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Survey Research 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.

Ballast Research conducts a variety of surveys to understand perceptions of policymakers and other key stakeholders, a core component of our work that informs the consulting guidance we give our clients.

We are seeking a Survey Research Associate who will (1) oversee and administer our various annual benchmarking survey instruments, (2) collect, clean, and process survey data, and (3) prepare dashboards and data tools to support data analysis and report creation.

Core job responsibilities:

  • Program surveys in Qualtrics that efficiently and effectively answer client questions
  • Coordinate with the Client Service team to understand client needs, and ensure alignment between survey instruments and client questions
  • Work with the Outreach team to develop, monitor, and refine an outreach strategy for gathering appropriate survey data
  • Oversee the programming, fielding, and tracking of benchmarking surveys
  • Develop tools for cleaning, processing, and analyzing survey data
  • Analyze and improve survey content and structure, to ensure that we are gathering the most appropriate and useful data

Key qualifications:

  • 2+ years of experience with survey work and data management
  • Experience designing, programming, and fielding complex surveys using Qualtrics (or a similar program)
  • Experience cleaning, manipulating, and summarizing large datasets (preferably survey data) using STATA and Excel
  • Comfort using other data cleaning and visualization tools, such as MarketSight, Tableau, and Power BI
  • An analytical and problem-solving mindset
  • Comfort collaborating and coordinating across teams
  • Experience managing a process; experience managing people is a plus

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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