Classification: Full-time employment; exempt from overtime
Reports To: Michelle Richard, Vice President
Summary: The senior consultant is responsible for researching, analyzing, and writing reports and strategy documents related to local, state, and national policy issues; planning and facilitating work groups; selling and managing projects, and more.
- Conduct, translate, and analyze public policy research, primarily in content areas related to early childhood policy, K–12 education, higher education, and talent
- Plan and facilitate workgroup group meetings, focus groups, and project events
- Resolves differences of opinion and forges consensus in and outside of meeting rooms, in formal and informal conversations with clients, and in written reports and materials
- Cultivates relationships and works with leaders in policy, programs, and regulation (government-regulated entities, legislature, advocacy organizations, businesses, etc.)
- Cultivate new business by identifying project opportunities and prospective clients, meeting with prospects and clients, and writing proposals
- Manage multiple large and complex projects concurrently, including directing and managing the scope of work, collaborating with team members to complete project tasks, supervising staff and subcontractors within and across projects, completing deliverables, managing client expectations—resulting in high-quality project deliverables completed on time and on budget
- Is a key and valuable contributor to products produced for prospective and current clients, including writing major sections of proposals for large projects or entire proposals for small- and midrange projects; conducting analysis; and writing major sections of project deliverables
- Plays a key role in maintaining a good relationship with the client and ensuring a high level of satisfaction
Characteristics of High Performance
- Collaborates with staff and clients in a fast-paced office with diverse people and projects
- Demonstrates initiative, critical thinking, and creativity to generate ideas for research questions, work approaches, presentation of information, and issue resolution
- Performs tasks and assignments in a timely and consistent manner with high accuracy and attention to detail
- Manages workload effectively while engaged in multiple projects concurrently
- A bachelor’s degree, preferably in a field related to education or public policy/administration; a master’s degree in education or public policy/administration preferred
- A minimum of five years of relevant work experience is required
- Strong research and writing skills with the bility to accurately interpret data and write concisely
- Demonstrated experience performing comparable duties
- Knowledge of and interest in early childhood, K–12 education, higher education, and talent policies
- Strong competency using Microsoft Office suite, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel; experience with other software (e.g., Tableau, SPSS, R, IMPLAN, REMI, etc.) is desirable but not required
Work is primarily performed in an indoor, environmentally controlled office setting with extended periods (approximately eight hours or more a day) at a computer, on the telephone, sitting, or standing. The nature of the work has frequent interruptions, contact with the public and clients, performance of repetitive tasks, and requires strong communication skills. While the employee may be required to work beyond normal working hours, Public Sector Consultants (PSC) strives for staff to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
- Salary commensurate with education and experience
- Eligibility for annual company bonus
- Competitive medical, dental, life, and disability insurance plans
- Company 401(k) contribution
- Paid sick and vacation leave granted upon start date
- Eleven paid holidays per year
- YMCA membership
- Parking pass for downtown Lansing or Smart Commute incentive
To Apply for this Position
Submit a cover letter—including salary requirements—resume, and writing sample through the job posting on our website by clicking on “APPLY” below. All materials must be submitted as PDF or Word documents. Applications must be submitted by Sunday, February 24, 2019. If you have trouble with the upload page or have questions about the position, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Firm
Public Sector Consultants is an objective, nonpartisan research and consulting firm. Our services have been used to advance innovative solutions to all kinds of difficult public policy challenges in Michigan and beyond. Offering a full suite of services in research, implementation, facilitation, and evaluation, PSC has helped hundreds of local, state, and federal government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and private businesses. Since our founding in 1979, PSC has built a reputation as the consulting firm of choice for anyone working to better people’s lives.
Why Join Our Team?
PSCers take great pride in the fact that we write well, think clearly, and can speak articulately (albeit sometimes a little too long) about all kinds of topics. We are scholars and athletes, number crunchers and poets, big thinkers and meticulous doers, fierce introverts and charismatic extroverts. While we all share an unwavering commitment to excellence, we also celebrate—and enjoy kidding each other about—our eccentricities. PSC is that rare place where you can be true to yourself and your passions while still working collectively toward an important and common goal—making a difference for our clients and the people we serve.
At PSC, we understand that we benefit from the sum of our individual differences, self-expression, and life experiences. Our clients also benefit from having access to different perspectives and a broad range of problem-solving approaches. We encourage openness and inclusivity, and invite any dedicated and hardworking person who commits to our mission, vision, and values to explore joining our team.
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It is the policy of Public Sector Consultants to provide equal employment opportunity to all persons regardless of age, color, national origin, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, race, religion, creed, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Employees are selected based on ability or assessed potential to meet the needs of PSC and the specific job requirements as stated in the job description. In addition, PSC will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities.