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Project Analyst - Advisory

Brailsford & Dunlavey
Boston, MA
United States
Professional Areas: 
Civil Engineering
Community Development
Community Engagement
Development Finance
Economic Development
Real Estate Development
Regional Planning
Transportation Planning
Urban Design
Other topics
Experience Level: 
Entry Level

Position Purpose

The primary focus of this position is to produce analytics and outputs to inform the project team’s advisement to college, university, or municipal clients on the positioning of assets such as campus housing, intercollegiate athletic facilities, campus recreation centers, student unions, independent and charter schools, etc., to best leverage the long-term mission and vision of the organization.

Analytics include, but are not limited to, master planning activities, site analyses, needs assessments, program planning, financial modeling, and market analyses.

In collaboration with the Project Lead, the analyst is responsible for managing internal project team meetings and resulting strategy sessions to ensure project milestones are met. The analyst is typically the secondary management interface with the client, and is charged with effectively supporting the client relationship.


Essential Responsibilities

  1. Performs data collection and analysis to include focus group leading and reporting, in-person and telephone interviews to gain market analysis insights, survey design and analysis, space planning, financial modeling, and research. 
  2. Synthesizes results of analytics to relevant client context.
  3. Supports the project team by actively generating and exchanging ideas and recommendations.
  4. Develops presentation deck, financial models, and other project deliverables (including written documents) to support the decision-making of institutions.
  5. Assists in the coordination of project team activities including scheduling and participating in client meetings / presentations.
  6. Serves as the secondary management contact for clients, communicating as needed to ensure appropriate follow through.
  7. Participates in B&D's business development activities to include attending conferences, writing articles, and developing relationships with potential clients.
  8. Assists with quality control and client satisfaction activities specific to his/her assigned projects.
  9. Assists with the recruitment and training of new staff.
  10. Assists with the company's research and development efforts by identifying new analytical tools, strengthening existing models, and discovering improved ways of doing business.
  11. Performs other duties as assigned with the effort and skills necessary to contribute to our continued growth.


Minimum Requirements

  • Minimum of a bachelor's degree in higher education / non-profit management, construction management, engineering, planning, real estate development / management, architecture or related field.
  • Two or more years of relevant experience, or a master’s degree in a related field.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • Willingness to travel (by car, air, or train) two or more times per month.

Technical Competencies

  • In-depth understanding of the firm's project types, project management concepts and methodologies, as well as general industry knowledge.
  • Comprehensive understanding of Microsoft Office including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.

Core Competencies

  • Ability to be productive in a fast-paced, multi-dimensional work environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimum supervision, as well as collaboratively in a group setting.
  • Excellent oral, group facilitation, presentation and written communication skills.
  • Detail-oriented with excellent organizational and project management skills.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking abilities, as well as intellectual curiosity.
  • Strong understanding of real estate, finance and accounting principles.
  • Clear support for the firm's mission, values and operating paradigm.
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence.
  • Proven adaptability, flexibility, and creativity.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity, knowledge and understanding of individuals from diverse academic, socioeconomic, gender, gender identity, cultural, disability and ethical backgrounds.

Human Relations:

Internal contacts include staff at all levels. External contacts include external clients and other consultants. Contact involves: routing calls, troubleshooting, or providing information.


Brailsford & Dunlavey is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or veteran status.


Work Environment, Equipment, and Physical Demands:

[The demands marked below are representative of those that will be required to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Please check all that apply. ]

Work Environment      

  • Office environment; moderate noise.
  • Occasional evening or weekend work.
  • Air and overnight travel is required.


  • Office equipment/computers 8 hours per day.

Physical Demands

  • Sitting at desk or table up to 6 hours per day
  • Standing or walking
  • Extended periods of reading fine print.
  • Light to moderate bending, crouching, and stooping (filing)
Published on:
December 18, 2019 - 12:44pm
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