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Reston, Virginia, United States of America
JOB #R2300640

Public Policy Researcher, DHS

Are you interested in working on current and emerging immigration policy issues?  Do you want to apply your education and experience to help government agencies improve the way they develop and implement immigration-related regulations, policies, and programs? Our Regulatory, Policy, and Economics portfolio has over 30 years of experience supporting the design, implementation, and improvement of federal programs and is seeking a policy researcher to join them. 

This full-time position will be focused on supporting the Department of Homeland Security on immigration-related issues and programs. The position will be located in either Washington, DC or Reston, VA, depending on the client’s requirements (with flexibility for telework considered), and is available immediately.      

Ideal candidates will combine a detail-oriented approach and effective organizational capabilities, excellent verbal and interpersonal skills, and equally strong research, and writing skills to work with our clients in the Department of Homeland Security to support their development and implementation of policies and programs. 

What you’ll do…

  • Interact directly with clients within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • Immerse oneself rapidly in varied immigration-related tasks and projects
  • Assist with efforts to draft, route, and track the assignment of tasks and correspondence among DHS team members and staff
  • Draft and edit documents (e.g., policy documents, briefings, presentations) for client review
  • Attend intra-agency meetings and working groups
  • Provide verbal and written progress updates to client and ICF staff
  • Provide other administrative support to DHS, as requested

What you’ll need…

  • Bachelor's degree plus 1+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a government security clearance from the Department of Homeland Security

Professional Skills we’re looking for…

  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, and written communications skills
  • Strong attention to detail Strong analytical, writing, organizational, problem-solving, and time-management skills
  • Ability to prioritize and work on multiple tasks under strict deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work well in a team-oriented environment.
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) and Adobe

Preferred qualifications:

  • Academic or work experience in policy research and analysis
  • Understanding of DHS-wide immigration-related laws, regulations, policies, programs, and operations
  • Regulatory research skills

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  Know Your Rights and  Pay Transparency Statement.

Pay Range - There are multiple factors that are considered in determining final pay for a position, including, but not limited to, relevant work experience, skills, certifications and competencies that align to the specified role, geographic location, education and certifications as well as contract provisions regarding labor categories that are specific to the position. The pay range for this position is:

$48,364.00 - $82,218.00

Reston, VA (VA30)

Public Policy

Who is ICF?

A global consulting and technology services company with approximately 9,000 employees, but we are not your typical consultants.

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