180 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2505, Chicago, IL 60601


Research Analyst
February 3, 2022

Research Analyst

Research Analyst

World Business Chicago (WBC) is a public-private, non-profit partnership that drives inclusive economic growth and job creation, supports business, and promotes Chicago as a leading global city.

The Research Center provides cross-functional support to enhance WBC’s thought leadership in attracting, expanding and retaining businesses, promoting Chicago as a global business destination, and designing and scaling initiatives for economic growth.

Summary and Job Responsibilities

The Research Analyst is responsible for assisting the Research Center with key initiatives as assigned and will have the opportunity to take a consultative approach to the workflow on cross-functional teams. The individual is dynamic, hard-working, and eager to engage in an “all-hands-on-deck” small-team environment with strong data gathering and analysis skills and a passion for applying research to drive economic development in Chicago through WBC’s mission and goals. The Research Analyst is a full-time position reporting to the Vice President of Research.

  • Queries data from economic and business indicator databases for analysis and reporting
  • Builds custom comparative analyses and research outlining Chicago’s competitive advantages
  • Supports responses to external requests for information from companies and their intermediaries, media, City of Chicago, civic stakeholders, and other partners
  • Assembles, analyzes, and presents data for use in weekly dashboards, presentations, Research Center white papers, website, and other materials

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Undergraduate degree in economics, urban planning, statistics, or a related field
  • High proficiency in Excel (GIS, Tableau, or R experience strongly preferred)
  • Demonstrated understanding of economic development concepts and analytical applications
  • Excellent academic record
  • Highly collaborative work style
  • Desire to problem-solve thoughtfully and creatively
  • Positive, proactive attitude toward projects and work
  • Strong sense of organization, time management, and attention to detail
  • Ability to communicate with courtesy, clarity, and diplomacy
  • Willingness to receive feedback on work and overall progress
  • Able to physically be in the office (downtown Chicago) at least 3 days per week with the option of 2 days remote
  • Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required by the first day of work unless there is an exemption due to medical or religious reasons


Please email a resume and cover letter to: [email protected].

World Business Chicago is an equal opportunity employer.