Location: Asheville, NC

Data Analyst - Analytics for Equitable Communities

About Urban3
We are a team of strategists, urbanists, analysts, and change-makers who work together to include everyone in conversations about growth and help communities make smarter decisions about future development, design, and public policy.

To inspire communities of all sizes to think differently about development, land use, and public policy through data-driven storytelling.

The Opportunity
Urban3 champions public wealth building practices for inclusive places and equitable communities. We know that overt discrimination in public planning and policy (e.g. racially restrictive zoning ordinances, redlining, urban renewal) has had an enduring impact on communities’ ability to achieve economic prosperity. Urban3 has pioneered approaches to analyze, visualize and quantify the economic impact of redlining and urban renewal. Although such openly discriminatory practices are now illegal, there are factors which exacerbate systemic inequity that persist today. For example, Urban3 has uncovered disparities in property valuation that cause a large-scale transfer of wealth from low-income residents and homeowners of color to more affluent property owners.

We are seeking a candidate with a strong background in equity, urban planning and data analysis who thrives in a dynamic, fast-paced work environment and can bring diverse stakeholders together to develop and execute analytics for equitable communities.

This individual will aid the Director of Analytics for Equitable Communities, project teams, and the entire firm on a wide range of equity-focused projects. Principally, as a data analyst this individual will draw on innovations in data science to measure and visualize equity in communities across the United States and internationally.

Ultimately, this individual will contribute to Urban3’s mission by working with diverse communities to repair the damage caused by discriminatory public planning practices and by infusing contemporary planning decisions with the analytics necessary to advance equity.

What You'll Do

  • Contribute to the emerging field of equity measurement and analytics in urban planning and design
  • Help build innovative research strategies to examine root causes and effects of structural inequity
  • Access, curate and analyze secondary public and proprietary sources of data relevant to clients’ equity-focused objectives (including the American Community Survey and other Census products, PLACES health data, property assessments/ tax rolls)
  • Work directly with city and county government staff, and travel to meet with clients across the US and Canada for site visits (10% travel)
  • Bring experience pairing policy research with equity analysis
  • Develop creative solutions to communicate and visualize complex research findings to Urban3’s clients and audiences (including policy makers, national and local journalists, and the general public)
  • Apply an equity lens to project conceptualization, analysis, and dissemination, and support the design and implementation of Urban3’s equity research. Stay up to date on research methods to study of the role of structural racism and the measurement of equitable outcomes

Who You Are
You have deep and relevant experience with equity measurement practices, and a strong perspective on how data and research can inform policies that close equity gaps.

The Successful Candidate Will Possess

  • A master’s degree in urban planning, information/ data science, or a field related to social science (e.g. public policy, economics, political science, or sociology) OR have an equivalent level of experience and education (e.g., a bachelor’s degree with 3-4 years of experience).
  • Technical proficiency using ESRI suite of geospatial software platforms (ArcMap, ArcScene, ArcPro, ArcGIS Online)
  • Experience with at least one major statistical software package (Stata, SAS, or R), with a preference for R (especially ggplot2, tidycensus).
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with an ability to communicate effectively with diverse internal and external audiences. Experience delivering presentations and engaging and facilitating communications with external funders, policymakers, government officials, etc.
  • Creative problem solving skills with an ability to adapt processes and analyses to local contexts, data limitations, and client needs
  • A curiosity and willingness to expand their understanding of applied public policy, tax administration, and data-driven storytelling

The Successful Candidate Might Possess

  • Experience with grant writing and/ or management
  • Experience using Git, Github and version control
  • Experience with Keynote and/or Adobe Illustrator/ InDesign

Hybrid/remote will be considered for the right candidate, but ideally you will live in or relocate to Asheville, NC.

How to Apply
Apply here.