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Chief Economist

In San Francisco, California

Apartment List has become known and respected for our research into rental trends, including affordability, renter satisfaction, and homeownership. Our data is top-notch, and has been featured in publications like The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, The Washington Post, and CityLab. Come join us as we establish a market leading reputation as housing market experts and advocates for renters across the US.

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Chief Economist

In San Francisco, California
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  • You have a PhD in economics, urban planning, public policy, statistics, or a related field
  • You have demonstrated interest and expertise in various aspects of the domestic housing market, including economic, policy, and planning issues
  • You have experience performing complex analysis on large datasets, utilizing statistical packages or languages (e.g. Stata, SAS, Python, R)
  • You have experience working with publicly available data sources (e.g., Census Bureau, HUD, BLS, etc.)
  • You can communicate complex ideas simply and effectively, are a natural at building relationships with the media, and are comfortable in front of the camera
  • You are detail-oriented and have excellent project management skillsYou have experience building and managing a team to achieve ambitious goals


  • Build industry leading datasets (e.g., rent estimates, renter survey) by prototyping and overseeing the implementation of ongoing enhancements to our methodology for existing economics data products, conceiving new data products, and producing research to support the validity and reliability of our data products
  • Identify the most salient research questions related to the residential rental market, and oversee the production of compelling analysis on those topics, utilizing Apartment List’s proprietary rent data as well as other relevant data sources, in order to cement our position as thought leaders in the industry
  • Be the public face and voice of Apartment List’s research, by producing research that appeals to a lay audience; developing lasting, high impact relationships with journalists, policy experts, and other influencers; and engaging in public speaking events, including radio and television interviews
  • Build and lead a team of economists and researchers, prioritizing team efforts to achieve ambitious targets
  • Manage day-to-day operation of the research team and participate in company leadership planning
  • Provide internal consulting on business questions and statistical methods, as needed

About Us

On the surface, building a great renter experience might not sound hard, but it is. Think about all the things that have to be right: gathering detailed data from millions of apartments of all types; matching those apartments with the millions of renters searching; and communicating with landlords when those renters decide they’ve found their perfect next home.

Getting this right is more important now than ever before. Today there are 100 million renters in the US, more than there have ever been and growing.

Our mission is simple, we want renters to be able to find a great home and we want that process to be simple and delightful. In one word, we want their experience and apartment search to be extraordinary.

The extraordinary experience we are building is loved by renters and landlords. In fact, four million Renters used Apartment List last month, 75% of them on mobile. Each month more and more renters are signing their lease thanks to Apartment List.

We recently just raised $30M in our series B to accelerate our growth - think you’re up to the challenge? Check out the team and learn more about us. If you’re game, apply now.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.