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Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity

OPEN:  Friday, September 14, 2018

CLOSE:  Open until filled

SALARY RANGE/GRADE:    Excepted Service, ES11 ($149,257 - $223,885)


This position is located in the Executive Office of the Mayor (EOM), the incumbent of this position serves as Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity (DMGEO). In this capacity, the incumbent has the responsibility for providing executive direction and administration of a wide range of complex and diverse programs which are of high quality and responsive to individual and family needs of the citizens of Washington, DC.  The mission of the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity (DMGEO) is to facilitate investment and job creation in underserved District of Columbia communities in order to improve economic opportunities for residents in those communities.

Mayor Bowser created the Deputy Mayor for Greater Economic Opportunity cluster after hearing time and time again from residents that prosperity was not yet reaching every corner of the District of Columbia. The Bowser Administration is focused on delivering on the promises made by the Mayor to deliver a “fresh start” to overlooked and underserved communities.  By opening a Mayor’s Office in Anacostia, we are making sure that no ward in our city goes unnoticed. Mayor Bowser created the Greater Economic Opportunity cluster to tackle the challenge head on.

The incumbent has the responsibility for providing executive direction and administration of a wide range of complex and diverse programs which are of high quality and responsive to individual and family needs of the citizens of the District of Columbia. Agencies and Commissions reporting to or through the DMGEO include:  ……. The Deputy Mayor serves in a recognized authoritative and advisory capacity to the Mayor on all matters pertaining to the District's economic opportunity strategies, systems and services.

Major Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Develop and advocate for policies and programs to Improve the economic opportunities of overlooked communities including job training programs;
  •  Engage residents, businesses, anchor institutions, and other community stakeholders in target communities to improve understanding of needs and opportunities; 
  • Engage and develop anchor institutions and other local assets that will serve as local epicenters of job growth, neighborhood amenities, and investment; 
  • Promote and enforce local hiring and contracting by government agencies and businesses in the District
  •  Develop and coordinate interagency initiatives relating to workforce readiness and boosting employment, especially in Wards 7 and 8; 
  • Identify opportunities for streamlining and aligning programs for the benefit of target communities;
  • Represent the Mayor on committees, boards, agencies, civic groups, and official bodies, acting as deemed necessary to effectively represent the District of Columbia, and to promote its interests, as it pertains to the Deputy Mayor's area of responsibility;
  • Develop or direct the development of long-range plans for accomplishing major programs assigned to the DMGEO cluster;
  • Keep the Mayor advised of operating activities of subordinate agencies;
  • Conduct fact-finding missions regarding various operating problems and prepares analyses and evaluations, as appropriate;
  • Serve as a member of the Mayor's Cabinet, and as such participate to a considerable degree in the most significant Cabinet determinations. 
  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the Mayor in furtherance of the Mayor's mission as Chief Executive of the District of Columbia Government.



  • Minimum 5 – 10 years executive leadership, community affairs and public affairs experience.
  • Strong knowledge of the District of Columbia and geographic / constituent communities targeted by DMGEOcluster agencies.
  • Mastery of the mission, objectives, strategies and program goals of the DMGEO agencies and communities serviced.
  •  Mastery of the principles, practices and techniques of a public administration.  Mastery of and experience in public relations, and promotion principles and techniques. 
  •  Mastery of and skill in problem solving negotiation strategies, and project management to conduct in-depth research and analysis; and mastery of management skill and experience in planning, organizing, and directing team study work, and negotiating effectively with management to accept and implement recommendations. 
  •  Mastery of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of complex management processes and systems. Mastery of customer services theory and practices, and business processes redesign practices. 
  • High degree of interpersonal skills to interact with a wide variety of high-level officials in the District and Federal governments, representatives from the U.S. Department of Labor, members of the Council of the District of Columbia, and the general public



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.




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