The Polis Center at IUPUI has named Kelly Davila Senior Research Analyst. In this role, Davila will manage ongoing research and evaluation projects involving the SAVI digital community information system (savi.org), analyzing data, and explaining research findings and their implications with clear risk recommendations. SAVI helps nonprofits, academia, government, and health organizations assess trends and conditions, identify service gaps, and better target areas of concern based on the social, economic and other demographic realities in more than 2,000 Central Indiana communities.
Davila has a background in public policy research and urban development with specific experience in academic research, applied social science (archaeology, museum curation, and oral history), and transportation planning for city government. Her major areas of emphasis include spatial analysis, spatial statistics, public policy analysis, and demographically-informed policy research. Prior to joining The Polis Center, Davila worked as a project engineer with the Trapeze Group in Cedar Rapids, IA.
She earned Master’s Degrees in Urban & Regional Planning from the University of Iowa, where she attended as a Dean’s Graduate Research Fellow, and Anthropology from the University of Southern Mississippi. Davila is a native of San Antonio and obtained a BA degree in Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.
The Polis Center at IUPUI (Polis) is a unit of the IUPUI School of Liberal Arts dedicated to using collaboration, interdisciplinary research, and knowledge of spatial technologies to provide reliable information, thoughtful perspective, and creative solutions for the improvement of communities in Indiana and beyond.
Polis seeks an experienced candidate to fill the position of Senior Research Analyst. The Senior Research Analyst will help to design a broad range of applied community-based research projects. This position also will interact with community groups to provide information and to build community capacity to make positive change. Internally, this position will have a lead role in planning and executing higher-level analyses and will mentor other analyst staff.
This position is responsible for assisting in the design and implementation of applied research projects and must be experienced at collecting, evaluating, managing, and analyzing spatial and non-spatial data in both quantitative and qualitative formats; preparing statistical analyses; creating data visualizations; and developing reports containing descriptive, analytical, and evaluative content for both public and academic audiences. This position is accountable for managing internal resources and working with external data providers and vendors as required to meet research and project objectives within a fast-paced, multi-project environment.
This position will work with other staff analysts to insure they have the specific skills necessary to complete a project and will mentor graduate interns.
- Minimum of master’s degree in a social science (e.g., geography, sociology, demography, etc.), spatial science, urban planning, or other fields related to the center’s work. PhD preferred.
- Strong quantitative data analysis skills required; qualitative analysis skill highly desirable.
- Demonstrated experience in applied community research or evaluation projects.
- Experience in program- and community-level outcome measurement, program evaluation, intervention effectiveness studies, community needs and assets assessments, and/or management, analysis, and visualization of large administrative and survey datasets.
- Knowledge of appropriate statistical and data visualization software. Knowledge of SQL is a plus, as is knowledge of GIS.
- Effective oral and written communication of research findings.
- Able to work independently and collaboratively as part of a project team.
This position is available immediately and will remain open until it is filled. Candidates should send letter of application, a complete curriculum vitae, samples of work that demonstrate required skills, and names and contact information of three references who have good knowledge of the candidate’s abilities and experiences to Melissa Gona at email@example.com. For information on The Polis Center, see http://polis.iupui.edu.
IUPUI is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution M/F/D committed to a campus climate that encourages diversity as a means of achieving excellence. Applications from members of under-represented groups including women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are welcome.