The principal duty of the Oregon Population Estimates Program Manager is to produce annual population estimates for all cities and counties in Oregon on an annual basis, an annual Oregon Population Report, and quarterly supplemental reports.
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 estimation and demographic analysis (e.g. execution of data collection and database development, model development, and documentation of estimate assumptions), and 3) communication (e.g., reporting results in reports and public presentations).
Because population estimates drive decision making at the state and local level, the Manager is encouraged to engage with state and local decision makers and may be asked to make presentations explaining the assumptions and methodology of the estimates and to describe demographic conditions in Oregon. The position therefore may require some travel within Oregon. In addition, this position represents the PRC in the Federal State Cooperative for Population Estimates, requiring occasional travel to Census Bureau headquarters in the Washington, DC area.
A secondary duty of the Oregon Population Estimates manager is to develop custom estimates, such as small area estimates, for local governments and nonprofit organizations, and to develop other custom demographic analysis on a contract basis. The position will also contribute to the Center's other programs, such as the Oregon Population Forecast Program. This position, if qualified, might also teach courses within PSU's Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, toward the Graduate Certificate in Applied Demography, managed by the PRC.
This position description is incorporated by reference in the Notice of Appointment, consistent with the practices outlined for fixed-term faculty in the current PSU-AAUP collective bargaining agreement (Article 18).
Master's degree in Demography, Sociology, Geography, Economics, or a related field and demonstrated proficiency with population estimation and forecast methodologies and research design.
At least three years of applied work experience in applied demography or other social science research demonstrating proficiency with population estimation methodologies and research design.
Solid experience with spreadsheets, databases, statistical analysis software, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
Strong familiarity with Census data.
Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
An entrepreneurial and collaborative attitude.
Experience managing complex, high visibility research projects requiring public outreach and input.
PhD in Demography, Geography, or Sociology, Economics or a related field.
Interest and experience in teaching courses in applied demography.
Competency with relevant programming languages such as R and Stata.
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