Project Manager-Policy Research

Washington, DC

National Journal’s Presentation Center seeks a Project Manager-Policy Research to lead a team of analysts serving Government Affairs executives and policy experts with high-quality research, analysis and data visualization in a fast-paced environment.

What is National Journal’s Presentation Center? 

We gather, synthesize, and visualize information related to policy and politics for a diverse membership of government affairs executives and senior public policy practitioners from the world’s leading companies, associations and nonprofits. 

We create custom content tailored to members’ needs, delivering 40-60 bespoke projects per week.

You are an ideal candidate for the Project Manager-Policy Research position if you:

  • Have experience researching, analyzing and distilling complex policy topics. For the current open role, we are especially interested in individuals with experience in one or more of the following policy areas: financial regulation, tax, labor, energy and environment.

  • Have experience serving as a trusted advisor in client-facing situations.

  • Have managed others to deliver high-quality project work—from conception to execution—balancing competing priorities in a fast-paced environment. 

  • Have coached others to higher levels of performance and insight

  • Are detail-oriented, analytic problem solver, using an iterative approach to problem-solving

  • Are deeply committed to service, both to external clients and to your NJ colleagues.

In this role, the Project Manager-Policy Research:

  • Serves as the direct manager for a team of 2-4 research analysts

  • Works with clients to scope inbound research requests, balancing client demands for quality, speed and the capabilities and capacity of the NJ team. 

  • Communicates client objectives clearly to research staff and coaches content creators to ensure their work aligns with client expectations

  • Manages a large portfolio of client-requested projects across a team of analysts, ensuring output meets agreed client deadlines and quality standards 

  • Improves team efficiency over time through process improvements and skill development

Qualifications of the ideal candidate:

  • 2+ years (post-undergraduate) experience conducting research in a professional setting

  • Experience serving/advising executives with an outstanding service ethic 

  • At least 1 year of experience managing/developing talent preferred

  • Demonstrated ability to manage personal and team time efficiently to deliver a high volume of work on time, including re-prioritization of work to meet changing stakeholder needs. 

  • Experience synthesizing large amounts of information into concise text and visualizing quantitative/qualitative information in easy-to-consume graphics. 

  • Advanced proficiency with Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel. Experience with mapping and/or visualization software a plus

  • Demonstrated interest in public policy and politics, with a prior role on Capitol Hill, at a think tank, a public affairs firm, or a similar organization focused on government affairs 

  • 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

  • Active contributor to a diverse and inclusive workplace

Employment Type: Full-time

Compensation: The salary range for this role is $60,000-70,000

Remote Status: 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. During the month of August 2024, National Journal teams will be fully remote.



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.