Senior Director of Policy Research & Content Strategy

Washington, DC

National Journal is hiring a Senior Director of Policy Research & Content Strategy who will lead the product teams working on our Presentation Center, Concierge, Almanac+, and PolicyView products, as well as co-own new product development for our Membership business. 

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 more than 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.

Position in Brief: 

The Senior Director of Policy Research & Content Strategy is responsible for managing a team of research analysts and content creators who produce timely, relevant, and impactful deliverables for clients in the government affairs and public policy community. These deliverables include presentations, infographics, data visualizations, and more.  The Senior Director will monitor breaking news and market demand signals in order to set a robust content strategy that consistently exceeds our client’s needs.  This individual will manage production calendars and build processes to mitigate bandwidth challenges in order to deliver premium syndicated and bespoke content to our clients.  

National Journal is looking for an action-oriented, solutions-inclined leader who can guide a team of analysts and coach them on how to extract insightful takeaways from policy and politics-related stories.  This leader will also be responsible for setting a clear direction and motivating their team to accomplish individual and collective goals.  


  • 5+ years of management experience in relevant fields such as news, media, or research

  • Solutions-oriented mindset with an inclination toward action, urgency, and results 

  • A skilled project manager with the ability to manage competing priorities and adhere to strict deadlines 

  • An interest and/or experience working in politics and/or policy with an aptitude to consume and analyze broad policy areas and the political process 

  • Demonstrated adaptability and open-minded attitude 

  • Utilizes data to transform strategy and proactively adapt processes when necessary

  • Experience in project management software, preferably Wrike.

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, namely PowerPoint and Excel. 

  • Familiarity with design software is a plus – this would include Adobe InDesign, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, and Canva.

  • Identifies trends within data and market signals to adapt existing product offerings, develop new features, diagnoses evolving market needs, and proposes innovative solutions

  • Highly motivated self-starter with an entrepreneurial spirit, capable of taking ownership, making quick decisions, and meeting steep goals

  • Active contributor to a diverse and inclusive workplace 

  • Prodigious work ethic and spirit of generosity 

Employment Type: Full-time

Compensation: The salary range for this position is $115,000 - $125,000

Location: This job is based in Washington, DC. National Journal operates on a hybrid schedule, with employees required to be in the office every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. 

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.