Research Analyst

ABOUT US | HR&A Advisors, Inc. (HR&A) is an employee-owned company advising public, private, non-profit, and philanthropic clients on how to increase opportunity and advance quality of life in cities.    

We believe in creating vital places, building more equitable and resilient communities, and improving people’s lives.     

From Brooklyn to Hong Kong, we have guided hundreds of clients in transforming real estate concepts, economic development strategies, and public infrastructure initiatives, first into actionable plans then into job-producing, community-strengthening assets.   

Our clients include real estate owners and investors, hospitals and universities, cultural institutions and philanthropies, community development organizations and governments.   

HR&A has offices in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Raleigh, and Washington DC. We come from diverse backgrounds, have a breadth of lived experience, and share a passion for cities. We are former city officials, executive directors, planners, lawyers, architects, and economists.    

ABOUT YOU | You have a passion for urban development and policy, strong quantitative and qualitative skills, and a deep curiosity about the challenges and opportunities facing cities today.    

You will bring a demonstrated capacity for leadership, critical thinking, and creativity, and are excited to dive into projects that help our clients solve difficult challenges cities face today. 

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THE ROLE | We are seeking Research Analyst candidates for our HR&A offices in New York, Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Raleigh, or Washington, DC.   

Analytic staff form the foundation of our team-oriented and collaborative structure and help to drive our data-driven approach to city building. 

Research Analyst is an entry-level position for professionals with 0-2 years of professional experience, a passion for urban development and policy and a deep curiosity about the challenges and opportunities facing cities today. Day-to-day tasks range from project to project, and often include: 

  • market analysis 
  • case study research 
  • econometric modeling 
  • spatial analysis 
  • preparation of real estate pro formas for a range of uses and public-private structures, and 
  • public policy analysis. 

Additionally, Research Analysts help produce marketing materials, proposals for new projects, and client deliverables in the form of written reports, memos, PowerPoint presentations, and Excel models. 

The positions provide significant opportunities for growth and diversity within the role as individual project portfolios change. HR&A staff are often generalists but have the opportunity to specialize over time. Many of HR&A’s senior staff started as Research Analysts. 

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED | We are looking for candidates with strong quantitative and qualitative skills, a passion for urban development and policy, and a deep curiosity about the challenges and opportunities facing cities today. Our new team members will learn quickly, possess excellent written and verbal communication skills; and be able to manage multiple assignments at once. They will think independently, act entrepreneurially, and pay attention to the details. Ideal analysts will bring a demonstrated capacity for leadership, critical thinking, and creativity. 

Candidates for this entry-level position should have obtained a bachelor’s degree with a focus on economics, urban planning, business, public policy, real estate, or other closely related field. Preference will be given to candidates with additional work or internship experience in a related field. 

COMPENSATION | The salary range for this position is $69,000 – $74,500. We offer competitive compensation packages, based on qualifications and experience.  Where an offer falls inside the pay range is dependent on experience. Where an offer falls inside the pay range is dependent on experience. We are an employee-owned company, meaning you will have the opportunity to benefit from the firm’s growth over time through participation in our Employee Stock Options Plan. Each year, the firm will contribute funds to this long-term wealth-building account and may make contributions to other retirement accounts. We also provide a comprehensive benefits package that goes well beyond coverage of 90-95% of healthcare premiums, dental and vision coverage. For more details, visit 

HOW TO APPLY | HR&A is committed to attracting and retaining a talented, diverse, competitive team of professionals dedicated to solving the challenges of urban life. Women, people of color, members of the LGBT community, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.   

To apply, click here. In lieu of a cover letter please provide an essay of no more than three typewritten, double-spaced pages on how you see yourself bringing equity to cities and the built environment. Please submit your writing sample and resume as a single PDF document. Applications without a writing sample will not be reviewed.

We ask that you submit a version of your resume that has your school information removed. There is no need to reformat your resume, and you should leave your degree (e.g., “B.A. Economics”). But please remove all undergraduate and graduate school name references. This request is part of our ongoing work to build a hiring system that is free from bias and based on candidate merit and performance in the hiring process.  

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, medical condition, veteran status, or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.   

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