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OR - Chief Economist

  • 1.  OR - Chief Economist

    Posted 14 days ago
    Edited by Brukie Gashaw 14 days ago

    Chief Economist

    Initial Posting Date: 05/09/2024

    Application Deadline: 05/23/2024

    Agency: Department of Administrative Services

    Salary Range: $8,794 - $13,603

    Position Type: Employee

    Job Description:

    Your New Role – Chief Economist!

    This position serves as the Chief Economist and the director and administrator of the Office of Economic Analysis (OEA). It serves as subject matter expert to the Governor, Director of the Department of Administrative Services, and the Legislature. It is responsible for overseeing and ensuring that state forecasts are objective, credible, non-partisan, and confirm with analytical best practices. This position is responsible for maintaining the credibility of the Office with state agencies, the Legislature, the media, and the general public, through the use of forecast advisory meetings, public testimony, and clear verbal and written communication.

    The Office of Economic Analysis (OEA) is the state's primary forecasting unit. It is responsible for developing and interpreting forecasts and assessing their implications for state budgeting and strategic planning decisions. OEA works at the highest levels of state government in planning and policy development and represents the Governor's Office and Executive branch of state government internally, to special interest groups, the public media, and the Legislature.

    The Office is responsible for providing objective and credible forecasts for the General Fund, Lottery Funds, Activity Tax, Recreational Marijuana tax, Cigarette and Tobacco taxes, and Psilocybin retail sales tax. The Office is also responsible for Oregon's population and demographic forecasts, as well as forecasting Corrections population, Oregon Youth Authority population, Public Defense caseloads, and calculating the public savings from Ballot Measure 110 (2020).

    OEA tracks demographic data and rends across race, ethnicity, and regions of the state. The Office also produces the Housing Needs Analysis, the Other Funds Report, manages the Highway Coast Allocation Study, and forecasts the supply of Clean Fuels. OEA is also responsible for the determination of the "kicker" and certifies several programs including Gain Share, Regionally Significant Industrial Sites, the annual rent stabilization threshold, and transfer amounts for PERS UAL out of estate taxes and capital gains. The functions of the Office result in a high degree of public visibility through press releases, social media, legislative hearings, bond sales and public addresses. The Office of Economic Analysis consists of the Director (Chief Economist), 3 Senior Economists, and one Senior Demographic Analyst.

    For a full review of the position duties and details, please click here.

    Minimum Qualifications Required:

    • Five years of management experience


    • Two years of management experience and a bachelor's degree in a related field

    Requested Attributes:

    • Exceptional quantitative and analytical skills

    • The ability to respond well to a range of economic problems and policy questions.

    • Strong public presentation and management skills.

    • Experience with and understanding of state finances and tax systems.

    • Experience collaborating and working with a wide range of clients, partners, and stakeholders.

    • Strong public relations skills: excellent listening, verbal and written communication skills with the desire to understand the public's needs; and the ability to reach a wide variety of audiences at varying stages of awareness and commitment. Credibility and sound work are critical to the forecast process.

    • Experience promoting and fostering a diverse and discrimination/harassment-free workplace; establishing and maintaining professional and collaborative working relationships with all contacts; contributing to a positive, respectful and productive work environment;

    • Ability to maintain regular and punctual attendance; perform all duties in a safe manner; and comply with all policies and procedures.

    • Solid program evaluation and design skills to utilize data collection and metrics to effectively demonstrate quality improvement outcomes and ensure accountability.

    • Awareness of Affirmative Action and the department's Diversity strategies and goals.

    Application Details and Instructions

    • Please visit the State of Oregon job opportunities webpage to submit your application for the position. Please ensure the work history in your applicant profile is up to date and include a current copy of your resume and cover letter.

    • This announcement is for one (1), Executive Service, full-time, permanent, Government Relations Administrator 1; This recruitment may be used to fill future vacancies

    • If you have questions about the job announcement, or how to apply, please contact the Executive Recruiter Kylen Stevens at: Kylen.stevens@das.oregon.gov | 503-400-5821

    The Benefits of Joining Our Team

    The team at the OEA focuses closely on collaboration to support fellow teammates, while ensuring safety and looking for ways to innovate. Additional benefits include:

    • Work/life balance, 11 paid holidays a year, and a competitive benefits package

    • Advancement and learning opportunities that will help grow your career with the State of Oregon

    • Get There - Oregon's easy-to-use carpool matching tool and trip planner

    • Live, work, and play in Salem, Oregon

    Additional Details:

    • The information in your application will be used to complete a pay equity assessment to determine salary placement upon hire. Please see the link here to our Pay Equity Project. If you have additional questions, please contact the HR Talent Acquisition Consultant.

    • Finalists will be subject to a computerized criminal history check. Adverse background data may be grounds for immediate disqualification

    • Agency does not offer visa sponsorship. Within three days of hire, applicants will be required to complete I-9 documentation and confirm authorization to work in the United States. If your employment authorization and documentation is contingent on sponsorship now or in the future, you will not meet Agency employment eligibility standards

    • Eligible veterans who meet the qualifications will be given veterans' preference. For more information, please visit Veterans Resources.

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