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AECOM Associate Director, Economic Development & Real Estate Advisory in Dallas, Texas

Job Summary

AECOM is seeking an Associate Director, Economic Development & Real Estate Advisory to be based in Dallas, Austin, or Houston, Texas. The Economics + Advisory Practice has three core disciplines: Sustainable Economics, Economic Development & Urban Policy, and Real Estate Advisory. The selected candidate will join the Economic Development & Urban Policy team within AECOM’s Economics + Advisory Practice and lead our presence in Texas.

Our team helps clients understand market demand, identify industry sectors and clusters positioned for growth, and clarify economic and demographic disparities, equity concerns. We focus on evaluating the impact of pre-existing structural economic challenges that hold back regional economic performance across sectors such as tourism, green jobs, and advanced manufacturing, while also assessing strategies for Covid recovery across industry, labor force, and real estate.

At AECOM, we’re delivering a better world.

We believe infrastructure creates opportunity for everyone. Whether it’s improving your commute, keeping the lights on, providing access to clean water or transforming skylines, our work helps people and communities thrive.

Our clients trust us to bring together the best people, ideas, technical expertise and digital solutions to our work in transportation, buildings, water, the environment and new energy. We’re one global team – 47,000 strong – driven by a common purpose to deliver a better world.

About Buildings + Places

AECOM’s Buildings + Places practice includes architecture, interiors, building engineering, workplace strategy, business transformation, asset advisory, economics and development planning, master planning, urban planning, and landscape architecture in a dynamic, interactive, and creative work environment.

With a range of expertise from strategy and design through project realization, we create better outcomes to grow economies, protect natural systems, conserve natural resources, make societies more equitable and connect and engage people through innovative, sustainable design solutions.

Examples of our work include the Economic Development Strategy & Diversification Study for the Texas General Land Office, Downtown Flint Game Plan for Flint Downtown Development Authority, and Indy FastTrack Manufacturing Plant Reuse and Regional Economic Development Strategy for the City of Indianapolis.

Job Summary/Responsibilities

The Economic Development & Urban Policy team is looking for a market and project leader that can support integrated pursuits, identify opportunities, and develop a team of analysts. With an Americas practice, we are seeking candidates that can learn the nuances of new markets and provide subject matter expertise in a specific focus area.

The successful candidate should be able to lead quantitative and qualitative economic analysis, analyze policies and programs, evaluate industry sectors and clusters, and develop policy solutions in support of economic resilience and recovery projects as well as supporting various types of city planning exercises. Additional day-to-day tasks will require business development activities and the direction of project teams to ensure top quality and timely work products which satisfy clients’ needs.

Our research efforts rely on statistical approaches to align trends across industries and clusters with occupations, factoring in skills, abilities, experience to clarify evolving workforce needs. Our strategies are enabled by a strong focus on implementation, leveraging stakeholder engagement to clarify regional strengths, weaknesses, threats, and opportunities. In context with regional challenges linked to Covid recovery.

The position requires the ability to lead a team while working closely with other disciplines and balancing multiple projects and deadlines, delegating and mentoring staff, and communicating clearly with both clients and other team members.

Example Project Types:

  • Post-Disaster / Post-Covid Economic Recovery Plans

  • Regional Economic Development Strategies

  • Funding and financing strategies for public sector investments

  • Economic and Fiscal Impact of projects, programs, and regulations

  • Social equity analysis and equitable policy and strategy development

  • Affordable Housing Strategies

  • Workforce Development and Labor Force Analysis

  • Freight and Goods Movement Analysis

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Economics, Urban Planning, Public Policy Analysis, Business, or a related field plus eight (8) years of relevant experience or demonstrated equivalency of experience and/or education

  • Valid driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications

  • 12+ years of professional experience at a planning and economics consulting firm, or equivalent professional experience in urban economics, strategy, data science, urban planning, public policy analysis, or related fields

  • Master’s degree from an accredited university in a related field

  • 3+ years in management role at a planning, economic, financial or strategy consulting firm, or equivalent

  • Experience working closely and collaboratively with many disciplines, including all aspects of from urban planning, urban design, and architecture to urban infrastructure practice areas including transportation, water, environment, and energy

  • Experience leading quantitative and qualitative economic analysis related to economic & community development, equity, public health, public finance, and/or resilience

  • Experience presenting and developing content for proposals, interacting with clients, having leadership on multiple parallel projects, presenting professional work at meeting, workshops, and industry conferences

  • Strong technical skills, including experience with one or more of the following software packages:

  • ArcGIS and other spatial analysis tools

  • Quantitative/statistical programs such as STATA, R, Python

  • Economic impact modeling tools such as RIMS II, IMPLAN, REMI

Additional Information:

  • Sponsorship is not available for this position.

What We Offer

We will give you the flexibility you need to do your best work with hybrid work options. Whether you’re working from an AECOM office, remote location or at a client site, you will be working in a dynamic environment where your integrity, entrepreneurial spirit and pioneering mindset are championed.

You will help us foster a culture of equity, diversity and inclusion – a safe and respectful workplace, where we invite everyone to bring their whole selves to work using their unique talents, backgrounds and expertise to create transformational outcomes for our clients.

We will encourage you to grow and develop your career with us through our technical and professional development programs and diverse career opportunities. We believe in leadership at all levels. No matter where you sit in the organization you can make a lasting impact on the projects you work on, the teams and committees you join and our business.

We offer competitive pay and benefits, well-being programs to support you and your family, and the development resources you need to advance your career.

When you join us, you will connect and collaborate with a global network of experts – planners, designers, engineers, scientists, consultants, program and construction managers – leading the change toward a more sustainable and equitable future. Join us and let’s get started.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Economics

Business Line B&P - Buildings & Places

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United States of America

Position Status Full Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 257161BR

Additional Locations US - Austin, TX - 13640 Briarwick Drive, Suite 200, US - Houston, TX - 19219 Katy Freeway

Virtual: No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.

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