Research & Policy Analyst

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The Research and Policy Analyst will collect, analyze, and present data and information from both primary (self-generated) and secondary resources to serve CenterState CEO, a regional economic development, policy and business leadership organization.

Division/Department: Research, Policy and Planning

Reports To: Sr. Vice President, Research, Policy and Planning

FLSA Classification/Status: Full-time/Exempt

To apply: forward cover letter and resume to

Essential Job Duties: (Additional duties may be assigned)

  • Conduct primary research, including, but not limited to, quantitative and qualitative methods such as surveys and focus groups.
  • Identify existing sources of data and information for the use of CenterState CEO, its members and affiliate organizations.
  • Analyze data and information and build data driven recommendations with respect to policy, programs, and projects that CenterState CEO can adapt and implement.
  • Work with CenterState CEO members and internal staff to analyze data to support their work through problem solving, problem identification, scoping, and recommending solutions.
  • Communicate the results in writing, through graphic means and through oral presentation.
  • Build and maintain metrics for the organization and specific departments of it, and to identify useful sets of metrics for the organization.
  • Provide program evaluation for grant support (logic models, outcome/impact evaluation, network analysis).
  • Interact with, and represent CenterState CEO in meetings with other organizations, member businesses and institutions.

Supervisory Responsibility: None

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work:

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. but may be flexible as agreed to by portfolio leads.

Travel: Local travel is expected for this position. 

Minimum Education and Experience:

A Bachelor’s Degree with 3-4 years of analytical/research experience including building databases from primary research or mining data for significant trends or changes or a master’s degree with a concentration in economic or public policy research and evaluation preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Outstanding ability in data collection, statistics, and statistical inference.
  • The ability to use programs such as Excel spreadsheets, Word, and data visualization programs such as Flourish, Tableau and R.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications
  • Presentation skills for communicating data and research to diverse audiences and stakeholders.
  • Strong analytical ability; must be able to collect, analyze, manipulate, interpret, report and utilize data; must have the ability to identify, organize, analyze and evaluate data and information and translate it into public policy, business strategy recommendations, or economic development priorities.
  • Work at highest level of integrity, honesty, and openness.

Physical and Mental Requirements:

  • Close mental and visual attention required to perform with analytical capability, strong verbal and written communications skills, using a computer terminal and extensive reading and research.
  • This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift up to 20 lbs., open filing cabinets and bend or stand as necessary.

Work Environment:

This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers and, filing cabinets.

Please note: Due to the current pandemic the work environment may be temporarily remote. 


  • All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with disabilities.
  • This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee(s) occupying this position.  Employees will be required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by their supervisor. 
  • The company reserves the right to add to or revise an employee's job duties at any time at its sole discretion.
  • This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” employment relationship.

CenterState CEO is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer without regard to race, creed, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, domestic violence victim status, military status or veteran's status.