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Research Associate

Research | Washington, DC | Full Time

Job Description

About Us

Hart Research Associates is one of the nation’s leading public opinion research firms, specializing in political polling for Democratic candidates and survey research for progressive causes, public affairs, education, media, as well as a variety of corporate interests.  Known and respected for our quality, depth of experience and rigor, Hart Research Associates provides its clients with decisive strategic guidance using a variety of specialized qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Take a look at our website for more details on our work and our clients.

Hart Research values a diverse workplace and strongly encourages candidates across race, gender, religion, identity, and experience to apply.

About You

You are looking for work that matters in a company that has career growth opportunities and you have:

  • An ability to learn our processes quickly and hit the ground running and to handle multiple tasks in a very fast-paced work environment

  • A strong tendency for detail-orientation, efficiency, and organization

  • Strong mathematical ability

  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively and adapt quickly in a high volume environment

  • Knowledge of and experience applying and experimenting with prevailing and innovative survey research techniques

  • Excellent analytic, writing, and communication skills

  • Ability to effectively liaise with multiple internal departments and external vendors simultaneously to keep projects on track

  • Ability to work on multiple projects with different senior staff members at the same time 

  • Experience with and strong working knowledge of Excel and PowerPoint

  • An undergraduate degree or equivalent experience

  • Demonstrated interest in progressive politics and public affairs 

A couple of things that will put your application ahead of other candidates:

  • Working knowledge of statistical software packages (R, SPSS) *Please describe your experience in your cover letter.

  • Fluency in Spanish

About the Job

As a key functional member of the Research department, the Research Associate will work with Senior Staff to manage client projects from the discovery process, to the development of research questionnaires, through the production of client deliverables.  Research Associates will learn the key elements of successful polling while managing the research process for each project, ensuring the quality and accuracy of final deliverables, as well as ensuring all deadlines are met.  

Essential Job Duties:

  • Report to and work with two senior Research Analysts to support their projects

  • Coordinate with internal departments and outside vendors to ensure projects are successful and finish on time, including problem-solving challenges to keep projects on track

  • Ensure research accuracy and rigor through quality control checks (e.g., testing survey programming, reviewing research participants' profiles, proofing memos and PowerPoint decks)

  • Program online and phone surveys

  • Prepare first drafts of initial interview scripts for screening focus group, in-depth interviews, and online discussion board participants

  • Monitor and take notes on qualitative research discussions in real time

  • Provide support to analysts in data analyses and reporting of research findings, including revising memos, reports and PowerPoint decks; preparing data tables; helping synthesize findings from qualitative research

  • Participate in conference calls with clients

  • Conduct online searches for project-relevant data and background information

  • Work on specialized research projects as requested

All positions at Hart Research Associates may be asked to provide support and assistance outside of their core job function.  Executing additional duties as requested is a core requirement of every job.

Essential Physical Requirements of the Job:

During COVID, all positions at Hart Research Associates are virtual but this job will eventually be onsite in our Washington, DC offices.  

The environmental factors and/or physical requirements of this position include the following: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to have ordinary ambulatory skills sufficient to climb and descend multiple flights of stairs, visit other locations; and the ability to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, and manipulate (lift, carry, move) light to medium weights of 5-15 pounds. Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp, and ability to use a keyboard. The employee frequently is required to be in one position for long periods of screen use, reach with hands and arms, talk and hear both in person and over devices.  The employee interacts in close spaces and frequently with other workers, vendors, and clients.  The position works in an office environment with artificial light and air.