Manager, Research and Analysis

Washington, DC
Jun 20, 2019
Jul 20, 2019
Focus Areas
Position Type
Full Time
Experience Level


The Partnership for Public Service is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization with a big mission: we’re working to ensure the federal government is dynamic, innovative and that it effectively serves the American people. We’ve got a great team that helps make it happen.

Our staff is diverse in experience and perspective, but at our core, we share a lot of the same traits. We are mission-driven, creative, collaborative, optimistic and inclusive.

Our work is strategic, fast-paced and guided by our values:

  • Passion for public service and our work toward a more effective government.
  • People who promote a culture of learning, leadership, collaboration, inclusion and respect.
  • Persistence to drive change, take strategic risks and deliver results.
  • Promise to be trustworthy, nonpartisan and fiscally responsible.

We hire smart and friendly people who are great at what they do and good to one another in the process. Are you ready to join our team?


The Partnership for Public Service is seeking an experienced professional to manage a research and analysis portfolio of topics relevant to improving how the federal government functions. Topics could include inspiring the next generation to pursue public service careers, helping the government identify ways to adopt emerging technologies, and identifying strategies to assist federal leaders in carrying out their duties as public servants, among many others. This position is ideal for someone with a strong project management background who has demonstrated experience creating high-quality written products with meaningful insights and actionable recommendations as well as knowledge and understanding of federal government functions and demonstrated experience in relationship management.


  • Manage the Partnership’s research and analysis portfolio on selected assigned topics.
  • Conceptualize, research, design and write high-quality products of varying length, complexity and style that convey research findings in a clear and compelling way, provide actionable recommendations and address topics relevant to improving how the government functions.
  • Develop methodologies, devise questions and conduct in-person interviews that will elicit relevant key information from federal agency or private-sector representatives to inform Partnership recommendations.
  • Collect and analyze quantitative data to draw well-supported and meaningful conclusions and recommendations.
  • Assist with implementing the Partnership’s research agenda in alignment with the Partnership’s strategic goals.
  • Work with other Partnership teams to translate analytic findings into action, helping to develop content for legislative briefings and our broader organizational programming.
  • Forge a productive and effective relationship with the Communications team to deliver thoughtfully developed, integrated and high-impact products.
  • Build and manage relationships with government officials, corporate partners and other experts to ensure the successful design and implementation of projects.
  • Manage research and analysis projects, to include leading project teams, managing budgets, scheduling assignments, reporting on deliverable status and ensuring projects are successfully completed on time and within budget.
  • Plan, manage and facilitate meetings and events with federal employees and corporate partners.
  • Assist with writing research and analysis-related proposals to secure funding from foundations and corporate sponsors.
  • Represent the Partnership in public and private forums as a speaker and ambassador, as applicable.


  • Strong analytical and critical-thinking skills, including the ability to translate ideas and insights into practical research projects leading to products that are highly relevant to senior government executives as well as the general reader.
  • Organizational skills required to successfully plan, track and complete projects from initial conceptualization to the timely delivery of high-quality deliverables.
  • Demonstrated ability to create written products with a focus on relevance, precision of language, analytic integrity, effective organization, compelling narrative and meaningful insights.
  • Ability to collaborate with others in a constructive and professional manner for the timely turnaround of a publishable paper.
  • Outstanding oral, written and presentation skills, including the ability to organize and convey information clearly and persuasively to a variety of audiences.
  • Effective storyteller who is adept at translating complex concepts into compelling messages for different key audiences, including federal leaders and employees, policymakers and other thought leaders.
  • Ability to build and manage relationships with federal employees, corporate partners, subject matter experts and internal stakeholders to ensure the successful design and implementation of projects.
  • Proven track record of exercising sound judgement and critical thinking skills.
  • Willing and able to work effectively as part of a team across the larger enterprise, sharing information and insights, collaborating to solve problems, and effectively connecting the organization’s research to our broader programming and advocacy work.
  • Adept at working in a fast-paced and high-energy environment.
  • Commitment to the values of public service and the mission of the Partnership for Public Service.


  • Bachelor’s degree required (Master’s degree preferred) in public policy, public administration, political science, economics, journalism, social science or a related field, or equivalent work or military experience.
  • Minimum of 5-7 years of experience producing high-quality written products, preferably using qualitative and/or quantitative data and covering topics relevant to the federal government.
  • Relevant experience should include a research, analytic, journalist or investigative role, during which the candidate effectively gathered and analyzed valid and useful qualitative information and/or quantitative data and drew from it sophisticated, well-supported insights and conclusions.
  • Some experience working with quantitative data, and a solid understanding of the strengths and limitations of such data.
  • Demonstrated project management experience, including budgeting and managing a team. 
  • Experience building consensus among a variety of stakeholders toward a common goal.
  • Prior professional experience with nonprofit advocacy organizations or working with the federal government preferred.
  • Experience with statistical analysis a plus.


This position will report to a senior manager, director or vice president. The manager may directly or indirectly supervise interns, associates and associate managers.


This job operates in a professional office environment in Washington, DC and at external venues, both local and out-of-state. This position requires consistent use of office equipment such as computer, telephone, printer and scanner.


This is a full-time exempt position with regular work hours Monday-Friday, 9 am to 6 pm. Occasional evening or weekend activities may be required.


If travel occurs, it is usually local and during the business day. Very little out of the area and/or overnight travel will be required.


The Partnership offers a compensation package that includes a competitive salary; medical, dental and vision coverage; life insurance; long- and short-term disability insurance; a 401k program with a 4 percent employer match; opportunities for training and development; 15 days of annual leave per year, 10 days of sick leave per year, plus all federal holidays and the day after Thanksgiving off; and subsidized use of an on-site exercise facility.


The Partnership is an inclusive organization that fosters learning, collaboration and respect. We actively recruit for diversity in our workplace, believing that a range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences contributes to our mission of revitalizing government. The Partnership for Public Service is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability; or on any other basis prohibited by law.

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