Economic & Workforce Research Director

Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development
Jefferson City, MO
Date Posted:  April 22, 2021
Closing Date:  May 26, 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.


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.


  • 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.