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Population Estimates Program Manager

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Letters of recommendation will not be requested until candidates have been selected for further consideration.

Position Announcement

Position Details

Proposed Start Date 01/02/2018
Rank J - Research Associate
Working Title Population Estimates Program Manager
Position Number D93398
Representation AU - AAUP
Faculty Type Fixed Term Research/Grant
Fixed Term End Date: 06/30/2018
Position FTE 1.0
Term of Service 12 month

Position Summary

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept

The Population Research Center (PRC) at Portland State University (PSU) seeks an experienced and dynamic population researcher to manage the Center’s Oregon Population Estimates Program (OPEP). Affiliated with the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies (IMS) in the College of Urban and Public Affairs (CUPA), the PRC fulfills several Oregon statutory requirements through the Oregon Population Estimates program, the Oregon Population Forecast Program, and the Oregon Census State Data Center.

Additionally, the PRC works with local and state government and nonprofit agencies to conduct demographic analyses that support public and private decision making, such as school enrollment forecasts, analysis of trends and issues related to aging and public health, housing needs, and small geography population estimates. Center research faculty engage in a variety of research projects that provide data analysis to decision makers throughout the Portland metropolitan region and across Oregon.

Position Summary

The principal duty of the Oregon Population Estimates Program Manager is to produce annual population estimates for all cities and counties in Oregon on an annual basis, an annual Oregon Population Report, and quarterly supplemental reports.

The success of the program requires the Manager carry out the following responsibilities:
1) administration and planning (e.g., plan, manage, and implement the program research approach; establish and meet deadlines),
2) population estimation and demographic analysis (e.g. execution of data collection and database development, model development, and documentation of estimate assumptions), and
3) communication (e.g., reporting results in reports and public presentations).

Because population estimates drive decision making at the state and local level, the Manager is encouraged to engage with state and local decision makers and may be asked to make presentations explaining the assumptions and methodology of the estimates and to describe demographic conditions in Oregon. The position therefore may require some travel within Oregon. In addition, this position represents the PRC in the Federal State Cooperative for Population Estimates, requiring occasional travel to Census Bureau headquarters in the Washington, DC area.

A secondary duty of the Oregon Population Estimates manager is to develop custom estimates, such as small area estimates, for local governments and nonprofit organizations, and to develop other custom demographic analysis on a contract basis. The position will also contribute to the Center’s other programs, such as the Oregon Population Forecast Program. This position, if qualified, might also teach courses within PSU’s Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning, toward the Graduate Certificate in Applied Demography, managed by the PRC.

This position description is incorporated by reference in the Notice of Appointment, consistent with the practices outlined for fixed-term faculty in the current PSU-AAUP collective bargaining agreement (Article 18).

Primary Activity R - Research
Minimum Qualifications

• Master’s degree in Demography, Sociology, Geography, Economics, or a related field and demonstrated proficiency with population estimation and forecast methodologies and research design.
• At least three years of applied work experience in applied demography or other social science research demonstrating proficiency with population estimation methodologies and research design.
• Solid experience with spreadsheets, databases, statistical analysis software, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
• Strong familiarity with Census data.
• Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
• An entrepreneurial and collaborative attitude.
• Experience managing complex, high visibility research projects requiring public outreach and input.

Preferred Qualifications

• PhD in Demography, Geography, or Sociology, Economics or a related field.
• Interest and experience in teaching courses in applied demography.
• Competency with relevant programming languages such as R and Stata.

Key Cultural Competencies

• Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages and celebrates differences.
• Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities and cultural backgrounds.
• Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement.
• Adheres to all PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.

Environmental Stewardship

Contributes to a culture of environmental stewardship, practices resource conservation, and actively works toward achieving long-term sustainability goals.

Professional Standards of Conduct

At Portland State University, all employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner which maintains a safe, respectful, and productive environment for faculty, students, administrators, and staff. It is the responsibility of every member of the Portland State University community to conduct themselves in accordance with our PSU Professional Standards of Conduct which are available at

Total Compensation Range & Benefits Statement

The starting annual salary rate for this position will depend on the incumbent’s experience and qualifications. PSU offers an excellent benefits package including 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee spouse, or dependent at any of the Oregon Public Universities.

Application Instructions

Additional Information
Additional Application Instructions (deadlines, etc.)

Letters of recommendation will not be requested until candidates have been selected for further consideration.

Does this position require the employee to drive a motor vehicle? No
Background Check Required No
If you have questions

Emily Renfrow,,503-725-5170

Search Details

Posting Close Date
Projected Close Date for Posting Open Until Finalists Identified
Application screening begins 10/09/2017
Will you consider an ABD applicant for this position? Yes
If yes, when must the degree be earned?
If necessary, would you be willing to sponsor the succcessful applicant for permanent US residence, now or in the future? No

Reference Requests

Reference Requests

Accept References Yes
Minimum Number of References 2
Maximum Number of References 4
Cutoff Date
Special Instruction for Reference Provider

Please provide any information that will help us determine this individual’s potential for success in this position. In particular, has this person demonstrated the skills necessary for success? In what capacity did you observe this?

Please upload your letter of recommendation by 10/31/17.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * What is your highest degree earned?
    • Associates
    • Bachelors
    • Masters
    • PhD
  2. * Please name the specific field/discipline in which you received your degree.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have experience with techniques for estimating population for cities and counties? What techniques have you used?

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents