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An engine for collaboration in Northern Illinois

Region 1 Planning Council (RPC) is hiring a Research Associate to help our public and private sector partners execute the 2021-2025 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for Northern Illinois (CEDS) – the economic development road map for Winnebago, Boone, and McHenry Counties.

The initial focus will be on CEDS implementation and providing research, data collection, and economic impact analyses for RPC clients.

The ideal candidate possesses excellent analytical, problem-solving, writing, and communication skills and has a passion for promoting regional economic vitality. A strong interest or background in macroeconomic research and data collection is a must. Familiarity with economic forecasting software desired, but not required.

Assists Director of Economic Development & Policy with the engagement of CEDS Steering Committee, comprised of public and private sector community and economic development leaders, to advance CEDS goals, strategies, and action items.

Performs technical research and analysis, planning, writing, and project management for assigned economic development projects.

This is a full-time position, working on-site in our beautiful office along the riverfront in downtown Rockford, Illinois.

Education, Training, Experience. Graduation from an accredited institution with a bachelor’s degree in economics, economic development, community development, public affairs, or a closely related field, plus 2 years of related experience. A satisfactory equivalent combination of experience and training which ensures the ability to perform the work may be considered. Pay commensurate with experience.

Compensation and Benefits: Rate of pay will take into consideration prior applicable experience. Full-time positions include a generous paid time off package including vacation, sick, personal, holiday, and floating holiday time, and access to health, dental, vision, and life insurances; flex, dependent care, and health savings accounts; employee assistance program; and retirement plans including IMRF pension and 457 deferred compensation.

About Region 1 Planning Council: R1Planning, a special-purpose, regional government agency, is an engine for regional collaboration and governmental efficiency in Northern Illinois. We serve a six-county area through long-term, multi-jurisdictional, and state and federal projects including analytics, funding, and planning.

What do our team members love about working at R1? Our team is passionate about doing work that makes a meaningful, multifaceted impact on the region and its residents. Team members enjoy working with one another, with a mix of individual and collaborative work that advances their skills, knowledge, and experience.


· We are interested in every qualified candidate who is eligible to work in the US. However, we cannot sponsor visas.

· Preference will be given to persons living (or willing to relocate within the first 60 days of employment) within a 45-minute commute.

· Employment is subject to drug screening.

· Region 1 Planning Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity and inclusion.

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