Senior Analyst

Job title: Senior Analyst

Company: Valens Global

Job duration: Full-time

Location: DC metro or North Carolina’s Research Triangle area preferred, but teleworking is possible for the right candidate

Salary: Competitive, dependent on experience

Deadline: October 27th, 11:59pm EST


About Valens Global:

Valens Global is known for its rigorous research and straightforward analysis. Valens helps governments, private companies, and non-governmental organizations understand, visualize, and address the challenges posed by violent non-state actors (VNSAs), the adversarial nation-states that sponsor them, and other emerging threats. Valens seeks to raise the standard for the field through rigorous research and advanced methods of analysis within an adaptive organization that consistently and confidently produces innovative solutions.

Our risk assessments, forecasting, training, data collection, and strategic action plans help our clients understand and dynamically respond to the challenges posed by terrorists and other hostile actors.  Valens Global boasts a stable of clients with whom we love to work, and are proud to associate. They include U.S. government agencies, tech firms, energy companies, academic institutions, think tanks, and a host of others who need to better understand how violent non-state actors are changing the world—and how to safeguard their interests, assets, personnel, and values in light of these challenges. 

Valens fosters an intellectually vibrant climate that emphasizes teamwork, transparency, meritocracy, accountability, and empowerment at every level. Above all else, we produce quality work. We are proud of our record of delivering products that exceed our clients’ expectations and stand the test of time. At Valens, you will be part of a smart, talented, and confident team of people with interesting and diverse backgrounds, experiences, and outlooks. We think Valens is a great place to work, and we believe that you will, too. 


Job Description:

Valens Global is looking for a Senior Analyst who will be part of the company’s Analysis Division. Tasks performed may include conducting research, drafting and finalizing written reports, managing projects, and briefing senior officials or clients. The Senior Analyst position provides considerable responsibility and autonomy. Candidates should be prepared to contribute immediately, and should be able to take the lead on a variety of research projects, including managing project teams and relationships with clients. Consistent with Valens Global’s organizational philosophy, Senior Analysts are encouraged to critically examine problems, challenge conventional wisdom, and devise innovative solutions to address complex issues.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Draft, edit, and finalize products with little to no guidance. 
  • Brief senior government officials and clients on work produced by the organization. 
  • Represent the organization in panels, conferences, and client meetings. 
  • Produce polished, well-organized, and thoughtful reports.
  • Conduct research consulting a wide range of open-source materials, including primary and secondary sources and social media data.
  • Manage projects and interns, as well as relationships with clients.
  • Be a creative thinker and brainstorm different proposal ideas with the team.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 4+ years of experience working as a researcher on issues related to international politics or security, OR a Master’s degree and 2+ years of experience in the field. 
  • Deep familiarity with one or more of the following topics: violent non-state actors, countering violent extremism (CVE), domestic terrorism, the global jihadist movement, or white supremacist violent extremism.
  • Demonstrated experience working in open source research.
  • Strong critical thinking and analytic skills. 
  • Strong writing and editing capabilities—able to write for both academics and practitioners.
  • Strong skills in interpersonal communication, organization, and working as part of a team.
  • Organized and comfortable managing others.
  • Valid indefinite U.S. work authorization.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced proficiency and ability to conduct research in French and/or Spanish; or fluency in Arabic. 
  • Demonstrated experience in conducting quantitative research is desired. 
  • Experience conducting research in at least one of the following regions: the Middle East; Latin America; North Africa; the Horn of Africa; West Africa and/or South, Southeast, and Central Asia.


Required Application Materials:

  • Cover letter.
  • Resume or CV.
  • Two unpublished (if possible) writing samples. One should be brief (5 pages or less) and display the applicant’s ability to convey complicated information concisely and clearly. The second sample should be longer (at least 10 pages) to showcase the applicant’s ability to conduct in-depth, nuanced research. Both samples should include all relevant footnotes or citations.
  • At least two, and preferably three, references. Note: We are not looking for letters of recommendation, but rather people willing to serve as a reference for your qualifications who would be happy to talk to us about your candidacy.
  • Unofficial transcript copy.

Prospective candidates will be asked to complete a skills test prior to hiring.


Please send all application materials in a single PDF to


Valens Global LLC is an equal opportunity employer.  It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other basis prohibited by federal, state, or local laws.  This policy applies to all areas of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training and development, promotion, transfer, termination, layoff, compensation benefits, social and recreational programs, and all other conditions and privileges of employment in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws.