Burgum: the State launches the search for an executive director of Job Service ND; Klipfel will continue to lead WSI | New

BISMARCK, ND – Governor Doug Burgum announced today that the state will launch a search for a new Executive Director for Job Service North Dakota (JSND). The governor expressed gratitude to North Dakota’s (WSI) director of occupational safety and insurance, Bryan Klipfel, who has served as JSND’s interim executive director since 2019 and will return as the head of WSI full time.

“Bryan did a tremendous job as Executive Director of Job Service North Dakota, escalated dramatically when the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the economy and created unique labor and unemployment issues for our citizens and our businesses, ”says Burgum. “We are deeply grateful for the leadership and continuity he provided to Job Service and for the strength of the entire JSND team, whose exceptional work has kept the agency in a position to meet the challenges of the workforce of today and tomorrow. ”

Klipfel has been Director of WSI since 2009 and will take over this full-time leadership role when his interim role at Job Service ends on December 31, 2021.

“It has been an incredible privilege to serve the citizens of North Dakota as the Executive Director of JSND,” said Klipfel. “I appreciate the opportunity given to me by Governor Burgum to work with such a resilient and talented Job Service team. The pandemic has put this team in the spotlight, and I am very proud of what they have accomplished over the past three years. I leave them in good hands with a strong management team that will continue to build on their mission of meeting workforce needs.

Under Klipfel’s leadership, JSND went above and beyond to support North Dakota’s workforce during the pandemic. As of March 2020, the team has processed more than 280,000 unemployment claims – nearly 14 years of claims – and paid more than $ 1.25 billion to eligible workers in North Dakota. Over the past five months, the agency has focused on getting pandemic-stricken North Dakotas back to work and helping employers fill the state’s more than 17,500 job openings by hosting several internal recruitment events, sponsoring multi-sector career fairs and promoting a digital employment campaign, #JobUpND.

The post of Director General of the Employment Service is posted here. Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2021.

Job Service North Dakota has 156 full-time members, 66 temporary employees and a biennial budget of $ 65.4 million to manage several federal grants for labor and unemployment services. The agency has nine workforce centers across the state staffed with regional workforce experts to remove barriers to employment and connect employers and job seekers. by establishing partnerships within local communities with employers, schools, local economic development associations and chambers. Unemployment insurance services are provided at the head office of Bismarck. Through this program, the agency stabilizes the workforce and the economy by providing replacement income to eligible workers. The agency also provides education and labor market information to businesses and job seekers to make informed decisions.

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