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Research Associate

Job description

Statement of Duties and Responsibilities:

Implements and develops research projects undertaken by the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness in five main areas: Business and Economic Development, Education, Public Health, Natural Resource Management and Urban Planning.

Reviews availability, relevance and quality of data in each and all jurisdictions included in the PdN region (west Texas, Southern New Mexico and Northern Chihuahua).

Collects quantitative and qualitative data by implementing various methods (surveys, interviews, focus groups, case studies) depending on the variables to be measured.

Analyzes and interprets economic, financial and statistical data.

Assists the production of regional trans-boundary indicators.

Maintains regional economic indicators’ databases up-to-date.

Identifies economic challenges facing the PdN region and proposes alternatives towards sustainable economic development.

Prepares reports and PowerPoint presentations to provide preliminary and final feedback of the analysis conducted to internal and external audiences.

Conducts research in resolutions, ordinances, statutes and federal laws from all the jurisdictions (in Mexico and the U.S.) included in the PdN region.

Assists the Program manager in maintaining and updating existing databases of available reports, scholarly and professional analyses in the area regional economic development.

Maintains periodic communication with the Hunt Institute’s Executive Director and Program Manager.

Contributes to the implementation of the Hunt Institute’s goals and objectives accordingly to the University’s policies and procedures.

Participates in academic economic conferences, symposia and other related events of interest to the Hunt Institute or Global competitiveness.

Knowledge of all Microsoft Office software and able to learn and use institutional software systems.

Complies with all State and University policies.

Other duties may be assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's objectives, policies and applicable laws.

Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

Minimum Education required:                Master’s Degree.

Minimum Experience required:             Three years of related experience and/or training to the essential duties and responsibilities; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Occasional traveling required. Knowledge of statistical concepts and methods and their application to research analysis, of measurement, testing, and evaluation, and of research methods, principles, techniques, and philosophies.  Skilled in conducting qualitative and quantitative research and in using computers, software, and statistical tools and programs.  Ability to plan, organize, and oversee research projects, evaluate research data, ensure the development of measuring instruments with respect to reliability, relevance, and validity, interpret and publish research findings, and communicate effectively.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master's Degree in Economics, Finance or other related area

Bilingual in English and Spanish

Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; sit, use hands to feel; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee must regularly lift and move up to 35 pounds. Special vision requirements include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

EO/AA Statement  

 The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or sexual orientation in employment or the provision of services.




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Job No:
Posted: 5/11/2018
Application Due: 5/30/2018
Work Type:
Salary: $60,000