Senior Research Economist

University of Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Closing date
Jul 1, 2022

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University of Utah Senior Research Economist Salt Lake City , Utah Apply Now
Monday through Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 01599 - The Policy Institute

Location Other

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $75,000 - $125,000, based on experience

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute is seeking a senior research economist. This position does the following:

Conducts research in areas of economics and public policy, including regional economics, economic impact analyses, economic development, and public finance. Collaborates with a professional staff on research projects. Presents data and analysis to business and community leaders, media, and the public at large.


This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to the job.


Essential Functions

1. Conduct economic research projects, includes project oversight to ensure research projects meet the expected goals, budgets, and time-frames. Assist with preparation of the Economic Report to the Governor, macroeconomic forecasts, estimates of consumer sentiments, and public policy performance measures.

2. Present data and analysis at conferences, meetings, and to the media.

3. Mentor staff members, providing methodological and other guidance where needed.

4. Assist with and attend quarterly advisory council meetings, and the Utah Economic Council and the Economic Club of Utah meetings.

Problem Solving

The problems and solutions encountered by this position vary depending on the area and structure of the department. This position frequently addresses problematic situations and often acts a mediator or a negotiator. A major task for this position is to understand the needs of the customers and determine what products and services should be provided to meet those needs.


The incumbent must be proficient in making daily operational decisions in assigned area to ensure compliance of current regulations and guidelines.

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute subscribes to five committable core values. We call them committable values because we make serious personnel and project decisions based on these values. We call them core because we integrate them into everything we do. They are internal values, but are reflected externally in the products and services we provide to the community. Taken together, our committable core values define who we are, how we conduct ourselves, and what comprises our work culture.

Responsibility to the community

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute exists to serve Utah and help our state prosper. While we make a contribution to regional, national and international public policy issues, we focus on assisting communities of interest within our state make informed decisions.

Research integrity and relevance

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute adheres to ethical principles and professional standards essential for responsible research. We value independent, relevant, meaningful, and understandable work.


The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute holds employees responsible for being continually productive in the work setting, being fiscally responsible, and delivering high quality products and services to the community, university, Eccles School, donors, and clients.

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute actively partners with people and organizations on campus and in the community to achieve our vision and mission. We believe teamwork among our staff will provide the best research and foster success.

Positive and passionate

The Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute employs people who are deeply committed to their craft and contribute to a positive and respectful work environment. We seek a congenial workplace where individual differences are both respected and celebrated, and we have fun along the way.

Minimum Qualifications


Master's degree in economics, business, public policy, or a related area, or equivalency required; plus four years of experience; knowledge of the Utah and US economies; demonstrated leadership; and effective communication skills also required.

This position is not responsible for providing patient care.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Preferred Qualifications: Experience with REMI PI+ and IMPLAN .

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans' preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran's status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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For more information:

To inquire about this posting, email: ( or call 801-581-2300.

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems ("URS"). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS' post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

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