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Research Assistant

GBAO is seeking a research assistant with advanced Spanish fluency to join its team. GBAO is a progressive, DC-based public opinion research firm offering survey research and strategic advice to clients including battleground Democratic candidates for Senate, Governor, and Congress, major Democratic campaign committees, labor unions, and issue organizations across the Democratic and progressive political landscape. Our recent work includes the campaigns of Senator Raphael Warnock (GA) and Senator John Fetterman (PA), Equis Research, an organization dedicated to forwarding a nuanced understanding of Latino experiences and political identities, and The New York Times.
GBAO has a long-standing commitment to an inclusive and supportive work environment, where principals are approachable mentors, opportunities to learn are emphasized, and staff input is welcome.
The research assistant will play a key supporting role on projects for top political campaigns and influential organizations and institutions. Project topics may include democracy reform, education policy, climate change, corporate accountability, race and identity, gender, and reproductive freedom, health care policy, and securing Democratic majorities across the country. Through this work, the research assistant will gain fluency in political polling and develop the hard skills required to manage strategic research.
Responsibilities include:
●       Assisting with the organization and execution of research projects, including surveys and focus groups
●       Ensuring quality control of the research process, including survey design testing and live research monitoring
●       Proofreading and editing of documents and data products such as questionnaires, memos, and presentations
●       Conducting background research on local, state, national, and international campaigns and initiatives that focus on a range of political, cultural, and economic issues
●       Developing knowledge and skills to take on more responsibilities, including developing survey questionnaire design and creating client presentations and memos based on data and recommendations.
●       Reviewing Spanish translations for accuracy and monitoring verbal and written surveys conducted in Spanish.
The ideal candidate is a recent college graduate who is intellectually curious, passionate about progressive politics, and a collaborative team player who can keep up in a fast-paced work environment. All candidates must demonstrate keen attention to accuracy and detail. Good time management and communication skills are a must. The candidate should be comfortable with Microsoft Office, including drafting Word documents, analyzing data and using formulas in Excel, and designing presentations, including charts, in PowerPoint. Spanish fluency required. Prior political internships, a demonstrated interest in Democratic politics, and/or a statistical background are also assets.
GBAO believes a diverse, inclusive staff makes us a stronger company and better partner for our clients. Our team includes women, people of color, and LGBTQ people in management roles and as analysts. We believe this diversity elevates all aspects of our work and brings essential perspectives to understanding public opinion. We’re committed to hiring people of all races, ethnicities, ages, sexes, genders, sexual orientations or gender identities, marital statuses, religions, and disabilities, and strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds to apply.
This is a full-time position based in our Washington, DC office. We have a strong culture rooted in collaboration and in-person interactions between colleagues, and this position requires three days per week in the office. We require proof of vaccination, including a booster shot. Other office precautions include a weekly requirement for staff to take a rapid antigen test (provided) and air filters in the office.    
Salary and benefits: Competitive salary (40k-50k) plus a generous benefits package that includes:
·      Year-end bonus
·      Three percent employer contribution to 401(k)
·      CareFirst health care insurance, including full premium and deductible paid by employer
·      Dental insurance
·      Vision insurance
·      Public transportation to and from the office paid by GBAO
·      Two weeks annual vacation plus the last week of December
GBAO is an equal opportunity employer.
To apply, please send .pdf copies of your resume and a cover letter outlining your Spanish experience and/or skill level to, with file names “[Last name] – Resume” and “[Last name] – Cover Letter.” The email subject line should read “[Last name] – Research Assistant.”
GBAO is a progressive public opinion research firm that offers broad expertise in survey research and strategic consulting in corporate communications, branding strategy, international relations, and political campaigns at all levels of government. From Democratic candidates for office to socially conscious small businesses and Fortune 500 companies, labor unions and progressive ballot initiative campaigns to world famous cultural institutions, think tanks to advocacy groups and civic organizations, we delve deeply into our clients’ issues and audiences, conduct high-quality research, and develop winning game plans. For more information about our clients, work, and team, please visit