JOE Listings (Job Openings for Economists)

February 1, 2024 - July 31, 2024

Washington State Employment Security Department

Data Architecture, Transformation, & Analysis
Operations Research Specialist

JOE ID Number: 2024-01_111473716
Date Posted: 03/20/2024
Position Title/Short Description
Title: Operations Research Specialist
Section: Full-Time Nonacademic
Location: Washington, UNITED STATES
JEL Classification: J -- Labor and Demographic Economics
Organizational Development
Program Management
Project Management
Salary Range: $80,112.00 - $107,712.00
Full Text of JOE Listing:

Our Ideal Candidate is passionate about utilizing data-driven solutions to improve the jobseekers' outcomes through the evaluation of workforce programs, policies, and services in the state of Washington. Our ideal candidate is experienced in designing and conducting quantitative evaluation research (e.g., using randomized controlled trials or applying quasi-experimental methods).

The Operations Research Specialist will direct and oversee program evaluations and scientific research to improve the operations of workforce programs and delivery of services, and develop statistical and data analyses (e.g., randomized controlled trials and quasi-experimental analyses). They will collaborate with stakeholders, produce high-quality reports, and contribute to projects aimed at improving jobseekers' outcomes and ensuring equity in unemployment insurance provisions.
Some of what your duties may look like:


A Master’s Degree in Operations Research, Management Science, Statistics, Science (including Social Sciences with strong quantitative analysis, for example, Economics), Mathematics and/or Computer Science, or related field; AND three years' demonstrated experience in one of the above areas; A Ph.D. may substitute for two years of the desired experience. OR a combination of education and/or relevant experience.

• Knowledge of: The body of logic principles, practices, and methods in the specialty field; statistical theory and techniques; research design and methods; complex methods of problem solving; purposes and objectives of agency research programs and activities.

• Ability to: develop, organize, direct difficult research; lead coordination of highly complex statistical projects; acquire data from the most complex data management systems; analyze and interpret complex data; write clearly and concisely; supervise and coordinate the work of others; deal practically and effectively with others in a staff relationship; proficient use of visualization tools, organize and prepare professional reports that Reason logically, draw valid conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.

Special Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

• Professional experience working with causal impact evaluation methods such as Randomized Controlled Trials, Interrupted Time Series, Propensity Score Matching, Regression Discontinuity, Instrumental Variable Regression, and/or Difference-in-Differences. Course work in quantitative methods for program evaluation and computer programming may be substituted for the required professional experience.

• Must be able to pass an Unemployment Insurance (UI) Claim & Benefit Information Review.
Please submit only the required documents as noted below and ensure all Personal Identifying Information (PII) such as Social Security numbers etc. are edited out of your materials for privacy.

ESD is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Requirements:
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Application deadline: 07/31/2024