Oregon Population Estimates Program Manager

Portland State University Population Research Center Published: September 11, 2017
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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 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. The incumbent, if qualified, may 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.

Key Responsibilities

  • Plan, manage, and implement the research approach for the Oregon Population Estimates Program
  • Communicate with government officials and community advocates to collect information pertinent to population estimates
  • Create and maintain databases essential for the administration of the Oregon Population Estimates Program
  • Develop models for population estimates (e.g. Cohort-Component and Housing Unit models) for large and small geographic areas
  • Generate clear and concise reports, including text, graphics, and tables, describing the results of demographic analyses
  • Present estimate methods and results occasional meetings
  • Supervise and mentor research assistants
  • Work collaboratively with research programs at PSU
  • Participate in the marketing, design, and execution of custom demographic studies and ongoing research efforts in the PRC as needed, including demographic analysis, population and school enrollment forecasting, and spatial and statistical analysis of demographic data

Minimum Qualifications and Skills

  • 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

A Ph.D. in Demography, Sociology, Geography, Economics, or a related field will improve the candidate’s competitiveness. Knowledge and experience in statistical computing and geospatial computer programming software (e.g., R, Python, GeoDa) is also a plus.


This is a renewable, 12-month fixed term position. The starting annual salary rate for this position will be commensurate with the candidate’s qualifications and experience. Compensation includes an excellent benefits package, including: generous healthcare coverage; competitive retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or one dependent at any of the Oregon University System (OUS) schools.

To Apply

The position will remain open until filled. However, for priority consideration, apply by September 30 using the following link: https://jobs.hrc.pdx.edu/postings/24442

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