THE VIRGINIA ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP   Richmond, VA   Full-time     Advertising / Marketing / Public Relations
Posted on January 19, 2023
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Research Project Manager

The Virginia Office of Education Economics (VOEE) housed within the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP) is seeking a Research Project Manager to manage and execute a number of exciting research projects. Recently created through legislation, VOEE is tasked with providing a unified, consistent source of data and analysis on talent and education and labor market alignment. VOEE’s work will inform policy and practice changes and lead to innovation throughout the Commonwealth to improve outcomes for students, workers, and industry. This position is an opportunity to join this new team at VEDP and help build this first in the nation office.


  • Monitor project progress against key deadlines
  • Ensure stakeholder management and input
  • Contribute to the overall strategic direction and focus of each project
  • Ongoing grants management/reporting
  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative research including:
    • Data collection
    • Data analysis
    • Writing 


  • Qualitative and quantitative research skills
  • High-quality writing, specifically writing up qualitative and quantitative research findings in a clear manner
  • Project management skills
  • Ability to work with high-level stakeholders in education and workforce 
  • Proficiency working with qualitative and quantitative data and organizing data into standard formats including performing data cleaning, preparation, and transformation, as necessary
  • Excellent strategic analysis and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to explore data to find interesting trends or relationships aligned to VOEE and partner research interests
  • Familiarity with grants management and grants reporting processes (Federal-level, State-level, or third-party grants) required
  • Familiarity with K-12, higher education and/or the workforce system education, labor market, and/or workforce
  • Excellent proficiency in Excel model development and PowerPoint slide development, strategic analysis and problem-solving skills, and overall tech-enabled tools as a platform for strong communication and idea visualization required
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to multitask and work under time pressure
  • Ability to use computerized databases for project management, as requested


  • A bachelor’s degree in social science (economics, public policy, or political science), mathematics, data analytics, business, or a related field (preference given to economics with quantitative rigor and statistical methods coursework)
  • Advanced degree (Masters or PhD) in related field preferred education, economics, policy, sociology, etc.
  • At least 5 years of progressively responsible leadership and work experience working in education, economic development, competitiveness, or public policy projects required
  • Work experience providing exposure to multiple projects and leadership styles, requiring detailed analytical and quantitative problem-solving

Experience Desired:

  • Specific experience in K12, higher education, and/or workforce development
  • Experience collecting and working with qualitative data

Being authorized to work in the U.S. is a precondition of employment. VEDP uses the E-Verify system and does not provide sponsorship.

All candidates must apply through our website: A cover letter is required. A valid Virginia driver’s license is required. Hiring range: $70,000-$85,000. Application deadline: February 3, 2023.


VEDP is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or against otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities. It is VEDP’s intent that its employment and personnel policies and practices conform to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Applicants requiring more information or requiring assistance may contact VEDP Human Resources at 1-804-545-5634 or TDD 1-800-828-1120.