Director of Federal Research & Engagement

21 Aug, 2021


Director of Federal Research & Engagement

Ballast Research
Washington, DC

Ballast Research | Director of Federal Research & Engagement

Ballast Research

Ballast Research is a growing consulting, research, and data firm that helps government affairs professionals improve their advocacy to state and local policymakers. Ballast works with clients across the private, public, and social sector to create in-depth quantitative and qualitative research, benchmarking, and other diagnostic tools that enhance strategic planning.

Our Culture

Ballast has a collaborative and collegial culture. Ballast Research offers an environment where hard working, entrepreneurial, and kind people thrive. We are seeking an entrepreneurial, energetic, innovative, and driven individual with deep intellectual curiosity and a passion for policy and solving complex challenges to join our team.

Ballast Research is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate, support, and thrive on a culture of diversity. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, genetic information (including family medical history), and veterans status.

The Role:

Ballast Research is looking for an outcome-driven individual to lead our efforts to engage senior Federal policymakers in our research. Reporting directly to the Chief Research Officer, the Director of Federal Research & Engagement will oversee Ballast’s external affairs team and is responsible for developing and executing the strategy for federal policymaker engagement. This role will play a crucial part in deepening  Ballast’s existing relationships, and growing our network of senior Federal policymakers.

Overview of Responsibilities:

  • Design and execute outreach campaigns with federal policymakers on the Hill, White House, and across executive agencies 
  • Foster long-term relationships with past and current research respondents
  • Manage 4-person external affairs team
  • Develop Ballast’s Policymaker Hub to provide valuable resources, content and events for policymakers

Required Qualifications:

  • 7+ years experience communicating or working with senior policymakers on the Hill, with deep insight into the needs and interests of federal policymakers
  • Relationship-builder: Proven ability to develop relationships with influencers at all levels
  • Communication: Truly exceptional communication skills, written and verbal; ability to tell a compelling succinct story to potential partners, and clear articulation and persuasion in positive or negative situations.
  • Experience managing complex projects with multiple stakeholders
  • Experience developing persuasive messaging and effective communications
  • Ability to analyze trends in data and adapt plans quickly when faced with unexpected obstacles
  • Experience managing teams to strong outcomes
  • Metrics-driven individual, who strives to exceed expected outcomes on projects they lead, and has the ability to inspire the same in others 
  • Agility: Ability to act and react quickly and flexibly in a fast-paced environment, with ability to thrive in ambiguous, entrepreneurial and dynamic environments
  • Experience holding in-depth conversations with senior stakeholders over the phone, on Zoom, and in person. Comfortable engaging with internal and external stakeholders at all levels. 


Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience fielding quantitative and/or qualitative research studies preferred
  • Experience working in advocacy, fundraising, Capitol Hill, or on political campaigns is preferred
  • Experience planning and hosting professional events is a plus
  • Experience using marketing automation platforms like Salesforce Marketing Cloud is a plus

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Job posted: 2021-08-21