Job Posting: Director of Research

Job Posting: Director of Research

The Center for State and Local Government Excellence (SLGE)

Director of Research


Who are we:

Would you like to be part of a team that helps states and localities make smart decisions about their most important asset – their current and future workforce? Do you enjoy working in a fast-paced environment where your contributions matter and you work with a range of talented professionals and organizations? The Center for State and Local Government Excellence’s (SLGE) mission is to promote excellence in state and local governments so they can attract and retain talented public servants. If you are interested and committed to making an impact, we invite you to consider becoming an SLGE team member.

Who are we looking for: 

The Center for State and Local Government Excellence is seeking an individual who will work
closely with the SLGE President/CEO, develop and oversee SLGE’s research agenda, manage research concept development, and engage with external audiences on SLGE research.

What you’ll do:

  • Direct and carry out quantitative and qualitative research and writing on topics of SLGE focus: workforce, demographics, benefits, compensation, labor force development/management, and other related topics;
  • Develop funding proposals that align with the SLGE mission, independently and jointly with other SLGE staff;
  • Draft and review research communications for SLGE audiences, independently and jointly with other SLGE staff;
  • Collaborate on research, writing, proposal development, and other related initiatives with SLGE’s external research contractors and partners.
  • Oversee SLGE research program activities, including administrative research functions (e.g. survey data collection);
  • Research, write, and review articles and reports for publication, often in partnership with other SLGE staff, academics, and third-party researchers;
  • Present SLGE research, proposals, and other content to a range of external parties;

What you need to be successful in this role:
Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in public administration, public policy, political science, business administration, economics, or another social science background;
  • Graduate training in statistics and research methods;
  • 6+ years of professional experience;
  • State, local government, and/or related association experience desirable.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of social science research methods and techniques;
  • Experience with SPSS and/or other statistical software programs;
  • Knowledge of state and local government operations, finances, and structures;
  • Ability to work with a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail;
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, with individuals inside and outside of the organization.

What we can offer you:

  • A collegial working environment where teamwork and individual contributions are valued
  • A competitive salary
  • Employer sponsored Health, dental, vision, life and disability benefits
  • Paid time off
  • Generous retirement plan
  • Opportunities for ongoing professional development
  • Flexible scheduling and possible telecommuting

Please provide a cover letter and salary requirements when applying.  Submissions without salary requirements will not be considered.

This job description should not be interpreted as all-inclusive.  It is intended to identify the major accountabilities and requirements of this job.  The incumbent may be required to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this description but which are commensurate with similar levels of experience.

The Human Resources Team at ICMA strives to ensure that the association employs high-quality, team-oriented, motivated staff who are engaged, disciplined and accountable. As a Team, we are committed to providing timely and efficient service and ensuring that our staff and our external customers are treated with the highest level of dignity, respect and care.