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Interview Research Manager

Ballast Research (a division of National Journal) is a research and consulting firm that helps government affairs professionals build, deepen, and advance their advocacy efforts at the federal and state levels.

Ballast Research conducts hundreds of interviews each year to understand perceptions of policymakers and other key stakeholders, a core component of our work that informs subsequent insight generation and consultative guidance. We are seeking a an Interview Research Manager to oversee and advance the firm’s various qualitative research projects. The ideal candidate will have at least two years of qualitative research experience and a demonstrated ability to manage complex research projects. This individual will be someone interested in improving research processes and contributing to a collaborative, fast-paced, and innovative work environment.

Core responsibilities include:

  • Managing each qualitative research project from beginning to end, including:
    • Working alongside the Client Service team to scope and refine clients’ qualitative research objectives
    • Writing and aggregating interview guides that effectively translate and balance individual client objectives
    • Collaborating with the Outreach team to ensure we are sourcing sufficient quality interviews to answer client questions
    • Developing a process for (and then overseeing) the scheduling, execution, and processing of interviews while in the field
    • Conducting interviews, as needed
    • Monitoring and continuously adjusting the process to ensure we are tracking toward our qualitative research goals
  • Training and coaching Analysts to effectively conduct in-depth research interviews
  • Developing and training around qualitative research tools, such as interview trackers and data processing software like Dedoose and NVivo
  • Directing the work of a Qualitative Research Assistant, to assist with the execution of qualitative research plans
  • Contributing to larger conversations about how to improve and deepen our qualitative research
  • Developing new research methods and processes to innovate on the qualitative research process to best meet client needs

Core qualifications include:

  • Extensive project management experience
  • Experience conducting qualitative research projects from beginning to end
  • Experience coordinating and managing across teams and stakeholder groups
  • Interest in working in a collaborative environment
  • A keen eye for detail
  • A strong ability to multitask
  • 2 - 5 years experience conducting qualitative research


Atlantic Media Values 

Across Atlantic Media, generally, the firm looks for two “pillar gifts” in you, and everyone else.  In all of us, these are more aspirational than actual, but they are central in our intentions.

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, and giving voice 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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