Research and Policy Analyst - Government Business

Washington, DC

National Journal is hiring a Research and Policy Analyst - Government Business.

National Journal is a premier research and insights company committed to helping organizations effectively navigate Washington. Best known as one of Washington’s most trusted media brands for nearly 50 years, our expertise is unmatched with teams of specialists dedicated to government affairs, communications, and political research, in addition to exceptional journalism. Our mission is to equip the thousands of government and business leaders in the nation’s capital with the intelligence, insights, and connections they need to save time, increase efficiency, and deliver success.

What is National Journal’s Network Science Initiative?

The Network Science Initiative (NSI) is a custom research division within National Journal specializing in stakeholder mapping for corporate clients. NSI identifies the people and organizations – from government, industry, think tanks, advocates, and media – with the most influence on key policy topics, maps their connections within and across their respective communities, and develops tailored messaging and engagement strategies.

We are looking for curious and innovative researchers and consultants interested in learning about the most pressing national security, technology policy, and federal healthcare issues and the people and organizations shaping government policy and procurement decisions.

The Role:

Research and Policy Analysts are responsible for contributing to all aspects of NSI client engagements. Analysts on the government business team conduct core qualitative research, create and present client deliverables, manage project timelines and communication, and help develop and refine the product, all with the aim of delivering value to our clients. Analysts work directly with senior leaders at NSI and leading defense, technology, and healthcare companies. They provide insight into decision-makers across DoD, DHS, HHS, and the State Department, among others, who are setting the federal contracting strategy and shaping critical strategic initiatives in areas including cybersecurity, autonomous systems, pandemic preparedness, and veterans’ health, among others.

The ideal candidate will have the ability to conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis of current government purchasing and policy priorities and execute against tight deadlines to develop professional and intellectually sound deliverables, both independently and in close collaboration with team members.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Managing research for multiple client accounts and being responsible for the timely delivery of all project work.
  • Collaborating with team members to develop research methodologies and approaches to answer client questions.
  • Conducting qualitative and quantitative research, developing analytical takeaways, and synthesizing findings into strategic recommendations to help clients craft strong business development strategies.
  • Drafting deliverables, including PowerPoint presentations, memos, and other formats, to communicate findings and recommendations to clients.
  • Presenting findings and interacting with clients to better understand their needs.
  • Regularly consuming industry and policy-specific news to incorporate current trends into research and analysis.

Qualifications of the Ideal candidate:

  • A highly analytic, natural problem solver.
  • The ability to highlight key insights within a complex set of data, synthesize large amounts of information, and then clearly explain these insights to potential clients.
  • A skilled project manager, able to independently manage competing priorities and adhere to timelines.
  • A strong writer, able to clearly frame issues for a variety of audiences. Some experience with PowerPoint or other visual presentation formats is highly preferred.
  • 1-3 years of experience in at least one of the following domains: business analysis, strategy consulting, policy analysis – specific to technology policy, government procurement, or executive agency policymaking.
  • Familiarity analyzing federal civilian (DOE, DHS, HHS, etc.) or defense (DOD) programs and strategies is preferred.
  • Knowledge of the government acquisition process and procurement lifecycle is a plus but not required.
  • Earned Bachelor’s degree required.  


Employment Type: Full-time.

Compensation: The salary range for this role is $50,000 - $58,000.

Remote Status: Hybrid; Based in Washington, DC on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week.


About Us

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