Reports to: Director of Research
The Research Associate will work independently and be a member of a team responsible for applied research projects that inform the allocation of resources, policy and practice. The Research Associate participates in the planning and implementation of research projects: prepares, analyzes and evaluates data using statistical software (SPSS); designs and produces maps using Geographic Information System (ArcGIS) software; and prepares documents, reports, briefs, charts, and graphs that describe and interpret findings.
One of America’s leading nonprofit community development financial institutions (CDFIs), IFF strengthens nonprofits and their communities through lending and real estate consulting that helps these organizations plan, finance, and build facilities that are critical to their success. Founded in 1988, IFF has total assets of more than $215 million and serves nonprofits working with low-income communities and special needs populations in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Missouri and Wisconsin. IFF has a staff of 58 and offices throughout the region.
The Research Department produces high-impact applied research to inform, guide and influence decision-making of state, regional, municipal and nonprofit organizations.
Staff contributes its extensive business experience with an unrivaled connection to the mission of IFF and the nonprofit clients it serves. IFF is looking for candidates with a commitment to the work it does and can demonstrate their creativity, detail-orientation, diligence, efficiency, enthusiasm, flexibility, organization, thoughtfulness, and sense of humor.
Responsibilities of the Position
Identifies, researches, compiles and evaluates datasets, background information and/or public policy relevant to applied research-consulting projects and IFF initiatives.
Presents findings visually, orally and in writing, as appropriate. Contributes visual and written materials to reports, publications and proposals
Assesses status of projects, identifies actual or potential problems with data or research projects, and facilitates solutions--in consultation with supervisor.
Responds professionally to feedback from clients, team members and management.
Participates on staff inter-departmental teams to complete multi-disciplinary research projects that provide solutions to internal IFF initiatives and to clients.
Maintains required job knowledge and skills and core professional competencies. Attends and participates in required educational programs and staff meetings. Develops and completes annual professional development plan--in consultation with supervisor.
Desired Skills and Experience
Experience: At least three years relevant experience in a research-related, economic or community development, public policy, nonprofit or government administration position preferred.
Special Knowledge & Skills: Demonstrated ability to analyze descriptive and inferential statistics, including demographic, healthcare, educational, housing or economic data.
Demonstrated experience using evaluation methodology and the application of research results in organizational decision making.
Demonstrated proficiency and experience in GIS (ArcGIS), Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and statistical software programs (SPSS, R, SAS).
Demonstrated knowledge and experience of research principles and applied research design.
Ability to communicate research findings visually, in writing and orally.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
Unusual Physical Requirements: Minimal regional travel may be required. Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.
Master’s Degree or Ph.D. preferred, in urban planning, public policy, economics or social sciences.
To apply, submit a cover letter, resume and qualifications to:
Chief Administrative Officer
One North LaSalle, Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60602
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