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Job Opportunity - Research Analyst

Jun 28, 2017

BGR is hiring.

We’re looking for a Research Analyst.

Who we are. The Bureau of Governmental Research (BGR) is a private, nonprofit, independent research organization dedicated to informed public policy making and the effective use of public resources in the New Orleans metropolitan area. We have been an essential, constructive, objective voice in the local policy landscape for 85 years. During that time, we have issued more than 1,500 reports to improve government function in furtherance of transparency, effectiveness, efficiency and accountability. We educate citizens and policy makers alike, and very often create a foundation for policy successes by public officials and other organizations. For decades, our work has caused many best practice, government reforms. We have a legacy of organizational excellence.

An exciting time at BGR. We are growing our research team to increase output and impact. We are looking first to fill a full-time position. But we are also willing to discuss part-time and contract arrangements with candidates uniquely suited to undertake a project on our current work plan.

The role of a Research Analyst. Our Research Analysts are an essential ingredient to our success. They are our primary producers, creating reports to deliver solutions for critical public policy issues. Research Analysts locate and study authoritative sources, gather facts, attend public meetings, interview, analyze and write. They work to become in-house subject matter experts. They formulate recommendations and consider paths to implementation and impact. Research Analysts deliver their reports to community and citizen groups. They work under experienced, thoughtful leadership and as part of a team committed to the transformative potential of our work for our city and region.

Educational requirements. To qualify for consideration, you must have a Bachelor’s degree. We prefer a post-graduate degree and some relevant work experience in fields such as public policy, public administration, political science, economics, accounting, journalism and law.

Practical requirements. Our Research Analysts are an impressive group. Their skills check the following boxes. If yours do too, we encourage you to apply for an analyst position.

• Objectively analyze complicated subjects.
• Integrate information and data into accurate, relevant observations.
• Write in a style that is clear concise and accessible.
• Have high ethical standards.
• Act with a sense of urgency about work and results.
• Be highly productive, organized, self-managed, self-motivated, and deadline oriented.
• Possess a foundational understanding of municipal government, public finance and economics.
• Work well as a team member in a small office where we support one another and the organization.
• Embrace public speaking opportunities in furtherance of BGR report recommendations.
• Develop and maintain professional relationships with key policymakers and stakeholders.
• Work comfortably with Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, with bonus points for experience in layout/graphic design, specifically including infographics.

Are you interested? If so, please apply by August 31, 2017. Submit a cover letter, a resume, and a research-based writing sample (written with minimal or no editing by others) to Selva Riemann at Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted by September 10, 2017. For any questions, please call or email Stephen Stuart, BGR’s Vice President and Research Director, at 504/525.4152, ext. 105.