Highlight Technologies

Special Assistant

Job Locations US-DC-Washington
Business Analyst

About Highlight

Know Way. Know How.

For over ten years, Highlight has provided Development and Modernization, Secure IT and Mission Solutions for our federal government customers. We know the technology; we understand the way our customers and their stakeholders work; and we know how to implement industry best practices for development and services, delivering end-to-end solutions that minimize risk and maximize results.


Highlight is seeking a mid-level Special Assistant to provide high-level technical support to the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Policy, Planning and Learning. You will provide technical assistance, research, analysis and policy support with internal and external stakeholders to counter models promoted by other nations that undermine economic cooperation, freedom and stability.


  • Advance research on topics relating to existing or planned policies and other issues relating to PPL’s portfolio of responsibilities.
  • Perform outreach and communication with internal and external stakeholders on substantive matters both orally and in writing. 
  • Draft policy papers, how-to and other guidance documents, reports, summaries and other written documents.
  • Compile and review information on potential problems and issues; prepare oral and written reports that address the problems.
  • Help with the advance planning, scheduling, and logistical coordination for the manager’s domestic and international events and travel. Serves as the advance lead for the manager’s DC- based speaking events, and manages flights, ground transportation, and hotel booking for the activity. Handles all aspects of travel preparation (country clearance, travel authorization, trip planning and closeout).
  • Work with senior managers, and other relevant positions to develop strategic travel schedules, schedule trip calls, and with bureau staff to define briefing needs and trip deliverables.
  • Prepare or coordinate preparation of a wide range of events, trips, reports, briefings, presentations, memos, publications.
  • Write speeches, design and coordinate events, create and execute strategies to maximize office engagement opportunities.


  • US Citizenship required.
  • Current DOD Secret clearance.
  • Master’s degree in relevant field with 5 years of work experience or Bachelor’s degree with 10 years of work experience.
  • Strong analytical skills demonstrated.
  • Strong writing skills and the ability to communicate complex programming concepts into clear, concise written documents and oral presentations required.
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and as a member of a team. Must be able to plan, organize, and use time effectively.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and work within tight deadlines.
  • Knowledge of the organization and operation of large size entities working in international development or foreign affairs.




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