The Associate, Research and Analysis, leads, and contributes to, many of PSC’s quantitative and qualitative research and analytics offerings, particularly those focusing on contract spending data and federal budget information. The Associate also supports many of PSC’s other advocacy-related activities, with tasks including research, writing, client relationship management, and internal logistics.
The Associate is responsible for using a wide range of data to investigate what the government is buying, from whom, and how it is buying it. The results of this research are used to support PSC advocacy and education efforts, to help the government contracting industry and the general public better understand government budgets, programs, and contracts.
Duties and responsibilities
Research and analytics:
Contracting data: The associate is responsible for analyzing and understanding federal contracting data from the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) and other sources.
Responsible for maintaining and updating large datasets, as well as identifying and evaluating new and useful data sources.
Responsible for assessments and summaries of contract spending data for a variety of regular PSC publications and other uses.
Engage in specific research assignments based on guidance from senior staff. These research assignments range from answering simple questions that can be completed in minutes to comprehensive, in-depth research projects lasting weeks.
Proactively search for new avenues of research.
Responsible for supporting other PSC research, including PSC’s regular surveys of government officials. Responsibilities on these projects include assisting in the development of survey questions, conducting surveys, and writing significant aspects of the final reports/presentations.
Conduct specific research assignments on a broad array of topics, including for example the composition of the federal workforce, R&D funding, grants data, federal budgets, etc.
Create and update presentation material as needed.
Support of other initiatives:
Support PSC advocacy efforts, through researching and writing, preparing for meetings and events, performing some administrative duties, and conducting all other duties as assigned.
Specific writing tasks will include preparing formal comments to the government concerning specific procurements or regulations, whitepapers, and newsletter articles.
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in political science, public policy, international relations, or a related field
1-3 years of work experience (including internship experience)
High level of expertise in Microsoft Excel, including familiarity with lookup and pivot tables
Experience working with R package tidyverse, particularly dplyr and ggplot2
Ability to analyze complex quantitative and qualitative information and effectively present this information in writing, charts, and/or presentations to nontechnical audiences
Ability to locate esoteric and obscure information via internet research
Ability to understand dense and complex policy and legal documents
Ability to engage with senior industry and government leaders
Self-starter with a natural interest in answering complex research questions
Interest in federal contracting
Desired additional qualifications:
Knowledge of pertinent government data sources, particularly the Federal Procurement Data System (FPDS) and budget documents
Foundational knowledge of the federal contracting policies and process
Experience presenting to large groups
Experience with graphics editing
Additional Salary Information:
Additional Salary Information: Additional Salary Information: PSC’s compensation package includes: • Medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance • Holiday pay • Annual salary reviews • 401(k) retirement savings plan • On-site gym • On-going training and career development • Continuing education reimbursement.
About Professional Services Council (PSC)
The Professional Services Council (PSC) is the voice of the government technology and professional services industry, representing the full range and diversity of the government services sector. PSC is the most respected industry leader on legislative and regulatory issues related to government acquisition, business and technology. PSC helps shape public policy, leads strategic coalitions, and works to build consensus between government and industry.
PSC’s more than 400 member companies represent small, medium, and large businesses that provide federal agencies with services of all kinds, including information technology, engineering, logistics, facilities management, operations and maintenance, consulting, international development, scientific, social, environmental services, and more.
Together, the trade association’s members employ hundreds of thousands of Americans in all 50 states.