Position Summary The McNair Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth at the Baker Institute researches the effects of existing law and policy on private entrepreneurship and identifies best practices among governments for a vibrant small business and startup sector. The center also surveys academic research and legal scholarship for insights on problems of business, law and economics that lend themselves to public policy solutions. The center proposes changes to law and policy based on its research. The work of the center is nonpartisan.
The Research Manager is primarily responsible for overseeing and conducting research that contributes to policy proposals published by the center, planning center events and handling the administrative operations of the center. The Research Manager's work focuses on subject matter within his/her experience and interests and within the center's mission; the general topics within the center's mission are business success, entrepreneurial ecosystems, economic growth, government regulation and tax policy.
The day-to-day work of the Research Manager consists of overseeing and participating in research of several ongoing projects. The Manager will undertake specific research assignments and direct the work of student interns. S/he partners with the center's director and staff on the presentation of salient data and the writing of connected reports.
The Research Manager assists the center's director in the administration of the center, including budget tracking, expense reporting and onboarding student interns and other staff. S/he interacts with Baker Institute staff on finance, human resources, event planning and development matters.
Education Required Master's Degree Major/Discipline Public policy, economics, sociology, political science, business, and/or another related field.
Substitution for Education Requirement Experience may not be substituted for the education requirement.
Education Preferred Master's degree in economics.
Experience Required 4 years Type of Experience Related experience conducting or analyzing qualitative and quantitative research and producing research reports in an academic, political or policy organization. Work experience as part of an academic program is acceptable.
Substitution for Experience Requirement May substitute additional related education, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis in lieu of the experience requirement.
Experience Preferred - Experience working as a researcher or policy analyst in a team environment
- Experience working in a nonpartisan or bipartisan environment
- Experience related to entrepreneurship, private enterprise and/or economic growth
License/Certification Required License/Certification Preferred Skills Required - Superior verbal and written communication skills
- Excellent collaborative, judgment, leadership, negotiation, problem solving, and critical thinking skills with attention to details and willingness to take initiative
- Ability to create data-driven, nonpartisan work product
- Ability to work in a team environment and actively participate, motivate and follow-through as needed
- Excellent organizational skills to plan and schedule
Skills Preferred Internal / External Contacts Will work with various administrative departments and researchers within the Baker Institute as well as stakeholders and community partners in Houston and beyond.
Physical Demands Must be able to move about campus. Must be able to work in front of a computer for extended periods (up to eight hours per day).
Working Conditions Typical office environment – may require work during the evening or weekend to attend events and/or meet deadlines.