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Reston, Virginia, United States of America
JOB #R2206024

Public Policy Specialist, Regulatory Policy

Are you looking to work on current and emerging policy issues?  Do you want to apply your education and experience to help government agencies improve the way they develop and implement regulations, policies, and programs?  Our Regulatory, Policy & Economics (RPE) portfolio has over 30 years of experience supporting the design, implementation, and improvement of federal programs and is seeking a policy analyst to join them. 

Join our multidisciplinary team of regulatory specialists, policy analysts, economists, and attorneys.  We combine legal, policy, economic, and scientific research and analysis to solve unique public policy challenges through innovative, accurate, timely, and high-quality products and services.  Our dynamic work environment involves working on multiple projects simultaneously, supporting a wide range of federal and state agency clients, and providing a broad array of support services.  

This full-time position will be located in Fairfax, VA (with flexibility for telework considered) and is available immediately.    

Job Responsibilities: 

The Public Policy Specialist will employ strong research, policy analysis, and writing skills to contribute to rulemaking documents, stakeholder and public comment reports, policy papers and technical background documents.  Duties also will include technical writing and editing, report production, and managing discrete tasks and small teams of staff to work toward a milestone or deliverable.  The Public Policy Specialist will work within interdisciplinary teams supporting federal government clients who develop and implement regulatory programs affecting environmental and resource management issues, homeland security and immigration, transportation, nutrition, food/drug safety, workforce development, and other national priorities.

What you will do:

  • Participating in short- and long-term engagements to support federal clients whose responsibilities are to develop policies and craft regulations that implement a desired policy, explain the rationale of the rulemaking to interested parties, and implement the regulatory requirements
  • Supporting federal agency efforts to transparently manage and analyze public comments received on proposed agency rules
  • Drafting, editing, and formatting federal agency rulemaking documents and developing/adapting style guides for new agency rulemakings
  • Supporting federal agency rulemaking workgroups by providing live document editing in meetings, tracking agency dispensation of reviewer comments, and other support, as needed
  • Immersing oneself rapidly in varied projects for multiple clients
  • Providing verbal and written progress updates to project staff
  • Conducting research and synthesizing information from rulemaking documents, literature, and other technical reports
  • Drafting reports and presentations
  • Interacting with clients to understand and manage expectations and foster long-term client relationships

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree (in Public Policy, Political Science, or a related field) plus at least 3 years of related work experience in a professional services firm or related environment; OR a Master's degree (in Public Policy or a related field) or equivalent (e.g., JD), plus up to 1 year of relevant work experience.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required per federal contracts;
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a moderate-level government security clearance from select government agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security;

Preferred qualifications:

  • Strong attention to detail, with analytical, organizational, problem-solving, and time-management skills.
  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal, and written communications skills;
  • Ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects 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)
  • Demonstrated experience/skills with technical writing, editing, and/or proofreading.
  • Understanding of and experience with the federal rulemaking process
  • 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:

$66,658.00 - $113,319.00

Nationwide Remote Office (US99)

Public Policy

Who is ICF?

A global consulting services company with approximately 8,000 people across 75+ countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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