The George Mason University, School of Business, Center for Government Contracting, invites applications for multiple positions for Fellow or Senior Fellow, Government Contracting. The Fellow will help conduct research, thought leadership, and outreach to support the Center's work with the Department of Defense, other U.S. Government agencies, and companies across the government contracting community. The term is 12 months with the potential for renewal. This is a full-time position and is fully funded from external foundation funding and the position is expressly contingent upon the continuation of such foundation funding.
George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.
About the School of Business:
Dedicated to excellence in research and teaching, the School of Business educates future business leaders through world-class innovative academic programs and strategic business partnerships. Ranked among the top 100 undergraduate business school programs and top 50 part-time MBA programs by the U.S. News and World Report, the School of Business is accredited in both business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International. Faculty are deeply engaged in the regional, national, and international business communities, and their academic expertise combined with real-world experience provides a bridge in the classroom from academic theory to business practice. The school is evolving to become more interdisciplinary, more connected, and more diverse.
The School of Business is pursuing three strategic directions through research, teaching, and partnerships: 1. Digital Transformation of Work; 2. Ensuring Global Futures by addressing the challenges of ensuring a livable and resilient society; and 3. Entrepreneurship and Innovation. To support these strategic initiatives, the School of Business is playing a significant role in three new university initiatives: the Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA); the Institute for a Sustainabe Earth (ISE); and the School of Computing.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Undertaking academic literature reviews;
Writing technical reports, white papers, and commentary pieces on various government contracting issues;
Creating, distributing, and codifying the results of surveys;
Drafting guides for and conducting interviews with staff at government contracting firms and contracting agencies;
Managing qualitative research data;
Undertaking or assisting with statistical analyses of financial and operational data related to government contractors and government contracting;
Seeking extramural research funding through grants and contracts;
Supervising the work of more junior researchers and student research assistants;
A master's or doctoral degree or demonstrable research that exhibits mastery, or any equivalent combination of education and/or experience;
Three or more years' experience in defense contracting, public procurement, accounting, or business and policy research;
Skill with Microsoft Office and Microsoft Teams.
An academic concentration or major in a relevant field, including business, economics, or public policy;
Managerial experience in defense contracting or public procurement;
Research experience in defense contracting or public procurement;
Familiarity with R or Stata, NVivo, and Visual Basic for Applications (VBA).
About the Center for Government Contracting:
The vision of the Center for Government Contracting is to be a nexus for government, industry, and academia to address issues in government contracting. The GovCon market is a huge ($500B+), diverse, sophisticated, and interesting industry whose business issues are worthy of specialized academic study, research, and curricula. The industry, based in the Northern Virginia–DC Capital region, employs approximately 1 in every 6 professionals in the area, and has some 10,000 Mason alumni working in it. With School of Business and other Mason faculty, the Center is conducting activities in research, education and training, and collaboration to achieve this vision. Being known for having a distinctive academic competency in the business of government and government contracting will be a competitive advantage for Mason's School of Business and helps to create a more efficient and effective market for the public good.
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Location: Fairfax, VA
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