Assistant Director (Economist)

Washington, D.C
Jan 25, 2022
Jan 30, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

At the Band III the incumbent will serve as an Assistant Director providing leadership and consulting services on a broad range of economic issues at all levels of complexity; and provide leadership and guidance to ensure products are sound, fact-based and consistent with professional standards. Duties of Band III Assistant Directors include but are not limited to the following:
  • Provides authoritative advice and guidance to teams on selecting and implementing appropriate economic methodologies for engagements in accordance with GAO standards, e.g., Engagement Assistance Guide for Leading Engagements (EAGLE), Generally Accepted Government Auditing Standards (GAGAS), and professional standards.
  • Provides consultation and support on economic matters in engagement design, data collection, and analysis for engagements based on requests from congressional committees and mandates written into legislation, resolutions, and committee reports.
  • Designs and leads portions of complex engagements and carries out sophisticated qualitative and quantitative economic analysis.
  • Represents the team and agency as a subject matter expert in economics on complex engagements.
  • Anticipates information needs of engagement team members and facilitates making this information readily available. Utilizes negotiation skills to work with team members and agency officials to obtain access to the information needed to answer engagement researchable questions.
  • May serve as a Designated Performance Manager (DPM) responsible for supervising, evaluating and documenting work performance of assigned staff. Identifies training and developmental needs and makes provisions for training as required by performance expectations. Coaches staff in skills development, oversees individual development activities, and provides opportunities to develop increased capabilities through a variety of projects and assignments. Hears and resolves employee complaints, recommends disciplinary measures such as warnings and reprimands, and recommends other action in more serious cases. Refers unresolved grievances or more serious complaints to higher-level management.
  • As required, may be assigned off line duties such as Professional Development Program (PDP) Advisor, staffing manager, recruiter, and others.


Conditions of Employment

You must meet both the education and experience requirements for this position.

If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts verifying your education if you are currently in a position outside of the occupational series being filled.


In addition to the education requirement, you must have one year (52 weeks) of GAO experience equivalent to the next lower band level (PE-IIB, PA-II, PT-III, or MS-I) overseeing or leading the application of statistical research techniques to collect and interpret data, and the development and application of new economic models. Your experience must also demonstrate substantive knowledge of GAO's programs and activities, its mission, policies, objectives, management principles and processes; and the ability to manage staff, and independently analyze and evaluate the effectiveness of technical services and staff resources by April 24, 2022 (effective date of promotions).


Economist Series, 0110 Qualification Standard

A. Degree in economics that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus;
B. Combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Additional information

This position is not included in the bargaining unit.

This is a moderate risk public trust position with possible upgrade to a Secret or Top Secret clearance depending on the type of engagement the employee will be assigned to within the mission teams.