Assistant Vice President for Applied Research, Community Development and Center for Indian Country Development

262268 Requisition #

Community Development and the Center for Indian Country Development (CD/CICD) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis promote the economic strength of low-income individuals and communities across the 9th District and to tribal communities nationally by informing public policy and economic and community development practice through conducting applied research, identifying and sharing what works, and building effective external engagement efforts.  CD and CICD’s work is currently focused on three areas: early childhood development, housing and homeownership, and expanding access to credit. The Research team in CD/CICD is responsible for advancing the work of these focal areas by conducting applied research and analysis and partnering with our policy development and engagement teams to amplify the voices of those in our communities, and contributing issue-specific expertise to inform the strategies of our departmental initiatives.


The AVP is a senior member of the leadership team leading the development of the department’s research agenda, managing the work of the Applied Research team, contributing to the overall strategic direction of the department, informing senior bank leadership on economic and community development issues, and building external networks and partnerships, particularly with researchers. We are looking for an individual committed to making a difference in reducing economic inequality and that believes in the importance of sound, objective research–with findings that are clearly communicated in a variety of formats to a broad audience of stakeholders.  We are looking for a big-picture thinker balanced with experience conducting and overseeing applied quantitative and qualitative research informing policy and/or programs. The AVP will collaborate effectively across functional areas within CD/CICD, and other departments for which there are strategic areas of connection, and with a broad array of external organizations from academic centers to community-based groups.


Principal Accountabilities:

Research & Communications Management and Results: Oversee researchers in developing and executing a research agenda that advances a set of goals under our focal areas. Potentially conduct their own research on topics relevant to tribal and low-income residents/communities. Work with team to select and shepherd research in a way that maximizes potential utilization of findings that inform public policy and/or the practice of economic and community development organizations, leading to positive outcomes for lower-income individuals. This includes engaging relevant stakeholders along the way.  Provide critical review to research and manage the overall review process, ensuring research is rigorous and objective. Promote a process for conveying research findings in a variety of formats accessible for a range of stakeholders.  Work with our public affairs and communications teams in identifying and supporting a department communications strategy that sets priority initiatives for engaging target audiences with our work and amplifies community voices. Foster a creative, innovative, and adaptive team approach. Identify criteria for assessing the impact of the research and communications efforts to inform the continual refinement of the goals and strategies for this work.

Strategic Vision: Direct or participate in the successful planning and execution of research projects and other types of department initiatives aimed at addressing the root causes of poverty and inequality in the district and nationally. Participate in the development of department focal areas and focal area goals, as well as department management policies. Provide occasional briefings to senior bank leadership on emerging issues and current policy discussion pertinent to lower-income communities. Develop broad-based knowledge pertaining to our focal areas and environmental factors affecting them to be able to inform the above strategic work.

Team Management and Development:  Excel in participating on a team of other AVP leaders overseeing the CD and CICD functions.  Identify what skills/expertise are needed for open positions and manage recruiting.  Effectively leverage the broad set of knowledge and skills across the team when identifying projects and roles while fostering a team environment. Incentivize and support creative and innovative ideas and risk-taking that promote positive outcomes. Manage staff work, provide direct constructive feedback to help team members achieve their professional potential, and work with team members to identify growth opportunities and professional development plans.

Collaboration and Partnerships: Foster strong collaboration across the division, the Bank and the Fed System. This includes working with other leads across the department to identify how researchers and communication experts can contribute their skills and knowledge to inform the development of strategies for department initiatives and best provide support to the work of the department’s engagement groups.  Identify and develop relationships and/or partnerships to spur change or to take on research questions related to how we collectively understand and respond to issues faced by low-income populations—particularly through analytical work.

Serve as an ambassador of Community Development and the Center for Indian Country Development participating on external committees, workgroups, and task forces and conducting internal and external presentations on department research and other work to large and small audiences. 


This position is required to supervise senior staff.


Master or doctorate degree in public policy, planning, economics, economic development, urban or rural studies or other related field and minimum of 10 years of job related experience including a minimum of 3-5 years of management experience.  

Proven track-record producing strong quantitative and/or qualitative research related to lower-income individuals or communities. Exceptional skills managing applied quantitative research and, ideally, qualitative research. Ability to promote rigorous, objective research essential. Demonstrated experience managing research leading to changes in policy and/ or programs. Familiarity with research on housing, early childhood development, Indian Country specific topics and/ or racial wealth inequality a plus.

Proven leadership and strategic vision skills, including forward-thinking orientation, ability to overcome resistance, supporting and motivating professional staff, and influencing positive outcomes aligned with an organization’s vision, values, and goals.

Demonstrated ability to convey research findings in an array of accessible formats to reach a broad audience of stakeholders effectively a plus. Experience developing and/or overseeing a communications strategy (publications, website, social media) a plus.

Demonstrated ability to foster a creative and innovative environment. Excellent skills developing and motivating team members. Ability to support staff with innovation in a larger department and institution. 

Demonstrated ability to foster a team and collaborative approach required. Demonstrated ability to build research partnerships across organizations and a broad network a plus.

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