Economist/Economic Analyst

Points Consulting | Chicago, IL, United States

Posted Date 10/12/2021

This position could either be full-time or part-time, depending on candidates’ availability. The right part-time candidate may eventually be transitioned to a full-time role. Remote work may be an option in the long-term but the worker must commit to working side-by-side with the supervisor for a period of 6-months to 1 year. Specific hours of work can be negotiated but will need to remain on a predictable weekly schedule.

Points Consulting (PC) is looking for an economist to assist with a variety of research tasks on our consulting projects for clients in the fields of higher education, economic development, workforce development and real estate analytics. Tasks could include each of the following:

  • Accessing socioeconomic and real estate data from a variety of government and proprietary databases
  • Cleaning, formatting, and manipulating data into tables and charts appropriate for presentation to clients
  • Producing narrative summary and conclusions based on data collected
  • Reading and acquiring key information from a variety of documents focused on strategic and comprehensive planning, planning and zoning, and related topics
  • Conducting and taking notes during qualitative data gathering activities (i.e.: in-depth interviews, focus groups, etc.)
  • Developing slide decks for communicating with external audiences
  • Conducting web-based research on a variety of community/economic development and real estate topics and trends and summarizing research for inclusion in research reports
  • Assist supervisor and subcontractors in developing economic models, estimates and forecasts

PC is looking for somebody with demonstrable experience with economic analysis and an ingrained desire to understand economic and social issues deeply. Both relevant education and work experience are applicable to this consideration.

Relevant qualifications include:

  • Highly proficient with MS office products, particularly Excel, Word and Power Point
  • Experience finding and analyzing socioeconomic data from government websites (e.g.: Census, BLS, BEA, etc.)
  • Equivalent to an undergraduate level understanding of statistics and economics
  • Ability to write in a whimsical and engaging fashion
  • A pleasant disposition and comfort interacting with people from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds
  • Bonus: experience with any of the following software tools: STATA, SPSS, R, and Tableau
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