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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Minimum of 3 years of experience.
- Knowledge of a variety of finance, planning, and urban economic
- Ability to be a self-starter and work independently.
- Ability to coordinate a variety of applied research and
- Strong research, writing, communications, and presentation
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Experience working with the leadership of metro-level
- Demonstrated knowledge of the unique business issues faced by
small business owners and entrepreneurs of color.
This position is classified as Exempt
with a grade of
$75,200 - $112,790. Offered salary is dependent
upon internal equity and the successful candidate’s competencies,
education, and experience.
Please review the
for some information on our benefits
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
Aug 10 2023 Eastern Daylight Time
Oct 15 2023 Eastern Daylight Time