Research Team Lead Middle East Central Asia (MECA) (Must be located in the DMV area)

Tesla Government
  • Location
    Falls Church, Virginia
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Jun 20

Position description

Tesla Government Inc. (no affiliation with the automobile 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.

Position Summary: The desired Team Lead will supervise a team that supports the information needs of government and military users.Tesla Government Inc. is seeking a Team Lead who will manage  a team of Research Specialists that focus on national security priorities and support in-depth research, report writing, user relationship management, knowledge and information management.

Periodic in-office work may be expected, but the majority of your time will be remote. Our office is located in Falls Church,VA and is Metro accessible on the Orange Line (East Falls Church Metro.)

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

  • Team Management (20%)

    • Manage a team of Research Specialists, determining prioritization of projects, monitoring quality and output, supporting professional development, and establishing and maintaining standards

  • User Relationship Management (40%)

    • 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

    • Teach Research Specialists user relationship management approaches and provide relationship management oversight

  • Research & Writing (30%)

    • Oversee Research Specialists’ research and writing, ensuring products hew to program standards

    • Develop reports from open source research and official reporting

    • Identify key emerging topics in the region and proactively develop reports on the topics in advance of user requests

    • Continuously review previously produced reports and identify any needs for revisions to ensure their applicability and quality

  • Knowledge Management (10%)

    • 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

  • Other Duties as Assigned

    Attributes of a Successful Team Lead:

  • Mature approach to team management

  • Ability to execute high-value projects with minimal supervision

  • Ability to identify key opportunities to advance overall program

  • Interpersonal skills that allow effective interaction with personnel at all levels of US and foreign government 

  • Have a keen sense of how to discover hard-to-find information

  • Have a mindset to organize complex information in an easily navigable way

  • Ability to create engaging written, graphical, and multimedia content

  • Ability to meet deadlines without compromising quality

  • Be technically savvy and have the ability and willingness to learn various computer and web-based applications

  • Comfort with public speaking


  • Required Qualifications:

  • Experience working with a Tesla Government Inc. program

  • Experience working in international relations, foreign affairs, military affairs, and/or international development

  • Experience reviewing work by peers, colleagues, or direct reports for clarity, organization, and quality

  • Fluency in English

  • US citizenship and eligible for a security clearance

    Desired Experience:

  • BA/BS/MS/MA in foreign affairs, history, area studies, political science, governmental studies, or a related field

  • Experience with customer/user relationship management

  • Arabic or Persian fluency desired

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 $70-80k.

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