Associate – East Asia Pacific Practice

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Albright Stonebridge Group


Position description

An Associate is an entry-level position for regional, functional or sector practices. Associates support practice leads and other senior staff with scheduling, team operations, editing and archiving client deliverables, and other duties that support the team’s client service and internal functioning. This job exposes the employee to the details of ASG business and client work, allowing them to begin to develop geopolitical, regional, and sectoral/industry expertise. Once adept at supporting the smooth operations of the practice, associates collaborate with senior associates and others to develop and/or edit written products (e.g., country reports, stakeholder maps, market analyses), following ASG’s best practices.  

This position is in the East Asia Pacific practice, which supports client needs in ASEAN member countries as well as Australia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands.  This position is based in Washington D.C.

Responsibilities

Administrative Support:  Supports the practice lead and other senior staff with scheduling, team operations and other duties as needed; and engages with clients in a support role, as requested. This may include:

  • Manages administrative functions and tasks of the practice, arranging senior team members’ schedules, appointments, meetings, and travel arrangements.
  • Prepares and edits correspondence, communications, presentations, and other documents.
  • Records, transcribes, and distributes meeting minutes.
  • Supports communications with clients and members of the ASG Advisory network.
  • Periodically evaluates team operations, promoting increased efficiencies, including the adoption of technology wherever possible.
  • Coordinates with team members as well as members of other ASG practices as needed to support workflow.

Client Service and Thought Leadership:  Supports the practice lead and other senior staff with drafting and editing client deliverables, white papers, and other products as needed. This may include:

  • Works to develop geopolitical, regional, functional or sector/industry expertise by engaging other members of their practice and participating in client engagements as needed.
  • Begins to learn ASG best practices in research and product delivery, including the use of ASG proprietary knowledge and diverse sources of public information, and begins to develop the ability to analyze – and work with senior staff to make judgments about – competing versions of events or asymmetrical understanding of crucial factors.

Business Development:  Supports the practice lead and other senior staff with business development, as needed. This may include:

  • Help identify ways to approach business development or enhance client profitability; associates are not expected to directly lead or produce revenue.
  • Function as the “keeper” of practice’s business development pipeline in the Scoro customer relationship management platform.
  • Contribute to the production of new business development memos, and proposals and proposals for prospective clients.
  • Add, update, and maintain new or existing accounts and opportunities for your team.
  • Add, update, and maintain contacts for your team; create distribution/mailing lists.
  • Track events and convening’s your team has hosted or attended through Salesforce campaigns.

Perform other duties assigned at the discretion of management.

Core Competencies

  • Customer Service:  Works to become a trusted partner to colleagues, continuously focused on developing substantive expertise to meet the team’s needs.
  • Research:  Adept at conducting desktop economic and policy research across variety of topics and sectors and synthesizing into well written reports and/or presentations for clients.
  • Oral/Written Communications:  Can effectively produce portions of written products with direction but minimal supervision. Communicates well with other members of the ASG team. Effective communicator with the ASG network and/or local offices, with strong emphasis placed on the ability to speak and write in a local language.
  • Personal Characteristics: Entrepreneurial and focused on value creation. Energetic, forward-thinking, “can-do” and creative individual with the highest ethical standards and an appropriate professional presentation.
  • Teamwork:   Interacts effectively with colleagues at all levels and across firm. Manages ASG team members to work together to produce agreed upon deliverables. Works to create a positive work environment.
  • Firm Contributions: Contributes to the development, administration, and culture of the firm. Takes an active role in institution building.

Qualifications

  • Zero to three years of relevant prior work experience.
  • BA/BS in political science, international relations, public policy or business administration, or a related field, or equivalent experience, with a Master’s in related field a plus.
  • Highly proficient in PowerPoint and other MS Office tools.
  • Fluency in the language, or languages, used in the applicable region is a plus (Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Thai or Vietnamese preferred).
  • Experience or studies in relevant countries. 

About Us

ASG, a foundational partner of DGA Group, is a leading provider of global strategic advisory and commercial diplomacy services.  We offer perspectives honed at the highest levels of government and business, and insights informed by an unparalleled worldwide network of regional experts and sectoral specialists based in more than 40 countries.  We help our clients make well informed decisions, secure opportunities, and overcome challenges with the benefit of sound judgment and a singular breadth and depth of expertise.  As a founding member of DGA Group, ASG provides our clients with access to an integrated range of advisory services spanning commercial, reputational, financial, regulatory, and governance dimensions.

 

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