Senior Researcher, Community Development-266115

Firm: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
San Francisco
Salt Lake City
Los Angeles

Payment: Paid
Category: Community Development
Posted: Oct 28, 2020

Senior Researcher, Community Development-266115
Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Primary Location CA-San Francisco
Other Locations WA-Seattle, UT-Salt Lake City, AZ-Phoenix, CA-Los Angeles, OR-Portland
Full-time / Part-time Full-time
Employee Status Regular
Overtime Status Exempt
Job Type Experienced
Travel Yes, 25 % of the Time
Shift Day Job
Job Sensitivity Tier II - No Credit Check
The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco has a fantastic opportunity for a Senior Researcher, Community Development to join our Community Development (CD) team. Our vision in CD is for a healthy and inclusive economy in which all people can fully participate, and no one is left behind. Our team fosters strategic partnerships and conducts innovative research to advance the economic resilience and mobility of the communities we serve. If you are a top-tier CD research professional, intrigued by the prospect of joining a fascinating, mission-driven organization to demonstrate your expertise in this space, we have an outstanding opportunity for you!

As Senior Researcher, you will produce and distribute research that furthers our mission of removing structural barriers and growing economic opportunity for low-income communities and communities of color. The job includes conducting and disseminating practitioner-friendly research and forging partnerships towards our department’s objectives. Our ideal candidate has a deep research background and also practical experience that has provided a broad understanding of community development topics.

Essential Responsibilities:

Initiate and conduct quantitative and qualitative research for a CD stakeholder audience, with an emphasis on applied and policy-relevant research in CD’s key priority areas (Thriving Labor Force, Inclusive Financial System, and Healthy and Resilient Communities)

Conduct independent research and provide research support to department efforts

Build blog posts, summary briefs, videos or other collateral materials to promote research

Keep a pulse on emerging issues in the CD field

Establish research partnerships with a diverse set of internal (SF Fed) and external partners

Collaborate with CD Outreach staff to source ideas and disseminate research findings across District

Coordinate and participate in internal and external conferences to disseminate research and ideas

Build internal forums and opportunities for sharing community development research with SF Fed staff and leadership

Contribute to Federal Reserve System Community Development initiatives

Other projects as assigned


Master's degree or PhD in public policy, urban planning, social work, economics, history, geography, public health, or related subject area

Typically requires six or more years of confirmed experience in community development, government, finance, research, or related field; with PhD, requires with two or more years of work experience in community development, government, finance, research, or related field

Demonstrated knowledge and experience in a wide range of community and economic development issues, including poverty, racial equity, structural barriers to employment, neighborhood and regional planning, healthy communities, community-engaged research, small business, asset building, climate resilience.

Demonstrated experience initiating and conducting independent quantitative and qualitative research projects

Strong analytical, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration skills

Strong data analysis skills and experience with data analytics software (e.g. SAS, STATA, R), big data, GIS mapping, survey techniques

Excellent problem solving, critical thinking, writing, and editing skills

Experience working with a wide range of community development partners, ranging from banks, foundations, government, nonprofits, CDFIs

Demonstrated public speaking and facilitation skills

Excellent collaboration and relationship building skills

Experience with a variety of data sources including Census and BLS

Comfort working independently with minimal direct supervision

U.S. Citizenship or a Green Card Holder with the intent to become a U.S. Citizen is required

Willing and able to travel up to 25%

We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment.

At the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, we believe in the diversity of our people, ideas, and experiences and are committed to building an inclusive culture that is representative of the communities we serve. The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity Employer.