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AECOM Senior Analyst, Economic Development & Urban Policy in Arlington, Virginia

Company Description

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – over 50,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

Job Description

AECOM is seeking a Senior Analyst, Economic Development & Urban Policy to help analyze and shape strategies for economic growth and resilience in communities across the US. The role will be based in Chicago, IL; Arlington, VA; or New York, NY. The Economics + Advisory Practice has three core disciplines: Sustainable Economics, Economic Development & Urban Policy, and Real Estate Advisory.

Our team helps clients understand market demand, identify industry sectors and clusters positioned for growth, and clarify economic and demographic disparities. We evaluate policies and programs intended to encourage housing production or shift spending to understand their true impact on the market participants and determine risks of inequitable outcomes. We focus on evaluating the impact of pre-existing structural economic challenges that hold back regional economic performance across sectors such as housing, green jobs, and advanced manufacturing, while also assessing strategies for Covid recovery across industry, labor force, housing, social services, and real estate.

Job Summary/Responsibilities

The Economic Development & Urban Policy team is looking for a Senior Analyst who can conduct quantitative and qualitative economic analysis, analyze policies and programs, evaluate industry sectors and clusters, and develop policy solutions in support of economic resilience and recovery efforts, a range of traditional planning studies, and broader advisory roles for municipal entities and agencies.

Our research efforts rely on statistical approaches to align trends across industries and clusters with occupations, factoring in skills, abilities, experience to clarify evolving workforce needs. Our strategies are enabled by a strong focus on implementation, leveraging stakeholder engagement to clarify regional strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities. In context with regional challenges linked to Covid recovery.

The senior analyst will work as part of a multidisciplinary team to lead discrete technical tasks, including developing and implementing quantitative analytical approaches; conducting data analysis, economic and financial modeling, literature reviews, and interviews; developing graphics and presentations to communicate key findings; and writing sections of client deliverables and proposals. The position requires the ability to work closely with managers to balance multiple projects and deadlines, delegate appropriate tasks to more junior staff, and communicate clearly with both clients and other team members.

Example Project Types:

  • Post-Disaster / Post-Covid Economic Recovery Plans

  • Regional Economic Development Strategic Plans

  • Funding and financing strategies for public sector investments

  • Social equity analysis and equitable policy and strategy development

  • Program / Policy Design and Testing

  • Housing Needs Assessments, Inclusionary Zoning Market and Feasibility Analysis

  • Labor Force Analysis

  • Freight and Goods Movement Analysis

  • Economic and Fiscal Impact


Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Urban Planning, Public Policy Analysis, Business, or a related field plus four (4) years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education

Preferred Qualifications

  • 7+ years of professional experience at a planning and economics consulting firm, or equivalent professional experience in urban economics, data science, urban planning, public policy analysis, or related fields

  • Master’s degree from an accredited university in Urban Planning, Public Policy, Economics, or a related field

  • Experience conducting quantitative and qualitative economic analysis related to economic & community development, equity, public health, public finance, and/or resilience

  • Ability to think critically, analyze policy, and write effectively

  • Experience leading discrete technical tasks, presenting and developing content for client deliverables and proposals, and presenting professional work at meetings

  • Fluency with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel

  • Strong technical skills, including experience with one or more of the following software packages:

  • ArcGIS and other spatial analysis tools

  • Quantitative/statistical programs such as STATA, R, Python

  • Economic impact modeling tools such as RIMS II, IMPLAN, REMI

Additional Information

  • Relocation is available for this position.

  • Sponsorship is available for this position.

Here, you will have freedom to grow in a world of opportunity.

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

With infrastructure investment accelerating worldwide, our services are in great demand, and there’s never been a better time to be at AECOM! Join us, and you’ll get all the benefits of being a part of a global, publicly traded firm – access to industry-leading technology and thinking and transformational work with big impact and work flexibility.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

AECOM provides a wide array of compensation and benefits programs to meet the diverse needs of our employees and their families. We also provide a robust global well-being program. We’re the world’s trusted global infrastructure firm, and we’re in this together – your growth and success are ours too.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Join us and let’s get started.

ReqID: J10075041

Business Line: B&P - Buildings & Places

Business Group: DCS

Strategic Business Unit: West

Career Area: Consulting Services