University of Colorado, Southern Colorado Economic Forum Director, College of Business; on-going submission

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Research Associate - Southern Colorado Economic Forum Director
College of Business
1306/Research Associate
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.

Professional Field

Economics, Urban and Regional Planning.

Supervision Received

This position reports to the Dean of the College of Business.

Supervision Exercised

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:

  • Maintain funding by meeting regularly with Forum partners
  • Solicit continued partnerships and sponsorships
  • Call prospective and existing partners to solicit new and renewing sponsorships
  • Work with the CU Foundation on sponsorships
  • Prepare proposals for funded research projects as opportunities arise and complete required work and analysis for accepted proposals.

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.

  • Use econometric, statistical and quantitative skills to address questions in any awarded funded grant or fee for service activities
  • Maintain a data base of economic and quality of life indicators
  • Develop appropriate economic and quality of life metric to analyze the regional economy
  • Research and analyze economic and quality of life information in order to assess the health of the local and regional economy
  • Write, edit and publish the annual Southern Colorado Economic Forum report
  • Collect and analyze economic information in order to write the Quarterly Updates and Estimates (QUE) report
  • Develop a reputation as the “regional expert” on all issues related to the economy and the quality of life in the southern Colorado region. Use this reputation as a springboard to obtain funded research opportunities to advance the prestige and influence of the Forum in the community.

Coordinate the annual Southern Colorado Economic Forum

  • Plan marketing activities including brochure development and mailing list
  • Contract with local vendors
  • Identify and schedule speakers and panelists
  • Coordinate the development and maintenance of the Forum’s website
  • Take partner registrations
  • Present results of research on the local economy
  • Hold regular meetings with Forum partners to plan the annual Forum
  • Coordinate all other activities associated with the event.

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

  • Develop, execute, and manage budget plan
  • Comply with all accounting procedures on grants and fee for service activities
  • Maintain the gift account

Maintain weekly communication with media and be the resident economic expert and spokesperson for the College.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to interact and a strong commitment to work with the business community
  • Proficient skills in econometric, statistical and quantitative methods
  • A sound understanding of economic theory and ability to apply these theories to solving regional issues
  • A sound understanding of economic and business theories that can be applied to solving issues faced by business
  • Proficiency in statistical software packages: SAS, SPSS, etc.
  • Proficiency in using IMPLAN
  • Ability to assemble and work with large databases
  • Strong written and oral presentation skills
  • Ability to organize large scale events
  • The ability to apply knowledge and skills in a classroom setting.

Minimum Requirements

  • Ph.D. in Economics, Urban and Regional Planning or related field.
  • Experience conducting regional economic analysis.
  • Experience in economic impact and economic base diversification analysis.
  • Experience in fundraising, budgeting, and grant writing.

Source of Funding

Funding for this position is dependent on funds generated by candidate from fundraising, research grants and fee for service activities.

Background Check

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 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 UCCS is committed to diversity; women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply for the position.

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