Job Description

Classification: Full-time employment; exempt from overtime

Reports To: Eric Pardini, Director

Summary: The senior consultant is responsible for researching, analyzing, and writing reports related to local, state, and national policy issues, primarily on climate change, environmental and energy justice, utility affordability, and community development and resilience. The senior consultant brings climate policy experience to the energy and environment team and will support clients by providing strategic counsel, planning and facilitating stakeholder engagements, selling and managing projects, and more.

Essential Duties

  • Conducts, translates, and analyzes public policy research, primarily in content areas related to energy, environment, climate, utility affordability, environmental and energy justice, healthy communities, and renewable energy
  • Develops research reports, strategy documents, and other client deliverables
  • Plans and facilitates meetings, focus groups, strategic planning sessions, and other events
  • Cultivates new business by identifying project opportunities and prospective clients, meeting with prospects and clients, and writing proposals
  • Engages in multiple projects concurrently—including directing the scope of work, collaborating with team members to complete project tasks, and managing client expectations—resulting in high-quality project deliverables completed on time and on budget

Characteristics of High Performance

  • Collaborates with staff and clients in a fast-paced office with diverse people, perspectives, 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
  • Takes initiative and works independently
  • Manages workload effectively while engaged in multiple projects concurrently
  • Understands the complexities of energy and environmental policy and has a knowledge base from which to draw
  • Maintains a fact-based, unbiased approach when researching and presenting on policy topics


  • A bachelor’s degree, preferably in a field related to climate science and policy, natural resources, environmental studies, sustainability, energy, public policy/administration, or related fields
  • A minimum of five years of relevant work experience is required
  • Experience working with diverse stakeholders and building consensus
  • Experience working on climate policy at the local or state level is desired
  • Strong research and writing skills with the ability to accurately interpret data and write concisely
  • Demonstrated experience performing comparable duties
  • Knowledge of and interest in environmental and energy policy
  • Professional certifications and/or credentials, such as the LEED Accredited Professional credential, are desired
  • Strong competency using Microsoft Office suite, including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

Work Environment

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 and requires contact with the public and clients, performance of repetitive tasks, and strong communication skills. While the employee may be required to work beyond traditional business hours, Public Sector Consultants (PSC) strives for staff to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Lansing office is closed, and staff members are working remotely. After the COVID-19 pandemic, the work location will remain flexible.


  • Salary commensurate with education and experience
  • Eligibility for company profit share
  • Competitive medical, dental, life, disability, voluntary vision, and voluntary legal insurance plans
  • Company 401(k) contribution
  • Paid time off granted upon start date
  • Eleven paid holidays per year
  • YMCA membership

To Apply for this Position

Submit a cover letter, resume, and a writing sample, through the job posting on our Careers page. All materials must be submitted as PDF or Word documents. If you have trouble with the upload page or have questions about the position, please email:

About the Firm

PSC 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. PSC strives for excellence in relationships with both clients and colleagues, and was recognized as one of the Detroit Free Press Top Workplaces in 2020. 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.

It is the policy of PSC 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.