The District of Columbia Department of Employment Services (DOES) is seeking an Associate Director for Unemployment Compensation. DOES, the District of Columbia’s lead labor and workforce development agency, provides customers with a comprehensive menu of workforce development services funded through a combination of federal grants and Local appropriations. Through the Unemployment Insurance division, DOES delivers basic income support services to underemployed persons as well as to unemployed persons who have lost their jobs through no fault of their own.

This position is located in the Department of Employment Services (DOES), Employment Security Services and reports to the Deputy Director. The Associate Director for Unemployment Compensation has full responsibility for administering the District’s overall unemployment insurance program. The Associate Director will work with department officials, US Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration, other federal, regional and District government officials, the employer community, UI counterparts throughout the country, various community groups, organizations and associations, as well as applicants/claimants for unemployment insurance.

Some of the responsibilities of the Associate Director are to:

  • Plan, organize, direct, implement, and control the District of Columbia’s Unemployment Insurance Program,
  • Formulate, develop, promulgate, and execute relevant policies, rules, regulations, resolutions and standards,
  • Formulate standards for the operation of the office to ensure conformity with the Social Security Act and various other federal acts and standards relating to unemployment compensation and other federal requirements,
  • Develop policies and procedures relating to disqualifications, cancellation of benefits, eligibility for benefits, handling appeals, and the study, development, and use of proper and efficient methods and research to prepare new legislation,
  • Maintain and safeguard the Unemployment Trust Fund as provided in the Unemployment Compensation Act,
  • Provide daily administration of the Office of Unemployment Compensation, which includes:
    • Fixing tax rates for each employer annually in accordance with the length of time the employer has been covered under the provision of the Act and the amount of benefit payments that is chargeable to the employer’s account
    • Adjusting each employer’s account to credit such account with interest earned on the Trust Fund where applicable under the Unemployment Compensation Act
    • Collecting contributions (taxes), which are due quarterly, from employers in accordance with the established rates
    • Assessing the waiver of such penalty for good cause
    • Operating a program of field audits of employers and enforcing compliance with the law and regulations
    • Paying benefits to eligible applicants accurately and promptly, and
    • Collecting and processing statistical data to be used in recurring reports for administrative purposes and determination of budget needs.


The ideal candidates will possess a Master’s degree in business administration, economics, finance, public administration, or a related degree.  The successful candidate will also have:

  • Seven (7) years of professional level experience in UI tax or benefits work or in the monitoring of programs for compliance with statutes and/or other program requirements. Three (3) years must have been at the supervisory level.
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws and regulations governing the UI Program, departmental and administrative policies, managerial practices and supervisory techniques.
  • Knowledge of agency programs and linkages to related workforce development programs.
  • Ability to set goals and monitor results; communicate effectively both orally and in writing; analyze and develop effective management plans; supervise the activities of professional staff engaged in monitoring or delivering program services.
  • Experience in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with staff, state and federal officials and the general public.
  • Considerable knowledge of unemployment insurance and related regulations, policies, procedures and federal laws.
  • Substantial experience in the effective management of personnel and resources, the development and administration of a large and complex operating budget, the formulation and implementation of policies.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and direct the work of a large multi-layered organization.
  • The ability to communicate with employers, the general public, and public officials; and must also be able to interpret and apply new laws and regulations affecting unemployment insurance.
  • Knowledge of Unemployment Insurance law, benefits, policies, and procedures.


For consideration, please submit a cover letter detailing your qualifications, and your resume to: Resumes will be screened in relation to the criteria outlined in this announcement. Candidates with the relevant experience and 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.

This position has been designated as a security sensitive position.

*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.

Job Overview

Sign in

Sign Up

Forgotten Password