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Senior Researcher - Regional Economy and Community Wellbeing

About the Position:

Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Institute for Regional Studies is seeking a skilled and experienced researcher to lead data acquisition and analysis for the organization’s annual Silicon Valley Index publication, ongoing SiliconValleyIndicators.org online data hub, and other Institute research efforts.

This role offers an opportunity to provide data and analysis for the public benefit while studying one of the world's most unique and globally-impactful regional ecosystems.

The ideal candidate is inquisitive, meticulous, and determined. When someone says “jump” they research the definition and disambiguation of jump, then proceed to analyze the meaning of it in the context in which it was used. They love citing sources, examining complex regional issues, and using Oxford commas; they know how to use semi-colons, and when to use hyphens, en dashs, and em dashs. They understand that every high-level researcher must also be capable of doing low-level, repetitive tasks, like Ctrl+C Ctrl+V x 1000. And while they’re steeped in the art of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data, they’re equally adept at visualizing and communicating their results.

Initially, the Senior Researcher will work alongside the Institute’s research staff learning about the region and the Institute’s research methodologies, policies, and procedures. Through this process, the researcher will begin to work independently, playing a critical role in gathering, interpreting, and presenting data to provide valuable insights into Silicon Valley’s economic and community health.

We hope you will consider joining our dynamic team of smart, collaborative, and creative individuals who truly enjoy working together. We are seeking candidates who are passionate about making a meaningful impact in the Bay Area community and share our vision of an equitable, economically-secure, and vibrant environment for all. If you are ready to use your talents to inform positive change, we want to hear from you.

Overview:

  • Collect and analyze data in support of the annual Silicon Valley Index and other Institute research efforts;
  • Create back-end materials, such as Data-for-Designer and Public Data files;
  • Envision projects and draft proposals related to the Institute’s overall annual research agenda; and
  • Create data visualizations and effective means by which to communicate the results internally, to partners, and to broader audiences (e.g., through media releases, research reports, social media, and/or other methods).
  • Work remotely, with the exception of occasional in-person meetings/events in San Jose or other parts of Silicon Valley.
  • Attend weekly Joint Venture staff meetings, and participate in regular check-ins with Institute team members.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Data Acquisition: Lead the process of identifying, collecting, and curating a wide range of data sources relevant to the Silicon Valley ecosystem, including economic indicators, innovation metrics, workforce trends, and more.
  • Data Analysis: Apply statistical and analytical techniques to extract meaningful insights from collected data, identify key trends, patterns, and correlations that shed light on the region's economic health and community wellbeing.
  • Research Strategy: Collaborate with the research team to develop and refine research strategies, data sources, and methodologies.
  • Communication: Produce comprehensive reports and presentations that effectively communicate research findings to various audiences, including partners, policymakers, and community members.
  • Intern/Volunteer Management: Provide guidance and mentorship to interns/volunteers, helping them to envision research projects that will contribute to the Institute’s body of work while also providing a rich educational opportunity.

Qualifications:

  • Five to seven years of relevant work experience.
  • Thesis-based master's required.
  • Expertise working with various data analysis and visualization tools. Advanced abilities using Microsoft Excel are a must.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with experience writing and presenting to a variety of audiences.
  • Willingness to take on difficult assignments independently, then distill complex data into clear and actionable insights.
  • Meticulous attention to detail, demonstrated by consistently thorough and accurate research processes.
  • A desire to work in the nonprofit sector, contributing to the region’s collective knowledge and wellbeing.
  • Experience working with demographic data, economic indicators, innovation and/or other relevant metrics. Familiarity with the Silicon Valley ecosystem, its economic drivers, and its technological landscape is a plus.
  • Strong problem-solving skills, and a passion for uncovering insights through data.
  • Methodical and organized approach to research, ensuring all data sources are thoroughly vetted and accurately represented.
  • A deep commitment to unbiased research, equity, transparency, and collaboration.

If you are a dedicated researcher who values collaboration, innovation, integrity, and inclusivity, we encourage you to apply. This is an exciting opportunity to contribute to shaping the narrative of one of the world's most influential tech hubs.

Compensation:

$10,500 to $12,500 per month ($126,000 to $150,000 annually), commensurate with experience. As a full-time permanent position, it will include a full benefits package including but not limited to health insurance, 401k, life insurance, and a generous paid time off policy. The position includes paid sick leave, unemployment and workers compensation in accordance with CA state law.

About the Organization:

Established in 1993, Joint Venture Silicon Valley is a platform for analysis created and supported by the major sectors (business, government, labor, academia). The analysis emanates from the organization’s research arm, the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies.

The Institute focuses on economic and community health issues in Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area, and on broader regional issues. It manages a variety of regional resources for the public benefit, provides a steady stream of research products to the community, and conducts work on a contract basis ranging from custom data requests to full research studies.

For more information, visit www.jointventure.org.

Equal Opportunity:

Joint Venture Silicon Valley is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, military service and veteran status, physical or mental disability, protected medical condition as defined by applicable state or local law (such as cancer), genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws and ordinances. Joint Venture is committed to building a team of people of diverse ethnic, cultural, and experiential backgrounds. It is Joint Venture’s policy to prohibit discrimination, harassment, or retaliation and to conform to all applicable laws and regulations.

About Joint Venture

Established in 1993, Joint Venture Silicon Valley is a platform for analysis created and supported by the major sectors (business, government, labor, academia). The analysis emanates from the organization’s research arm, the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies. The Institute catalyzes action by spotlighting issues, convening the region’s leaders, and facilitating a process for collaborative action.

Contact Us

To contact Joint Venture Silicon Valley, call us at (408) 577-2255, or email us at .