Coordinator of Applied Research

Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce


Community & Nonprofit

Position Description / Responsibilities

Position Scope

Serve as a coordinator on a research team that manages a wide range of programs and projects in one of the Nashville area’s leading research and information organizations. The coordinator develops, organizes, implements, and uses data and systems for a wide array of high impact research studies and reports used in the Nashville region by business and other community stakeholders. The coordinator creates electronic, paper, website, phone and in-person output for creative solutions to research needs and projects. Research involves a broad cross-section of demographic, economic and community topics and a variety of research processes, methods, sources and tools. This key role interacts daily with internal and external customers to provide the highest quality research service that demonstrates rigor, ingenuity, innovation, application, and efficiency.


• Perform data collection of economic and business indicators, demographic data, and a wide range of community data.
• Coordinate data content management, print and electronic materials development and other research activities.
• Assist with activities of the Chamber Business Conditions Council including meeting logistics.
• Provide research as needed for Economic Development marketing programs and other needs as these arise.
• Respond to requests from Chamber clients, customers and stakeholders for research and assistance in a timely and accurate manner. Required to exercise sound judgment and discretion in providing appropriate materials or assistance.
• Use research tools and data as needed to accomplish research output. Experience in or ability to learn SPSS, GIS and other analysis tools as a key part of research position.
• Coordinate key survey research and other business information gathering processes.
• Provide project-specific research coordination to internal Chamber program needs as identified by the Research Vice President and the Vice President of Metropolitan Policy. The research role involves confidential projects, data and information for economic development, government and public policy, and Chamber member issues.
• Respond to ongoing research needs relating to issues of local business, business recruitment and retention, international business, education, and public policy as guided by Research Vice President and the Vice President of Metropolitan Policy.
• Maintain an active interest in advancing in skills and knowledge through reading and learning from professional materials and involvement with national, state and local professional research organizations in the community and regional research field.

Position Requirements

Experience and Qualifications

• Candidate must be a graduate of an accredited university with a bachelor’s degree in a field of study useful and relevant for community or economic research.
• Candidate must exhibit substantive on-site experience in an academic, work or intern setting that is suitable for the research work of the Nashville Area Chamber.
• Candidate must have demonstrated knowledge and experience in working with data from primary and secondary research that exhibits commitment to professional research in demographic, economic or community field.
• Candidate must have experience in work settings that demonstrate commitment to high quality output and results comparable to those required by research at the Nashville Area Chamber.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

• Excellent analytical and research skills and interests.
• Strong organizational skills and proven ability to meet deadlines and multi-task.
• Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
• Excellent verbal, written, analytical, presentation and interpersonal skills.
• Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office products and their application.
• Background in GIS, SPSS, or other mapping, statistical or database work a plus, but not required.
• Ability to engage and fully utilize expertise of community and research resources.
• Professional appearance and demeanor.
• Ability to exercise mature judgment and tact.
• Ability to professionally interact with diverse groups of people and information.
• Preference for team oriented environment.
• Demonstrated superior track record of producing research output.
• Ability to work well under pressure and deadlines with minimal supervision.
• Self-motivated and directed.
• Interest and curiosity about information and data accompanied by desire for continuous learning and professional development.
• Ability and flexibility to prioritize and work on multiple assignments.
• Strong demonstrated abilities with detail work.
• Ability to appropriately use research methods and tools to accomplish project goals and output.
• Familiarity with demographic and economic data sources including, but not limited to, Census, BLS and BEA.

Environmental Conditions and Physical Demands

• The work environment involves almost exclusively office settings.
• Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work with some walking, standing, bending and carrying of light items. The employee must have manual dexterity, visual and auditory acuity.

Application Instructions

Please submit cover letter, resume, and writing sample demonstrating research experience to No phone inquiries, please.

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