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Research Manager

Metropolitan Area Planning Council


The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), Metro Boston’s regional planning agency, seeks an experienced researcher interested in applying quantitative analysis to pressing public policy issues related to transportation, land use, housing, health, and social equity. The Research Manager will oversee statistical analysis and modeling, the preparation of data-driven policy publications, the creation and analysis of new data resources, and stewardship of our Regional Indicators program. We seek an individual who is experienced, innovative, and committed to a more sustainable and equitable region. This is a new position in MAPC’s Data Services Department with direct management of two or more analysts. The mission of the Research team is to create new insight into the past, present, and future of Metro Boston. This takes many forms: creation of new data resources from governmental and non-traditional sources; analysis of data to answer key questions about the region; creation of reports and recommendations to inform ongoing policy discussions; and maintenance of a Regional Indicators program to track progress toward the goals of our regional plan, MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region. The Data Services Department is a team of twelve planners, analysts, and web developers dedicated to using data and technology to support informed decision-making. For more information about MAPC and the Data Services Department, visit and

Duties of the position include: In partnership with the Data Services Director, Executive Director, Deputy Director, and other staff, design and implement a research agenda to guide data development and analysis of key issues facing the region. Topics for this research agenda will span MAPC’s portfolio of interests, with a focus on sustainable transportation, housing and economic development, land use, demographics, neighborhood change, and equity. Analyze both traditional and non-traditional data sources to inform policy discussions about critical issues facing the region. Use advanced quantitative methods, statistical modeling, and compelling data visualizations to generate information and insight relevant to public policy decisions. Produce accessible, policy-oriented reports or digital products that communicate findings to a broad audience. Manage two or more analysts in the Research team and draw on the expertise of other Data Services and MAPC staff as necessary.

Qualifications: Demonstrated proficiency with quantitative research methods and statistical modeling, and experience applying these methods to regional planning policy problems. Proficiency with R, Python, PostgresSQL, STATA, or other statistical and data management tools; at least five years of work experience (post-doctoral work eligible) related to research and publication, with at least three years of experience in a managerial role. Demonstrated ability to manage a team, to work in a collaborative setting, and to supervise the work of others in a supportive and engaging manner. Advanced degree in planning, transportation, economics, public policy, public health, or related field required; Masters’ degree required; PhD preferred.

Compensation and Benefits: This is a full time position. The starting salary ranges from $72,000 to $82,000, depending on qualifications and experience. MAPC offers excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits as well as a flexible, supportive, and family-friendly work environment. How to Apply: PLEASE SEE COMPLETE JOB AD AT: (Jobs at MAPC) AND APPLY AT LINK SHOWN THERE. A review of applications will begin immediately; the position is open until filled. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Those who are interviewed will be asked to submit three (3) references plus a writing sample or other relevant work product. Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA and a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region. MAPC is an EOE/AA employer. MAPC takes pride in the diversity of its workforce and encourages all qualified persons to apply. Thomas E. Hauenstein, Manager of Operations. Posted 2/21/17.