The Washington DC Economic Partnership (WDCEP), a non-profit, public-private partnership that focuses on facilitating economic development on behalf of the District of Columbia has an immediate opening for a full-time Research Analyst.
WDCEP, through its business attraction and retention programs, promotes DC nationally and internationally to attract businesses and foster local entrepreneurs. WDCEP’s research plays an important role in helping the public and private sectors make informed investment decisions.
The Research Analyst (RA) is expected to be a leading resource and “knowledge broker” for the development and business climate throughout all of DC’s neighborhoods and commercial submarkets. The RA reports to the Senior Vice President (SVP).
The primary responsibilities of the RA are to maintain various datasets to in order to position WDCEP as an economic development resource to the public and private sector. In addition, this position will use this data to help market DC as an investment opportunity through various programs (e.g. data storytelling, website, maps, site location assistance).
The roll of the WDCEP is constantly evolving, therefore this work program is subject to change. The metrics listed under each item will carry great weight in how the position will be evaluated throughout the year and during any performance review.
1. Research & Maintain several datasets throughout the year
- Retail sites/opportunities
- New business openings
- DC rankings (or DC businesses that get ranked on national lists)
- Retail sites/opportunities will be maintained in Salesforce. While the number will fluctuate year-to-year, there is typically 200+ retail sites in the database that have been updated in the past 12 months
- New business openings will be maintained in Salesforce. While the number will fluctuate year-to-year, there is typically 200+ new additions each calendar year
- DC rankings: By the end of January, a full report will be provided to the SVP of all rankings that occurred in the previous calendar year
2. Business Assistance & Site location assistance
- Provide tailored business assistance and recommendations to prospective business owners and brokers
- Provide information (e.g. data, contacts, incentive info) to businesses, developers, investors, government officials who request it
- When applicable, represent the WDCEP and the District of Columbia at trade shows, conferences and meetings relating to retail attraction (e.g. ICSC)
- Assistance will be tracked in Salesforce (based on activities with contacts). While inquiries may vary from year-to-year, the RA should be providing at least 50 “assists” per year. The RA is expected to track the type of assist (e.g. data, contacts, sites). The RA will run weekly reports for the SVP.
- Site location assistance will be tracked in Salesforce (based on Opportunities). The RA will run quarterly reports for the SVP.
3. Resource Maps
- The RA will create an interactive map showcasing an “economic development” theme or dataset at least 4 times per year
- The RA will be responsible for the editorial calendar for the year
- Produce 4 maps (1 per quarter)
- At the end of each month the RA will produce a report listing the past 10 maps and their respective views
4. DC Neighborhood Profiles
- The RA will update the demographics each year for DC & neighborhoods
- The RA will update the Walkscore, Metrorail counts, Capital Bikeshare, traffic counts and any other dataset used for each neighborhood in the publication
- The RA will be responsible for contacting the appropriate representative (e.g. Main Street, BID, Office of Planning) for each neighborhood for updated information
- The RA will be responsible for flagging key metrics, data points and/or news items at a neighborhood level throughout the year that can be used in the profiles
- Updated demographic info for each neighborhood and DC as soon as Esri provides updates (typically by the fall)
- Updated Metrorail counts, traffic counts, Walkscore data and Capital Bikeshare by end of December.
- Collection of “clippings”, by neighborhood
5. DC Development Report
- The RA will assist the SVP in data collection and production of this publication. This work may include, but not limited to, contacting developers, architects, general contractors or other companies involved in a development project, taking photographs and/or proofreading the publication.
- Outreach to 200+ contacts requesting updates to their respective projects, with a response rate of 100+
6. WDCEP Board Meetings
- The RA will collect “news clippings” or major announcements/milestones for WDCEP board members and/or their companies.
- The RA may be asked to attend conferences such as ICSC to help promote DC & WDCEP to the business community.
- ICSC New York: December (New York, NY)
- ICSC Mid-Atlantic: February or March (Washington, DC area)
- ICSC RECon: May (Las Vegas)
8. Economic Development Research
- Consolidate & maintain information from Census, ACS, DC State Data Center, DC Office of Research & Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, amongst other data sources
- Create visualization of this data to promote DC as a business destination
- Analyze WDCEP data such as vacant retail space, business openings & closings, future development
- Maintain WDCEP’s datahub and other webpages that contain data.
9. General WDCEP Support
- Assist WDCEP staff with their work programs and training on software when needed
- Assist WDCEP staff with events
- Assist WDCEP staff with office operational needs (e.g. moving table/chairs for events, working front desk, submitting timesheets & expense reports)
- Distribute WDCEP publications to partners and government agencies
- Other duties assigned by the President or immediate supervisor
The Research Analyst will report directly to the Senior Vice President.
Analytics, GIS (preferably Esri), Salesforce, Microsoft Office, public speaking
Relevant experience and/or undergraduate degree from an accredited institution (preferred degree focus in economics, business, urban and regional planning, or data analysis).
- Competitive pay based on experience + benefits (e.g. health, dental, 401k, life, gym membership)
To apply: please email your cover letter and resume to the Manager of Operations, Jonathon Koudelka.
This job description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of all the responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with the position. While it is intended to accurately reflect the position activities and requirements, management reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties and assign other duties as necessary. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.