Senior Economist

BC Public Service -> BC Stats / Digital Platforms & Data
Posted 24 days ago
Full Time

Job Description

We offer flexible work arrangements, including the opportunity to volunteer to telework (with conditions) as set out in applicable employer policies. The locations listed above are to assist applicants in searching for this opportunity. This position may be performed in other approved locations within the province of BC. or specific information about a location, applicants should contact the hiring manager An eligibility list may be established.

On November 1, 2021 the BC Public Service announced the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy that defines the conditions and expectations for BC Public Service employees regarding vaccination against COVID-19. Among other possible measures, proof of vaccination will be required. It is a term of acceptance of employment that you agree to comply with all vaccination requirements that apply to the public service. More information can be found here.

Bring your strong analytical and technical skills to this dynamic opportunity!

The Ministry: The Ministry of Citizens’ Services is a progressive and innovative organization that leads the delivery of high-speed connectivity throughout the province and supports government’s public sector data security and privacy practices to ensure that British Columbians’ personal information is safeguarded. The ministry strives to support excellent service to the public service and citizens of British Columbia as the digital face of government, managing the Province’s real estate assets, technology systems and equipment and by leveraging procurement to increase business opportunities. The ministry delivers high-quality public services to British Columbians through a single-point-of-contact service in urban and rural communities.

The ministry approaches its work through a supportive and understanding workplace culture encouraging an open, kind and respectful work environment. Keeping people at the center means focusing on a great place to work and being an outstanding service provider. More information on the ministry services can be found on the We are CITZ video.

The Division: Reporting through the Office of Government’s Chief Information Officer, the Digital Platforms & Data Division (DPDD) enables and accelerates a strong and coordinated digital ecosystem so that government can best meet the needs of those it serves. Working closely with partners and clients, it seeks to ensure that data is used in ways that support better government and that the BC Public Service has the tools it needs to deliver modern services. Further it provides trusted technical and strategic guidance, ensures government investments in technology are aligned and efficient, and increases the digital capacity and capabilities of the public service.

Specifically, the division delivers several public and ministry-facing programs that support modernization of government, including: DataBC, the Exchange Lab, Data Innovation Program, Digital Trust Service, Data Science Partnership, and is home to the province’s central statistical agency, BC Stats. Additionally, it is responsible for convening a cross-ministry strategy for the digital modernization of government.

The Branch: BC Stats is the central statistical agency of the Province of British Columbia and has the provincial government's largest concentration of statistical products, services, and expertise.

The Position: The Senior Economist supports economic, statistical, and forecasting projects by developing and managing data, ensuring accuracy of computations and methodologies, conducting comprehensive economic and statistical analysis, and developing reports on results.

The BC Public Service is an award-winning employer and offers employees competitive benefits, amazing learning opportunities and a chance to engage in rewarding work with exciting career development opportunities. For more information, please see What We Offer.

The BC Public Service is committed to creating a diverse workplace to represent the population we serve and to better meet the needs of our citizens. Consider joining our team and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

For information about the Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service please visit: Indigenous Applicant Advisory Service - Province of British Columbia (

For complete details about this opportunity, including accountabilities, please refer to the attached job profile. For specific position related enquiries, please contact DO NOT SEND YOUR APPLICATION TO THIS EMAIL ADDRESS. For more information about how to complete your job application, add/edit your resume and for more useful tips when applying for jobs, please refer to the Your Job Application page on the MyHR website. If you are still experiencing technical difficulty applying for a competition, please send an e-mail to, before the stated closing time, and we will respond as soon as possible to assist you.

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Job Requirements: In order to be considered for this position, your application must clearly demonstrate how you meet the education and experience as outlined below:

A Master’s Degree in Economics or Statistics or closely related field such as commerce, the sciences, geography, sociology, or mathematics. An equivalent combination of related experience, education and/or training may be considered. A minimum of four years of experience in forecasting techniques, economic modelling and conducting economic and statistical analysis. Proficient in computer applications including spreadsheets (MS Excel), databases (MS Access, SQL Server), programming languages (R), presentation (MS PowerPoint), and word-processing packages (MS Word). Experience in gathering, analyzing, evaluating and interpreting information from diverse sources. Experience in preparing and delivering written reports, management and executive briefings, and presentations to diverse audiences. Experience conducting and leading major and complex economic studies and research projects. Preference may be given to applicants with one or more of the following: Experience in the use of open-source tools such as R and its related suite of products, Python, etc. Experience in the use, manipulation and reliability of large and complex databases. In-depth knowledge of Input-Out Modelling OR developing population/demographic estimates and projections, migration and immigration and other demographic forecasts for all regions with B.C. (e.g., municipalities, health districts, school districts) OR measuring inter-national/inter-provincial flow of goods and services, investments and business conditions.

Applicants selected to move forward in the hiring process may be assessed on the Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Competencies as outlined in the attached Job Profile located in the Additional Information section at the bottom of the posting.

A Criminal Record Check (CRC) will be required.


Cover letter: NO - Please do not submit a cover letter as it will not be reviewed.

Resume: YES - Ensure your resume includes your educational accomplishments, employment history including start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and any relevant information that relates to the job to which you are applying. A resume is required as part of your application; however, it may not be used for initial shortlisting purposes.

Questionnaire (COMPREHENSIVE): YES - As part of the application process, you will be prompted to complete a comprehensive online questionnaire to demonstrate how you meet the job requirements. Please allot approximately 60 minutes to complete the questionnaire.

IMPORTANT: Comprehensive questionnaire responses will be used to shortlist applicants against the job requirements. Please ensure you include all relevant information about your educational accomplishments and employment history including job titles, start and end dates (month and year) of your employment, and your accountabilities and accomplishments.

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