Vice President, Principal Economist
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Atlanta - Atlanta, GA
Vice President, Principal Economist

The Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC) serves as a catalyst for a more prosperous and vibrant metro Atlanta.  To advance economic growth and improve our quality of place, MAC is focused on starting, growing and recruiting companies to our 29-county region.  We’re also focused on growing our innovation economy by promoting and strengthening connections to drive Atlanta’s innovation and entrepreneurial culture. MAC is committed to being an active voice for the business community, serving as an advocate for a competitive business climate and telling Atlanta’s story.


Summary of position:

MAC requires an executive thought leader, savvy researcher and communicator to serve as our spokesperson for economic analysis and statistical information. The role reports directly to the President & CEO and works closely with representatives of board member companies, MAC staff, outside firms, trade associations and federal and state agencies.  The Vice President – Principal Economist will help shape debates on issues and be known for an ability to translate complex economic research into clear yet thorough messages in broadly recognized research, publications and speeches. This role will also support the research and advocacy of the public policy department with data and in-depth analysis on key issues.

Candidate Profile:

The ideal candidate should possess a Masters (Ph.D. a plus) in economics, finance or statistics and have a minimum of 8-10 years of direct experience as an urban economist. As a thought leader, this person should be a self-starter who has demonstrated an ability to apply economic analysis to address significant public policy or economic changes that impact regional growth.  This executive must be a hands-on, dynamic leader whose track record buys immediate credibility across a diverse range of constituents. Just as importantly, they must be the consummate communicator, able to influence and build meaningful relationships with a variety of audiences including state and federal policymakers, MAC board members and the media.

The successful candidate will have experience working in matrixed environments with multiple stakeholders internally and externally, including senior executive leadership teams, leading authorities in academia, research, and the media. This experience is vital given the highly visible, consultative nature of the role. As such, the ability to communicate complex data into digestible facts is vital.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Be the one source of truth on regional/state economic performance.
  • Proactively identify areas of risk and opportunity for the region/state as it relates to economic impact.
  • Provide leadership and direction on which indicators will most impact the region/state and provide possible solutions on how to address the issues at hand.
  • Advise MAC senior staff, important stakeholders and the board on economic topics.
  • Design polices and make recommendations for solving economic problems that can be addressed by MAC and other regional entities.
  • Present regional/state economic data to key stakeholders, prospects and broader audiences.
  • Investigate and prepare reports and formulate plans to address economic issues.  
  • Analyze, collect and process economic and statistical data using sampling techniques and other econometric methods as needed.
  • Author articles for publication in appropriate media.
  • Manage a small internal research team.


Key Competencies:

  • Strong leadership and collaborative skills required to gain alignment across the region/state.
  • Exceptional communication, presentation and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong data management and analytic competencies.
  • Ability to synthesize information from multiple sources in a way that is compelling to our members, news media and prospects.
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