Social Impact and Reputational Risk Research Associate

Washington, DC

National Journal is hiring a Social Impact and Reputational Risk Research Associate.

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.

National Journal Research’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 associates support our team of analysts and clients by monitoring the current conversation around these issues and benchmarking our clients’ actions in comparison to their peers.

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

The Role:

Social Impact and Reputational Risk Research Associates are responsible for leading all societal issue monitoring research. Associates on the social issues benchmarking team use our media monitoring tools and a range of qualitative research methods to identify and track trending issues, feeding their insights to analysts to help produce custom insights and recommendations for our clients.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Managing research on a range of topics including climate change, racial equity, health equity, and equity and equality issues, tracking policymaker and regulatory actions, state legislation, media coverage, and activist conversations.
  • Collaborating with team members to develop research methodologies and approaches to answer client questions.
  • Developing smart, nuanced analysis on how societal issues may impact corporations, their workforces, and their consumers, and working closely with analysts to synthesize findings into strategic recommendations for clients.
  • 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, a comfort with using advanced analytic software[KV1] , and excellent qualitative research and analysis skills. The candidate will have the ability to execute against tight deadlines and to highlight the key elements of their research that will be most impactful for a range of Fortune 500 companies.

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 analysts and team leadership.
  • 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.
  • Up to 2 years of experience, through internships or post-graduate work, in 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 $43,000 - $46,000.

Remote Status: Hybrid; Based in Washington, DC on Tuesdays and Thursdays of each week.


About Us

Across National Journal Group, 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 National Journal Group work are the ideas within our writing.  We believe that ideas – to the good and not – have consequences.  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:  National Journal Group seeks in its ranks a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition in each colleague toward service and selfless conduct.  National Journal Group writing should be cut from the same cloth –critical on the merits but informed by charity and forbearance in measuring motive and personal character.

National Journal is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We do not discriminate against our applicants because of race, color, religion, sex (including gender identity, sexual orientation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, or any other status protected by applicable law.