The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) is seeking a Labor Economist in the Workforce Development Bureau. This office provides direct support to the Workforce Development Bureau and Agency Director with overall responsibility for labor market data collection, review, and analysis; Unemployment Compensation research and data management (including validation, trust fund projections, program statistics, and reports); and Occupational Employment information and research, including workforce development performance data and reports. The incumbent serves as Director of Labor Market Information and Research and as an Associate Director of the Agency.
The mission of DOES is to connect District residents, job seekers, and employers to opportunities and resources that empower fair, safe, effective working communities. The Department’s vision is to provide comprehensive employment services to ensure a competitive workforce, full employment, life-long learning, economic stability and the highest quality of life for all District residents. DOES has 813 employees and an operating budget of $162M.
The Associate Director acts in an advisory capacity to the Deputy Director for Workforce Development and Agency Director on matters relating to long and short-range planning and evaluation, including the development of policy recommendations, legislative proposals, and economic impact statements. The Associate Director provides technical guidance and leadership to direct the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) federal-state cooperative programs as well as to professional subordinate employees in the following areas:
- Developing and improving survey collection strategies and procedures,
- Improving survey non-response
- Assisting in developing strategies for obtaining participation from respondents critical to multiple BLS programs
- Leading, training, and mentoring others
- Explaining survey findings and data uses
- Providing guidance on CIPSEA and the BLS confidentiality policy, and
- Making presentations to interested groups regarding survey results.
The Associate Director will also:
- Manage a diverse team of technical experts within the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) federal-state cooperative programs and oversees all other labor market information functions, including analysis of job vacancy analysis, emerging sectors, and other areas as needed.
- Manage a team of labor economists to develop and analyze workforce data to assist the Director and Deputy Director in monitoring and improving agency performance, workforce program outcomes, and performance of workforce training providers in an effort to improve the skills and occupational outcomes of District residents.
- Facilitate the development of new products, revises existing products, and/or explores new product delivery system in accordance with the evolving needs of the Division’s customers, which includes the development of new economic/administrative data series, as well as research and analyses on both an ongoing and as-needed basis.
- Facilitate the application of econometric tools to policy questions and provides advice and guidance to the Deputy Director that will assist in the understanding and forming of policy that contributes to the effectiveness of workforce development strategies. The Associate Director will be expected to have an in-depth specialized expertise in economic analysis requiring the evaluation and interpretation of economic information; and extensive experience using statistical and econometric techniques.
- Maintain a high level of leadership and project management, personal expertise in research and an excellent reputation in her/his own area of specialization, to be reflected in published output in peer-reviewed journals and participation in internal and external seminars and conferences.
The ideal candidates will possess an advanced degree in economics, marketing, business administration, or related field, and a minimum of 5 to 7 years of progressive management in leadership research experience. The successful candidate will also have:
- An in-depth knowledge of Departmental services, goals/objectives; the interrelationships of all programs within the Department; national socio-economic and labor trends, as well as conditions in the DC metropolitan area, and federal, state, and local government operations.
- Strong analytical skills and excellent command of applied economic theory and econometric relevant to fields of expertise, with evidence through high-quality original research in peer-reviewed journals.
- Strong ability to make research accessible to a wide audience and to translate it into practical solutions
- Commitment to teamwork and knowledge-sharing, and working with multidisciplinary teams on complex projects across different sectors
- Demonstrated competence with STATA and/or SAS and a strong background in empirical analysis related to workforce development research, excellent statistical knowledge
- Excellent ability to communicate complex statistical concepts, good written and verbal skills, as well as a demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple assignments while meeting project deadlines
- Subject matter expertise on the relationship between the general economy and labor markets and of the underpinning economic theory and policy options
- Expertise in the relevant federal, state, and local administrative laws, policies, regulations and precedents, essential program events and milestones, and evaluation methods.
For consideration, please submit a cover letter detailing your qualifications, and your resume to: DOES_AD_Labor@polihire.com. Resumes will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in this announcement. Candidates with relevant qualifications will be given preliminary interviews by POLIHIRE. Those candidates deemed qualified will be referred to the District of Columbia. Please include only your name (Last, First) in the subject line when submitting these materials.
*The Government Employee Residency Act of 2017 requires that new employees deemed highly compensated (salary of $150,000+) become a resident of the District of Columbia.