local policy landscape, and how the two interact.
  • Experience working with the leadership of metro-level public-private partnerships.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the unique business issues faced by small business owners and entrepreneurs of color.



Additional Information

This position is classified as Exempt with a grade of M, $75,200 - $112,790. Offered salary is dependent upon internal equity and the successful candidate’s competencies, education, and experience.

Please review the Benefits Brochure for some information on our benefits offerings.

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applicants will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.