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Beacon Economics is currently hiring for the following positions:

Research Associate, Economic and Revenue Forecasting

The primary focus of the Economic and Revenue Forecasting (ERF) Research Associate is to ensure the firm’s proprietary economic forecasting models and related systems support the operations of the firm. Topically, the ERF Research Associate will be engaged in work related to labor market conditions, financial sector expectations, demographics, public revenue, housing, energy, climate change, and an array of additional macroeconomic subfields. The ERF Research Associate will contribute to the development and execution of engagements that fall within the Economic and Revenue Forecasting practice area or engagements within the firm’s other practice areas that have substantive scope elements relevant to Economic and Revenue Forecasting. The ERF Research Associate may aid in non-forecasting related projects where there is need for relevant expertise. The ERF Research Associate reports directly to the ERF Practice Area Manager.

Description of Duties:

  • Leverage statistical theory, methods, and software to analyze economic data in order to estimate various econometric parameters relating to the firm’s proprietary economic models.
  • Provide analytical expertise in economic model development, estimation, programming, calibration, validation, application, and technical documentation of national, state, and regional economic forecasting models.
  • Assist in conducting and coordinating complex research, statistical analysis, and modeling related to economic forecasts and economic analysis.
  • Communicate highly technical information, in both oral and written form, to a broad range of clients and internal firm stakeholders.
  • Work with economic forecasting team and senior staff to ensure that economic modeling methodology, technologies, software, and analytical workflow are reliable and effective for supporting various client and internal needs.
  • Assist research team in the development and implementation of data administration policies.
  • Assist in managing deliverables on rigorous deadlines.
  • In concert with ERF Practice Area Manager, prioritize workload to respond to shifting demands and new business opportunities.

Required Qualifications & Desired Candidate Profile:

  • Interest in macroeconomic, regional, industry and fiscal forecasting.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; writing sample required.
  • Excellent quantitative skills with regard to numerical problem solving and econometric/statistical adroitness; experience with applied time series analysis highly desired.
  • Excellent research skills with strong desire to learn.
  • Comfortable synthesizing and extracting insight from a mix of qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Familiarity with federal, state, and local government finance and/or willingness to cultivate that expertise.
  • Demonstrable expertise with data analysis using statistical software (Stata, Eviews, R, etc.).
  • Positive, professional attitude with strong work ethic and entrepreneurial mindset.
  • Commitment to success in team-oriented work environment; ability to delegate and report up.
  • B.A./B.S. in applied mathematics, economics, finance, public policy, statistics, or closely related field required (M.A./M.S. preferred).

Research Associate, Sustainable Growth and Development

The Sustainable Growth and Development (SGD) Research Associate will serve as a primary researcher in one the firm’s main practice areas. Projects in the SGD portfolio are focused on economic development planning on behalf of cities, regions, and workforce development agencies. The SGD Research Associate reports directly to the SGD Practice Area Manager and will work with other Research Associates to produce planning documents, presentations, and related analysis. The ideal candidate will have a master’s degree in a social science discipline and/or work experience in economic development. The role might also be a good fit for a distinguished recent college graduate who seeks experience in this area.

Description of Duties:

  • Produce written reports and presentations related to economic and workforce development. * Recruit community members to participate in interviews and surveys.
  • Conduct formal interviews with members of affected communities.
  • Collect and analyze public data related to economic activity and demographics.
  • Identify best practices based on prior studies.
  • Administer and analyze surveys and questionnaires.
  • Facilitate community meetings.
  • Learn new research techniques.
  • Collaborate with the wider Beacon Economics’ team about economic research.

Required Qualifications & Desired Candidate Profile:

  • Experience communicating technical concepts to a broad audience.
  • B.A./B.S. degree in in economics, geography, sociology, political science, or other social science field (M.A./M.S. strongly preferred).
  • Experience using statistical software (R or Stata preferred) and Excel (advanced skills critical).
  • Interest in local and regional economic development.

Research Associate, Regional and Sub-Regional Economic Analysis

The primary focus of the Regional and Sub-Regional Economic Analysis (RSR) Research Associate is to conduct, support, and evaluate analysis related to regional economic trends and to communicate economic concepts using quantitative data, both orally and in written form. The ideal candidate will have a passion for visualizing and presenting data in new and exciting ways. The RSR Research Associate reports directly to the RSR Practice Area Manager.

Description of Duties:

  • Conduct policy analyses, evaluate economic development strategy, and provide in-depth industry sector and sub-sector analysis including workforce and occupational data analysis.
  • Collect, clean and manipulate specific economic, financial and demographic data, as instructed by managers or senior staff.
  • Work across the RSR Practice Area team and with senior staff to ensure methodology, software, and analytical workflow are reliable and effective for supporting various project needs.
  • Conduct literature reviews related to specific research topics.
  • Participate in the development and maintenance of technical documentation for internal economic, demographic, and practice area programs and procedures.
  • Communicate research findings to clients clearly and concisely via written reports, summary tables, dashboards, and slideshows.

Required Qualifications & Desired Candidate Profile:

  • B.A./B.S. degree in economics, statistics, data science, or other quantitative field with coursework in demography, geographic information systems (GIS), mathematics, urban planning and/or related discipline (M.A./M.S. preferred).
  • Extensive experience with statistical software (Stata preferred) and Excel (advanced skills critical). Fluency with Python strongly desired.
  • Ability to perform GIS analysis using ArcGIS or QGIS.
  • Experience with regional economic model development, estimation, programming, calibration, validation, and documentation of such models.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience managing deliverables on rigorous deadlines and ability to prioritize workload to respond to shifting demands and new business opportunities.
  • Demonstrated interest in public policy, data analysis, economic policy research, and/or economic development.

Beacon Economics offers competitive salaries and benefits including (but not limited to) health, dental, and vision coverage, paid time off, and flexible working conditions. The positions above actively offer opportunities for professional development and growth. They are ideal for candidates seeking to develop their own knowledge of the economics consulting space. As a growing firm, Beacon Economics welcomes creativity, an entrepreneurial mindset, and problem-solvers who practice out-of-the-box thinking.

** Please submit resume, cover letter and writing sample to [email protected]. Compensation is commensurate with experience.


About Beacon

Beacon Economics is one of California’s leading economic research and consulting firms dedicated to delivering accurate, insightful, and objectively based analysis that enables its clients to make informed decisions about policy, investment, growth, and strategy. Leveraging unique proprietary models, vast databases, proven methodologies, and sophisticated policy analysis, Beacon Economics’ work has been used by a diverse array of private and public sector clients including major cities and counties across the western United States, Live Nation Entertainment, Uber, Lyft, The University of California, LA2028 Olympic Bid Committee, Skanska, AEG-IMG, 1st Century Bank, Next 10, the Sacramento Kings, and the California Apartment Association.

How to Apply

Beacon Economics LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates are encourage to apply. Please submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Administrative Support Manager at [email protected] No phone calls.