Research Manager

Department: Economic Development
Supervisor: Vice President of Economic Development


Date Posted: January 19, 2021


The Research Manager collects, manages and analyzes data in support of economic development initiatives. The Manager is responsible for providing economic analysis, conducting business research, providing data to the marketing department as well as other organization that the Chamber may have a joint agreement with, managing data collection efforts, and providing timely and accurate information.

The research team is expected to be the Chamber’s resource for demographic and economic information.



  1. Develop and maintain information on the region such as comprehensive statistical profile, industry sector data, and maps
  2. Define long term strategies to handle information, including storage, management, reporting, and analysis
  3. Undertake research in support of economic development projects (RFI/RFPs), business development, marketing activities, workforce development and attraction, small business and entrepreneur support
  4. Undertake research to support the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce programs and initiatives
  5. Oversee third-party contracts and serve as technical liaison with economic consultants, as necessary
  6. Monitor new economic and business data products and technology and evaluate for use
  7. Manage research and information databases to support publications, technical assistance and custom research work programs
  8. Research, locate, collect, analyze and provided economic and demographic data
  9. Provide research topics and proactively seek new data sources
  10. Cultivate and maintain relationships with local, regional, and national government agencies, and the economic research and real estate communities
  11. Answer questions on publications and on the availability of definitions of economic and demographic data
  12. Conduct interviews and surveys for specific projects and initiatives
  13. Create and maintain GIS data for spatial analysis and map production (ESRI ArcGIS)
  14. Product high-quality analytical maps and other graphical and virtual outputs to meet organization’s needs


  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, business, or other social science preferred
  • 3+ years of experience in demographic and economic information gathering
  • 2+ years of experience in research project management
  • Experience and proficiency in working with Microsoft Office, analytical software (JobsEQ, EMSI), ESRI ArcGIS software (ArcGIS Online), CRM, as well as general computer and internet skills
  • Strong quantitative skills and ability to accurately transcribe, process and analyze quantitative information
  • Familiarity with sources of data on employment, wages, and other economic indicators
  • Ability to translate complex quantitative information and concepts into clear written and oral explanations for non-technical users
  • Collaborative, team-oriented and client-focused approach
  • Ability to prioritize among competing needs and opportunities and manage multiple projects at the same time
  • Detail-oriented in analyzing and providing quantitative information
  • Enterprising and resourceful
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Strong Microsoft Office, analytical software, GIS, CRM, as well as general computer and internet skills


Moderate noise level
Some lifting of up to 0 pounds
Long periods of sitting
Ability to meet deadlines


Assist the organization in staying focused on the following goals:

  • Attract four Fortune 1000 corporate headquarters
  • Attract 2,000 new jobs and create 2,000 jobs with wages > the county average
  • Attract 20 Inc. 5000 companies
  • 5%+ increase in the population of age 25+ with bachelor’s degrees
  • 5% increase in the percentage of population age 25+ with postsecondary degrees, licenses or certifications
  • 10% increase in targeted industries talent supply
  • Increase business start-ups by 10%
  • Achieve top 20 status in national entrepreneur rankings in at least one category
  • Increase affordable housing by 20%
  • Decrease poverty rate by 10%
  • 10% commercial tax base percentage increase, relative to residential
  • 10% median household income increase, adjusted for inflation


Assist the Chamber in accomplishing the Fortify annual goals.




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