Position Number: D92803
The Population Research Center (PRC) at Portland State University (PSU) seeks an experienced and dynamic population researcher to manage the Center's Oregon Population Forecast Program (OPFP). Affiliated with the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies (IMS) in the College of Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA), the PRC fulfills several Oregon statutory requirements through the Oregon Population Estimates program and the Oregon Census State Data Center. Additionally, the PRC works with local and state government and nonprofit agencies to conduct demographic analyses that support public and private decision making, such as school enrollment forecasts, analysis of trends and issues related to aging and public health, housing needs, and small geography population estimates. Center research faculty engage in a variety of research projects that provide data analysis to decision makers throughout the Portland metropolitan region and across Oregon.
The principal duty of the Oregon Population Forecast Program Manager is to produce annual coordinated population forecasts for select Oregon counties, urban growth boundaries, and unincorporated areas on an annual basis. The success of the program requires the Manager carry out the following responsibilities:
1) administration and planning (e.g., plan, manage, and implement the program research approach; establish and meet deadlines),
2) population forecasting and demographic analysis (e.g. execution of data collection and database development, model development, and documentation of forecast assumptions), and
3) communication (e.g., reporting results in reports and public presentations). The spirit of Oregon's land-use planning program demands population forecasts be produced with public input, which requires working collaboratively and communicating effectively with PRC staff, local officials, community groups, and citizen advocates. As such, some travel within Oregon is required.
Minimum Qualifications: Master's degree in Demography, Sociology, Geography, Economics, or a related field;
At least three years of applied work experience in applied demography or other social science research;
Demonstrated proficiency with population forecast methodologies, data, analysis tools, and research design;
Ability to plan, organize, and direct the work of multi-disciplinary professional and administrative staff and to meet the goals of the program within budget and time constraints;
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with colleagues both within and outside PSU;
Demonstrated ability to obtain public input and to communicate research results to the general public;
Ability to travel within Oregon.
Preferred Qualifications: Ph.D. preferred in Demography, Sociology, Geography, Economics, or a related field;
Solid experience with spreadsheets, databases, statistical analysis software, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS);
Strong familiarity with Census data.