Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Economic Analyst-State of Washington(Security Dept.)

State of Washington
Employment Security Department invites applications for the position of:
Economic Analyst 3 (EA3 0343) Lacey
SALARY: $4,429.00 - $5,813.00 Monthly
$53,148.00 - $69,756.00 Annually
OPENING DATE: 02/26/15
CLOSING DATE: 03/12/15 05:00 PM

The Employment Security Department (ESD) is recruiting for an Economic Analyst 3 (EA3) in the Labor Market and Performance Analysis (LMPA) division. LMPA supports the agency mission and the employment process by providing businesses, individuals and other customers with the labor market information they need to succeed in a changing economy. The Economic Analyst position contributes to the achievement of the organization’s mission by conducting comprehensive economic and labor market research, delivering LMPA products and services at the local and state level, providing technical support to clients, and operating as the informational and communications link between the department, the customers, and the general public.

Direct and oversee an economic program's activities in researching, measuring, estimating, analyzing, and forecasting economic, employment, or labor market behavior, impacts, or trends.
Apply and adapt spreadsheet, database, and statistical software packages to store, simulate, or evaluate economic data. Gather and input raw data to use in analyses, forecasts, and program activities. Extract and share data with customers according to their business needs. Per Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) or other guidelines, suppress protected information to maintain confidentiality.
Using software programs, mathematical models, descriptive and advanced inferential statistical techniques, and economic theory, principles, and techniques, analyze data and interpret results to produce estimates or projections, or identify economic or employment trends. Apply analysis and results to program area to identify policy or program issues.
Identify, measure, and predict economic indicators based on trends.
Forecast economic variables and outcomes of multiple economic conditions. Use model evaluation techniques to test and improve forecasts.
Using word processing, spreadsheet, database, and statistical software, write narrative research reports or portions of reports describing data sets, analysis methodology, and study conclusions. Reports are based on descriptive and inferential statistical analyses, as well as additional related research or data, and include an interpretation of the data and how it applies to certain issues.

Required qualifications:
Mastery-level knowledge of math and statistics.
Working-level knowledge of economic, employment, and labor market information. Mastery-level analytical skill - use logic and reasoning to assess data, form logical conclusions, evaluate options, and make decisions or recommendations.
Mastery-level research skill - identify, collect, organize, and document data in ways that make the information most useful for assessment, analysis, investigation, and drawing conclusions.
Mastery-level writing skill - convey information in writing according to the needs of the audience.

Additional requirement:
Demonstrated ability to use statistical software (for example, SAS or R) to perform duties such as producing occupational estimates, and projections, or to identify economic or employment trends.

Attach the following documents to your on-line application (through the Add Attachment(s) field):
Letter of interest,
A writing sample demonstrating your ability to consolidate, summarize, and analyze data into reports or papers.
A resume will not substitute for the "work experience" section of the application.

General suggestions for creating a good application packet:
Read the job posting very carefully. Find out as much as you can about the position. Make sure you are very diligent in following all the application instructions. Include all requested documentation.
Make sure your application and supplemental question responses address how you meet each of the required and desired qualifications.
Carefully read each of the supplemental questions and respond completely to each one. Pay careful attention to each component of the question, providing examples, and thoroughly describing when and where you achieved the proficiency level, and detail the types of work you performed, the work products, etc., to demonstrate ‘how’.
Specifically include all of your work experiences doing the same or similar work, especially if you reference work in these jobs in describing when/where you gained proficiency level skills.
Make sure your application reflects your best writing.
Other Information
As a condition of employment, the successful candidate accepting this position must comply with the Union Security clause contained in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the State of Washington and the Washington Federation of State Employees.

For inquiries about this opportunity, please contact the Recruitment Team at 360-902-9560 or HRRecruiting@esd.wa.gov.

Individuals with disabilities needing assistance in the application process or needing this job announcement in an alternate format should provide their contact information via e-mail or telephone.

Employment Security Department is an equal-opportunity employer and provider of employment and training services. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Washington Relay Service–711.