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Senior Research Associate, Policy & Data Visualization

National Journal’s Presentation Center seeks a Policy & Data Visualization Senior Associate to join our team of experts producing insight and intelligence on how Washington works.


What is National Journal’s Presentation Center?


We analyze, synthesize, and visualize news and information related to policy and politics, publishing content exclusively for senior public policy practitioners and government affairs executives. Our diverse membership includes policymakers and senior professionals from the world’s leading companies, nonprofits, and associations.


Each week, we publish hundreds of slides, curating and translating complex policy information and election analysis into easy-to-edit slides and charts. Using this background and our expertise, we create custom content tailored to members’ needs, delivering 40-60 bespoke deliverables a week.



About our Future Policy & Data Visualization Senior Associate:

  • You are an experienced research professional, trained in analyzing and distilling complex policy topics from a role on Capitol Hill, at a think tank, a public affairs firm, or similar organization
  • You are skilled at producing visually-oriented, analytically sound research deliverables and can coach others to develop content of the highest quality
  • You have a track record of driving projects from conception to execution, exhibiting strong intellectual agility and curiosity, as well as an ability to manage competing priorities
  • You are a natural problem-solver, always looking for ways to improve processes and products, and putting into motion plans to improve workflows and content
  • You listen and quickly adapt when requirements change, exhibiting a willingness to “go above and beyond” in service to others, energized by the prospect of leading a team to do the same
  • You excel at engaging with client requests, thoughtfully outlining the appropriate way to present a given material based on the intended message, context, and audience, and are able to take the appropriate steps to complete the project
  • You are a “policy wonk,” and while you may be deep on one topic, you are conversant and knowledgeable across several topic areas—you can talk about the Affordable Care Act one minute, and USMCA negotiations the next


Our Policy & Data Visualization Senior Associate:

  • Consistently creates high-quality deliverables, setting the standard for insightful, visually oriented content that offers distinct value to members
  • Manages the flow of work for a given project or for a predefined number of analysts, providing input on internal checkpoints and ensuring all deliverables meet agreed-upon deadlines and standards
  • Engages with members—our clients—and internal liaisons to clarify inbound research requests, actively guides others in content creation, refining and shaping their research findings and ideas
  • Provides direction on how projects are executed—from scoping and potential research sources to storyboarding and editing—and drives quality control/professional standards
  • Offers managers feedback on group capacity and drives group efficiency, offering recommendations on process improvements and skill development opportunities
  • Collaborates with other stakeholders, contributing to new product development and product improvement discussions, with an eye towards driving sales/renewals and member engagement


Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate:

  • 2-4 years (post-undergraduate) experience conducting research in a professional setting; an excellent academic record
  • Experience synthesizing quantitative/qualitative research, ability to distill large amounts of information in to concise bullets, charts and graphics
  • Experience analyzing and visualizing data; training in quantitative research, statistical analysis or econometric modelling is a plus
  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel, as well as experience with mapping and/or visualization software (e.g., Tableau, R); familiarity with VBA is a plus
  • Solution-oriented, and able to sift through volumes of information to determine key points, facts, and data points to highlight in order to best serve member needs
  • Excellent time management and judgment, demonstrated proficiency managing competing project priorities and adhering to timelines
  • Demonstrated interest in public policy and politics; previous experience/interest in one or more of the following: infrastructure, tax and economic policy, heath care, the federal budget, government affairs, legislative or executive agency policymaking
  • Outstanding client-service ethic; experience interacting with executives is a plus


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

  1. Force of Intellect: Atlantic Media seeks a discipline and rigor of thought as manifested, often, in exceptional academic performance and, later, success in a professional environment.
  2. Spirit of Generosity: Equally, Atlantic Media seeks what we term a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition towards service and selfless conduct.


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


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