2 May


Job Description: RESEARCH ANALYST

Background:

PCRG, incorporated in 1988, is a nonprofit membership organization of community development corporations (CDCs), community-based organizations (CBOs) and community service groups throughout western Pennsylvania.  We ensure that the Pittsburgh region has one voice, organizing for smart policies for financial lending practices, land use, transit, and infrastructure. In addition to its own resources, PCRG utilizes its knowledge, capacity, and connections to drive positive change in social policies, services, and products affecting those who live in low- and moderate-income areas.  Our history of effectively organizing diverse community-based organizations around issues such as bank lending practices, and disposition of vacant property has become a national model and has netted long-lasting positive change throughout Western PA.

 

Overview:

Action-focused research is fundamental to the advancement of PCRG’s mission.  The Research Analyst will assist PCRG in policy formulation, analysis, best-practice assessment and recommendations for local implementations/adaptations in the fields of land repurposing, transportation equity, and financial performance and empowerment. The Research Analyst will evaluate the yearly performance of Allegheny County’s financial institutions, which is the cornerstone of PCRG’s work. Today, PCRG work relies on much more than bank lending data to affect policy and investment into our neighborhoods; changes in the community development environment and the involvement of regional, national, and global players require a broader, more creative and sophisticated approach. Diversified research and topic-targeted projects are integral parts of future community development and banking strategies in this region. Ultimately, PCRG’s research provides this sound basis and frames the organization’s policy and advocacy for the practical implementation of community development strategies. This position reports to the Director of Policy.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Report regularly to Director of Policy on project progress and research findings.
  • Creating a strategy and focus around research topics directly related to PCRG’s programmatic functions (people, land, capital and mobility).
  • Providing policy analysis of relevant state and federal legislation and their local impacts.
  • Compiling and writing policy briefs on relevant research topics.
  • Improving existing research projects and creating new avenues of research.
  • Publishing demographic and mortgage/lending research with focus on low- and moderate-income communities.
  • Identifying and analyzing research trends, focusing on areas in bank lending, housing and development financing, transportation funding, and land use strategies.
  • Providing information to Executive Director, as spokesperson for the organization, to promote a positive image of PCRG and its research throughout the region.
  • Being a technical resource for PCRG in its policy, programing, and engagement activities.
  • Developing and maintaining relationships with relevant stakeholders to advance PCRG’s research initiatives to include universities, key institutions, members, and partners.
  • Working closely with local/regional, state, and national partner agencies.
  • Representing PCRG at local/regional, state and national functions including conferences, legislative visits, and policy/advocacy convenings as necessary.

 

Qualifications:

PCRG seeks a proactive, entrepreneurial individual who appreciates the value of research to broad and diverse audiences and is savvy enough to develop and identify opportunities for increased visibility and impact on behalf of the organization and its members.   The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree required with a preference for business, economics, and public policy or related major.
  • Minimum 1 year experience in a research/policy analysis setting or in a similar capacity.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access required. Prior SPSS or other statistical software, ArcGIS, and PowerPoint strongly preferred.
  • Ability to develop databases, review data, identifies trends, establish benchmarks, and implement best practices.
  • Conduct research, develop methodology, and prepare written analysis and recommendations is required.
  • Ability to perform statistical analysis with attention to detail is required.
  • Ability to review large data sets to establish and analyze trends.
  • Ability to work effectively with different audiences including community groups, clients, financial institutions, foundations, non-profit organizations, staff, members, business leaders and media.
  • Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal skills required.
  • Identify and implement new and existing research initiatives that further PCRG’s mission and effectiveness.
  • Excellent oral, technical writing and interpersonal skills required.
  • Able to work in a fast-paced environment on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to travel outside the region approximately 10% of the time.
  • Ability to participate in meetings outside normal business hours.

 

Benefits and Salary:

PCRG offers a competitive salary based on education and experience, a generous benefits package including medical/dental/vision insurance, paid time off, disability and life insurance and 401(k) retirement plan.

Salary Range for this position is $35,000 – $45,000 annual salary.

PCRG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, age, national origin, ethnic background, familial status, sexual orientation, disability or any other characteristic protected by law

 

Contact Information:

Please submit your resume and cover letter to careers@pcrg.org.

You can download a copy of the job description here or check out our listing on nonprofittalent.com: https://jobs.nonprofittalent.com/job/pittsburgh-community-reinvestment-group-pcrg-pittsburgh-pa-38-research-analyst/ 

Samuel Su

Manager of Strategic Initiatives at Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group
Samuel works across many areas at PCRG, but spends most of his time on banking policy. He enjoys learning about all things related to nonprofit marketing and communications. Samuel is a resident of the Northside and a marathon runner. He holds an MSW and an MPA from the University of Pittsburgh's School of Social Work and Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.