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Economist IV - City of Detroit

Published Feb 2, 2018

Economist IV
City of Detroit 

The Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO) is seeking to fill an Economist IV position within the Forecasting and Economic Analysis Division of the Office of Budget. The Economist IV is an advanced level economist professional that requires nominal direction and supervision and reports to the Director of the Forecasting and Economic Analysis Division. The mission of the Forecasting and Economic Analysis Division is to support the City’s budget and policymaking processes with forecasts, estimates, and analyses that ensure the City’s financial sustainability.

The key services provided by the Economist IV include, but are not limited to, leading the following activities: analysis of the economy, major tax revenues, and tax incentives, as well as financial strategy development and oversight.


The Economist IV performs a full range of functions including but not limited to:

  • Oversees work assignments of other professional staff within the division;
  • Researches, collects data, and prepares complex analyses, reports, and presentations;
  • Identifies trends and develops forecasts;
  • Prepares recommendations for management;
  • Uses enterprise resource planning systems, spreadsheets, financial models, and other tools to analyze financial and operational data;
  • Collaborates with other OCFO personnel, City Agencies, and external organizations;
  • Identifies economic indicators in respect to trends of the national and local economies;
  • Employs principles, theories and practices of economic, demographic and statistical analyses, and research practices;
  • Assesses economic impact of tax laws and proposals, and makes projections of anticipated revenue collection;
  • Compiles, analyzes, and reports data to explain economic phenomena and forecast market trends, applying mathematical models and statistical techniques;
  • Researches, compiles, analyzes, interprets, and prepares data on economic conditions in the City of Detroit;
  • Studies the socioeconomic impacts of new public policies, such as proposed legislation, taxes, services, and regulations;
  • Formulates recommendations, policies, or plans to solve economic problems or to interpret markets; and
  • Performs special projects and other duties as assigned.

View Job Specification.


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with major course of work in economics.

Four (4) years of professional experience in researching, collecting data, preparing complex analyses, reports and presentations on subject matter related to this position. Economist IV must demonstrate proficiency with integrated word processing and spreadsheet functions. Candidates with strong analytic, quantitative, organization, and communication skills are preferred.

License / Certificates

Equivalent combinations of education and experience that provide the required knowledge, skills, and abilities will be evaluated on an individual basis.


Applicants may be required to illustrate proficiency in the use of software packages such as the Microsoft Office Suite including Word and Excel. Applicants may be required to take written tests or work simulations to illustrate proficiency in other skill sets as may be determined based on the duties and responsibilities to be performed. These written tests might include mathematical skills and writing skills, including grammar and reading comprehension.


Applicants may be subject to background, criminal, and credit checks.


Valid government issued identification will be required at time of hire.


  1. Download the Accomplishment Record. Follow the instructions as indicated on the form. For assistance with completing the Accomplishment Record, view the Accomplishment Record Training video below.
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Posting will close on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 5pm.


  • Paper applications are no longer available.
  • Applications, which are not fully completed, will not be considered. For an application to be considered, you must complete and submit your resume, job application, and supplemental questions.
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