Careers

Ascendant has ongoing recruitment for qualified candidates for the positions listed below. Ascendant is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

 

If you are interested in applying, please send a copy of your resume to careers@ascendantps.com

Construction Carpenter 

Ascendant is recruiting experienced carpenters to support Federal construction programs in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Our carpenters are involved in every aspect of our construction projects. Their understanding of how it all comes together, focus on customer mission, and quality workmanship ensures that our projects achieve objectives and are completed safely, on schedule, and on budget.

These positions are based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area including the Baltimore-Washington corridor and Northern Virginia.

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience in rough and finish carpentry; commercial office and Government facility renovation experience preferred

  • Ability to review project plans to prepare project layout and determine dimensions and materials required

  • General knowledge of all trades and their interaction to efficiently work on the project

  • Ability to diagnose and creatively solve problems and challenges inherent in multiple trade construction projects

  • Ability to operate both independently and in a team environment to complete tasks and succeed in a fast-paced environment

  • Good writing and communication skills

  • Focus on Safety for the individual, crew, project participants, building occupants, and public

  • Candidates must be able to successfully complete security vetting processes, as established by specific facility owners

  • U.S. Citizenship

  • Candidate must possess a valid driver’s license

Construction Electrician (US)

Ascendant is recruiting experienced electricians to support Federal construction programs in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Our electricians play a critical role on our teams; their focus on customer mission and quality workmanship ensures that our projects achieve objectives and are completed safely, on schedule, and on budget. Positions are subject to Davis-Bacon Act with hourly compensation dependent on project site location.

These positions are based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area including the Baltimore-Washington corridor and Northern Virginia.

Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience installing electrical systems (conduit & wire, lighting, panels, fire alarm, etc.)

  • Journeyman’s License or equivalent; Master’s preferred

  • General knowledge of major distribution system components such as switchgear, transformers, panels, UPS, and related systems

  • Ability to diagnose, troubleshoot, and solve problems and challenges inherent in multiple trade construction projects

  • Ability to operate both independently and in a team environment to complete tasks and succeed in a fast-paced environment

  • Good writing and communication skills

  • Focus on safety for the individual, crew, project participants, building occupants, and public

  • Candidates must be able to successfully complete security vetting processes, as established by specific facility owners

  • Valid Driver’s License

Investment Consultant (SelectUSA)

Ascendant is recruiting qualified candidates for full-time Consultant positions linked to a contract that we hold with the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Consultants will support SelectUSA’s programmatic work in attracting and retaining foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States with an emphasis on the health, ICT, and energy sectors.

 

Consultants will provide support to the SelectUSA Investment Services team on investment pipeline work conducting activities that enhance progress of existing and new quality investment pipeline projects. Duties and responsibilities will include: 

  • Mining networks, SelectUSA resources, and other assets for new FDI leads;

  • Assist in developing and implementing strategies to proactively curate and foster deal development aimed at facilitating investment into the U.S.;

  • Conduct research to identify company targets for proactive outreach;

  • Vetting and qualifying investment deals;

  • Project managing selected deal engagement;

  • Running reports and building dashboards;

  • Drafting briefing materials; 

  • Coordinating investment promotion activities with international and domestic staff; and

  • Providing regular updates on pipeline progress.

This position is based in Washington, D.C. and is metro accessible (Federal Triangle).  Remote telework flexibility is offered in the current environment.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree is required

  • Six (6) or more years of relevant professional experience in economic development, site selection, international trade, and/or foreign direct investment is desired

  • Experience in business development is desired

  • Experience attracting, supporting, or implementing investments in the health, ICT, or energy sector is desired

  • Proficiency with Outlook and Microsoft Office Suite products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Excellent writing and communication skills

  • Ability to operate independently to complete tasks and succeed in a fast-paced environment

  • Applicants should demonstrate enthusiasm, initiative, flexibility, and attention to detail

  • A public trust background check with U.S. Government must be completed prior to starting work 

Project Manager - Virtual Events (SelectUSA)

Ascendant is recruiting qualified candidates for a full-time Project Manager position linked to a contract that we hold with the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Project Manager will support SelectUSA’s programmatic work in attracting and retaining foreign direct investment in the United States. 

 

The Project Manager will lead Ascendant staff supporting SelectUSA’s virtual engagement efforts with investor and economic development organization clients. The Project Manager will support the development, production, and close out of virtual event engagements. Specific activities supported may include development of event concepts based on SelectUSA’s strategic goals, communications with internal and external stakeholders, targeted event promotion, event logistics, development of workflows, and creation and maintenance of internal data systems.

 

The Project Manager will provide oversight of all aspects of project performance, perform supervisory functions of contract personnel, serve as a subject matter expert in support of overall requirements, manage resources to ensure coverage, oversee the successful completion of tasks, maintain client and project stakeholder relationships, review project deliverables, and ensure adherence to quality standards and contract requirements.

 

This position is based in Washington, D.C. and is metro accessible (Federal Triangle). Remote telework flexibility is offered in the current environment.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree is required

  • Three (3) or more years of professional experience including prior experience applying project management concepts

  • Knowledge or experience in economic development, international trade and/or foreign direct investment promotion is desired

  • Prior experience in event management, webinars, and or virtual trainings is a plus

  • Proficiency with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)

  • Excellent writing and communication skills

  • Ability to analyze programs and processes to determine effectiveness

  • Ability to operate independently to complete tasks and succeed in a fast-paced environment

  • Applicants should demonstrate enthusiasm, initiative, flexibility, and attention to detail

  • A public trust background check with U.S. Government must be completed prior to starting work

Research Analyst (Indo-Pacific)

Ascendant is recruiting qualified candidates for a full-time Research Analyst position linked to a five-year contract that we hold with the U.S. Trade & Development Agency. The Research Analyst will perform substantive research, analytical, evaluation, and administrative support functions for the U.S. Trade and Development Agency’s programmatic work in the Indo-Pacific region. 

This position is based in Arlington, VA and is metro accessible (Rosslyn). Remote telework flexibility is offered in the current environment.

Qualifications

  • 1-3 years professional experience in a similar capacity

  • Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree is preferred

  • Ideal candidates will have education backgrounds and interests in International Relations, International Development, Public Policy, International Trade, Economics, Technology, and other related fields of study

  • Regional and/or sector knowledge and experience is desired

  • Foreign language skills are a plus

  • Excellent writing and communication skills

  • Ability to conduct sophisticated research using numerous resources

  • Ability to compile and analyze data and provide recommendations based upon statistical analysis

  • Ability to analyze programs and processes to determine effectiveness

  • Ability to operate independently to complete tasks and succeed in a fast-paced environment

  • Proficiency with all Microsoft Office Tools including Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel

  • Proficiency in conducting internet research, as well as utilizing databases

  • Must be detail-oriented and be able to format professional-grade documents for public dissemination

  • Must have strong writing skills to draft and edit reports, briefing books, letters and other forms of correspondence

  • High degree of organization and time-management skills

  • Applicants should demonstrate enthusiasm, initiative, flexibility and the ability to multitask

  • Candidates must be able to obtain a Secret level security clearance with the U.S. Government. A public trust background check with U.S. Government must be completed prior to starting work.

Research Analyst (Sub-Saharan Africa)

Ascendant is recruiting qualified candidates for a full-time Research Analyst position linked to a five-year contract that we hold with the U.S. Trade & Development Agency. The Research Analyst will perform substantive research, analytical, evaluation, and administrative support functions for the U.S. Trade and Development Agency’s programmatic work in the sub-Saharan Africa region. 

This position is based in Arlington, VA and is metro accessible (Rosslyn). Remote telework flexibility is offered in the current environment.

Qualifications

  • 1-3 years professional experience in a similar capacity

  • Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree is preferred

  • Ideal candidates will have education backgrounds and interests in International Relations, International Development, Public Policy, International Trade, Economics, Technology, and other related fields of study

  • Regional and/or sector knowledge and experience is desired

  • French foreign language skills are a plus

  • Excellent writing and communication skills

  • Ability to conduct sophisticated research using numerous resources

  • Ability to compile and analyze data and provide recommendations based upon statistical analysis

  • Ability to analyze programs and processes to determine effectiveness

  • Ability to operate independently to complete tasks and succeed in a fast-paced environment

  • Proficiency with all Microsoft Office Tools including Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, and Excel

  • Proficiency in conducting internet research, as well as utilizing databases

  • Must be detail-oriented and be able to format professional-grade documents for public dissemination

  • Must have strong writing skills to draft and edit reports, briefing books, letters and other forms of correspondence

  • High degree of organization and time-management skills

  • Applicants should demonstrate enthusiasm, initiative, flexibility and the ability to multitask

  • Candidates must be able to obtain a Secret level security clearance with the U.S. Government. A public trust background check with U.S. Government must be completed prior to starting work.

Research Analyst - Virtual Events (SelectUSA)

Ascendant is recruiting qualified candidates for a full-time Research Analyst position linked to a contract that we hold with the International Trade Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Research Analyst will support SelectUSA’s programmatic work in attracting and retaining foreign direct investment in the United States. 

 

Research Analyst duties will include substantive research, analytical, and administrative support for SelectUSA’s virtual engagement efforts with investor and economic development organization clients. The Research Analyst will support the development, production, and close out of virtual event engagements, providing research and analysis to inform SelectUSA’s virtual events. Specific activities supported may include development of event concepts based on SelectUSA’s strategic goals, communications with internal and external stakeholders, creation of briefing documents for high-level officials, targeted event promotion, event logistics, development of workflows, and creation and maintenance of internal data systems.

 

This position is based in Washington, D.C. and is metro accessible (Federal Triangle). Remote telework flexibility is offered in the current environment.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree is required

  • One (1) year of professional experience

  • Ideal candidates will have education backgrounds and interests in International Relations, International Development, Public Policy, International Trade, Economics, Technology, and other related fields of study

  • Awareness of the theories, dynamics, and practices of cross-border investment, and of the economic, market, and geopolitical factors underlying such investment

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite products (Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint) required; prior experience with Salesforce and/or LexisAdvance is a plus

  • Ability to compile and analyze data, and produce professional-grade documents and data visualizations

  • Excellent writing and communication skills

  • Ability to conduct sophisticated research using numerous resources

  • Ability to compile and analyze data and provide recommendations based upon statistical analysis

  • Ability to analyze programs and processes to determine effectiveness

  • Ability to operate independently to complete tasks and succeed in a fast-paced environment

  • Applicants should demonstrate enthusiasm, initiative, flexibility, and attention to detail

  • A public trust background check with U.S. Government must be completed prior to starting work

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