Data and Impact Associate, Neighborhood & Strategic Initiatives (NSI) World Business Chicago

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.


WBC seeks a full-time Data and Impact Associate for its Neighborhood and Strategic Initiatives (NSI) department. The Data and Impact Associate will support NSI’s focus areas: workforce development, small and medium-sized enterprises, our local procurement development program; Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE), and our entrepreneurial support programming for creative industries; ChicagoMade

Primary Responsibilities  

  • Grow and advance WBC’s research footprint. This includes evolving spend, hire and other analytics; remaining apprised of new methodologies and technologies; proposing and implementing new technologies, processes, or research methods
  • Access, organize and manage institutional, supply-side and other data. This includes securing and downloading different datasets; establishing a methodology to clean, standardize, and store the data; creating processes to flow the data to other staff members, as needed
  • Conduct annual spend, hiring, and economic impact analyses for anchors who are part of the Chicago Anchors for a Strong Economy (CASE) program
  • Conduct statistical analyses of econometric, financial, and demographic data
  • Trouble shoot data quality issues
  • Conduct technical research on economic development, workforce development, and public policy
  • Keep abreast of policy trends and developments related to economic development, workforce development, and small business support at the local, state, and federal level
  • Work with the NSI team to develop data dashboards, maps, and other data visualization tools for better understanding and data storytelling
  • Draft and edit reports and prepare materials for presentations on NSI initiative impact and relevant policy issues
  • Collect and analyze data provided by stakeholders and publically available sources to help direct neighborhood economic development initiatives
  • Interface directly with partners in presentations, status meetings, and working conversations
  • Provide ad-hoc support for data needs around collective purchasing, hiring, and investment opportunities
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of proactive research strategies designed to identify and recruit targeted businesses in neighborhoods.
  • Collaborate with WBC research department to identify employment challenges and trends in Chicago’s neighborhoods
  • Work with delegate agencies and partners to aggregate data highlighting neighborhood assets, opportunities, and economic metrics.
  • Conduct research analysis on emerging businesses in pursuit of expansion opportunities and analyze supply and demand in procurement for CASE businesses and anchors
  • Measure NSI collective impact data, including data tracking for entire NSI department, serving as a Salesforce/Hoovers administrator for NSI, and pulling reports on Salesforce and Hoovers
  • Gather data insights for CASE/ChicagoMade/ChiBizHub/Workforce Development programs, which would involve tracking activity and outcomes, visualizing outcomes data on Excel and PowerPoint
  • Assist CASE with sourcing businesses for CASE by pooling and analyzing city-wide minority- and women-owned business databases


  • Competence in working with large datasets
  • Competence in Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word, Excel and PowerPoint
    • Familiarity with SQL, Python, R, or related programming languages helpful
  • Competence in Geographic Information Systems (e.g. QGIS) and in spatial analysis techniques
  • Experience conducting quantitative and/or qualitative social science or policy research.
  • Familiarity with how local and regional economies function
  • Excellent project management skills and ability to develop strategy to drive progress against goals
  • Strong visual and oral presentation skills
  • Experience and knowledge of institutional procurement and supply chain management processes desirable
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel is required, familiarity with Hoovers, and other CRM tools
  • Ability to work well with others in a small, fast-paced, collaborative and entrepreneurial environment


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree preferred
  • 3-5 years of experience in any of the following fields: Economic Development, City Planning, Real Estate Development, Supply Chain Logistics, Computer or Data Science or similarly related field

If interested, please send a cover letter and resume by October 15 to:

Carrie Simmons

World Business Chicago

177 N. State St., Ste. 500

Chicago, Illinois, 60601