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Research Consultant, Policy Brands Roundtable

The Policy Brands Roundtable is a strategic research service designed to help government affairs professionals identify and develop the most effective approaches to advocacy. We study organizations’ policy brand, which is a measure of an organization’s long-term reputation and influence among the powerbrokers of DC. We serve our clients – separate from the journalistic work of National Journal and Atlantic Media – through a quantitative benchmarking study, qualitative interviews, and other diagnostic tools that allow them to track and improve their Washington brand and ultimately enhance their approach to advocacy.

Who the Research Consultant is:

A self-motivated, innovative, and driven individual with proven analytical skills, deep intellectual curiosity, and a passion for applying qualitative and quantitative research to clients’ unique circumstances. This individual will become an expert in the canon of tools and information built throughout the program’s history in order to solve an ever-evolving set of challenges in the advocacy market.

The consultant will be involved in the scoping, analysis, problem identification, material creation, and client interaction for our custom consulting projects related to communications and government affairs in Washington, DC. The consultant will report to the Director of Product Strategy and will work in close coordination with the research and revenue teams.

This person will have an aptitude for, and interest in, Washington politics and policy. They will have previous research-based consulting experience in service of senior executives at prominent organizations, preferably within the advocacy or government affairs function at corporations and associations.

Responsibilities include:

  • Serve as an expert on the core research information, findings, and corresponding tools developed by the Policy Brands Roundtable team
  • Analyze quantitative benchmarking survey data to create informative, visual reports with high quality graphics using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Conduct in-person and phone research interviews with private sector advocacy professionals and, as needed, senior Congressional and Executive Branch policymakers
  • Transform quantitative and qualitative research into prescriptive guidance, useful templates, presentations, and a variety of services meant to enhance the workflow of advocacy professionals
  • Help facilitate interactive working sessions with advocacy executives in both small and large group formats

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate:

  • 3-5 years of post-undergraduate experience, with 1-3 years specifically in a consulting and/or government affairs role
  • Excellent writer with experience crafting powerful, concise summaries for an executive audience
  • Experience conducting research interviews in a professional setting
  • Experience analyzing quantitative benchmarking survey data
  • Background in creating visual graphics of both quantitative and qualitative data
  • Ability to present findings to team members and clients
  • Outstanding client-service ethic and experience interacting with senior executives
  • Demonstrated experience using Word, Excel, and PowerPoint in a professional setting
  • Excellent time management, including demonstrated proficiency at managing multiple projects simultaneously

Core Attributes:

  • Force of Ideas -- At the center of Atlantic Media work are the ideas within our writing. We believe that ideas – to the good and not – have consequence. Our highest work is bringing rigor, insight, intellectual honesty, to that ultimate purpose of separating the bad from the good, giving voice, argument, and flight to the latter.
  • Spirit of Generosity -- Atlantic Media seeks in its ranks a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition in each colleague toward service and selfless conduct. Atlantic Media writing should be cut from the same cloth – critical on the merits but informed by charity and forbearance in measuring motive and personal character.

Atlantic Media is an EOE of Minorities/Women/Vets/Disability.

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