Chief Economist
Advertiser: Instawork
Field(s) of specialization: Business Economics
Position type(s): Consultant, Other nonacademic
Location of job: 39 Stillman Street, San Francisco, CALIFORNIA, 94107, United States (map)
Degree required: Doctorate
Job start date: Flexible
Job duration: Continuing/permanent
Letters of reference required: 3
Application deadline: 18 Nov 2021 midnight UTC (no longer accepting applications)
Current search status: Reviewing applications
Posting end date: 21 Nov 2021
Interviews: Interviews will be conducted remotely by video starting October, 2021.
Ad text:

Instawork is a mission-driven (and fast growing) company looking for top talent to help us close the labor-demand gap between local businesses and skilled workers across the U.S. Our team is composed of talented and dedicated individuals who are passionate about our mission and working hard to make a big impact by creating economic opportunities for businesses and skilled hourly professionals. Our headquarters is in San Francisco, with hub cities across the country and India. Our company values are our North Star, guiding us as we craft impactful products and to be extraordinary colleagues to each other.

We have been fortunate to be funded by some of the greatest investors in Silicon Valley including: Benchmark (Bill Gurley), Y Combinator, Spark Capital, Google Ventures, Craft Ventures, and many more. Leveraging our accelerated growth, we will continue to expand throughout the U.S. and globally in order to revolutionize the labor market.

Instawork, a digital marketplace for flexible staffing, is seeking a Chief Economist with a proven track record of success. Reporting to the Director of Business Operations, this role leverages data science to analyze our labor network, identify new labor trends, create new industry reports, and provide commentary about the labor market and emerging trends facing employers and the hourly workforce. This is a results-driven position that requires knowledge and experience in leveraging data to help tell our story and inform the public.


  • Develop the strategic research roadmap and agenda in conjunction with our Strategic Communications team.
  • Conduct your own research on hiring, compensation, shift trends, geography, industry insights, and other topics related to Instawork
  • Publicize your work in industry reports as well as broadcast, print, and social media, working closely with the Head of Strategic Communications
  • Act as the public-facing spokesperson for Instawork and our data to media, policymakers, business leaders and other external audiences.
  • Provide regular commentary on the hourly workforce, including unemployment reports, industry-specific studies, and other high-profile data releases.
  • Serve as our main liaison with other organizations and government agencies to evaluate and pursue mutually beneficial collaborations on data and research.
  • Lead research projects with some combination of data science analysis, data exploration, data visualization, and insightful and clear writing.
  • Deliver thoughtful presentations on research findings and emerging trends, strategically elevating Instawork and becoming an insightful thought leader.


  • A graduate degree (Ph.D. preferred) in economics, public policy, or other highly quantitative field.
  • Proven track record with statistical and economic analysis. Experience in Labor Economics is preferred, but not required
  • Experience with Python, R or similar coding language required (e.g., Stata)
  • Experience with data access and manipulation tools such as SQL
  • Proven record of clear and effective public speaking, including on-camera media interviews
  • Experience developing and executing long-term research plans and roadmaps
  • Must be an exceptional writer who can turn complex topics into easy-to-understand pieces of content, including industry reports and public-policy style reports
  • Experience working with journalists, trade groups, think tanks, regulatory and legislative bodies is a plus
  • Must be comfortable in the limelight, this is a high-profile position
  • Natural self starter, who can focus and execute, with an eye for details
  • Effective collaborator who will work cross functionally across teams and geographies
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to execute while managing multiple projects at the same time

We value diversity on our team and firmly believe Instawork is stronger when we hire people who make their own unique contributions to our culture. We welcome all applicants and encourage candidates from underrepresented backgrounds to apply.

To learn more about our company values, please visit:

About Instawork

Founded in 2016, Instawork is the leading flexible staffing solution for local, hourly professionals. Its digital marketplace connects thousands of businesses and more than one million workers in the U.S., filling a critical role in local economies. Instawork helps businesses in food & beverage, hospitality, and warehouse/logistics industries fill temporary and permanent job opportunities in more than 25 U.S. markets. For more information visit

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