The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) is a non-profit, investor-driven organization that leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area. Today, BRAC investors include more than 1,500 businesses, civic organizations, education institutions, and individuals. In this capacity, BRAC serves as the voice of the business community.
Policy and Research Project Manager
Organization Description: The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge metropolitan area. Serving as the voice of the business community, BRAC’s membership includes more than 1,500 organizations whose employees represent over a third of the Capital Region workforce.
Supporting BRAC’s Key Pillars: As part of BRAC’s economic competitiveness staff, the policy and research project manager helps carry out Think Bigger, BRAC’s five-year strategic plan designed to make the Baton Rouge Area into one of the leading economies and premier business locations in the country, growing and attracting talent with its unique culture, vibrant communities, and beautiful spaces. The policy and research project manager provides leadership on initiatives and policies that drive the achievement of BRAC’s key pillars: grow and diversify the Baton Rouge Area economy; cultivate the region’s talent; transform the Baton Rouge Area’s quality of life; and elevate the region’s external image.
Job Description: This position is responsible for providing project management, research, analysis, and administration for initiatives that advance BRAC’s annual policy agenda. Areas of activity include workforce development, education, transportation, crime, health care, quality of place, and other economic competitiveness factors. The work will be comprised of approximately 30 percent research and 70 percent project management. Major functions involve:
- Leading the organization and implementation of the annual program of work within BRAC’s policy agenda (for a limited number of regional policy areas)
- Activities include: coalition building, advocacy activities, community development projects, relationship management
- Serving as staff lead for one or more of BRAC’s Issue Councils
- Gaining and maintaining an expertise on one or more regional policy areas
- Performing analyses of regional policy issues
- Interpreting data, writing reports, and making actionable recommendations
- Authoring public policy commentaries on issues relevant to the region’s economic competitiveness
- Representing the organization at public and private meetings that relate to economic development and competitiveness
- Leading special research and projects to advance organizational objectives, support community partners, and inform stakeholders
- Developing reports on key trends and issues affecting the markets, economy and region
- Designing qualitative and quantitative research plans and selecting the most appropriate research methodologies and techniques
- Preparing and presenting reports on policy issues to the BRAC Senior Staff, Executive Committee, and Board of Directors as needed
- Providing support to and working with BRAC’s governmental affairs staff and other BRAC departments as needed
- Other duties as assigned
The Policy and Research Project Manager will report to the Senior Vice President of Economic Competitiveness.
- A bachelor’s degree is required; an MBA, MPP, JD, or MPA is preferred
- A strong command of Microsoft office products is required
- Two to four years of experience preferred
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Adept in communicating complex ideas and sophisticated analyses
- Strategic and tactical planner
- Strong interpersonal skills
- Effectively communicates relevant project information to superiors
- Understands how to communicate difficult/sensitive information tactfully
- Delivers engaging, informative, well-organized presentations
- Polished presentation skills
- Ease in interfacing with senior level executives
- Able to effectively and professionally meet internal and external client expectations and positively represent the organization
- A desire to work within a diverse, collaborative, and driven professional environment
Resumes will be accepted only via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Policy and Research Project Manager. Any questions should be directed to this address. Please do not contact office by phone or in person.