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Chief Economist

Recruitment #16-005478-0015


**This position is being re-posted, if you applied previously to this position you do not need to reapply.**


The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning is accepting applications for a Program Manager III. This Management Service position will function as the Labor Market Information and Statistics Manager in the Office of Workforce Information and Performance.




1100 North Eutaw Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This position is located in the Office of Workforce Information and Performance within the Division of Workforce Development and Adult Learning.

The purpose of this position is to direct and/or perform complex economic research projects, to design and develop economic databases, to prepare or direct analyses of complex regional and national economic issues, and to track and analyze the performances of state, national and regional economies. This position requires the skills and knowledge of a Masters- level economist with significant additional direct work experience and supervisory skills. While these analyses are most often directed at issues related to the program or policies of the Department Labor, Licensing and Regulation, they are frequently prepared for the Office of Governor, other state agencies, a legislative committee, the legislative leadership, or a state commissions and task forces. The position demonstrates comprehensive knowledge of social scientific and statistical research methodology in order to plan and design contemporary in-depth research projects important to Maryland’s workforce and economic development. Applies extensive knowledge of research principles, study design, and data/information analysis to develop strategies that guide projects and establish new initiatives.  It may require primary and secondary research working in cross-functional teams to address broader workforce and economic challenges facing Maryland.


  ·        Maintain contacts and consultation with federal, state and local officials involved in providing source materials for economic research and public and private executives whom depend on the research to make decisions for their agencies, localities or companies.

·         Represent the division and the Department at meetings, task forces or commissions related to the above-mentioned duties and responsibilities, including interpreting and advocating general Department policies.

 ·         Manages or oversees the access to data and BLS agent agreements.  Coordinates those agreements with BLS regional office and ensures that Maryland is in compliance with Cooperative Agreement.

 ·         Serves as point of contact with BLS regional and national staff along with OWIP Director

 ·         Works with OWIP’s  Director to manage BLS funds and time-charging;

·          Works on other BLS program management tasks as assigned

·          Analyze and interpret economic data on regional, state and national economies

 ·         Determine statistical and econometric techniques and methodologies to be used in research projects.

·          Devise methods and procedures for collecting, processing, designing and developing databases.

·          Review and analyze data in order to prepare reports detailing results of investigation, and to stay abreast of economic changes.Organize data into report format and arranges for preparation of graphical illustration of research.


Master's degree in Economics and six years of experience in administrative or professional work experience in econometric modeling, statistical analysis, data collection and manipulation, programming and writing reports.  Two years of this experience must have involved  directly supervising and managing  staff  and four years in economics or a closely related field.


1. Candidates may substitute additional experience r professional work on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Candidates may substitute additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university at the rate of 30 semester credit hours for each year of the required experience.


All candidates are subject to a background check against files maintained by the division of Unemployment Insurance (DLLR/DUI) to determine whether any monies are owed to DLLR/DUI as a result of unemployment insurance overpayment and/or fraud. Any unpaid debt may have an impact on whether or not a candidate is offered employment.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application (and on separate pages, if necessary) to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date.



Military Veterans may qualify for additional bonus points towards certification. A copy of your proof of eligibility (DD 214) for Veterans’ Credit must be in this office and completely verified before Veterans’ Credit will be approved.  Permanent State employees do not need to submit proof of eligibility for Veterans’ Credit. 

If you are unable to apply online, or encounter difficulty attaching required or optional documentation, you may submit via email (, mail or deliver in person. Please be sure to include your name, identification number (Easy ID#) and job announcement number on any documentation to ensure timely processing.


Completed applications, required documentation, and any required addendums may be mailed to:

DLLR Office of Administration
Attn: 16-005478-0015, Mekia Gaskins
1100 N. Eutaw Street, Rm. 101
Baltimore, MD 21201

The MD State Application Form can be found online

Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation is an equal opportunity employer. It is the policy of DLLR that all persons have equal opportunity and access to employment opportunities, services, and facilities without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin or ancestry, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, disability or veteran status.