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Director - Department of Employment Services (DOES)

Position:   Director, Department of Employment Services

Open Date:  March 5, 2018

Closing Date:  Open until filled

SALARY RANGE/GRADE:    Executive Service DX5, ($133,543 to $201,574)


The Department of Employment Services (DOES) connects District residents, job seekers, and employers to opportunities and resources that empower fair, safe, effective working communities.   The agency provides comprehensive employment services to ensure a competitive workforce, full employment, life-long learning, economic stability and the highest quality of life for all District residents. 

DOES fosters and promotes the welfare of job seekers and wage earners by ensuring safe working conditions, advancing opportunities for employment, helping employers find qualified workers, and tracking labor market information and other national economic measurements impacting the District of Columbia. The agency reports to  the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity (DMGEO). More information is available on the agency’s website at

The Director of DOES is responsible for the formulation, development, promotion, coordination, implementation and administration of labor policies, plans and programs.



  • Administering employment services related programs within the District of Columbia, encompassing such ongoing programs as Worker's Compensation, Employment Services, Unemployment Insurance, Summer Youth Employment, Workforce Development and other special programs.
  • Implementing and managing federally funded Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act programs.
  • Overseeing the development of policies, procedures, and programs to establish the Office of Paid Family Leave (OPFL) in the District of Columbia.
  • Developing and implementing plans, policies, and guidelines for the efficient operation of a comprehensive employment services program based on the employment needs of the community.
  • Ensuring the operation of a city-wide data collection and data management system pertaining to employment services programs and activities necessary to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of employment services programs and activities.
  • Ensuring that DOES plans are executed in accordance with appropriate Federal and District Government rules and regulations.
  • Interfacing with the Mayor, City Administrator, Deputy Mayor, members of the Mayor’s Cabinet, District Council, Workforce Investment Council, and the US Department of Labor’s regional and national offices on matters related to workforce development.
  • Serving as a primary point of contact regarding District Government labor programs and activities with Federal agencies, local government agencies, employers, labor unions, professional organizations, and other groups providing labor relations program support.



  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, business, urban planning, economics, or a related field.  
  • A minimum of eight (8) years executive level management experience.
  • Specialized background with expert knowledge regarding employment issues, workforce development, job training, strategic planning, policy and program development, and program evaluation.
  • Expert knowledge in implementing and managing federally funded Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act programs.
  • Expert knowledge of regional trends in the labor market and use of labor market information, including factors affecting labor supply and demand.
  • Expert knowledge of federal and state employment and training legislation and regulations. Knowledge of federal, state and local procurement guidelines.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills sufficient to advise and consult with a variety of executives and managers, present findings and recommendations, negotiate agreements, and secure cooperation; and to speak and write convincingly to audiences including outside agencies, community representatives, and outside groups.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relationships will all levels of management officials and outside groups. Ability to work with a range of audiences and stakeholders from diverse backgrounds. Demonstrated ability to exercise tact and discretion in dealing with persons at various levels and in various job categories.
  • Knowledge of and experience with the principles and techniques of supervision, personnel management, and human resource planning and staffing. Previous supervisory experience is required.



There is a legal requirement that each new appointee to the Excepted and Executive Service either: (1) be domiciled in the District of Columbia at the time of appointment; or (2) establish District domicile within one hundred eighty (180) days of appointment.  The law also requires that Excepted and Executive Service employees maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment.  Failure to maintain District domicile during the period of the appointment will result in forfeiture of employment.



Candidates interested, must complete this application process.    For specific questions about this posting, please contact Steve Walker, Director - Mayor's Office of Talent and Appointments at 202-727-6101.

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