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Director of Research and Communications – Research (DC)

The Asia Group, LLC is now accepting applications for a Director of Research and Communications to join our Washington, DC office. The employee will lead the firm’s cross-cutting Research Team, set the firmwide research and analytics agenda, and ensure the quality and consistency of products across TAG’s country practices. Additionally, the employee will work closely with other senior employees to advance and promote the firm’s outward-facing communications efforts, including thought leadership, media and topical marketing opportunities.

The Asia Group is a strategic and business advisory firm that supports Fortune 500 corporations with market entry and expansion strategies, stakeholder engagement strategies, and complex conflict resolution initiatives in the Indo-Pacific region. The Asia Group’s clients cover a broad range of industries, including technology, manufacturing, energy, financial services, hospitality, pharmaceuticals, transportation, and defense.

The Asia Group is looking for highly motivated candidates with demonstrated experience in strategic Indo-Pacific issues to oversee firmwide research initiatives, reinforce quality, and promote the firm’s cutting-edge analytic products to a diverse audience of clients, policymakers, and media outlets.

Responsibilities Include:
  • Lead TAG Research staff in producing insightful, timely, and compelling client materials covering cross-cutting or regional developments, including on China and India;
  • Serve as the firm’s designated press liaison and coordinator for managing the firm’s media relations, external-facing thought leadership activities, and the promotion of TAG products across a wide variety of platforms.
  • Ensure quality in, and oversee the production of, the Daily Asia and other products such as Instant Insights(as well as associated graphics) that are distributed to all TAG clients;
  • Promote firmwide standards for quality research, analysis, and presentation, including via training and mentoring;
  • Help develop organizational best practices that enable TAG to best utilize emerging technologies for firmwide research and product development;
  • Oversee and ensure implementation of other practices’ research plans with an eye toward enhancing the sophistication and timeliness of firm-wide analysis;
  • Spearhead client webinars and help produce The Tea Leaves Podcast;
  • Oversee TAG’s public-facing thought leadership products and activities, including by managing and developing TAG’s social media accounts, website, and other promotional multi-media content;
  • Track market and industry developments affecting TAG client equities;
  • Contribute to TAG business development (BD) objectives, including identifying potential BD targets, conducting outreach, and developing proposals; and
  • Develop and sustain a diverse network of relationships in Washington, D.C. and the Indo-Pacific to ensure expertise and analytic capabilities remain relevant and textured.
Required Experience and Qualifications:
    • Demonstrated experience in strategic Indo-Pacific issues, including business and economic trends (e.g. a relevant M.A. degree or equivalent practical experience);
    • A strong track record and high degree of comfort in handling public communications;
    • Outstanding research, writing, and editing skills;
    • Self-starter and ability to excel in a fast-paced environment;
    • Strong attention to detail and deadlines;
    • Collaborative, can-do attitude and willingness to provide strong support across TAG practices on critical client, corporate, and analytic matters across TAG teams;
    • Strong oral and written communication skills demonstrated by the ability to present and write in a crisp, polished, and effective manner to senior officials and business leaders;
    • Proficiency in Microsoft applications, including fluency in Excel and PowerPoint;
    • Team player with eagerness for professional development; and
    • Legally authorized to work in the United States.
    • Desired Focus and Expertise:
    • Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following markets — China, India, Japan, or Southeast Asia – preferably with 10-15 years of relevant work experience;
    • Experience with engaging social media and other public platforms;
    • On-the-ground experience in one of the above priority countries, including a network of pertinent relationships;
    • Proficiency in a relevant foreign language in one of the above priority countries; and
    • Existing and expanding networks in business, government, and journalism community.

Submission deadline: rolling basis

Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States. Employees will work in an in-person environment, with remote benefits allowing flexibility on an as-needed basis. TAG provides competitive health benefits and generous paid time off, with regular training opportunities available to its employees. 

All interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, 2-page analytical writing sample and references via the application portal below. Alternatively, interested candidates may email the required documents as a single PDF titled “Director of Research and Communications – Research (DC) – [First & Last Name]”to careers@theasiagroup.com and complete the relevant application forms at https://theasiagroup.com/careers/.

Due to the volume of applications received, responses from our recruiting team may be delayed. No phone calls, please.

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