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Research Associate, Housing Planning and Community Development

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Big Water Consulting
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Seattle, WA
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Published 18 days ago

Position:          

Research Associate, Housing Planning and Community Development  


Schedule:         

Full-Time/Regular


Salary:              

$55,000-$70,000 DOE, plus health insurance (no employee premium), paid vacation and sick leave, performance bonus and periodic salary review


Big Water Consulting is a dynamic and social justice-focused data collection and analysis consulting firm located in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle. Big Water’s clients range from tribal governments and tribal programs to local and international nonprofit organizations to research departments at world-renowned universities. We pride ourselves on promoting lasting data and mapping-related capacity-building for our clients and filling critical data gaps for unique, diverse and often underserved communities in the Pacific Northwest, the United States and throughout the world.     


We are seeking a talented individual who is a highly skilled writer with a background in planning, affordable housing and community development who can also balance both the relatively structured social survey design and implementation workload of a small company with the ever-adjusting demands of the innovative offsite capacity-building work Big Water completes at the offices or within the lands of its nonprofit, tribal, academic and government agency clients. This position will require an ability to operate within the complex cultural contexts of remote tribal and dense urban areas, for example, while maintaining the highest standards of online and field-based survey design.  The ideal candidate will be excited to apply their planning background and serve as the face of the organization at relevant meetings and conferences (primarily affordable housing, planning or community development-oriented) and be prepared to travel to assist our clients in rural areas, tribal lands, other states, and other countries.


[Please note that application packages will only be reviewed if all of the required materials listed below are provided by the deadline.]


Sample Duties:            

Coordinate and conduct strategic planning or master plan or comprehensive plan development sessions and draft strategic plans


Conduct program evaluation and develop monitoring & evaluation (M&E) plans for housing and other service providers 


Develop and sustain engagement of project stakeholder groups, including clients, relevant programs and agencies, and other partners


Facilitate project development meetings, capacity-building training sessions and presentations of project results


Design the structure and develop sampling methods and survey content for household surveys and other data collection or analysis efforts in cooperation with clients, project stakeholders and other partners           


Deliver data collection training to local field staff and managers


Develop and use data collection software, web-based dashboards, Excel and other tools to monitor mixed-mode data collection


Maintain consistent and productive client communication (phone, Zoom, and email)        


Perform accurate and precise data analysis using R, Excel or other statistical analysis software                 


Draft high quality written reports summarizing projects                           


Professionally represent Big Water Consulting at conferences and meetings of clients, partners and government agencies


Required Qualities and Experience:          


Experience


Participation in housing, economic development or community development planning, strategic planning and/or master plan or comprehensive plan development for rural or Native communities


Development and testing of survey instruments, including paper and online forms


Development of representative survey samples, including random and stratified sampling techniques


Implementation of mixed-mode data collection methods


Design, implementation and coding of qualitative data collection, including focus groups and individual interviews


Survey data analysis and extensive use of statistical software packages (preferably R), including compilation, cleaning and analysis of “messy” data


Data visualization and reporting experience


Prior participation in or management of field-based surveys


Demonstrated familiarity with common planning datasets related to housing and demographics (e.g., AHS, ACS, NHGIS, IPUMS)


Qualities


Customer service-oriented, deadline-driven, highly organized and able to prioritize a diverse workload  


Patience to develop user-friendly and affordable data collection and management solutions for clients with limited initial capacity


Desire and demonstrated ability to quickly adapt to new technology and build new skills


Creativity to independently generate ideas for new projects, evaluation metrics, survey questions or organizational focal areas to facilitate client growth


Education


1.    Master’s Degree in planning or related degree with demonstrated emphasis upon statistics or data analysis,


or


2.    Bachelor’s Degree in planning or related subject with at least 2-3 years of directly relevant experience in a full-time professional position


Preferred Experience:


Prior experience in the tribal, nonprofit, government, affordable housing, health or planning sectors


Prior field or office-based management or team leadership experience


Some experience with or knowledge of digital mapping and spatial analysis using GIS software


Indigenous applicants are encouraged to apply.

Position:          

Research Associate, Housing Planning and Community Development  


Schedule:         

Full-Time/Regular


Salary:              

$55,000-$70,000 DOE, plus health insurance (no employee premium), paid vacation and sick leave, performance bonus and periodic…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Start Date
    August 30, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    August 2, 2021

Salary

$55,000 - $70,000

Benefits

Health insurance (no employee premium)

Paid vacation and sick leave

Performance bonus

Periodic salary review

Health insurance (no employee premium)

Paid vacation and sick leave

Performance bonus

Periodic salary review

Location

On-site
5405 Leary Avenue Northwest, Seattle, WA 98107, United States
Suite 2

Apply to This Job

Instructions:

Please submit the following to Kevin Klingbeil, Managing Director, by Monday, August 2, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. (PT):


1.    Cover Letter acknowledging our unique client base, outlining your specific interest(s) in our work and briefly describing your relevant experience and certifications


2.    Resume or CV listing or highlighting your relevant experience


3.    Two representative samples of your survey or planning-related experience, including data visualization or excerpts from reports and at least one representative writing sample

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