Careers

Ascendant is currently recruiting qualified candidates for the positions listed below. Ascendant offers a competitive benefits program and is committed to equal-opportunity employment.

 

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

Research Analyst (SelectUSA)

Ascendant is currently recruiting qualified candidates for a Research Analyst position linked to a contract we hold with SelectUSA, a program housed within the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Ascendant supports SelectUSA’s mission to facilitate job-creating business investment into the United States and raise awareness of the critical role that foreign direct investment (FDI) plays in the U.S. economy.

 

As part of Ascendant’s Research Team, the Analyst will support accurate investment and trade data collection, amplification, and interpretation. Our analysts conduct industry research and analysis related to specific market sectors and geographic locations and prepare customized reports for SelectUSA’s overseas investment clients. Our analysts also conduct research to support unique business and outreach plans for Economic Development Organizations (EDOs) targeting international investors and economic research on investment and trade data to be used in policy papers. Our analysts also perform due diligence research and provide support for the annual SelectUSA Investment Summit. 

Qualifications

  • 1-3 years of professional experience in a similar capacity

  • Master’s degree is required.  Ideal candidates will have education backgrounds in Economics, International Relations, Public Policy, International Trade, Finance, and other related fields of study. Coursework in economics and statistics and demonstrated academic or professional experience in quantitative and statistical analysis is required

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

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

  • Advanced proficiency with MS Excel is desired, including the ability to generate pivot tables, code basic equations in SQL and/or develop macros, and create complex graphs

  • Proficiency with data management and visualization software, such as Tableau, R and/or Power BI, and experience creating dashboards is desired

  • Proficiency in conducting internet research, as well as utilizing databases; prior experience with LexisNexis, Hoovers, Salesforce and/or FDI Markets is a plus  

  • Ability to conduct sophisticated research using numerous resources, compile and analyze data, and provide recommendations based upon statistical analysis

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

  • Must have a strong attention to detail and have the ability to produce professional-grade documents for public dissemination

  • Excellent writing and communication skills

  • High degree of organization and time-management skills

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

  • Proficiency in English is required, foreign language skills are a plus

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

Global Programs Analyst (USTDA)

Ascendant is currently recruiting qualified candidates for a full-time analyst position linked to a five-year contract we hold with the U.S. Trade & Development Agency (USTDA).  USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.

The Program Analyst will support USTDA’s Office of Global Programs in fulfilling their operational, administrative, programmatic, and reporting requirements.  The Office of Global Programs Office manages USTDA’s program funding commitments across the agency’s regional departments, as well as cross-cutting programs including the Global Procurement Initiative (GPI) and inter-agency strategic partnerships. 

Program Analyst duties will include substantive research, analytical, evaluation, and administrative support for the GPI Program.  Operational and administrative support will also include drafting budgets and inter-agency agreements, action memoranda, tracking contracts and logistics for overseas staff, and supporting annual agency-wide strategic planning and external reporting efforts.

This position is based in Arlington, VA and is metro accessible (Rosslyn).

Qualifications

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

  • 1-3 years professional experience in a similar capacity

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

  • Excellent writing and communication skills

  • Prior experience with budget monitoring and contract administration is desired

  • 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, 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 (USTDA)

Ascendant is currently recruiting qualified candidates for a full-time Research Analyst position linked to a 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 emerging markets. This position is based in Arlington, VA and is metro accessible (Rosslyn).

Qualifications

  • 1-3 years professional experience in a similar capacity

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

  • 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

  • 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 have the ability 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

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