Senior Associate – Social & Economic Policy (67940)

21 Aug, 2020

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Senior Associate – Social & Economic Policy (67940)

Abt Associates
Cambridge, MA

Organization Overview

 

The Social and Economic Policy Division helps guide development of the nation’s prominent policies and programs.  Our contributions—at all government levels—have resulted in better programs on housing, community revitalization, education, workforce development,  income security, food assistance, and in support of children, youth, and disadvantaged families. Our clients include the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Education, Health and Human Services, Labor, Veterans Affairs, and the Food and Nutrition Service, among others.

 

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, this position will be based as a telecommuter for the foreseeable future.  Only when Abt reopens offices to all employees will there be an expectation that new hires return to the geographical office to which they were hired.

Job Summary
Senior Associates assume lead role in the development of new business. Direct and manage the planning, design and implementation of project protocols and procedures. Serve as the primary client contact and translate client needs and/or objectives into specific deliverables in a timely and cost efficient manner. Ensure that all research projects are conducted with sound methods and techniques. Senior Scientists assume lead role in the development of new business through the contribution of scientific/technical expertise. Direct and manage the planning, design and implementation of technical project protocols and procedures. Serve as the primary client contact for methodological and technical expertise and translate client needs and/or objectives into specific deliverables in a timely and cost efficient manner. Ensure that all research projects are conducted with sound methods and approaches. Senior Associates/Scientists capably present and speak at client and professional meetings.
Key Responsibilities
Senior Associates direct and manage complex components of large projects or series of smaller projects with responsibility for budget management, project deliverables, client relations, and staff supervision. Set priorities to ensure the completion of projects in an accurate, timely and cost efficient manner. Senior Scientists direct and manage complex scientific/technical components of large projects or series of smaller projects with responsibility for the application of advanced methods and techniques in a particular field of specialization. Senior Associates assume significant business development responsibility for identifying new markets and sales opportunities while maintaining current clients; direct sales and proposal efforts in accordance with the Division’s business development plan. Senior Scientists assume significant leadership role in business development by providing technical expertise. Make significant scientific/technical contributions to sales and proposal efforts in accordance to the Division’s business development plan. Senior Associates direct and establish policies and protocols to carry out research and provide technical guidance to less senior staff through application of advanced techniques, concepts, and methods related to a particular field of specialization. Senior Scientists direct and serve as the subject-matter expert in the preparation of complex statistical and methodological reports and findings with responsibility as the senior technical writer. Serve as the primary reviewer of the analytical and technical writing of less senior staff. Maintain an industry presence as a subject-matter resource by publishing regularly in peer reviewed journals and/or by presenting at annual conferences and meetings. Has name recognition. Collaborate with peers in other Divisions of the Company to identify new research approaches and potential markets for those services. Identify and recruit substantive senior staff and actively participate in the mentoring of Associates and less senior staff. Take lead responsibility for employing a substantial number of staff members at varying levels (i.e., Research Assistants, Associates, etc.).
Other Prerequisites
Must have proven technical expertise. Requires experience in business development and client relationship management. Supervisory/staff development and writing skills (proposal development).

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS CANNOT BE CHANGED
Minimum Qualifications
MA/MBA (13 – 15) years of experience OR PhD (8 – 10) years of experience OR the equivalent combination of education and experience. In cases of internal promotion, an exception may be made to the minimum requirements based on company needs and the proven ability of the incumbent to perform the key roles and responsibilities of this position.

 

Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits.

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Job posted: 2020-08-21