Classification: Full‐time employment; exempt from overtime
Summary: The senior consultant is responsible for researching, analyzing, and writing reports related to local, state, and national policy issues. The senior consultant will also support clients by providing strategic counsel, planning and facilitating stakeholder engagements, selling and managing projects, and more.
- Conducts, translates, and analyzes public policy research, primarily in content areas related to energy and environment, health and human services, and talent and economics
- 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
- A minimum of five years of relevant work experience is required
- Experience working with diverse stakeholders and building consensus
- Experience working on public 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
- Professional certifications and/or credentials Design Accredited Professional credential, are desired
- Strong competency using the 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
Public Sector Consultants has a flexible work location policy that allows employees the ability to work from a location that best meets their personal needs while also balancing the needs of the firm. Work is primarily performed indoors, with extended periods (approximately eight hours or more a day) at a computer or on the telephone. 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, PSC strives for staff to maintain a healthy work‐life balance.
- 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
Clients hire PSC because our people are more than data custodians — we’re data curators. Sure, our sharply honed skills mean we can clean a data set like nobody else, but things like our consensus building, strategic planning abilities, and facilitation skills help clients elevate the human story behind the data. Our door is open to hiring qualified individuals who believe that impactful public policy starts by understanding those who are most often overlooked in — and most often affected by — the decisions that are made. We check for applicants weekly. When you submit your application materials, you can expect a response from PSC within two weeks.
Check out open roles on our website: www.publicsectorconsultants.com/careers.
Public Sector Consultants is a certified Women‐owned Small Business and a Women’s Business Enterprise, and we are committed to creating a space for all voices to be heard and understood. We have served hundreds of government agencies, nonprofits, associations, and regulated industries in our more than 40‐year history. We take pride in our role as an independent, nonpartisan public policy consulting firm that is trusted, respected, and engaged in our community. We don’t just follow best practice, we create it.
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 and 2021, as well as a 2021 winner of Crain’s Business Detroit Cool Places to Work contest. Since our founding in 1979, PSC has built a reputation as the consulting firm of choice for anyone working to better people’s lives.
Our mission is to improve the quality of life for residents of Michigan and beyond through the development and implementation of innovative, actionable public policies.
Why Join Our Team?
We know that employees want more than a job — they want to be part of a community. We offer opportunities to take on meaningful work, get involved in the community, grow professionally, and learn from a diverse network of colleagues. Your time and talent make a difference beyond the office and extend into the community around you. For us, culture is a way of being, bringing our whole selves to work, and showing up for our colleagues — many of whom we call friends. We’re more than the work we do, and we’ve all got social, emotional, and physical lives that flourish with a healthy work‐life balance. 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. It’s 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. We foster openness and inclusivity, share triumphs, and cultivate lessons learned. The deep care and dedication we have for each other and our communities shines through in our unique personalities and commitment to a job well done. Want to know more? Learn about 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, 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.
We are always looking for qualified candidates! We check for open applications weekly, and you can expect a reply within two weeks of submission.