Economic Research Service

June 16, 2021

Chief, Rural Economy Branch, Resource and Rural Economics Division (RRED) –

The Rural Economy Branch addresses conducts high quality research on the factors that drive rural economic growth and change, as well as the economic and demographic forces that shape the well-being of rural households.  Branch researchers develop indicators of well-being, including measures of employment, income, poverty, and education; and examine the implications of the geographic diversity of economic and social conditions for rural development policy. Major topic areas include rural business and industry, rural and farm labor, population and demographic change, and household well-being, including income, poverty, and health.  

Responsibilities include:

  • Managing a unit of professional economists and other social scientists conducting research and analysis on key issues of importance to U.S. rural development.
  • Managing a number of technically complex projects involving selecting or developing the most appropriate and current research methodologies, often of great complexity, and applying them to extremely complicated economic problems.
  • Analyzing the consequences of public policies that relate to the specialized work of the Branch and provide public and private decision-makers with economic analyses on appropriate subjects.
  • Participating in developing ERS' research program by identifying promising areas of research and related activities, products and publications.
  • Developing program and product plans for the Branch. This includes work plans, hiring staff with appropriate expertise, as well as development and justification of a budget.
  • Serving as the focal point for research and analysis of topics appropriate to the Branch, and representing the Branch within the Department.

Apply at:

Economists: USAJOBS - Job Announcement

Social Scientists (without economics degrees): USAJOBS - Job Announcement

Salary:  $129,382 to $168,196 per year

Location: Kansas City, MO

Closing Date:  06/29/2021

For more information Contact: Robert Gibbs, Acting Director


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