Research Manager

United States, North America
May 15, 2014
Faculty Jobs
Social Sciences, Economics
About The Unit: The Department of Economics is recognized as one of the world's leading economics departments. It is known for having more Nobel Prize laureates and John Bates Clark medalists in economics than any other University in the world.

Unit Job Summary: Research Manager: Reports to the Director of Energy Policy Institute of Chicago (EPIC). Manages project involving partnering with electric and natural gas utilities that run weatherization programs; implement randomized experiments to test what financial incentives and program modifications increase adoption of energy efficiency investments and measure the effects of these investments on energy usage. Solicit potential partners for collaboration and assessing their fit, and serve as the conduit for implementing the research by collaborating with various divisions of the partner organizations to develop and execute and oversee the implementation of the project. Ensure that partners' field staff adhere to the project design. Oversee a large data collection effort, which includes administering a major survey and combining utility bills with demographic information and administrative data from energy efficiency programs. Responsible for making decisions on how to implement a project that meet rigorous scientific standards while remaining feasible for the partners. Supervise research staff. Assist the Director of EPIC with special projects as needed and performs other duties as assigned. Travel to research sites in the United States required.

Unit Education: Doctoral degree in economics or public administration required.

Unit Experience: A minimum of five years of related experience required. Supervisory experience preferred.

Unit Job Function Competencies: Knowledge of the energy industry and energy efficiency programs in the United States required. Knowledge of scientific research and attention to detail required for rigorous science required. Knowledge of regulatory policies and procedures required. Ability to work very independently and a keen understanding of how research ideas should be translated into field research action items required. Excellent organizational and analytical skills with high-level of accuracy and sharp attention to detail required. Superior interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals and constituencies in a diverse professional environment required. Demonstrated excellence in written and verbal communication required. A high level of confidentiality and discretion required. Ability to effectively manage a heavy workload, competing priorities, and tight deadlines required. Ability to use appropriate resources and follow an issue through to resolution required.