Workforce Development Principal Associate (Remote Flexibility)

Abt Associates Remote
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January 24, 2023
Abt Associates
Rockville, Maryland


Abt Associates seeks a qualified Principal Associate / Workforce Development Expert to support Abt s U.S. Domestic Division.

This senior expert will oversee and manage significant business development and project execution in substantive areas relating to workforce development, such as career pathways, occupational skills training, industry sector partnerships, behavioral interventions, and apprenticeship. The ideal candidate will possess strong depth and breadth of knowledge about federal workforce policies and programs; challenges and opportunities facing states as they implement federal policies; and current national, state, and local approaches aimed at improving workforce outcomes for individuals. Additionally, the candidate will possess a firm grounding in evaluation and research methods and the ability to effectively articulate the implications of research findings to policymakers and practitioners.

Key Roles and Responsibilities

  • Direct and manage large projects for federal clients such as the U.S. Department of Labor with responsibility for project execution and deliverables, client relations, budget management, and staff supervision. Set priorities to ensure the completion of projects in an accurate, timely and cost-efficient manner. Principal Associates direct and manage complex scientific/technical components of large projects or series of smaller projects with responsibility for the application of advanced methods and techniques when appropriate

  • Manage client and funder relationships and interactions to ensure effective completion of work that meets expectations.

  • Assume significant business development responsibility, including leading development of complex proposals for federal agencies and other funders. Collaborate with peers across the company on strategic planning to identify and pursue new opportunities. Principal Associates assume significant leadership role in business development by providing technical expertise. Make significant scientific/technical contributions to sales and proposal efforts.

  • Maintain an industry presence as a subject-matter resource through publications and presenting at annual conferences and meetings. Collaborate with peers to identify new research approaches.

  • Craft and help execute creative approaches to dissemination, and provide thought leadership, such as through client briefings, presentations, blog posts, podcasts, videos and/or social media.

  • Support project excellence by serving as an internal project quality reviewer and technical advisor to colleagues.

  • Contribute to efforts to identify staffing needs and recruit senior staff. Provide junior staff with the coaching and feedback they need to grow and develop.

  • Maintain excellent business development relationships and be regarded within targeted markets as an industry expert.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with and knowledge of the mission, policies, and priorities of the U.S. Department of Labor and other federal and state agencies that administer workforce development activities.

  • Experience leading large, complex projects across a variety of clients, in particular the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • Demonstrated track record successfully leading proposals for the U.S. Department of Labor and other federal and state agencies and foundations

  • Technical expertise in conducting policy and programmatic research and analysis

  • Deep knowledge of federal policies, regulations, and funding pertaining to workforce development

  • A well-rounded interpersonal skill set with the capacity to build relationships with clients, funders, and education leaders, and to work effectively in a team environment

  • Diverse network of contacts in the workforce development field among funders, policymakers, practitioners, and/or researchers and evaluators

  • Strong commitment to Abt s mission and to equity, diversity, and inclusion

Minimum Qualifications

Master s Degree + Fifteen years of relevant experience, or PhD + Ten years of relevant experience

This position offers an anticipated annual base salary range of approximately $139,021.29 to $222,434.06 and may vary by ten percent depending on candidate geographic location. Salary offers are made based on internal equity and market analysis

Abt Associates is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse workforce. Abt Associates provides market-competitive salaries and comprehensive employee benefits. Local candidates strongly encouraged to apply.

Disclaimer: Abt Associates will never ask candidates for money in exchange for an offer of employment.

Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top global research firms and one of the international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.

At Abt Associates, we are committed to creating a lasting culture of equity, diversity and inclusion and recognize that in order to achieve full participation, our practices must be free of prejudice, discrimination, and bias that result in inequitable outcomes. We are actively working to advance equity for everyone, and while we still have much work to do, we know that racial and cultural diversity are an asset to our business and the communities where we live and serve. Our ongoing commitment is focused on creating business practices that advance racial and social equity, investments in community impact programs for the benefit of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), and expand upon project work related to racial equity and social justice.

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