Social Impact and Reputational Risk Analyst

Washington, DC

National Journal is hiring a Social Impact and Reputational Risk Analyst.

National Journal is a premier research and insights company committed to helping organizations effectively navigate Washington. Best known as one of Washington’s most trusted media brands for nearly 50 years, our expertise is unmatched with teams of specialists dedicated to government affairs, communications, and political research, in addition to exceptional journalism. Our mission is to equip the thousands of government and business leaders in the nation’s capital with the intelligence, insights, and connections they need to save time, increase efficiency, and deliver success.

The Network Science Initiative (NSI) is a custom research division within National Journal specializing in stakeholder mapping for corporate, association, and nonprofit clients. NSI identifies the people and organizations - from government, industry, think tanks, advocates, and media - with the most influence on key policy decisions, maps their connections within and across their respective communities, and develops tailored messaging and engagement strategies. 

NSI’s newest venture is a research service that helps Fortune 500 companies make informed decisions about when and how to engage on societal issues, such as racial equity, LGBTQ+ rights, climate, and human rights. Our research analysts support our clients by monitoring the current conversation around these issues, benchmarking our clients’ actions in comparison to their peers, and analyzing the advantages and risks of engaging on specific issues.

We are looking for curious and innovative researchers and consultants interested in helping corporations smartly navigate society’s most important and challenging issues.

The Role:

Social Impact and Reputational Risk Analysts are responsible for contributing to all aspects of NSI client engagements. Analysts on the social issues benchmarking team use our media monitoring tools and a range of qualitative research methods to identify and track trending issues, produce custom analysis for our clients, and develop bespoke insights and recommendations. Analysts work directly with senior leaders at National Journal and senior public affairs and C-suite executives at client companies.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Managing research for 4-6 client accounts and being responsible for the timely delivery of all project work.

  • Collaborating with team members to develop research methodologies and approaches to answer client questions.

  • Leading associates and interns who are supporting the client research process.

  • Developing smart, nuanced analysis on how societal issues may impact corporations, their workforces, and their consumers, and synthesizing findings into strategic recommendations for clients.

  • Drafting deliverables, including PowerPoint presentations, memos, and other formats, to communicate findings and recommendations to clients.

  • Presenting findings and interacting with clients to better understand their needs, serving as a trusted expert and advisor on challenging societal issues.

  • Regularly consuming news about a range of societal issues and their impact on the business community to incorporate current trends into research and analysis.

  • Contributing to product development by crafting new and innovative approaches to producing the analytic work, optimizing operations, and perfecting the research product.

Qualifications of the Ideal candidate:

The ideal candidate will have strong familiarity with the range of contentious societal issues currently at play, a solid understanding of the media and political environment, and excellent qualitative research and analysis skills. The candidate will have the ability to execute against tight deadlines to develop professional and intellectually sound deliverables for clients, both independently and in close collaboration with team members.

Specific qualifications include:

  • A highly analytic, natural problem solver.

  • The ability to highlight key insights within a complex set of data, synthesize large amounts of information, and then clearly explain these insights to clients.

  • A skilled project manager, able to independently manage competing priorities and adhere to timelines.

  • A strong writer able to clearly frame issues for a variety of audiences; some experience with PowerPoint or other visual presentation formats highly preferred.

  • An individual with 1-3 years of experience in at least one of the following domains: strategy consulting, policy analysis, risk analysis, Capitol Hill or executive agency experience, or political science research.

  • Earned Bachelor's degree required

  • Entrepreneurial spirit; Track record of building new initiatives from conception to execution.

  • Creative thinking and resourcefulness in problem-solving.

  • Prodigious work ethic and spirit of generosity.

  • A full course of the COVID-19 vaccination is required for employment at National Journal.

  • Active contributor to a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Employment Type: Full-time

Compensation: The salary range for this role is $50,000-$58,000

Remote Status: Based in Washington, DC with flexible telework policies starting in May 2022


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