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Ballast Research – State Research Fellow

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Ballast Research (a division of National Journal) is a fast-paced, growing, and collaborative research and consulting firm based in Washington, DC. We work with government affairs professionals at the state and federal levels to help them understand how policymakers perceive of their advocacy efforts, and how they can improve those efforts.


The Ballast Research Fellowship is a one-year position that allows for exposure to a variety of projects, research methods, and stakeholders (including Fortune 500 clients and policymakers). Fellows will participate fully in the work and culture of the team. 


The Fellowship opening is an immediate hire that will run through December 2020.


State Research Fellows will work closely with the Manager of State Research, supporting and eventually running the quantitative, qualitative, and outreach work for up to three states throughout the year. Specific responsibilities for each state include:

  • Developing an outreach strategy. Conducting secondary research and informational interviews to scope the state and determine outreach framing, timing, and other logistics.
  • Developing outreach lists. Locating, compiling, cleaning, and tagging contact information from a variety of sources, to create a master outreach database.
  • Developing interview scripts and survey questions. Understanding and translating client needs and objectives into feasible research questions.
  • Executing an outreach strategy. Drafting, scheduling, and monitoring emails, as well as conducting targeted outreach through LinkedIn, cold calls, and personalized messages.
  • Trouble-shooting and course-correcting. Monitoring the quantity and quality of responses, then adjusting and doing supplemental work to fill gaps.
  • Assisting with interviews and analysis. Stepping in to conduct policymaker interviews as-needed, and analyzing broader insights gathered through the survey and interviews.


The ideal candidate possesses the following attributes:

  • Strong project management skills (including experience owning or contributing to longer-term projects)
  • An analytical approach to problem-solving
  • Careful attention to detail
  • Experience conducting secondary (and preferably primary) research
  • Experience with outreach and communications
  • Comfort with Excel and/or experience maintaining databases
  • Interest in a collaborative and fast-paced work environment
  • Interest in government affairs and/or policymaking, especially at the state level


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Atlantic Media is an equal opportunity employer of minorities, women, veterans, and those with disabilities.

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