Senior Research Analyst
Job Type

About McAllister & Quinn


McAllister & Quinn is a grants consulting and government relations firm headquartered in Washington, D.C. We offer our 200+ clients a unique blend of comprehensive grants consulting, strategic advising, and government relations services. Specifically, McAllister & Quinn provides our clients with the knowledge and skills to seek federal and private foundation grant opportunities that strategically fit their organization’s priorities. We support our clients’ efforts in crafting competitive applications; developing or increasing funding streams through the congressional appropriations process; and facilitating public-private and international partnerships that further their mission.

We are committed to securing funds for our clients that are transformational for the companies who are awarded them, the people who work at these companies every day, and the communities that surround them. The social impact of our work drives us daily to succeed in securing funding for our industry clients and is a major component of why we do what we do. We know that our success leads to better outcomes, changed lives, and a more equitable society for generations to come.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Senior Research Analyst will report directly to an assigned Vice President and will work with that VP's team members to support client service and team operations. Specific responsibilities include:

  • Assist Directors and Managing Directors with client and project management, maintaining organized and accurate records using internal filing systems and data management tools
  • Identify grant opportunities that align with clients’ needs. This includes:
  • Research and monitor suitable federal and foundation grant opportunities
  • Liaise with Program Officers at federal agencies and foundations 
  • Provide accurate written materials summarizing opportunities of interest
  • Complete analyses on successful awardee characteristics to inform clients’ competitiveness 
  • Research an institution’s funding priorities, programs, and strategic plan to identify funding opportunities
  • Participate in client meetings as requested to understand priorities and interest areas for prospecting
  • Conduct substantive issue/topic area research related to trends, interests, and priorities of specific clients, federal agency and foundation grant programs and solicitations, analysis of federal budgets, and federal appropriations.
  • Obtain and retain working knowledge of the most client-relevant federal and foundation grant programs across agencies such as the DoED, HRSA, SAMHSA, DOE, NSF, DOD, and others. 
  • Generate and deliver high-quality, detailed, and accurate work products, including client deliverables in a fast-paced environment with fixed deadlines, such as:
  • Client federal and foundation grants forecasting reports for clients
  • Comprehensive quantitative and qualitative analyses for individual grant competitions 
  • Lead communications and concept development process for Congressionally Directed Spending Requests. Concisely summarize information for clients and staff. 
  • Analyze legislation and client interest areas to track and evaluate relevant congressional and administration policy.
  • Schedule legislative meetings and liaise with congressional staff as appropriate. 
  • Support VP Business Development activities including:
  • Generate detailed business development profiles
  • Support with drafting and revising pitch materials
  • Scheduling and coordinating pitches with prospective clients
  • Emphasize and focus on a proactive, solutions-focused mentality, positivity, confident presentation of opportunities, and overall thoroughness with all client support and internal projects 


  • Minimum of four-year bachelor’s degree. 
  • 2-4 years professional experience in relevant role. Special consideration will be given to applicants who have direct experience with federal grant seeking and the federal budget.
  • Strong writing, organizational, and inter-personal communication skills.
  • Excellent writing / editing skills.
  • Superior attention to detail / organizational skills.
  • Ability to synthesize and accurately summarize lengthy and often complex materials.
  • Strong communication skills via phone, and in person interactions with clients, and colleagues. 
  • Positive attitude and self-motivated to learn new information and skills.
  • Ability to troubleshoot problems when they arise and to work independently.
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft suite programs, and Adobe.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Normal work hours are 8:30 am through 5:30 pm Monday through Friday, Eastern time zone.
  • Location: In-office two or more days a week in the Washington, DC office. 
  • Competitive benefits include: 401(k), defined-benefit pension plan, medical, dental, basic & voluntary life insurance, long-term disability and employee-directed vision, dependent care FSA, Healthcare HSA/FSA, and commuter benefits and phone stipend.
  • Salary consideration will be commensurate with experience, starting at $60,000-$70,000 annual base salary and discretionary bonus eligibility.
  • Flexible vacation and leave policies.

At McAllister & Quinn, we’re challenging the status quo with the power of diversity, inclusion, and collaboration. When we connect different perspectives, we open ourselves to new possibilities, inspire innovation, and allow us to achieve the full potential of our people. We’re building an employee experience & engagement that includes appreciation, belonging, growth, and purpose for everyone in our team.

Application Instructions

Please submit a cover letter and resume in a single PDF file along with your application through Paylocity. The cover letter should speak to how your education and/or work experiences integrate with the role and why you are the best fit for the position.