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Beacon Economics

Project Lead, Economic and Workforce Development Consulting Practice

Employment type
18 days ago
Los Angeles

The Project Lead in Beacon Economics’ Economic and Workforce Development Consulting Practice will identify, pursue, manage, execute, and scale the firm’s engagements related to economic and workforce development and will help develop the firm’s products and services as well as its client base within that space. Topically, the types of engagements this position might be required to manage may relate to industry sector strategies, economic development, workforce/talent development, and broader strategic planning. Beacon’s economic and workforce development portfolio falls within the firm’s Sustainable Growth and Development (SGD) vertical.


70% of the FTE of the Project Lead in Economic and Workforce Development will be spent on managing and leading a project portfolio, 15% on outbound client and relationship development related to the topical space, and 15% on broader firm and relevant vertical (SGD) strategy.


  1. Managing and Leading a Project Portfolio (70%)

The Project Lead will own or co-own a portfolio of projects related to economic and/or workforce development. She or he will lead the identification of a client’s need and translation of it into a scope of services; operationalize and resource those engagements internally, collaborating with Research Associates, Director of Research, and Senior Management; manage the navigation of the engagement’s vision in cooperation with the Research Team and the Client; and oversee completion of the final deliverable set and delivery of it to the Client. In this capacity, tasks and responsibilities of the Project Lead in Economic and Workforce Development may include:

  1. Manage client communication and the development of a scope of work in the form of a formal proposal; communicate engagement needs to Senior Management;
  2. Manage the engagement’s resources, project deliverable schedule, fee invoicing schedule, budget, client updates, and internal updates and reporting;
  3. Lead the navigation of the engagement’s vision in conjunction with both the research process as it evolves and the Client’s feedback;
  4. Author, co-author, and edit final deliverables; provide peer review of final deliverables not directly managed; perform, direct, and contribute to literature review as needed;
  5. Manage the completion and delivery of the final deliverable set including playing a key role in framing and reviewing draft and final deliverables;
  6. Manage relevant research work including the provision of feedback and guidance; perform a direct reporting role for Senior Research and Research Associates as directed.


The Project Lead in Economic and Workforce Development may manage and contribute to engagements related primarily to other practice areas where there is need for oversight and/or substantive components of the scope related to economic/workforce development.


  1. Outbound Client and Relationship Development re. Economic and Workforce Development (15%)

The Project Lead will identify new and outbound opportunities in economic/workforce development, focusing on the cultivation of longer-term client and partner relationships. This activity is expected to be cyclical, ramping up and down from the 15% benchmark as opportunities are identified and converted into project engagements. The Project Lead in Economic and Workforce Development will oscillate between outbound client development and project portfolio management; however, independent of that cycle, the Project Lead is expected to spend a minimum threshold of time (15%) on the maintenance of client relationships and the development of the firm’s presence in the relevant forums and gatherings related to economic/workforce development. In this capacity, tasks and responsibilities of the Project Lead in Economic and Workforce Development may include:

  1. Maintain a knowledge of the local economic/workforce development space, its forums, actors, publications, and relevant gatherings
  2. Identify and pursue relationships with new clients relevant to the economic/workforce development space; this may include calls, in-person meetings, and event attendance
  3. Direct and contribute to the writing of scopes and proposals for clients or partners identified; identify, review, and prioritize RFPs relevant to economic/workforce development; and direct, substantively contribute to, and provide final review for the firm’s responses to RFPs selected for bidding


  1. Strategy Development, Vertical and Firm-wide (15%)

The Project Lead in Economic and Workforce Development will help lead the continued development of the respective vertical’s (SGD) products, services, and client base, researching, analyzing, building, and iterating research frameworks for core products. This may include creating the research process infrastructure needed for scalability, directing the creation of marketing collateral, value propositioning replicable engagements, developing business/pricing strategy, and identifying opportunities for thought leadership in the economic/workforce development space. The Project Lead in Economic and Workforce Development will also play a role more broadly in firm-wide strategy, monitoring his or her portfolio’s interaction with the firm’s other portfolios of work as well as firm-wide operational needs related to scale. In this capacity, tasks and responsibilities of the Project Lead in Economic and Workforce Development may include:

  1. Presenting to and collaborating with the Director of Research and Senior Management regarding vertical and firm-wide strategy
  2. Creating a research framework for core products; designing final deliverable collateral for products in collaboration with the Research Team; and directing the creation of proposal collateral for products in collaboration with other functional teams [Proposals and Business Development team].


The Project Lead in Economic and Workforce Development reports directly to the Director of Research.


Qualifications & Desired Skills

  • 3+ years experience working in a policy-driven environment and preferably at the intersection of policy and research (private sector, government, academia, nonprofit); consulting experience a plus
  • Experience with, expertise regarding, and passion for issues related to economic and/or workforce development required
  • Expertise in analytical problem-solving and solution design
  • Excellent writing skills both with regard to proposal writing and formal report writing and editing; writing sample required
  • Excellent verbal communication skills including presentation skills
  • Skilled listener with the creative competencies to produce feasible research projects from general ideas
  • Comfortable synthesizing and extracting insight from a mix of qualitative and quantitative data to formulate policy implications and policy recommendations
  • Entrepreneurial worker with experience in ideation
  • Familiarity with data analysis using statistical software (STATA, eViews, etc) and/or willingness to cultivate that expertise
  • Demonstrable expertise with PowerPoint and presentation deck creation; proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to multi-task, manage a team efficiently, report up, and meet or adjust deadlines accordingly
  • M.A./M.S. in economics, public policy, political science, urban planning desired; B.A./B.S. with substantial work experience also encouraged to apply.


Pay is commensurate with experience.


Position Location

Los Angeles, California (near LAX).

Beacon Economics is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, medical condition, veteran status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.

To apply

** Please submit resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Rachel Amick at [email protected]