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compensation: Experience related: Indication of expected compensation range would be useful.
employment type: employee's choice

By careful choice this job posting is more detailed than most listed here on Craigs List. This is to enable interested parties to get a useful sense for who we are and what we do and -- importantly - for them to be able to judge whether they have the relevant skills sets to do what the job requires and whether working with us might be professionally useful for them.

In making our choice of whom we hire, an important factor will be that the applicant made an effort
  • to follow the clues set out in this posting to determine who we are and what we do
  • AND that they see what we do would be of interest to them and, potentially, of value to their own career objectives.
We commit to respond to every serious enquiry. By 'serious' we mean that applicant has actually read this posting -and has followed the 'breadcrumb' trail to work out who we are and something about what we do and
  • along with their resume
  • submits a response - email/ cover letter - that suggests they understand what might be involved in the job for which they are applying with, usefully, indication of why working here would be of interest to them.
We are a longtime established, very small firm with a narrowly defined area of expertise. As a Company we track in considerable detail the technical and business condition of firms -- now almost 25,000 of them -- having been in receipt of R&D funding (c.$49+B) in a federal program called SBIR: Small Business Innovation Research. With many now well-known Large Firms having got their start in the program, SBIR is an across many Federal Agency initiative we were involved in creating many years ago and within which community we are very well-known.
Our primary clients are
  • Major and mid-size corporations interested in working with one/more of those small firms on what are often sophisticated, technology-based endeavors
  • Senior personnel in Federal Agencies interested in mining the extensive scope of data we have on their awardees and those of other agencies.
  • State economic development support organizations who understand well the importance and value of a vibrant small high-tech community
Underpinning everything we do are
  • highly sophisticated, very detailed, content-rich relational databases custom-built in-house and that are ever a work in progress.
  • and powerful algorithms enabling us effectively to deep-mine the hundreds of thousands of documents in our systems and to undertake compelling analyses.
We are in the process of transitioning our systems also to incorporate elements of machine learning.
Our need is ASAP
Type of position:
  • Initially less than full-time but not less than 20-25 hours weekly
  • organized almost entirely around entering recent SBIR-STTR awards and crafting multi-element Company Profiles into our systems.
For the right person(s) the potential c/would exist for
fairly rapid upgrade to a full-time position if that is their preference.
Our standard approach to effective engagement of everyone's talent is that once someone has demonstrated proficiency in the core activity of what we do in the database content space, though that activity remains a primary focus, their job description is widened more effectively to make better and fuller use of their formal training and experience. Note also that once core data-entry proficiencies are demonstrated, off-site work is sometimes possible as that is applicable BUT in-office presence is a requirement for all newly-hired for the first few months.
For the right candidate we can be very flexible. We are receptive to
  • Mother's hours, snow days and school vacation schedules
  • Working around the class (and semester) schedule of a student: as available during term time and full time during vacations.For quality student hires - including limited hours workers - who stay with the firm, we commit to a 'bonus' payment on their one-year anniversary of up to 10% of that first year's earnings with us to be applied against their student loans
  • People making a career change but - importantly - having some of the sophisticated internet research skills essential to what we do.
  • Those perhaps re-entering the work-force after some period of absence for whatever reason but who have kept sharp their skills
  • Those who - for their own reasons - want less than full-time work but want to remain professionally engaged
We are NOT INTERESTED at all in long-distance service providers, evening hours or weekend workers. Nor -- with respect -- are we interested in those with considerable senior management experience who are really not prepared (nor interested) in doing the type of core data-prep work that is required of everyone here and that supports the entire operations of the firm. While we appreciate their interest, our experience has been that (former) senior management personnel actually want to run the firm.

That position is filled!

Job description:
The major thrust of the available position is sophisticated Internet Research

  • Content retrieval, compilation and editing of a range of data about the Small Companies and Large Corporations that are in our systems
  • Processing input from high-volume data-flows from established sources: SBIR-STTR awards and other federal contract dollars: Issued patents; Venture Capital,: Merger and Acquisition transactions; IPOs; Professional paper retrieval, media coverage -- professional and popular press etc
Our systems are powerful, highly complex and multi-faceted -- and can be seriously daunting to the uninitiated. By starting off new personnel with fairly straight-forward data-entry assignments, the effort is gradually to introduce someone into the specifics of our systems and, with training and support, have them become familiar with how this all works and fits together.

Skills required:
Previous professional experience in similar space and current educational level are less immediately critical than
  • Demonstrable internet research capabilities. NOTE: being social media savvy is NOT a plus for us. Twitter and Facebook etc is not at all what we do
  • Defined capacities to synopsize information garnered from a wide range of online sources
  • Well-honed analytical and interpretative skills
  • Well organized - with a keen understanding of the vital importance of paying attention to detail
  • Willing to learn and to follow instructions
  • Interested in what we do - or more particularly in enabling the important outcomes. Very important.
  • Multi-task comfortable - especially if necessary to make deadlines
  • Not being spooked by changing priorities as workflow demands
  • ...along with an ability to work either independently and collaboratively as necessary
In addition to an ability effectively to use the internet to find the various types of data we need, well developed verbal and written communication skills are a basic and fundamental requirement along with a lot more-than-the-basics proficiency in MS Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Some complex database usage experience would be useful but is not a requirement.

Our powerful relational databases are built on the highly sophisticated 4D platform. Our highly complex, interactive, database-driven website is Drupal based: not a simple brochure site. We are in the middle of tackling a much-needed, major rework of our website. Relevant expertise in that task would be a plus: web-design, photoshop etc

Contact us initially by email indicating why - and how - you think

  1. you might be able to help us
  2. and why you think working for us c/would be useful to you.

  • Principals only. Recruiters, please don't contact this job poster.
  • do NOT contact us with unsolicited services or offers

post id: 6695305386



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