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Applied Research Manager - State and Local Government - Managing Consultant

Arco Plaza, California, US
Closing date
Oct 10, 2022

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Academic / Research, Government
Conservation science
Climate Change
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Guidehouse is a leading global provider of consulting services to the public sector and commercial markets, with broad capabilities in management, technology, and risk consulting. By combining our public and private sector expertise, we help clients address their most complex challenges and navigate significant regulatory pressures focusing on transformational change, business resiliency, and technology-driven innovation. Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing, and digital services, we create scalable, innovative solutions that help our clients outwit complexity and position them for future growth and success. The company has more than 12,000 professionals in over 50 locations globally. Guidehouse is a Veritas Capital portfolio company, led by seasoned professionals with proven and diverse expertise in traditional and emerging technologies, markets, and agenda-setting issues driving national and global economies. For more information, please visit

The State and Local Government practice works with public sector entities across the United States on addressing their most critical issues. Our services span strategy, management, technology, grants management and risk consulting solutions. Through our consulting services on some of our client's most important government and public policy issues, we are mission-driven on creating positive impact affecting society and communities. We are recruiting for an Applied Research Manager to join our State and Local Government practice. This a new role focused on developing Guidehouse's perspectives, and advancing the market understanding, on a range of strategy and policy issues affecting the social, environmental and economic vibrancy of cities, regions and states. The role will primarily involve the creation of thought leadership (e.g., position papers, white papers, indices, conference memos, op-eds, and blogs) relevant to Guidehouse's clients in the public sector. The successful candidate will work with our consulting teams to understand our solution offerings and develop that into reproducible frameworks and insights for a wider audience. The successful candidate will also be adept at defining research scopes for new topic areas, undertaking secondary research, and independently producing thought leadership suitable for executive audiences within challenging timelines (often within 3-4 weeks). The successful candidate will also demonstrate strong project and people management skills to manage a small team of supporting consultants and coordinate with both consulting and marketing teams. Candidates are requested to submit 2-3 writing samples with their application. This is a remote role.

Required:Curiosity in the role of government and responsibilities of the public sector.Possess a strong understanding of challenges facing state and local government e.g., Federal stimulus, housing, urban transformation, cities, policing, climate change, mobility, organizational effectiveness, infrastructure, social determinants of health, digital equity etc.Ability to define, lead, and manage multiple tasks within a workstream as part of a research assignment. Proficiency in core research and narrative development skills:Baseline assessments and secondary research.Stakeholder interviews.Business modelling and analysis; strong numerical reasoning and quantitative skills, building complex time series-based Excel models.Hypothesizing solutions frameworks.Synthesizing multiple inputs into coherent insights across a variety of formats; slide decks, playbooks, position papers, white papers, indices, conference memos, blogs and toolkits.Competencies include:Outstanding written narrative-development and storytelling skills, with the ability to summarize and convey key insights from analyses to senior audiences.Ability to be self-directed, anticipatory and responsive.Collegial team player who can work within a small, motivated team of diverse professionals.Desired:Functional experience in at least one of the following areas desired, but not required:Familiarity with statistical inference methods.Proficiency with urban data science analytical techniques and familiarity using multiple public datasets including BLS, BEA, NAICS data, ACS and other geographically-defined socioeconomic datasets.Proficiency with input-output or general equilibrium economic modelling tools such as Esmi, IMPLAN or REMI.Proficiency with Stata, R, Python and other programming languages.Proficiency with data visualization techniques, such as with Tableau. Required: At least 5 years of relevant experience in either consulting, research, thinktanks, academia or journalism.Bachelor's degree. Preferred: Master's degree in Public Policy, Government, Political/Social Science, Information Systems, Operational Research, Management, International Development, Economics, Urban Science and/or related fields.

Additional Requirements:
The salary range for this role is $125,000 - $145,000 may vary based on experience and location.The successful candidate must not be subject to employment restrictions from a former employer (such as a non-compete) that would prevent the candidate from performing the job responsibilities as described.

About GuidehouseGuidehouse is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, military status, protected veteran status, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, age, genetic information, or any other basis protected by law, ordinance, or regulation. Guidehouse will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable law or ordinance including the Fair Chance Ordinance of Los Angeles and San Francisco. If you have visited our website for information about employment opportunities, or to apply for a position, and you require an accommodation, please contact Guidehouse Recruiting at 1-571-633-1711 or via email at All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodation. Guidehouse does not accept unsolicited resumes through or from search firms or staffing agencies. All unsolicited resumes will be considered the property of Guidehouse and Guidehouse will not be obligated to pay a placement fee. Rewards and BenefitsGuidehouse offers a comprehensive, total rewards package that includes competitive compensation and a flexible benefits package that reflects our commitment to creating a diverse and supportive workplace. Benefits include:Medical, Rx, Dental & Vision InsurancePersonal and Family Sick Time & Company Paid HolidaysPosition may be eligible for a discretionary variable incentive bonusParental Leave and Adoption Assistance401(k) Retirement PlanBasic Life & Supplemental LifeHealth Savings Account, Dental/Vision & Dependent Care Flexible Spending AccountsShort-Term & Long-Term DisabilityTuition Reimbursement, Personal Development & Learning OpportunitiesSkills Development & CertificationsEmployee Referral ProgramCorporate Sponsored Events & Community OutreachEmergency Back-Up Childcare Program
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