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Research & Communications Analyst-Food and Agriculture

Nexight Group Silver Spring, MD

  • Posted: over a month ago
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: 401k, dental, medical, vision,
Job Description

Research and Communications Analyst (junior to mid-level) – Food and Agriculture 

Nexight Group is seeking a research and communications analyst with proven experience quickly becoming conversant in new technical topic areas, particularly related to food, agriculture, and public policy. An ideal analyst must apply their expertise to conduct desktop research efficiently, offer critical analysis, synthesize information to draw meaningful conclusions, and write original and engaging content (from in-depth studies to short talking points) that accurately communicates complex information. 

Nexight Group is a small technical and management consulting firm working for a variety of clients in many topic areas. Adaptability, critical thinking, and genuine curiosity are all equally important to skills and subject matter expertise. 

Skills 

Applicants should have the necessary skills to perform the following job responsibilities: 

  • Quickly build subject matter expertise and use it to effectively research, analyze, synthesize, and communicate complex topics, data, and expert viewpoints 

  • Produce succinct, accurate, and well-documented analyses that synthesize complex information – understanding the difference between summarizing and synthesizing information – at a level appropriate to the target audience, from executives to employees, at all levels of an organization 

  • Analyze qualitative and quantitative data, summarize stakeholder feedback, track and analyze trends, identify and prioritize key issues, and produce findings and recommendations to drive decision-making 

  • Write concise and engaging content for reports, presentations, policy briefings, fact sheets, training material, and other outreach publications 

  • Work individually and with a team to tackle research, analysis, and communications tasks that require strong critical thinking and analysis of complex problems 

  • Ensure technical accuracy of materials at all times while improving grammar, punctuation, readability, style, flow, and persuasiveness to achieve objectives 

  • Assist in engaging with subject matter experts to gather informed and original opinions, clarify specific trends, reach consensus decisions, and creatively solve complex problems 

Work location will be Silver Spring, MD, and candidates may be allowed to onboard virtually (note that Nexight is currently permitting a limited number of employees to work from the Silver Spring office). Occasional work in Washington, D.C. may be required to support clients. All successful candidates will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination other than in limited circumstances where the law requires an exception. 

Summary of Qualifications 

Minimum 

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree or four years professional work experience in agriculture science, food and nutrition, public policy, environmental science or policy, chemistry, biology, or related scientific fields with demonstrated writing experience 
    OR 
    Bachelor’s degree or four years professional work experience in writing, English, communications, grants administration, or related field with demonstrated familiarity and interest in food, agriculture, and/or public policy 

  • Experience: At least one year of professional experience 

  • Demonstrated ability to understand highly technical, complex information and translate it for technical and non-technical audiences 

  • Experience in analysis and synthesis of qualitative and quantitative data 

  • Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written, that reflect strong critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis capabilities 

  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment 

  • Strict attention to detail with minimal oversight required 

  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint 

  • An entrepreneurial, “roll up your sleeves” spirit that realizes value in all tasks, large and small, likes to learn by doing, and desires continuous improvement and innovation 

Preferred 

  • Full-time professional experience in policy analysis, management consulting, or other professional services environment 

  • Previous work experience in agriculture, food science, public policy, or grants management/ administration 

  • Previous work experience reading and analyzing federal statutes, regulations, and guidance 

  • Previous experience supporting a federal government client or working for the federal government 

  • Experience with Microsoft SharePoint, Trello, Tableau, or similar project management and data visualization tools 

Why Nexight Group? 

We believe in hiring the best people possible and creating a stimulating work environment where employees can have fun and excel professionally. We’re a small firm with a family atmosphere, and we value a work-life balance. At Nexight Group, you will not be bogged down in bureaucratic processes, but you will be challenged to perform at a high level, even outside your area of expertise, and learn about a variety of topics. Employees visibly contribute to the success of the company, and are empowered to manage their careers and encouraged to explore professional interests. 

To Apply 

To apply, please submit a complete resume and a cover letter that includes salary requirements and an explanation of how your skills and background fit with the position. Please include two sample work products or writing samples that demonstrate your research acumen and ability to synthesize technical information and present it clearly. Please send all information to careers@nexightgroup.com and reference the job title for which you are applying in the subject line of your email. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Promising candidates will be asked to perform a short exercise to assess analysis and synthesis capability. 

All full-time employees of Nexight Group receive a competitive salary and attractive benefits, including medical and dental insurance, company contributions to employee health savings accounts (HSAs), company 401(k) contributions, profit sharing, and an annual bonus program. 

All successful candidates will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination other than in limited circumstances where the law requires an exception.

All applicants must be authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship. PRINCIPALS ONLY. VEVRAA Federal Contractor. Priority referrals of protected veterans desired. Equal Opportunity Employer. 

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