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Associate Economist

Company: First American Financial Corporation
Location: Washington
Posted on: February 16, 2020

Job Description:

Company Summary

Join our team! As a global leader in providing title insurance, settlement services and risk solutions for real estate transactions, First American (NYSE: FAF) is an ideal place to build your career. We have been entrusted with helping our customers achieve and protect their dream of homeownership since 1889. We believe that our people are the key to the company's continued success, and we invest in diverse talents and backgrounds and empower our teams to achieve more than they could anywhere else. First American has created an award-winning culture and has been named to the Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For-- list for the fourth consecutive year and to more than 50 regional Best Places to Work lists. For more information, please visit www.careers.firstam.com

Job Summary

The Associate Economist is responsible for working with other economists to support the implementation of economic research and assist in the preparation of analysis of issues related to housing and mortgage finance for policymakers and the housing community.

Typically, an entry level position in a professional career path, learning to use professional concepts. Develops functional knowledge. Applies company policies and procedures to resolve routine issues. Works in partnership with team to gather information and complete assignments.

Essential Functions

  • Assists in conducting research studies (economic and econometric analysis of public record, mortgage, and real estate data).
  • Works with large data sets, data visualization, econometric model development, real estate and housing finance data. May develop experience in real estate valuations, housing policy, mortgage performance, economic forecasting, and real estate market forecasting.
  • Assists in completing economic research projects. This includes determining appropriate methodologies and approach, coordinating one's work with others, data analysis, presenting results to internal and external audiences, preparing presentations and publications, and properly documenting the project work.
  • Assists with the development, implementation and interpretation of empirical models for internal and external customers.
  • Prepares analytical reports, presentations, and research for public relations and the media.
    Knowledge and Skills/Technology Used
    • Experience working with loan performance data
    • Experience working with government survey data such as the American Community Survey, as it relates to real estate
    • Problem solving and analytical skills, including the ability to analyze data
    • Experience working with data
    • Experience with visualization tools (e.g. Tableau, Excel)
    • Experience with statistical software (e.g. SAS, R, Stata, SPSS)
    • Interpersonal skills; ability to understand and respond to multiple internal and external stakeholder demands and manage and handle conflict constructively
    • Communication, writing and editing skills
    • Ability to explain complicated concepts and quantitative results in a concise manner
    • Self-motivated; self-starter
    • Ability to manage multiple tasks and focus on immediate assignments
    • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
      Typical Education
      • Bachelor's degree in Economics or Statistics; or equivalent combination of education and experience
        Typical Range of Experience
        • 1-2 years of experience
          First American invests in its employees' development and well-being, empowers them to provide superior customer service and encourages them to serve the communities where they live and work. First American is committed to diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer. For more information about our Company and our dedication to putting People First, check out firstam.com/careers.

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