Analyst in Defense Policy and Trade

Washington D.C.
Mar 23, 2017
Apr 21, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) seeks an Analyst in Defense Policy and Trade to join its Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade Division (FDT).

Analyst duties include conducting research and preparing objective, non-partisan analytical studies and descriptive background reports on issues of national significance; providing personal consultation and assistance to congressional committees, Members and staff on public policy issues throughout the legislative process; and participating in team research projects and seminars. The analyst is also expected to develop, over time, the skills necessary to provide public policy and legislative analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members and staff at increasingly sophisticated levels.

Applicants should have the ability to plan and execute analytical research projects to address congressional requests in the areas of defense and intelligence budgeting, manpower and management, and international trade and economic policy by determining whether issues are amenable to statistical/data analytic inquiry; identifying potential data sources and evaluating their authoritativeness and limitations; and synthesizing complex data into easy-to-understand analyses for a non-technical audience.

Strong research, writing and presentation skills are essential. Applicants should be experienced with quantitative approaches to research and familiar with complex defense and trade-related data sets. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an understanding of the causal relationships among the political, security, economic and social dynamics in the areas of defense, intelligence and trade. Candidates with experience in reshaping data, data analysis, data analytics and statistical programming, in using data science, visualizations, design thinking and experiential learning to inform research products and processes are especially urged to apply.

CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.

CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective and nonpartisan. Its highest priority ¡s to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation’s best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.

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Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Knowledge of defense, intelligence, and trade**

Ability to analyze public policy issues**

Ability to write in a public policy context**

Ability to convey analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations and other presentations

Ability to work collaboratively with others

Ability to exercise objectivity in all phases of analysis and consultation

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing

No additional requirements to those listed above.

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