Survey and Agricultural Workforce Researcher (WMS2 2017 – 08735) Lacey
Survey and Agricultural Workforce Researcher (WMS2 2017 – 08735) Lacey
Please Note: This is an Acting WMS position anticipated to last until April 2019. This posting has been re-opened. If you’ve already applied, there is no need to re-apply. Thanks!Here at the Employment Security Department (ESD), we believe in the power of finding the right job for each person, every time. We do this by connecting employers with job seekers and supporting transitions to new jobs, ultimately empowering careers.
Our Workforce Information and Technology Services (WITS) division supports the agency by providing businesses and customers with the labor market information they need to succeed in a changing economy. Within WITS, our Program Evaluation, Research and Analysis (PERA) unit conducts research and analysis of program evaluations in response to federal/state legislative mandates, requests and needs.
We are in need of a Survey and Agricultural Workforce Researcher to conduct comprehensive economic and labor market research. You’ll be relied upon to identify requirements and estimate employment practices and wages in the production of agricultural commodities. And as the informational and communications link to our customers and the general public, you’ll also provide technical support to our clients.
If you are ready for the opportunity to work with partners in increasing the future supply of skilled agriculture workers, then we encourage you to apply now!
- In this role you will assist employers with having the skilled and stable workforce they need to thrive. Your work will also ensure that job seekers interested in agriculture will have the ability to progress and thrive in their career.
Some of what you’ll enjoy doing:
- Designing and implementing WITS’ survey-based research including the annual agricultural peak employment wage and worker studies.
- Managing research projects and overseeing labor market studies and program evaluations.
- Designing and developing research methods and procedures, statistical techniques, and econometric models.
- Documenting research methodologies to ensure reproducibility, standardization, and quality of studies.
- Using statistical programming languages to develop applications or write computer programs to implement the quantitative methods for a program evaluation or to deliver study results to end users.
- Documenting code or computer programs.
- Interpreting study results to include in reports, presentations, or other products for customers.
- Administering data sets of any stage of a program evaluation, including raw, cleaned, analyzed and results data sets.
- Creating summary tables, graphs, and charts to display statistical calculations and results.
- Preparing articles, reports, briefing papers, and other written materials.
- Managing the annual agricultural peak employment wage and practice employer and worker surveys, including survey design, coordination of tasks with survey contractor and coordination of field interviews.
- Required Qualifications
- A degree in economics, statistics, social sciences or a related field.
- Advanced knowledge of mathematics, statistics or econometrics, including probability, sampling and estimation methods.
- Advanced analytical skill – Use logic and reasoning to assess data, form logical conclusions, evaluate research options, and make decisions or recommendations.
- Research skill – Identify, collect, organize, and document data in ways that make the information most useful for assessment, analysis, investigation, and drawing conclusions.
- Demonstrated ability to plan, design, test, and administer surveys, including oversight, and data collection.
- Demonstrated ability to document all the steps of a study, including computer programs, write technical papers similar to journal articles, and write plain language reports for executives, legislators and general audience.
- Ability to rapidly identify, synthesize and communicate a wide range of information from a variety of sources, perspectives and formats.
- A graduate degree in economics, statistics, social sciences or a related field.
- Knowledge of principles, theories, and concepts of micro- and macro-economics.
- Knowledge of econometrics.
- Knowledge of economic, employment, and labor market information.
- Knowledge of economic factors that influence or are influenced by changes in the workforce.
- Knowledge of machine and statistical learning methods.
- Knowledge of R, SQL and a markup language.
- Two-year experience planning, designing, testing, and administering surveys,
- Customer service skill – Build and maintain customer satisfaction with products and services.
- Knowledge of the Migrant Seasonal Farm Worker (MSFW) program, the temporary foreign agricultural labor certification program (also known as H-2A), and the agricultural recruitment system (intrastate and interstate job clearance system).
ESD Manager Core Competencies
Accountability / Communication Effectiveness
Creativity / Critical Thinking
Customer Service / Conflict Management
Decisiveness / Financial Management
Inclusiveness / Influence
Interpersonal Abilities / Leveraging Diversity
Organization and political Awareness
People Management / Vision
- Supplemental Information
- Please attach a resume and letter of interest to your on-line application (through the Add Attachment(s) field).
- A resume will not substitute for the “work experience” section of the application.
- Applications with comments such as “see attachments” in the supplemental question responses will be considered incomplete.
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We understand that your life revolves around more than just your career and that your priority is making sure that you and your family will maintain health and financial security. That’s why choice is a key component of our benefits package. We have a selection of health and retirement plans, paid leave, staff training and other compensation benefits that you can mix and match to meet your current and future needs.Read about our benefits:The following information describes typical benefits available for full-time employees who are expected to work more than six months. Actual benefits may vary by appointment type or be prorated for other than full-time work. Check with the agency human resource office for specific benefit information.Insurance BenefitsEmployees and families are covered by medical (including vision), dental and basic life insurance. There are multiple medical plans with affordable monthly premiums that offer coverage throughout the state. Staff are eligible to enroll each year in a medical flexible spending account which enables them to use tax-deferred dollars toward their health care expenses. Employees are also covered by basic life and long term disability insurance, with the option to purchase additional coverage amounts. To view premium rates, coverage choice in your area and how to enroll, please visit the Public Employees Benefits Board (PEBB) website.Retirement and Deferred CompensationState Employees are members of the Washington Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS). New employees have the option of two employer contributed retirement programs. For additional information, check out the Department of Retirement Systems‘ web site.Employees also have the ability to participate in the Deferred Compensation Program (DCP). This is a supplemental retirement savings program (similar to an IRA) that allows you control over the amount of pre-tax salary dollars you defer as well as the flexibility to choose between multiple investment options.
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01In order to be considered for this position, you must include a resume and letter of interest with this applicant packet. Please click below to indicate you have attached the required documentation.
02Which of the following best describes your highest level of education?
03Is your degree in economics, statistics, social sciences or a related field?
- High School Diploma or GED
- Some College
- Associate’s degree
- Bachelor’s degree
- Master’s degree
- J.D. (Juris Doctor)
04Please select all that apply from the list of REQUIRED qualifications below. I have knowledge and/or experience with the following:
- I do not have a degree
05Please describe your professional level experience in designing and developing research methods and procedures, statistical techniques, and econometric models. If you do not have this experience, type N/A06Please select all that apply from the list of DESIRED qualifications below. I have knowledge of the following:
- Mathematics, statistics or economics, including probability, sampling and estimation methods.
- Analytical and Research Skills
- Planning, designing and testing surveys, including oversight and data collection.
- Writing technical papers and plain language reports for a variety of audiences.
- Ability to synthesize and communicate a wide range of information from a variety of sources, perspectives and formats.
- None of these Apply
07Please describe your experience with administering data sets of any stage of a program evaluation, including raw, cleaned, analyzed and results data sets. If you do not have this experience, type N/A.08Please describe your experience preparing articles, reports, briefing papers, and other written materials for use by federal, state, and local government, businesses, elected officials, the public, Workforce and Economic Development Councils, or other customers. If you do not have this experience, type N/A.09How did you hear about this career opportunity (select all that apply)?
- Principles, theories and concepts of micro and macro economics.
- Economic employment and labor market information.
- Economic factors that influence or are influenced by changes in the workforce.
- Machine and statistical learning methods.
- Migrant Seasonal Farm Worker (MSFW) program.
- The temporary foreign agricultural labor certification program (also known as H-2A).
- The agricultural recruitment system (intrastate and interstate job clearance system).
- None of these Apply
- Washington State’s career website: www.careers.wa.gov
- Washington State WorkSource Center or website (WorkSourceWA.com)
- Washington State employee
- Employment Security Department’s job web page: www.esd.wa.gov
- College/university career fair or website
- State of Washington
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