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Research and Communications Associate: Energy Cybersecurity


Silver Spring, MD

Nexight Group is seeking an intelligent, thoughtful communications and research analyst or associate with proven experience quickly becoming conversant in new technical topic areas, particularly related to energy-sector cybersecurity. An ideal analyst must apply his or her expertise to communicate effectively with different audiences, conduct desktop research efficiently, offer critical analysis, synthesize information to draw meaningful conclusions, and write original and engaging content (from in-depth studies to short talking points) that accurately conveys complex information.

Nexight Group is a boutique firm in technical and management consulting that serves a variety of clients in many topic areas. Adaptability, critical thinking, genuine curiosity, and taking pride in hard work are all equally important to skills and subject matter expertise. Nexight has curated a culture of professionals striving to do well by doing good.


Applicants should have the necessary skills to perform the following job responsibilities:

  • Rapidly build subject matter expertise in new technical areas and use it to effectively research, analyze, synthesize, and communicate complex topics, data, and expert viewpoints to both technical and nontechnical audiences
  • Produce succinct, accurate, and reader-centered documentation that synthesizes complex information—understanding the difference between summarizing, paraphrasing, and synthesizing information—at a level appropriate to the target audience, from executives to employees, at all levels of an organization
  • Ensure technical accuracy of materials while ensuring grammar, punctuation, readability, style, flow, and persuasiveness are on point
  • Assist in engaging with subject matter experts from diverse backgrounds, including through interviews, meetings, and workshops, to gather informed and original opinions, clarify specific trends, reach consensus decisions, and creatively solve complex problems
  • Service clients through excellent verbal and written communications by scheduling, organizing, and managing teams engaged in complex, multi-faceted projects
  • Pragmatically interface with individuals from different technical, experiential, and political backgrounds within the public- and private-sectors
  • Thrive in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment while successfully managing multiple, simultaneous workstreams

Work location will be Silver Spring, MD, but candidates who wish to work remotely and live outside the DC area are welcome to apply. For remote candidates, occasional work in Washington, DC may be required to support clients; applicants should expect to travel to Nexight’s offices at least once per quarter.

Summary of Qualifications


  • Bachelor’s degree or comparative experience
  • At least two years of professional experience working at least indirectly within the energy, cybersecurity, or infrastructure sectors
  • Experience in scheduling and meeting coordination
  • Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written, that reflect strong critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis capabilities
  • Demonstrated ability to understand highly technical, complex information and translate it for technical and non-technical audiences
  • Ability to work well independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
  • Strict attention to detail with minimal oversight required
  • An entrepreneurial, “roll up your sleeves” spirit that realizes value in all tasks, large and small, likes to learn by doing, and desires continuous improvement and innovation
  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office programs, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Ability to obtain a public trust clearance


  • Master’s degree in communications, English, journalism, linguistics, public relations, or related field with demonstrated writing experience
  • Previous professional experience in a consulting or other professional services environment
  • Previous professional experience in energy, cybersecurity, or infrastructure security
  • Previous experience supporting a federal government client or working for the federal government
  • Experience conducting stakeholder consultations via interviews, focus groups, or facilitated workshops
  • Experience driving diverse groups of stakeholders towards consensus on complex topics
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance

Anticipated salary range is $55,000-$90,000 and subject to negotiation.

How To Apply

To apply, please submit a complete resume and a cover letter that includes salary requirements and an explanation of how your skills and background fit with the position.  Send all information to and reference the job title for which you are applying in the subject line of your email. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered. Applicants may also be asked to provide writing samples and perform a brief critical thinking exercise.

All applicants must be authorized to work in the United States without sponsorship. PRINCIPALS ONLY. VEVRAA Federal Contractor. Priority referrals of protected veterans desired. Equal Opportunity Employer.

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