Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Oregon Population Estimates Program Manager

Posted: 10/10/2017 ()

The Population Research Center (PRC) at Portland State University (PSU) seeks an experienced and dynamic population researcher to manage the Center’s Oregon Population Estimates Program (OPEP). Affiliated with the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies (IMS) in the College of Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA), the PRC fulfills several Oregon statutory requirements through the Oregon Population Estimates program, the Oregon Population Forecast Program, and the Oregon Census State Data Center. Additionally, the PRC works with local and state government and nonprofit agencies to conduct demographic analyses that support public and private decision making, such as school enrollment forecasts, analysis of trends and issues related to aging and public health, housing needs, and small geography population estimates. Center research faculty engage in a variety of research projects that provide data analysis to decision makers throughout the Portland metropolitan region and across Oregon.

Key Responsibilities
• Plan, manage, and implement the research approach for the Oregon Population Estimates Program
• Communicate with government officials and community advocates to collect information pertinent to population estimates
• Create and maintain databases essential for the administration of the Oregon Population Estimates Program
• Develop models for population estimates (e.g. Cohort-Component and Housing Unit models) for large and small geographic areas
• Generate clear and concise reports, including text, graphics, and tables, describing the results of demographic analyses
• Present estimate methods and results occasional meetings• Supervise and mentor research assistants
• Work collaboratively with research programs at PSU
• Participate in the marketing, design, and execution of custom demographic studies and ongoing research efforts=

Minimum Qualifications and Skills
• 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, and experience managing complex, highly visible research projects requiring public outreach and input

Preferred Qualifications
A PhD in Demography, Sociology, Geography, Economics, or a related field will improve the candidate’s competitiveness. Knowledge and experience in statistical computing and geospatial computer programming software (e.g., R, Python, GeoDa) is also a plus.

To Apply
The position will remain open until filled. Apply using the following link: 


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Location: Portland State University