Classification: Full-time employment; exempt from overtime
Reports To: Principal, Senior Vice President, Rachel Kuntzsch
Summary: The vice president assists in leading Public Sector Consultants’ (PSC’s) talent and economics team; contributes to PSC’s client services leadership team; sells and manages large projects; supervises and mentors staff; researches, analyzes, and writes reports and strategy documents related to local, state, and national public policy issues; plans and facilitates stakeholder meetings; and more.
- Co-lead PSC’s talent and economics team, including developing and managing team budgets, monitoring and helping to grow the team’s sales pipeline, managing the team’s capacity, and developing creative ideas for moving the team in exciting new directions
- Participate in PSC’s client services leadership team, which comprises leaders from all consulting services teams and addresses issues related to service delivery, client satisfaction, sales strategy, and sales pipeline management
- Oversee the quality of the firm’s quantitative research design and analysis across content areas, specializing in the application of mathematical and statistical methods
- Conduct, translate, and analyze policy research for clients inside and outside the policy arena, with work covering a range of policy topics, but focusing heavily on economic development; workforce development; fiscal policy, including state and local budget analysis; early childhood education; K–12; and higher education
- Develop and sell major projects that draw on PSC’s strengths and manage those projects
- Manage multiple large projects concurrently, including overseeing the scope of work, the team, and the client to ensure a high-quality project that is completed on time and on budget
- Cultivate relationships and work with leaders in public policy, demonstrating the skills to interpret and comment on complex policy and/or technical issues
- Independently develop reports and prepare strategy documents, grant applications, and other project/program deliverables
- Design meeting processes, facilitate stakeholder discussions, and act as an expert presenter on complex and/or technical issues
- Supervise, mentor, and guide PSC colleagues to help them meet their performance expectations, and share knowledge about areas of expertise and the work of the firm
Characteristics of High Performance
- Collaborates with staff and clients in a fast-paced office with diverse people and projects
- Assumes responsibility for and demonstrates initiative and creativity to generate ideas for research questions, work approaches, presentation of information, and issue resolution
- Possesses exceptional verbal and written communication skills
- 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
- Understands what makes for high-quality work (project design, research, writing) and reviews colleagues’ work with a critical and constructive eye
- Demonstrates leadership and management skills with the ability to identify areas for growth across the firm and implement action steps to achieve that growth
- Is well respected in the public policy arena, bringing a strong network and proven ability to cultivate new and existing relationships with leaders in policy, programs, and regulation (government-regulated entities, legislature, advocacy organizations, businesses, etc.)
- Possesses strong facilitation skills, demonstrating the ability to resolve differences of opinion and forge consensus in and outside meeting rooms in both formal and informal conversations with clients and in written reports and materials
- Seeks to be recognized as an expert in their field, providing leadership in a specialized policy, program, or methodology area, helping to advance PSC as a technical and/or innovation leader
- A bachelor’s degree, preferably in economics, public finance, policy analysis, or data sciences; a master’s degree is preferred
- Ten years of related work experience or expertise in quantitative research and analysis, fiscal analysis, and policy preferred, including issues related to economic impact analysis, quantitative methods, state and local fiscal policy, and the application of economic analysis tools to public policy problems
- Work experience or expertise in early childhood policy, K–12 education, higher education, workforce development, and/or economic development
- Strong research and writing skills with the ability to accurately interpret data and write concisely
- Knowledge of and interest in mathematical and statistical methods, public policy topics, and fiscal analysis
- 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, 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
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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.
Want to know more? Hear from our staff why PSC is a great place to work here.
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.