Research Analyst (JOTF) – Task Force – Baltimore

Position Description
The Research Analyst is responsible for researching, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting data related to labor market and employment trends in Baltimore, Maryland and the region. This includes collecting and using statistical data to identify current and emerging labor market demands; employment barriers faced by low-income workers, formerly incarcerated individuals, and members of marginalized communities; and workforce development solutions. The Research Analyst will contribute to creating data-based solutions and evaluating policy proposals that seek to minimize and eliminate employment barriers.
The work of the Research Analyst is critically important to developing a policy and research agenda, planning the delivery of job skills training designed to lead to full-time employment, developing a broader workforce development plan or approach, and creating strategic partnerships for the work JOTF undertakes.

Major Responsibilities
● Developing and maintaining collaborative research partnerships.
● Engaging internal and external stakeholders to understand their policy goals and needs.
● Developing a policy research agenda based on stakeholder input.
● Reviewing and analyzing statistical data to support the data needs of the organization’s policy and advocacy, and job training programs.
● Compiling comprehensive high-quality reports, briefing papers, and policy briefs based on reviewing and analyzing statistical data and other relevant information on labor market and employment trends, adult skills training and workforce development, barriers to employment, and community economic development.
● Assessing the costs, benefits, and drawbacks of existing and proposed policies.
● Creating presentations with charts and graphs for management and others.
● Contributing to the writing of grant proposals and reports.

● Master’s degree in a related field or a Bachelor’s degree with at least three years of experience evaluating, analyzing, researching and developing employment opportunities, workforce development, or community economic development policies and programs.
● Strong research and analytical skills.
● Excellent written and oral communication skills, including technical writing and public speaking.
● Knowledge of the research tools, and industry trends and standards related to conducting research projects.
● Demonstrated ability to use a computer to perform data research, including statistical software and creating charts and graphs.
● Ability to aggregate, contextualize and disaggregate data to identify, understand, explain, and propose approaches/policies that address systemic inequities in employment that disadvantage communities of color and indigenous people.
● Familiarity with workforce trends and barriers facing Maryland employers, workers, and job-seekers.
● Good interpersonal skills and ability to relate effectively with diverse populations.

Position Details
This is a full-time, permanent position. Work will be performed either remotely or in a hybrid work environment. The ideal candidate will be able to provide his/her own transportation for travel to meetings around the state, community events, and to Annapolis during the legislative session.
The Research Analyst reports directly to JOTF’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO), and works closely with the policy and program staff.

This is a full-time position. The starting salary is $80,000, commensurate with experience. JOTF offers a competitive benefits package including health insurance, matched 403(b), paid leave, parking, and reimbursement for business travel and expenses.

To Apply
Send a cover letter, resume, three (3) professional references, and two (2) short writing samples (no longer than 2 pages each), and type “Research Analyst” in the subject line to
Closing Date for Applications: December 30, 2022