Research Associate, Presentation Center

National Journal's Presentation Center seeks a Policy & Data Visualization 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 Associate:
  • You are excited by all types of research—both quantitative and qualitative—and apply a high level of rigor and strong data hygiene practices to all phases of the work
  • You know when to shift gears, when to dive deep into data exploration and when to distill the information gathered to produce actionable insight, keeping to project deadlines
  • You know that research must be made accessible to be consumed and are skilled at producing graphically-oriented research summaries
  • You are always excited by the prospect of teaching what you've learned, putting your superior writing skills and excellent oral communication skills to good use
  • You listen and quickly adapt when requirements change, exhibiting a willingness to "go above and beyond" in service to others, you are equally effective working independently or in a team
  • You are skilled at identifying the appropriate way to present given complex material based on the intended message, context, and audience
  • 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 Associate:
  • Creates high-quality presentations based on primary (quantitative and qualitative) data sources and secondary news sources
  • Synthesizes and analyzes data, contextualizing and interpreting research findings within larger ideas, topics, and trends
  • Extracts key insights for an executive audience, conveying them in clear, concise written and visual summaries, employing data-driven charts, maps and graphics where appropriate
  • Explains public policy issues for a non-Washington audience, develops expertise in a particular policy area, like infrastructure, trade, heath care, or the federal budget, and plans and oversees content production within a defined policy area
  • Transforms member-provided public policy messaging in a creative, useful, and insightful manner
  • Engages with members—our clients—to clarify inbound research requests, helps junior researchers plan content pushes and refine and shape their research findings and ideas

Qualifications of the Ideal Candidate:
  • 1-3 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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