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Marketing Associate

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.

We are seeking a Marketing Associate to conduct email outreach to potential participants in the firm’s quantitative and qualitative research projects. Each year Ballast Research fields surveys and conducts interviews with federal and state policymakers and other key stakeholders to understand their perceptions of prominent companies, associations, and nonprofits. An ideal Associate candidate will be comfortable managing multi-channel outreach campaigns, building and maintaining contact information databases, and analyzing campaign metrics and effectiveness. This candidate will also have some professional or academic experience writing and editing compelling copy for email, cold calls, and other outbound messaging. 


Who are you?  

You are a detail-oriented and organized marketing professional with a creative spirit who has a strong interest in developing innovative marketing campaigns informed by data. You enjoy working in an entrepreneurial environment and are always willing to roll up your sleeves to contribute to organizational needs. You are a strong marketing writer, an exceptional implementer and have experience identifying insights from data.

Professionally you have:

  • Experience in direct response marketing including email marketing and cold calling.

  • Strong writing skills.

  • Strong project management skills

  • An ability to work closely with a variety of internal stakeholders, as well as interface with external stakeholders (e.g. policymakers, clients).

  • Experience analyzing marketing campaign analytics from marketing automation tools and CRM programs such as Marketo, Omniture or  

  • Familiarity with marketing to the public policy or government affairs audience is a plus.


What will you do? 

  • Recruitment and Retention of Research Respondents

    • Assist in developing marketing plans and deliverables to support the launch of annual federal and state research projects. 

    • Run high-impact respondent recruitment and retention campaigns by collaborating with stakeholders to identify new opportunities and drive growth. 

    • Implement integrated, multi-channel marketing campaigns that include email, cold calls, and web/social


  • Database and List Management and Analysis

    • Build and maintain clean, accurate, and comprehensive databases of current and potential respondents across projects

    • Analyze, benchmark and report on campaign metrics and effectiveness


  • Serve as a Point of Contact 

    • Maintain general inboxes, phone numbers, and handle quick requests for interviews, including interviewing respondents when necessary

    • Work with recruitment and retention staff to coordinate and organize events logistics, guest lists, and related outreach


Required qualifications include:

  • Experience managing projects from beginning to end, with an eye toward detail

  • Strong time management and prioritization skills

  • Strong writing skills

  • Strong analytical thinking skills, including the ability to synthesize ideas and provide recommendations

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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