Three Positions: Washington, DC & Virginia

Position: Competitive Intelligence Analyst
Location: Ackerman LLP, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on AALL Career Center.

Akerman LLP, a leading U.S. law firm, is seeking to expand its competitive intelligence team to support the firm’s 700+ lawyers. The Competitive Intelligence Analyst will conduct in-depth research and analysis of companies, sectors, practice areas, geographic markets, technologies, and competitors using a comprehensive variety of online research tools. The Analyst will develop and communicate insightful and actionable intelligence to aid in strategic decision-making and drive business development, profitability, growth, prospective/client retention, and other business opportunities. This position reports to the Competitive Intelligence Manager and the location is flexible, although Washington, D.C. is preferred.

The scope of the research undertaken is varied and challenging, including economics and market sectors, routine company profiling on current and potential clients, competitors, new markets, and monitoring key targets or sectors. In this role, the Analyst will identify market trends, industry developments, client movements, and relevant client news to provide information for client development and attorney teams. The Analyst will compile and distill information into presentations, and provide a written executive summary largely to support client pitches and opportunities. The Analyst will also work collaboratively with the Client Development and Research Services departments to execute the firm’s business and competitive intelligence deliverables.

The Competitive Intelligence team is a critical function of the firm, and the Analyst must be able to work in a fast-paced environment. The ideal candidate must have strong written, analytical, and project management skills, as well as the ability to prioritize tasks and meet tight deadlines.

Essential Job Functions

  • Under general direction, conduct in-depth research and analysis of key companies, sectors, industries, technologies, market segments, and competitors to uncover key, actionable information and summarize into concise deliverables.
  • Identify and monitor trends and key clients to aid client development efforts for all practice groups and cross-disciplinary sector teams.
  • Stay abreast of trends and technologies in the legal industry.
  • Track research requests to demonstrate ROI, firm trends, and patterns.

Desired Skills & Abilities

Required Experience

  • 2 years minimum in a research-focused role ideally in business intelligence or in legal research.
  • Clear understanding of the differences between information, research, and actionable intelligence.
  • Highly curious, strong analytical skills, and ability to think strategically with the ability convey research in written form with attention to detail.
  • Ability to digest, synthesize, and manipulate large sets of data into a clear, concise manner.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and deadlines and has strong organizational skills.
  • Proficiency in MS Excel, MS Word, PowerPoint, and Adobe.
  • Basic knowledge of financial datasets and investor reports for analysis.
  • Ability to follow complex instructions with a high degree of accuracy.
  • Responsive and service-oriented with ability to adapt and reprioritize projects as needed.

Desired Experience

  • AmLaw 100, financial services, or professional services firm experience preferred.
  • Working knowledge and experience using Internet-based corporate and legal research tools such as Hoover’s, Westlaw, Lexis Advance, Monitor Suite, and other third-party resources and systems.
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative, eagerness to learn.
  • Self-starter with ability to work both collaboratively as well as independently.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher.

We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package.  Please click here to submit your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements.  EOE M/F/D/V

Position: Public Policy Associate
Location: American Library Association, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

The American Library Association (ALA) is seeking a full-time communications professional to join its communications team in our Public Policy and Advocacy Office located in Washington, DC.

ALA is the foremost national association for libraries and information centers in the world, delivering pragmatic solutions to pressing issues such as expanding economic opportunity, advancing education and learning in the global economy, as well as strengthening the public interest in information policy issues such as telecommunications, copyright, access to government information, funding, privacy and free speech.

This is a new position for the Public Policy and Advocacy unit. Reporting directly to the Deputy Director of Advocacy Communications, the associate assists in the writing and implementation of direct email advocacy campaigns and social media outreach with the goal of generating engaging and educational advocacy content. The Associate regularly uses and maintains close familiarity with the advocate database to track relationships and activity, and to identify ALA members for cultivation and participation in priority campaigns. The Associate also ensures prompt and accurate communication with advocates via email and social media and facilitates storytelling opportunities.

Activities will range from drafting and proofreading advocacy content to analyzing campaign performance and suggesting improvements. Incumbent also provides technology assistance on updating web pages, upgrading email templates using graphics, personalization, and advanced features, and other comparable activities.

Confident in producing content across multiple platforms and an interest in working for a membership organization with strong grassroots networks; a love of data and its uses and excellent written and verbal communications skills. Experience using content management systems and advocacy email platforms a plus, but not required.

COMPENSATION: Negotiable from the low 40s; based on relevant experience. ALA has an excellent benefit package that includes medical, dental, generous paid vacation and retirement annuity.

Apply online including cover letter and resume
(Additional documents are uploaded on the same screen as your resume)


Please send cover letter and resume to:

American Library Association
Human Resources Department
Ref: publpolicyassocPublPolicyAdvWOffice
fax: 312-280-5270

The American Library Association is an equal opportunity employer: Disability/Veteran.

Position: Technical Information Specialist (Reference Desk) – DE
Location: U.S. Patent & trademark Office, Alexandria, VA
Salary: $57,510 to $74,759 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Come work for the USPTO, we have been ranked as one of the best places to work in the federal government! The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. We are responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 12,000 employees. For more information about the USPTO, please visit the USPTO Jobs Website.

The individual selected for the Technical Information Specialist (Reference Desk) position will perform the following duties:

  • Serves as the Electronic Information Center (EIC) point of contact with examiners to provide reference and referral services. Provides one-on-one assistance to examiners on the use of electronic and print resources. Makes sure books, reference resources, computers, printers, etc. are in order and readily accessible to users.
  • Acquires, organizes, accesses and disseminates information across a wide spectrum of subjects and fields, usually of a highly specialized nature to assist patent examiners with their requirements while utilizing established techniques and requirements to search for required information. In order to provide appropriate information, specialist, must recognize the discipline under study; and conducts searches in automated as well as online resources available at the patent office.
  • Provides the library technician with bibliographic and location information for document requests; advising and training as necessary.
    Maintains the Electronic Information Center (EIC) customer contact database of new examiners which records the training and customer contacts initiated by the EIC staff. Prepares announcements, flyers and other publicity for EIC training classes and events.
  • Logs, monitors and determines methods of fulfilling document delivery requests, verifies the citation and enters into the appropriate database. Ensures/tracks the workflow for bibliographic and location information requests. Refers requests that must be sent to outside libraries to the Reference Delivery Branch. For requests handled by the EIC staff, ensures that service turnaround times are met.