Research Analyst

Recruitment #210326-UNCE-110

Introduction

 APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Qualified applicants must submit a resume, cover letter and a list of reference sources to Human Resources.

Apply online or send documents via email to recruiter@OKcommerce.gov

Review of applications will begin immediately.

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 16, 2021. 

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POSITION: Research Analyst
DIVISION: Workforce Development
JOB LOCATION: Oklahoma City
SALARY:  $45,000 - $55,000
JOB NUMBER: J-721

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce is the primary economic development entity in the State. Our mission is to help create an environment where economic growth can occur. Our job is to bring jobs, investment, and economic prosperity to the state of Oklahoma. Through dynamic partnerships and innovative collaborations with companies, universities, not-for-profit organizations, and government leaders, we are building a business environment that supports business growth and shared community prosperity.

The Oklahoma Department of Commerce is seeking a full-time Research Analyst position. This is a full-time unclassified position in state government. Oklahoma Department of Commerce offers a comprehensive benefits packet, including a generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents. For more information about the benefit options and allowances, [click here]. The annual salary for this position is up to $55,000, based on education and experience.

POSITION DESCRIPTION & ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
The Research Analyst is responsible for supporting statewide workforce research and performance reporting efforts. Key responsibilities include carrying out research and evaluation projects to identify continuous improvement strategies, supporting state and local workforce programs in meeting required evaluation and performance activities, and serve as a backup to Senior Research Analyst as needed. These duties involve working closely with OOWD staff and workforce partners to assist in the successful completion of projects required for Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) implementation.

The Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development (OOWD) houses the statewide workforce development initiative, Oklahoma Works, and is the administrative entity for the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) for the State of Oklahoma, and administrator of Title I funds to support programs for Adults, Dislocated Workers, and Youth. The Office supports the work of the Governor’s Council for Workforce and Economic Development to align education and training with businesses’ needs so that more Oklahomans can achieve the American Dream, and Oklahoma’s businesses can have the talent they need to grow.

•Conduct research and evaluation projects related to the workforce system, such as analyses of customer satisfaction, participant characteristics, program elements, and other research questions pertaining to the state and local workforce systems.
•Perform primary and secondary qualitative and quantitative data research and analysis on the specific workforce, economic, and labor market phenomena.
•Assist in reporting federal performance for the WIOA Adult, Dislocated Worker, and Youth Programs on a quarterly and annual basis.
•Conduct literature reviews.
•Prepare quarterly performance data for analysis and support local workforce programs in identifying recommendations for improvement.
•Performs other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
•Must have knowledge of research principles and a familiarity with statistical data sources on state and national levels, such as EMSI Economic Modeling software, Census, BLS, and BEA data.
•Must become proficient in the principles, methods, and practices of the various workforce programs being administered.
•Required skills include the ability to synthesize, summarize and communicate information from various sources; manage projects to completion in a timely manner; read, interpret, analyze and resolve complex problems and questions; and suggest alternative approaches processes when appropriate.
•Must be skilled in using computers and computer software to store, retrieve and produce reports; Microsoft Excel competency is required.
•Must have the ability to work independently, displaying personal initiative and willingness to learn.
•Must possess good oral communication, interpersonal skills, and the ability to maintain confidentiality. 
•Must have strong analytical, quantitative, and writing skills. 
•Ability to interpret federal regulations relating to federal WIOA performance reporting and research and evaluation requirements required.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
•A bachelor’s degree in the areas of economics, business administration, finance, geography, demographics, or a similar degree field or equivalent combination of education and experience is required. 
•3 years of experience conducting qualitative and quantitative analyses for business, government, or educational entities required.
•Experience in programmatic performance evaluation and continuous improvement strategy preferred.
•Experience evaluating federal programs and interpreting labor market data preferred.
•Experience with statistical analysis, data analytics, and survey software required (e.g., Survey Monkey, Stata, SPSS, R).

AA/EOE

Conclusion

Veteran’s preference points apply only for initial appointment in the classified service.