Senior Economic and Statistical Analyst

$77,362.48 - $128,937.12 yr
Jul 31, 2017
Aug 22, 2017
Full Time

Serves as the principle demographic, economic and statistical research methodologist; manages quantitative, economic, demographic, and statistical research and special analyses that provide data for policy decisions, strategic planning, and decision-making; develops, reviews, and approves statistical processes, project methodologies and final products. Supervises senior-level professional, technical, and contract staff engaged in quantitative research, data analysis, information management and survey research. Prepares or supervises the preparation of research and analyses to support countywide need for land use, demographic, social and economic information. Manages and designs all aspects of research and analyses processes to include problem definition; research design; primary and secondary data collection; data analysis; and report writing; including both primary and secondary research studies. Develops, utilizes, updates and documents complex computerized models, databases, methodologies and statistical tools for obtaining, analyzing and creating land use, demographic, social and economic information and forecasts. Supports Decennial Census local partnership programs such as LUCA, PSAP and redistricting. Utilizes advanced software such as SAS, Microsoft Power BI and ArcGIS spatial analysis and statistics tools to analyze and summarize information. Considers the uses and potential uses by multiple clients to determine the appropriate information needed as well as the appropriate formats for disseminating data (i.e. reports, statistical tables, graphics, maps, Internet products, and databases). Designs and develops materials and approaches for disseminating conclusions and products to decision-makers, planners and the public. Trouble- shoots and provides solutions for solving administrative and methodological problems that cannot be solved by others. Mentors and manages the professional development of technical staff employed in research and determines skill levels and staff resources needed to perform assignments and to meet department and county strategic missions and goals. Recruits, selects, and monitors contractual staff performing economic, demographic, and statistical research activities for Fairfax County. Serves as senior advisor on matters of research, data analysis, information management and survey research to County Executive, deputy county executives, the chief financial officer, department heads and the deputy directors of Management and Budget. Provides guidance, support and quality assurance oversight to county staff, senior management, elected officials, and boards and authorities on matters related to quantitative analysis and research methodology. Works with county's legislative liaison, county attorneys, senior management, and elected officials to provide economic, demographic, and statistical information and analyses, and to review and critique assumptions and methodologies in studies developed by state and federal government agencies and other organizations that impact Fairfax County. Assists residents, businesses, county staff, agencies, boards and authorities, multi-agency teams and senior management in the interpretation of quantitative research, analysis, and data. Analyzes the demographic and economic effects and impacts or policy decisions. Represents county at both inter- and intra-jurisdictional meetings, task forces, and hearings, as required. Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local legal requirements relative to research practice and handling confidential data from the U.S. Bureau of the Census, Fairfax County departments, and/ or obtained during research studies. Ensures effective and appropriate use of economic, demographic, and statistical data. Presents advanced demographic, economic, and statistical concepts and information in a clear and meaningful manner to a wide variety of audiences including citizens, county staff, senior managers, elected officials, and the media. Establishes strategic goals and directions for the economic, demographic, and statistical research function and ensures compliance with department and county visions and goals. Under the direction of the Management and Budget director or deputy director.

Please note that as part of the selection process, candidates may be asked to complete a written exercise and provide work samples.

Illustrative Duties
  • Manages, professional, technical and contract staff responsible for conducting quantitative, economic and demographic research and special analysis used for policy decisions, strategic initiatives, and decision-making;
  • Manages the allocation of staff and other resources among projects and research studies;
  • Mentors staff and manages their professional development;
  • Monitors multiple project completion schedules;
  • Reviews and approves statistical processes, project methodologies and final products;
  • Ensures quality and accuracy of final publications and products;
  • Conducts complex quantitative analyses and develops models in the areas of economics, demographics, statistics and survey research using advanced statistical techniques and computer programming languages;
  • Reviews and approves statistical processes, project methodologies and final products to ensure the appropriate legal, ethical, statistical and quantitative analysis procedures are followed;
  • Provides guidance, support and quality assurance oversight to other County agencies on matters related to quantitative analysis and research methodology;
  • Provides support to local elected officials and senior County management on issues of demographic and economic forecasting and quantitative methodology;
  • Prepares, submits and monitors economic and demographic research budget and training requests for staff.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
  • Considerable knowledge of the principles, theories, and best practices of economic, demographic and statistical analysis and research;
  • Advanced knowledge of economic, demographic and statistical data and research practices of federal, state and local government;
  • Ability to plan and coordinate the work of assigned staff, including making equitable assignments and assuring that deadlines are met;
  • Ability to evaluate the work performance of the assigned staff;
  • Ability to provide coaching and guidance, and development planning for employees;
  • Ability to track and monitor multiple projects;
  • Ability to present complex information to agency management, senior County management and elected officials in a clear, concise manner. Ability to perform quantitative analysis and economic and demographic forecasting.
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to: graduation from an accredited college or university with a master's degree in economics, mathematics, survey design, statistics, or a related field; plus six years of professional work experience in research or quantitative analysis, modeling and forecasting, economics, demographics, statistics or policy analysis.

The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.

Master's degree in a related field. Senior-level knowledge of demographic and economic research techniques and experience working with large, complex relational databases. Knowledge of census databases, tools and techniques for extracting census data, and the appropriate statistical techniques for compiling and employing these data. Significant demonstrated experience in quantitative research, and demographic and economic analysis involving managing, synthesizing and using information in various formats. Ability to write clearly, synthesize complex information, and present findings to audiences without technical backgrounds. Significant demonstrated experience using and developing analyses employing SAS, ArcGIS, and Microsoft Power BI or other data visualization products.PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Job is generally sedentary in nature; however, employee must be sufficiently mobile to attend meetings and make presentations. Employee may be required to lift and carry up to 15 pounds. Incumbent must be able to operate keyboard driven equipment. Visual acuity is required to read data on a computer monitor and in printed format. Duties can be performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include written or analytical exercise. As part of the selection process, candidates may be asked to complete a written exercise and provide work samples.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 711. EEO/AA/TTY.

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