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Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America
Richmond, Virginia, United States of America
JOB #R2203341

Regulatory Policy Specialist

Call for Federal Regulatory Policy Experts

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) practice is always looking for experienced public policy specialists to join its team, supporting the design, implementation, and improvement of federal programs.

RPE's multidisciplinary team of regulatory specialists, policy analysts, economists, and attorneys combines 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 clients, and providing a wide range of support services for a variety of Federal clients.

Job Responsibilities:

We are always seeking experienced Regulatory Policy Specialists to conduct applied research and provide consulting services in support of national-level programs and policies, in the areas of environmental and resource management issues, transportation, nutrition, food/drug safety, immigration, workforce development, among others.

Positions will be based at our offices in Fairfax, VA in a hybrid work arrangement, with flexibility for remote work. 

What you will do:

As a Regulatory Policy Specialist, you will participate in short- and long-term engagements, supporting federal clients responsible for developing policies and crafting regulations that implement a desired policy, explain the rationale of the rulemaking to interested parties; and implement regulatory requirements. Specific duties include:

  • Supporting federal agency efforts to transparently manage and analyze public comments received on proposed agency rules.
  • Drafting and editing federal agency rulemaking documents.
  • Synthesizing information from rulemaking documents, literature and other technical reports.
  • Providing verbal and written progress updates to project staff.
  • Developing recommendations, and drafting reports and presentations.
  • Interacting with clients to understand and manage expectations and foster long-term client relationships. 

What you must have (minimum qualifications):

  • Bachelor's degree in Public Policy, Political Science, or a related field plus min. 5 years of related work experience in a professional services firm or related environment; OR
  • Experience in technical writing and editing, as well as report production
  • Experience managing discrete tasks and small teams of staff to work toward a milestone or deliverable. 
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills
  • U.S. Citizenship is required per federal contracts
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a moderate-level government security clearance

What we'd like you to have (preferred qualifications):

  • Understanding of and experience with the federal rulemaking process
  • Regulatory research skills

Professional Skills

  • Strong analytical and organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize and work on multiple projects under strict deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Detail-oriented and team-oriented approach
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)

Why you’ll love working here:

  • Comprehensive health benefits and corporate wellness program
  • Competitive vacation and retirement plans
  • Flexible work arrangements.
  • A diverse workforce that values equity and inclusion
  • Employee community networks to support a diverse, inclusive workplace
  • Ongoing learning and development opportunities to meet your professional goals.


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.

COVID-19 Policy: New or prospective U.S. employees must provide proof of complete vaccination on the date of their commencement of employment. If selected for employment, you will provide proof of your full vaccination status, defined as vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the FDA.

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:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

Fairfax, VA (VA01)

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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