Assistant Director - Economist
The Nowcasting and Economic Modelling section is a part of the National Skills Commission, which was established on 1 July 2020 to provide trusted and independent intelligence on Australia’s future education, skills and jobs needs. The section is comprised of economists and data scientists who use various techniques, including economic modelling and machine learning, to analyse the labour market drawing on different types of data sources. These sources range from traditional labour market data (such as the ABS Labour Force Survey), to administrative datasets (such as jobactive data) and emerging real‑time sources (such as Burning Glass job advertisement data). Recent projects undertaken by the team include:
- modelling of possible labour market recovery scenarios, in partnership with the Centre of Policy Studies using the Victoria University Employment Forecast Computable General Equilibrium model
- development of a weekly employment index for total employment in Australia
- nowcasting occupational employment by region
- developing highly frequent Beveridge Curves to understand changes in labour market efficiency since the onset of COVID-19.
The Nowcasting and Economic Modelling section sits within the NSC’s Forecasting Skills and Analysis Branch, which is leading a number of key initiatives, including the flagship Jobs and Education Data Infrastructure (JEDI) project and the development of a data-driven Australian Skills Classification.
The Nowcasting and Economic Modelling section is currently recruiting for an Assistant Director. This is a newly created position, with the successful candidate to play a leadership role in enhancing the NSC’s labour market modelling capabilities in delivering a combination of short‑term bespoke projects and longer-term research pieces, in partnership with other NSC staff (including SES) and external experts. This includes taking responsibility for:
- developing and maintaining collaborative working arrangements with other team members and external experts (such as academics and private sector consultants) to design and deliver labour market modelling projects,
- engaging with SES staff to advise on the technical requirements and approaches for modelling projects (including supporting strategic decision making regarding the types of projects to be delivered),
- interrogating and analysing modelling inputs, assumptions and outputs to ensure they are fit-for-purpose for the National Skills Commission, and
- communicating key findings effectively across a range of mediums and audiences, including identifying the skills and labour market implications.
The position requires a highly technical skillset as well as a dynamic mindset in responding to different priorities and changing approaches as necessary. The successful candidate must be comfortable at engaging with senior staff, including to determine the technical requirements and approaches for various projects.
To be successful in this role, you will need:
- Demonstrated capacity to engage with other experts (such as colleagues, academics and private sector consultants) to design and deliver modelling projects, including by developing productive and collaborative working relationships.
- Strong communication and interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively with senior stakeholders and both technical and non-technical audiences.
- Experience undertaking or managing modelling projects.
- Proven ability to interrogate modelling inputs and outputs and prepare analysis and advice.
- Ability to build the technical capability and knowledge of other staff members.
- Demonstrated understanding of the Australian labour market and economy, including relevant data sources (e.g. ABS data).
Applications close Friday 23 April 2021