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Researcher Associate – Local Affairs

The Citizens Research Council of Michigan, Michigan’s oldest and most trusted nonpartisan public affairs research organization, is seeking an outstanding researcher to on local government policy issues.  This position will serve as the Research Council’s expert on local government finance and taxation, organization, service delivery, and other policy matters. 


The research associate will be expected to:

  • Produce high-quality, objective research reports on various local government policy topics. Recent reports have addressed property tax limitations, non-property tax alternatives, mass transit funding and governance, and ad valorem special assessments.
  • Analyze data and apply basic statistical measures
  • Contribute monthly to the Research Council’s web publications
  • Create and deliver nonpartisan briefings and presentations on policy topics to a diverse set of audiences
  • Review and provide feedback on draft papers authored by other staff
  • Respond to inquiries from the news media, government officials, industry and policy associations, and the general public in an informed and nonpartisan manner
  • Occasionally you might be asked to engage in consulting projects


  • An interest in Michigan public policy
  • Strong skills in research, spreadsheet analysis, writing research reports
  • Outstanding presentation skills
  • At least a master’s degree in a policy-related concentration (public policy, public administration, economics, etc.)
  • Self-starter with the ability to manage a project from inception to publication

Compensation is based on qualifications. Compensation also includes participation in the 401(k) defined contribution plan, eligibility for health insurance (including vision and dental), participation in health reimbursement account, travel cost reimbursement, and flexible hours.

Work Location

The person employed in this position can work out of our Livonia (38777 Six Mile Road, Suite 208) or Lansing (115 West Allegan, Suite 480) offices. The person employed in this position will have the ability to work in a hybrid arrangement, working out of his/her home and the office.

About the Citizens Research Council of Michigan

The mission of the Citizens Research Council is to promote the development of informed public policy at all levels of Michigan government through the delivery of factual and unbiased analyses of the issues most critical to state and local government. 

We are a private, not-for-profit, public affairs research group that has been researching issues pertaining to Michigan state and local government organization and finance since 1916.  The Research Council is a 501(c)(3) organization governed by a 35-member board of directors and a 60-member board of trustees.  Independence and nonpartisanship are among the distinguishing attributes of the Citizens Research Council.  All Research Council employees are expected to ensure that their actions do not jeopardize the Citizens Research Council’s nonpartisan reputation.  Examples of our research and additional information on Citizens Research Council can be found at

Application Process

Interested candidates should apply by sending (no phone inquiries please) a cover letter, resume, two writing samples, and references to:

Eric Lupher
Citizens Research Council of Michigan
38777 Six Mile Road, Suite 208
Livonia, MI 48152-3974

The writing samples should be related to a public policy topic and should be solely authored by the applicant.

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