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Director of Research, Bureau of Business and Economic Research

University of Montana
Job Location:
Missoula, 59812
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Director of Research, Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER)

The position directs a high-visibility applied economic research program with a focus on the regional economy.  The broad areas of research would include, but not be limited to, industries relevant to Montana and the mountain west, such as tourism, manufacturing, high tech, energy and health care. The incumbent is expected to conduct peer-reviewed and client-specific applied research and to communicate findings to the public in non-technical language, including presentations at the Montana Economic Outlook Seminars. They must be able to attract grants, contracts and other outside funding and direct the development of the overall research program, working with others in the BBER in a collaborative manner. 

The position also directs the health care research program at the BBER, and, as such, is responsible for its direction and growth. The hiring and supervision of additional staff that can be supported by the income stream of that program is completely consistent with this role.

The BBER is the preeminent business research center in Montana. Housed in the College of Business, for 46 years it has produced the Montana Economic Outlook Seminar, a half-day program devoted to the national, state and local economic outlook that is held in 9 cities across Montana. The Director of Research serves as Associate Director of the BBER, and has an important role in the strategic direction of the center.

The University of Montana is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who would assist the University in demonstrating its five priorities for action: Place student success at the center of all we do; drive excellence and innovation in teaching, learning, and research; embody the principle of “mission first, people always"; partner with place; and proudly tell the UM story.

Position Details
  • Position is full-time, 1.0 FTE, MUS Contract and includes a comprehensive and competitive benefits package including Insurance package, mandatory retirement plan, partial tuition waiver, and wellness program
  • Salary for this position is $115,000- $124,000 per year commensurate with qualifications
Required Qualifications
  • The position requires either a Ph.D. in economics or a related field as well as 5 years of experience in applied economic research in a leadership role
  • The position requires independence, initiative, leadership, communications, and persistence
  • The incumbent must be thoroughly trained in economics and familiar with health care policy and the issues involved
Preferred Qualifications
  • The ideal candidate has a demonstrated capacity to independently direct and grow a high-visibility research program, including the ability to conduct peer-reviewed research, attract grants and other external funding, and to make non-technical public presentations of research findings
  • The ability to manage all aspects of a research program, including budgets and personnel, research development and strategic planning, is central to this position
About UM and the Bureau of Business and Economic Research

The University of Montana is flagship, research-intensive R1 institution with approximately 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students. It is located in Missoula, a culturally vibrant community of about 75,000, surrounded by mountains and three rivers converge. Abundant recreational opportunities in surrounding state and national forests and nearby Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park complement a thriving intellectual atmosphere.

The Bureau’s purpose is to serve the general public, as well as people in business, labor, and government, by providing an understanding of the economic environment in which Montanans live and work.

To learn more about the University of Montana, Missoula, and the State of Montana, please visit the links below.

Criminal Background Investigation is required prior to Offer of Employment.
In accordance with University policy, finalists for this position will be subject to criminal background investigations.
ADA/EOE/AA/Veteran's Preference.
Reasonable accommodations are provided in the hiring process for persons with disabilities. For example, this material is available in alternative format upon request. As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, we encourage applications from minorities, veterans, and women. Qualified candidates may request veterans’ or disabilities preference in accordance with state law.
References *References not listed on the application materials may be contacted; notice may be provided to the applicant.
Testing Individual hiring departments at UM may elect to administer pre-employment tests, which are relevant to essential job functions.

Employment Eligibility.  All New Employees must be eligible and show employment eligibility verification by the first date of employment at UM, as legally required (e.g., Form I-9).

Must be eligible to work in the United State upon hire. Sponsorship is not available for this position.


How to Apply

Priority Application Date: Monday, October 23, 2023 by 11:59 PM (Mountain Time)

Complete applications received by this date will be guaranteed consideration. To receive full consideration, candidates are required to submit all of the following materials.

Please submit the following application materials** via the UM Jobs portal and by clicking "New Resume/CV" button.  Please do not apply through*.

  • Letter of Interest – addressing the stated required skills for the position
  • Detailed resume listing education and describing work experience
  • Three (3) professional references- Names and contact information
  • Research Samples

*Applying through or easy apply through may result in submission of an incomplete application.  Applications may be removed from full consideration if they are not complete with materials listed above under the "How to Apply" section.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure complete application materials are submitted and received by the date listed above.

**Please note: only five (5) attachments are allowed per application. Please combine documents accordingly.

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