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Vice President of Research

Position Highlights

Vice President of Research

Rocky Hill, CT

Full-time, exempt, occasional evening or weekend meetings. Minimal out of state travel.

Position and compensation will be offered at a director level depending on education and experience

Contact Info
To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume in confidence to Jennifer Mearns at with AWS Research Job Posting in the subject line.



AdvanceCT Overview

AdvanceCT is an independent, private, nonprofit that seeks to advance business formation, retention, recruitment and growth in Connecticut. AdvanceCT’s mission is to bring business, government, higher education, and nonprofits together to create high impact and inclusive economic development solutions.

On February 1, 2019, Governor Lamont announced a new construct to support an invigorated and aggressive economic development strategy in Connecticut. “We need to think holistically in terms of how we recruit, keep and grow companies here in the state of Connecticut. […] For too long, we’ve looked at economic growth and development in silos instead of with a comprehensive view that allows us to see the impact of our decisions on the long-term financial sustainability and success of our state, and therefore, our residents.”

AdvanceCT and the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (“DECD”) are working in collaboration to drive economic development. AdvanceCT is responsible for driving recruitment, retention and expansion activities, in close coordination with the DECD.

This is an exciting time to join the AdvanceCT team! AdvanceCT is transforming into a market-facing, business-driven organization with a revised and expanded board of directors, new leadership, and a new strategic focus. AdvanceCT will concentrate its resources on promoting business retention and expansion, on recruiting new businesses, and on supporting state and municipal development initiatives. AdvanceCT will help to solidify Connecticut’s reputation as a great place to do business – with a premier location, a highly educated workforce, a responsive state government, strong schools, and a high quality of life.

Position Overview

The Vice President of Research is responsible for AdvanceCT’s business and economic research services, and performs extensive research and analysis concerning state and regional issues. The position oversees diverse strategic initiatives to support business development, including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Economic and fiscal impact analyses and feasibility studies of economic development programs or projects
  • Industry research and data collection with focus on Connecticut’s key sectors
  • Demographic, economic, investment attraction, and fiscal trend analyses, key findings, and implications
  • Benchmarking and best practice studies of regional or local economic performance compared to similar programs, organizations, or geographies
  • Surveys to gauge perceptions of business climate or awareness of issues
  • Data development and presentation to support business cases
  • Collateral that showcases the state’s strengths, assets, business attraction programs, and associated information
  • Statistical model design to determine correlations and other relationships among data; and,
  • Database maintenance and upgrades based on variable revisions with programming updates as needed

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for AdvanceCT’s business and economic research services
  • Lead and oversee a research team
  • Plan, design, and conduct research to interpret economic relationships
  • Formulate key findings, implications, and recommendations
  • Present key research findings and economic outlooks to various audiences
  • Manage multi-year research initiatives
  • Oversee survey research, feasibility analyses, benchmarking, and trend evaluations
  • Write project proposals for new research opportunities
  • Work closely with senior leadership of AdvanceCT, across all functional teams
  • Over time, contribute to company's strategic direction as member of senior leadership team
  • Employing economic, statistical, econometric, and other types of data to showcase Connecticut as a great place for businesses, entrepreneurs, and new technologies, through infographics, social media articles, research reports, and other means of communication


  • A graduate degree in economics, business, statistics, econometrics, finance, or a related field with extensive training in research methodologies, statistics, and econometrics
  • Proposal writing and/or grant writing skills
  • Ability to compile and distill complex data sets, formulate conclusions, and communicate them in written and verbal formats to diverse audiences
  • Excellent research, analysis, communication, and presentation skills
  • Proven management/team building and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated skill working with Microsoft products including Access and Power Point, in addition to Tableau and regression model software (including STATA)
  • Working knowledge of REMI or IMPLAN is an advantage, but not required

To Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume in confidence to Jennifer Mearns at with AWS Research Job Posting in the subject line.