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ICF Public Policy Researcher in Cambridge, Massachusetts


ICF's Regulatory, Policy and Economics portfolio supports primarily public-sector clients with research, analysis, technical assistance, and implementation support to help them address complex policy, management, and regulatory challenges. We provide innovative, accurate, timely, and high-quality analyses and support services. We estimate the economic, environmental, and social impacts of regulations, policies, and programs. We also conduct program evaluations and assess program effectiveness. We work with virtually all federal agencies and with state and local departments, as well as select non-profit and private-sector clients. Our key clients include the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Labor, Department of Interior, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

The position is hybrid from either our Cambridge, MA, or Reston, VA. At this time, we are unable to provide relocation assistance.

Job Responsibilities:

As a public policy researcher on our Regulatory, Policy and Economics team, you will provide applied research and consulting services in support of national and state-level programs focused primarily on addressing a range of economic or environmental issues. Through the application of rigorous quantitative and qualitative analyses, you will contribute to improving the effectiveness of regulatory and non-regulatory programs and assessing their environmental and economic impacts.

In addition to supporting economic and policy analysis, work will also focus on domestic regulatory issues. You will work in collaboration with other junior and senior staff within a multidisciplinary team that includes economists, policy analysts, scientists, and engineers. You will also have direct contact with clients and will contribute to expanding our business.

Specific duties may include:

  • Reviewing and synthesizing information from literature, rulemaking support documents, or other technical reports.

  • Collecting and analyzing data to inform policy decisions.

  • Contributing to memoranda, technical background documents, and regulatory support documents. 

  • Performing quantitative and qualitative analyses of the benefits, costs, economic impacts, and other effects of regulations or policies (e.g., environmental justice, affordability).

  • Interacting with other team members and clients to prepare and discuss ICF’s work products, develop the analysis methodology, and present interim or final results.

*Minimum Qualifications: *

  • Bachelor's degree with 0+ years of experience in economics, environmental science, public policy, or related field.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience working with economic, environmental, and/or survey data.

  • Experience using R (preferred) or other structured programming language for data analysis.

  • Experience working in a client-focused project-based consulting environment.

  • Demonstrated knowledge, through employment or academic coursework, in the following areas: policy and regulatory analysis methods; economic impact assessment, federal rulemaking process; federal environmental and natural resource regulations.

  • Strong quantitative and policy analysis skills. 

  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and balance work on multiple projects under strict deadlines in a fast-paced environment.

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently.

  • Experience using Microsoft Office Suite of products (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Working at ICF

ICF is a global advisory and technology services provider, but we’re not your typical consultants. We combine unmatched expertise with cutting-edge technology to help clients solve their most complex challenges, navigate change, and shape the future.

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.

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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:

$49,452.00 - $84,068.00

Cambridge, MA (MA11)