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VI - Senior Economist

  • 1.  VI - Senior Economist

    Posted 11-04-2020 11:36 AM


    This position requires a confidential relationship with the Director of the Office of Management and Budget and the Chief Economist. The Senior Economist is under the general supervision of the Chief Economist and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget. The incumbent provides support to the Director and Chief Economist on the development of plans, the production of financial and economic analysis for the Territorial government, and the preparation of publications.

    The intent to fill is within 45 days. Applicants can send their resume to tracy.callwood@omb.vi.gov for consideration.

    Duties (Not all inclusive)

    • Compile, input, analyze, and report data on various aspects of the territory's economy and public finances.
    • Work with and supervise others in data collection.
    • Maintain relevant databases and time series up to date in order to facilitate responses to requests in a timely manner.
    • Apply theoretical models and use appropriate mathematical, statistical, and econometric techniques to analyze data, evaluate program/institutional effectiveness and policy impacts as well as macroeconomic growth effects.
    • Develop forecasts of economic and market trends, in particular government tax revenues and tax effort, under different scenarios.
    • Communicate to both internal and external clients in clear, coherent, and dynamic manner in both written and oral form.
    • Prepare short written reports and presentations for the Chief Economic and the Director of the Office of Management.
    • Write conclusions of analysis performed by other team members or self, noting implications and the limitations of research conducted.
    • Build and use data visualizations and communicate with technical and non-technical audiences to include senior government officials, legislators, business leaders, academic leaders, and the media outlets.
    • Cultivate, develop, and maintain contacts throughout the professional and business community of the Territory as well as other government agencies to obtain data and current information on the functioning of the territorial economy.
    • Maintain and build good relationships with staff of federal agencies to include the Department of Commerce's-Economic Development Administration and the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
    • Supervise and manage external consultants working under grant financing.
    • Mentor, guide, and develop junior staff.
    • Assist with the elaboration, revision, and dissemination of the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Plan, Tourism Master Plan, and other flagship initiatives.
    • Conduct special topical research papers and produce periodic economic situation and outlook reports under the guidance of the Chief Economist.
    • Assist in completing, reviewing, and finalizing publications of the division.
    • Assist in the development of grant proposals.
    • Represent the Chief Economist at meetings and/or conferences when called upon.
    • Perform other duties and activities as required.

    Competencies and Work Conditions

    Factor 1- Knowledge and Skills Required for the Position

    • Strategic Vision: High level understanding of global, national, regional, and local economic trends, opportunities, and challenges.
    • Leadership: Demonstrated intellectual leadership on a few economic topics relevant to economic development of the territory.
    • Analytical Capacity: Ability to undertake rigorous and thorough analysis of economic issues using theoretical knowledge and quantitative methods.
    • Quantitative Skills: Knowledge of statistical and database programs. Experience in working with large datasets, using statistics to analyze data, familiarity with existing general macroeconomic datasets and how to extract and download information.
    • Communication: Strong verbal and written communication skills with ability to convey complex matters clearly and succinctly to non-technical audiences.
    • Interpersonal Skills: Able to work in a team environment and establish good working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and persons outside of the departments in other relevant entities. Able to work with others in a fair and respectful manner and inspire high performance from teammates.

    Factor 2 -Supervisory Controls

    • Incumbent must have experience working in a team environment, work well under pressure, and meet deadlines. Some experience with project and people management is desirable. Supervision may be exercised over subordinate Division of Economic Research staff.

    Factor 3- Knowledge of Government Guidelines and Policies

    • Incumbent must be aware and informed about pertinent government laws, policies, and regulations pertaining to economic development, labor regulations, Federal grant administration, and contracting. Employee is expected to use sound judgement and discretion in the exercise of duties and adhere to the highest ethical standards.

    Factor 4 Complexity

    • Daily task involves planning, coordinating, overseeing, and/or engaging in the gathering and processing of data, the application of statistical methods, economic analysis, the writing of reports, and the preparation of presentations.

    Factor 5-Scope and Effect

    • The senior economist is responsible for conducting economic research and analysis on topics than include evaluation, the likely impacts of proposed policy changes, the impact of natural disasters, the effectiveness and efficacy of public expenditures, forecasts of fiscal accounts, and manipulation of macroeconomic growth models

    Factor 6- Personal Contacts

    • Contacts are made to obtain, provide, or verify data and information as needed.

    Factor 7-Purpose of Contacts

    • Contacts are made to obtain, provide or verify data and information as needed.

    Factor 8- Physical Demands

    • No unusual physical demands are required.

    Factor 9-Work Environment

    • Work is performed in an air-conditioned., OSHA complaint office setting. Travel to neighboring islands may be required for short periods.

    Minimum Qualifications

    Master's degree in Economics, Public Policy with a quantitative concentration or related field from an accredited college or university is required. In addition, five years professional experience in applied economic research involving one or more of the following subfields--macroeconomics, recreational/tourism economics, environmental economics, or econometrics. A substantive publication record is highly desired. Should be proficient in use of leading statistical software programs as well as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
    Bachelor's degree in Economic or related field from an accredited college or university. Seven years professional experience in economic research. Two years' additional experience in a policy related position is a plus. A substantive publication record is highly desired. Should be proficient in use of leading statistical software programs as well as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.
    Ten years minimum professional experience in economic research and analysis. A substantive publication record is highly desired. Should be proficient in use of leading statistical software programs as well as Excel, Word, and PowerPoint.