Have you ever tried to hire a plumber? How about a house cleaner? If you have, chances are it took you way longer than it should. In the era of instant-everything, it’s crazy that you still have to waste an entire afternoon researching, calling and vetting local service professionals whenever you need one. The market for hiring them is huge — $700B in the US alone — but the process is inefficient and largely offline.

 

Thumbtack is transforming this experience end-to-end, building a marketplace that matches millions of people with local pros for almost any project. In making these connections, not only do our customers get more done every day, our pros are able to grow their businesses and make a living doing what they’re great at.

 

About the Team

The economic research team at Thumbtack is charged with generating high quality, data-driven content that demonstrates thought leadership on the topics affecting our business and our pros. We also serve as internal consultants to ensure that all members of the Thumbtack team are armed with the data they need to make the most informed decisions. We love data, surveys, charts, and using R!

About the Role

  • You’re a highly organized team player with an interest in data and economics and a desire to help the business grow.
  • You are a data nerd with a strong understanding of statistics and a desire to learn more.
  • You enjoy writing and thinking about public policy issues, and are excited by the opportunity to join a high-growth company and help a team achieve its potential.
  • You’re detail oriented and know how to organize and present data to multiple audiences, and you like to ask interesting questions and think of creative ways to answer them.

Responsibilities

  • Support Thumbtack’s economics, communications, and content teams by identifying, exploring, and writing about data that is of interest to Thumbtack’s consumer, pro, and media audiences.
  • Develop deep expertise in Thumbtack’s proprietary marketplace and survey data and closely monitor news that affects our users and audiences.
  • Create compelling, data-driven stories about Thumbtack and its users.
  • Help administer and maintain our annual Small Business Friendliness Survey and monthly Economic Sentiment Survey
  • Develop novel research questions and deploy the tools to answer them
  • Build contacts with academic researchers and policy makers to help communicate Thumbtack’s data insights
  • Work with visual designers and an in-house team of editors to produce high-quality research reports and compelling static and interactive visualizations

Must-Have Qualifications

  • Intermediate or higher competency in R (or Python)
  • Prior experience in analytical or research role in an academic, consulting, think tank, government, or another environment that develops high-quality research skills
  • Progress towards a degree in economics, statistics, public policy, or quantitative social science
  • Excited about new challenges and willing to dive deep into the weeds of business and policy issues
  • Creative thinker with very strong writing and presentation skills - applications that don't demonstrate strong writing and presentation skills are not likely to be considered
  • Highly ambitious team player

Nice-to-Have Qualifications

  • Pursuing advanced degree in economics, statistics, public policy, or quantitative social science
  • Advanced skills in R (especially Shiny)
  • Advanced SQL knowledge
  • Advanced Excel knowledge
  • Experience writing and analyzing surveys
  • Experience designing and implementing a broad range of regression techniques

 

If you don't think you meet all of the criteria above but still are interested in the job, please apply. Nobody checks every box, and we're looking for someone excited to join the team.

More About Us

Have you ever tried to hire a plumber? How about a house cleaner? If you have, chances are it took you way longer than it should. In the era of instant-everything, it’s crazy that you still have to waste an entire afternoon researching, calling and vetting local service professionals whenever you need one. The market for hiring them is huge — $700B in the US alone — but the process is inefficient and largely offline.

Thumbtack is transforming this experience end-to-end, building a marketplace that matches millions of people with local pros for almost any project. In making these connections, not only do our customers get more done every day, our pros are able to grow their businesses and make a living doing what they’re great at.

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