Research Specialist - Asia-Pacific

Tesla Government
  • Location
    Falls Church, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Oct 30

Position description

Tesla Government Inc. (no affiliation with the automotive company) is a rapidly growing small business, located in Falls Church, Virginia. Founded in 2009, Tesla Government’s initiatives are designed to improve how government agencies manage and share information internally while extending to other government agencies and external partners. With decades of federal, military, and NGO experience, our proven agile approach delivers results and impactful solutions within a swift timeframe. Our metrics-driven approach and focus on performance reduces risk and ensures rapid adoption and project success.

We offer Flex PTO, flexible work schedule, health benefits, 4% matching on 401k contributions, competitive compensation, work from home (telework), and an Apple MacBook Pro. We have a friendly, active work environment, and our projects make a difference.


Position Summary: :Research Specialist for our Asia-Pacific Team to support in-depth research, report writing, user relationship management, and knowledge management.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (proportional breakdowns of responsibilities vary):

Research & Writing (55%):

User Relationship Management (30%):

Knowledge Management (15%):

Other Duties, as Assigned

    Respond to user information needs by developing reports from open source research and official reporting

    Identify key emerging topics in the region and take the initiative to develop reports on the topics in advance of user requests

    Continuously review and revamp previously composed reports so that they maintain applicability and are of premium quality

    Interact with government users in-person, over the phone, and through email to build and maintain relationships

    Provide virtual or in-person briefings to users on key evolving topics

    Provide trainings to users on navigating and leveraging online platforms and collaboration tools

    Identify, suggest, and execute key information-sharing initiatives that provide value to government and military organizations

    Help users manage their information, organizing it in an intuitive manner

    Manage extensive compilations of reports to enable users to readily discover information

    Constantly find new ways to better relay information, leveraging visualizations and breaking up text

Attributes of a Successful Research Specialist:

A keen sense on how to discover hard-to-find information

Ability to organize complex information in an easily navigable way

Ability to synthesize content from disparate sources to produce clean, clear, and concise reports on complicated subjects

Ability to create engaging written, graphical, and multimedia content

Ability to meet deadlines without compromising quality

Technically savvy and willingness to learn various computer and web-based applications

Comfortable with public speaking

Required Qualifications:

Undergraduate degree or military experience

Experience studying or working on international relations, strategic competition, conflict, development, law enforcement, and/or governance issues

US Citizen eligible for a security clearance

Desired Qualifications:

Advanced degree in foreign affairs, history, area studies, political science, governmental studies, or a related field

Foreign language skills, especially Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Korean, or other relevant regional languages

Study or work experience in Asia-Pacific region

Work or internship experience with think tanks, development agencies, US military, or federal government

Experience facilitating collaboration between multiple stakeholder organizations

Knowledge and experience using Python or other data scraping/analysis tools

To apply to this position, please submit:

A resume

A cover letter

A 3–5 page academic or professional writing sample

Salary: The wage range for this role takes into account the wide variety of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to skill sets; experience and training; licensure and certifications; and other business and organizational needs. The disclosed range estimate has not been adjusted for the applicable geographic differential associated with the location at which the position may be filled. At Tesla, it is not typical for an individual to be hired at or near the top of the range for their role. Compensation decisions are dependent on the facts and circumstances of each case. A reasonable estimate of the current range is $50-60k.

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