Senior Research Analysis / Project Director
New York, NY PNP
Job Type
Full-time
Description


WHO WE ARE

Streetsense is an experience-focused strategy and design collective that creates brands people love and places people love to be. We are home to 160+ diverse and creative thinkers and doers around the globe; headquartered in Washington, DC, with offices in New York City, Los Angeles, London, and Madrid. Unified by an approach that is people-centered and strategy-led, we create meaningful connections between our clients, their consumers, and the communities we engage and celebrate through our work. Our concepts and campaigns are left and right brained. We move people--and the needle. 


WHO YOU ARE

Streetsense seeks a Senior Research Analysis/Project Director to support the New York-based Place Strategy team at Streetsense. This position will focus on our Public Non-Profit clients in the US. There may also be opportunities to support our London and Madrid offices. This position may be hybrid or remote for the right candidate and will require the ability to travel.

Comprehensive data-driven planning and strategy is a philosophy we live by, and we are looking for a new team member to lead and execute project planning efforts and research strategies in support of our client engagements. This work will support a mix of public and non-profit sector clients and their real estate and economic development planning efforts, particularly in retail-driven mixed-use urban environments. 


Our newest hire must embrace collaboration, have persuasive communication skills, be an initiative-taker, and thrive in a collaborative environment. The right candidate will be enthusiastic about improving places and communities, with a track-record that reveals a deep intellectual curiosity that infuses their work. This person will be able to work both independently and as a member of a diverse team and in diverse communities. 


RESPONSIBILITIES


Deliver client-ready, data-driven recommendations as they relate to place-based challenges in real estate, economic development, and downtown revitalization, frequently with an emphasis on retail-driven mixed-use environments. 

  • Design and conduct comprehensive qualitative and quantitative research to gather and analyze facts and data that effect diverse urban places, including urban planning and zoning policies, public sector incentives and financing, placemaking interventions, real estate market trends, micro- and macro-economic trends, consumer patterns, etc.
  • Perform comprehensive analysis in the form of technical reports, data analysis (utilizing excel), maps, and turning that analysis into compelling information, charts and creative infographic representations to address current problems and provide guidance to clients. 
  • Prepare data, analysis, and recommendations through highly graphic reports, charts, maps, and other multi-media information products using such information technology as Microsoft Suite (PowerPoint, Excel, Word), Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign), and other graphic database, presentation, and planning software. 

Manage and oversee multi-team planning processes. 

  • Play the lead project manager role and client contact (either directly or by supervising other teams or junior team members) with the support of a principal-in-charge.
  • Coordinate and guide the inputs of both internal teams and sub consultants and synthesize findings in final presentations, reports and client deliverables.
  • Oversee project teams (both internally and externally) as they conduct research, expert interviews, data gathering and analysis.
  • Organize and conduct consultant meetings and site visits, including stakeholder interviews, focus groups and panels with a variety of client types.

Support the thought leadership efforts of the team.

  • Contribute original research to our content marketing efforts, including email newsletters, social media, and Streetsense blog.

On an as-needed basis, provide general project and operations support for the PNP team

  • Support draft proposal responses, design/package proposals, and responses to Requests for Proposals (RFPs), support interview prep, track industry award and conference calendars to support preparation of panel and award applications.
  • Prepare interview/pitch presentation decks, using baseline Streetsense marketing templates
  • Develop and conduct public engagement strategies to solicit public stakeholder participation, including public meetings, facilitated discussions, social media, website, and other technology-based approaches.

OUR PROMISE TO YOU

  • Provide an inclusive, respectful and engaging employee experience where your individuality is celebrated and your professional growth is deliberate.
  • Cultivate engagement with our organizational DEIB and community service missions
  • Value employee wellness and a culture of flexibility to support your physical, mental, and emotional health.
  • Provide you with benefits that support your life; like medical, dental and vision insurance, time off, flexibility, 401(k) matching, financial wellness and advisement services, paid family leave, paid membership to all Calm resources (Meditation, Masterclass, Body, Sleep, Work, Music).
  • Virtual and in-person experiential opportunities to engage with your colleagues and our local/global communities through social and service event activations.
  • Provide a flexible remote/hybrid work environment.
  • Promote a culture of kindness, accountability, and respect
  • Encourage you to share your ideas, engage in radical collaboration, and have fun building a world class program
Requirements
  • Undergraduate degree required, advanced degree in any of the following fields, including urban planning, economics, public policy, real estate, or other closely related field preferred. 
  • 5-8+ years of experience leading strategic planning efforts in real estate, urban planning, economic development, or similar fields with 3+ of it being in a strategy role in a demanding analytical environment (e.g., management consulting, internal strategy department). A relevant advanced degree may substitute for 1 year of work experience.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, as well as strong skills in quantitative and qualitative data analysis.
  • Comfort and experience collaborating with diverse clients and audiences. 
  • Ability to travel. 
  • Experience in communicating/translating complex ideas as visual concepts, including a keen eye towards high-quality graphic representation and storytelling using data. 
  • Experience facilitating stakeholder and community engagements and translate community needs into human insights.
  • Experience in Microsoft Excel – including capturing and recording advanced data in spreadsheet format; using shortcuts, formula functions, sorting, and filtering to calculate and record data sets efficiently, the ability to create pivot tables, charts, and graphs to highlight data.
  • Passionate about improving places and communities, with a deep intellectual curiosity and demonstrated interested as evidenced by participation and/or membership in relevant professional associations. 
  • Ability to take independent initiative and demonstrate critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to efficiently manage multiple projects and tasks at once.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Brief writing sample on concepts related to urban planning, economics, retail analysis, downtown strategy, public policy, real estate, or other closely related field.
  • Brief previous work sample or presentation that demonstrates experience in communicating complex qualitative and quantative data sets into narrative and graphics that can be understood by non-practitioners.