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Managing Researcher, Evidence Building and Use

Company: Fors Marsh Group
Location: Arlington
Posted on: June 20, 2022

Job Description:

At Fors Marsh Group (FMG), we combine the power of science and strategy to improve people's lives. Each day, we work with institutions and organizations that seek to disrupt markets, understand and influence behavior, drive action on a national scale, and create positive impact. Our approach extends far beyond our client portfolio-as a certified B Corporation and a 2020 Greenbook Top 50 Market Research Company, we make a difference in our community through corporate-sponsored employee volunteer programs and pro bono partnerships with values-aligned nonprofits. Most importantly, as a 2019-2022 Top Workplace, we are committed to putting people first and foster a culture that reflects that commitment. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and we celebrate diversity and inclusivity as the foundation of a healthy, successful, and innovative work environment. Join us, and together we can work to ensure a better tomorrow.
FMG's Program Evaluation and Policy Analysis (PEPA) practice is seeking an experienced, intelligent, and motivated Managing Researcher to support federal agencies to build and use evidence. This individual will guide FMG's pursuit and execution of evaluation, training, technical assistance, and consulting projects to help federal programs measure, monitor, and improve their performance and impact. The successful candidate will possess both subject matter expertise in federal policies and regulations pertaining to evidence and data and the ability to conceptualize and lead projects providing actionable information to clients.
Responsibilities include:

  • Leading the design and execution of learning agendas, capacity assessments, annual evaluation plans, evidence roadmaps, and other products and artifacts to systematize and advance evidence building and use.
  • Conceptualizing and delivering training and technical assistance on evaluation methods, developing logic models, creating performance measures, and communicating evidence effectively.
  • Contributing to PEPA's business development activities, including identifying opportunities, writing technical proposals, developing project budgets, and working directly with clients to develop an opportunity pipeline.
  • Helping to shape FMG's perspective on federal policy pertaining to evidence building through for white papers, blogs, editorials, conference presentations, and other modes of thought leadership.
  • Supervising and mentoring FMG staff about policies governing evidence building and use in the federal government.
  • Managing the successful execution of PEPA projects, including scheduling, technical quality, financial performance, and client satisfaction.


    • Graduate degree in social sciences, public policy, or related field.
    • A minimum of 8 years of post-graduate applied experience contributing to and leading research, evaluation, and evidence building projects, preferably for federal clients.
    • Demonstrated expertise in federal policies and regulations about evidence building and data use, including the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act (and OMB guidance on implementation), the President's Management Agenda, the Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act, and the process for agency development of strategic plans and budgets.
    • Demonstrated experience leading training and technical assistance sessions focused on generating, using, and communicating evidence.
    • Demonstrated ability developing a variety of high-quality written and presentation work products and deliverables with minimal supervision.
    • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain client relationships.
    • Demonstration of strong verbal and written communications skills, including proposal writing.
    • Applicants may be subject to a low-level government security investigation and must meet eligibility criteria for access to sensitive information.

      We Offer

      • Ability to make an impact on people's live, both internal and external to the organization.
      • Top-tier health, dental, vision, and long and short-term disability coverage all covered at 100% for employee coverage.
      • Remote work.
      • Our company culture, which values balance and allows each employee to take leave as they require it to balance the responsibilities of both their work and home lives without worrying about depleting their available leave hours.
      • We provide a floating holiday bank so you can celebrate the days you value.
      • Generous matching retirement contributions and no vesting period starting the third month of employment.
      • Dedicated training and development budgets to expand your expertise and grow your skillset.
      • You can volunteer your way with paid time off.
      • You can participate in FMG staff-led affinity groups.
      • Our employees receive product and service discounts through the certified B Corp network.

Keywords: Fors Marsh Group, Arlington , Managing Researcher, Evidence Building and Use, Other , Arlington, Virginia

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