Economic & Workforce Research Director

Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development
Jefferson City, MO
Date Posted:  April 22, 2021

Main Purpose/Focus of the Position:

The Director of Economic and Workforce Research supports the Department’s vision by leading a team that provides data, research and information to support informed decision-making related to the economy, career information, and workforce development.

*Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, travel is currently restricted. Once travel restrictions are lifted, this position will be expected to travel occasionally due to the nature of department events.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

  • Lead the Economic and Workforce Research unit staff and work activities, including hiring and performance evaluation.
  • Develop and execute an innovative economic, workforce analysis, and career information research program that provides quality, timely information, research and tools with a customer focus.
  • Provide workforce information and technical assistance in support of Missouri’s Workforce Investment Board.
  • Promote innovation and continuous improvement to increase productivity, efficiency and product/service advancements.
  • Create visualizations and deliver effective presentations of data and research to stakeholders.
  • Assist in administration of the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) website.
  • Provide oversight for grant deliverables related to the U.S. Department of Labor Workforce and Labor Market Information Grants to States (WIGS), including the Missouri’s Workforce Information Database (WID).
  • Lead the Office’s outreach efforts, promoting the use of data and its practical application to education and WIOA partners, stakeholders, and the public.
  • Lead regional liaisons and serve as a liaison who understands the economy and occupations important to the assigned regions, answers data questions, and makes presentations to describe the economy and workforce.
  • Conduct comprehensive planning and execution of research projects.
  • Plan and facilitate effective work sessions/meetings with internal teams and partner agency staff.
  • Manage relevant grant activities, ensuring work activities fulfill grant required deliverables.  Continuously seek relevant grant opportunities to leverage resources for greater research capacity.
  • Perform other related work as assigned.
  • Demonstrate regular and reliable attendance.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Extensive knowledge in data management and statistical analysis methods along with the ability to apply the knowledge for reporting and research.
  • Knowledge of economic, education, and labor market information data sets, sources and uses.
  • Knowledge of current topics effecting economic, education, and workforce related research.
  • Knowledge in management and planning principles, including ability to motivate staff.
  • Knowledge in managing complex projects.
  • Ability to think strategically and problem-solve.
  • Ability to effectively interpret and communicate complex datasets to various stakeholder audiences.
  • Ability to build and maintain positive working relationships with partner agencies.
  • Highly proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Office use.
  • High level of Microsoft Excel analytical skills.
  • Experience using Tableau.
  • Understanding of database management.
  • Effective grant writing and editing skills.