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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: L1002 / Economist
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 11

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Under general supervision, plans, designs, and conducts research to aide in the interpretation of economic relationships and in the solution of problems arising from production and distribution of goods and services and other socioeconomic data. Responds to internal and external requests for information and maintains comprehensive databases.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Researches, analyzes, interprets, and prepares technical reports summarizing socioeconomic data.
  2. Maintains comprehensive personal computer databases.
  3. Develops and/or manages the development of research methodology and sources of information.
  4. Responds or manages the response to data requests from government agencies, private business, the university community, and the general public.
  5. Writes and prepares technical reports and publications.
  6. Prepares or assists in the preparation of proposals and grants.
  7. May support senior economists or other specialists in their research and development of databases; may lead and or guide others performing related work.
  8. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 3 years of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to develop and follow research methodology and protocol.
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Knowledge and understanding of a wide range of economic, socioeconomic, and econometric theories.
  • Ability to write reports containing technical information.
  • Ability to develop scientific reports and manuscripts based on original research.
  • Ability to determine data interrelationships within and/or between computer databases.
  • Knowledge of contracts and grants preparation and management.
  • Ability to analyze and interpret economic data requests and to develop statistical reports and correspondence.
  • Skill in the configuration and use of computerized database programs.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: a) Responding to internal and external requests for information; b) researching, analyzing, interpreting and preparing technical reports summarizing socioeconomic data; c) maintaining comprehensive informational databases; and d) writing and preparing technical reports and publications.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • No or very limited physical effort required.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017