Research Associate - Southern Colorado Economic Forum Director
College of Business
Position Number: 450194
Nature of Work
The Southern Colorado Economic Forum brings together local experts from the public, private, and academic sectors to report on economic and quality of life conditions in the Pikes Peak Region. Thought of by many as our region’s economic “State of the Union,” the Forum offers the community an annual snapshot of local economic activity and provides forecasts to help businesses plan for the upcoming year. The Forum also regularly publishes its electronic Quarterly Updates and Estimates which is sent out to the local business community. This cooperative effort is made possible through the partnerships developed between the Forum and its local business sponsors. This long-standing partnership between the academic and business communities has produced timely, accurate, and objective economic data to guide local businesses for over 15 years.
Economics, Urban and Regional Planning.
This position reports to the Dean of the College of Business.
This position may supervise one or more student employees.
Examples of Work Performed
Strategically set the direction of the Forum in the College of Business with the guidance of the Forum Business Partners
Establish short-run and long-run goals for the success and growth of the Forum and strategies to implement and achieve these goals.
Director is granted wide discretion in managing the activities of the Forum
Strategic plan and budgets must be fiscally sound and project at the minimum a breakeven for each year
The Southern Colorado Economic Forum receives a small base budget from the University. The remaining funding for the Forum comes from its external fundraising activities. The Director is expected to:
The primary responsibility for the position is research into the global, national and regional economy. As such, the person in the position will possess strong econometric, analytical and statistical skills typical of an individual trained at the PhD level. We anticipate Forum director will be qualified to serve as principal investigator on federal, state and local government or private grants. Further, the candidate is expected to contribute to the business community and the state of Colorado by conducting fee for service activities at the level requiring PhD training in the area of economics, urban and regional planning or related field.
Research and analyze global, national and local economic and quality of life information. The research requirement is expected to require a PhD level applicant in economics, urban and regional economics or related field.
Coordinate the annual Southern Colorado Economic Forum
Prepare and present approximately 30-40 customized presentations for various groups in the southern Colorado region.
Assist the Colorado Business Economic Outlook Forum in estimating the annual manufacturing report section and writing the southern Colorado report for their “around the state” summary.
Maintain and prepare annual budgets
Maintain weekly communication with media and be the resident economic expert and spokesperson for the College.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Source of Funding
Funding for this position is dependent on funds generated by candidate from fundraising, research grants and fee for service activities.
Successful Candidate must pass a background check to include license and educational verification, prior employment verification, sex offender registry check, criminal history, and credit history.
UCCS is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for prospective employees.
Equal Opportunity Employer
UCCS is an Equal Opportunity Employer and fosters equity in employment by promoting diversity and assuring inclusiveness. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants must apply through www.jobsatcu.com. Applications submitted through email or surface mail will not be considered. Your application should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a list of three references. The cover letter should document one’s qualifications for and interest in the position described in this announcement. For questions concerning this position, please contact Professor Tom Zwirlein at firstname.lastname@example.org. UCCS is committed to diversity; women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply for the position.
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