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Labor Market Information Director

Department of Labor

Open for Recruitment: July 6, 2017 - Open until further notice
Announcement # 05440064639
Salary Range: $29.69 - $42.00 -Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

The Communications and Research Division is recruiting for a Labor Market Information Director.  This position is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Research and Analysis Bureau. 

Applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.  This announcement will remain open until filled.

The Labor Market Information Director provides leadership, direction, coaching and guidance to Research Analysis' supervisors and staff.

The primary functions of the bureau consist of:  labor market information development and analysis; performance reporting; analysis and support of the state's workforce and unemployment insurance systems; and research and evaluation of complex economic and workforce programs.

The applicant who is selected for this position will be required to pass a criminal background check.


  • Define and execute the agency's research agenda based on the department's goals, objectives and priorities
  • Support the department's efforts to drive policy and decision-making based on labor market and system and program performance data
  • Manage Idaho's Cooperative Agreement with the Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Negotiate program funding, develop and monitor budgets
  • Hire and arrange staff training, develop and write performance plans, assign work, monitor performance and write evaluations
  • Provide leadership, direction, guidance and coaching to staff.  Respond to and resolve employee grievances;
  • Manage Idaho Employment and Training Workforce Information Systems Grant
  • Plan and direct the collection of labor market information and a variety of ad-hoc research projects
  • Conduct unemployment insurance actuarial research, analysis and modeling
  • Oversee the calculation of the state's unemployment insurance tax rate, the maximum taxable wage base and the maximum weekly benefit amount
  • Determine the long- and short-range impact of changes in benefit formulas and tax rates on trust fund solvency
  • Provide research, data and statistical support necessary for carrying out department-led initiatives.
  • Analyze new and proposed legislation
  • Develop and make presentations to federal, state and local officials; and
  • Demonstrate an absolute commitment to producing objective, unbiased, non-political information


  • Considerable knowledge of economics, business, statistics, mathematics and/or other position-relevant knowledge which was acquired through formal education
  • Knowledge of and a fundamental understanding of Idaho's workforce and economy-past and present 
  • Experience hiring and supervising staff; providing leadership, direction, guidance and coaching; responding to and resolving employee complaints
  • Experience developing and managing federal. state, local or private-sector budgets
  • Experience leading or supervising the planning, directing and managing of complex research projects involving cross-functional participation by multiple agencies
  • Experience working with customers or clients to define research questions
  • Experience defining multiple data sets from different sources necessary for answering clearly defined research questions
  • Experience developing economic models, simultaneous equations, trend analysis and a variety of other forecasting or simulation techniques
  • Experience identifying problems, identifying alternatives and recommending or implementing solutions while in a supervisory role; and
  • Experience analyzing, explaining and presenting workforce, economic and statistical information to groups


Desired Qualifications:

Additional consideration will be given to those applicants having knowledge or experience within the past five years in the following areas (Show clearly in question 11 on the exam how and when you have gained this experience):

  • Good knowledge of how both state and federal unemployment insurance programs are operated and funded - Typically met by two years of supervising or five years directly working in a federal and/or state unemployment insurance program.
  • Good knowledge of how Bureau of Labor Statistics and other labor market delivery programs are structured and funded - Typically met by two years supervising or five years directly working in a mix of both BLS and ETA programs. Or, at least one year of working in the application and granting process for both the BLS and ETA labor market information programs.
  • Experience supervising multiple Bureau of Labor Statistics deliverables - Typically met by at least one year of experience supervising multiple Bureau of Labor Statistics deliverables.
  • Experience writing, budgeting and managing grants - Typically met by at least one year of experience writing, budgeting and managing grants.
  • Experience disseminating labor market data and information to the public - Typically met by at least one year of disseminating labor market data and information to the public.
  • Experience performing forecasting or actuarial work - Typically met by at least one year of performing forecasting or actuarial work.
  • Experience analyzing new or proposed legislation to determine potential impact - Typically met by at least one year of analyzing new or proposed legislation to determine potential impact.
  • Good knowledge of Bureau of Labor Statistics methods for collecting data, Employment & Training programs for sharing and using labor market information, and/or unemployment insurance programs - Typically met by one year supervising, three years directly working in, or 10 years having analyzed and reported on data from BLS, ETA, UI and other related labor market information research programs.

EXAMINATION:  Rating of education and experience.  Responses must be directly related to the requirements shown above.  All responses will be reviewed and a rating assigned.  Applicants must receive a minimum rating of 63 to pass this examination.   

To Preview the examination, click on Preview Exam below.   You will not be able to take the exam from this screen.  

TO APPLY: Click on the Apply Online button to the left and follow the instructions provided to complete the Application Checklist. Copy and paste your customized resume into the field provided under the Qualifications & Exam section of the Application Checklist.  If you are unable to use the Apply Online process, submit a customized resume with your complete State of Idaho Application. For a paper application, click on "Forms" at the top of the screen.

When updating your online application information, please select: Department of Labor under "Agencies"; Full-time employment under "Job Type/Shift"; and Boise under "Cities".



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At the discretion of the appointing authority, compensatory time off may be provided in lieu of overtime cash compensation.

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