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Bully Pulpit Interactive Director, Strategic Message & Research in New York, New York

Strategic Message & Research Director

Bully Pulpit Interactive (BPI) is seeking an experienced, innovative, strategic, and passionate Strategic Message and Research professional to join our Research and Analytics team. This position can be based out of our New York, Washington DC, San Francisco or Chicago (when we all return that is!).

The perfect candidate for this position is someone who has spent time on campaigns, in corporate communications, at a strategic research firm and/or in government. They should thrive and enjoy being a part of fast paced environments, understand the pace and flow of client expectations while striving to exceed them, and be experienced working with clients and teams across multiple states and time zones.

Bully Pulpit Interactive is a modern communications firm that builds believers at the speed of news. Whether it is for brands, causes, or candidates, we communicate without barriers and measure what matters. BPI specializes in public affairs, corporate reputation and social impact. A growing firm with offices in Washington, DC, New York, Chicago and San Francisco, we work alongside our clients to bring integrated communications and advertising campaigns to companies, organizations, and causes – from strategy to message to media relations to marketing.


Client & Account Management– In this position, you will be responsible for supporting BPI’s Partners and Executive Leadership on a wide variety of accounts. The perfect candidate will be comfortable serving as the main point of contact and handling the daily management, communication, and execution of services for the client, which often include senior management or executive level decision-makers.

Research Design and Coordination—In this position, you will be responsible for designing research plans, and coordinating with clients and vendors. The perfect candidate will have advanced strategic and communications skills, expertise at identifying the methodologies and research designs that can best answer a client’s problems, and experience distilling large sets of data into simple strategic communications direction.

Analysis and Insights – In this position, you will stretch your prior public opinion research experience. The ideal candidate will be able to write strategic questionnaire and focus group guidelines and use them to provide analysis and insights specifically tailored to BPI’s clients and their challenges. Beyond that, the perfect candidate will want to explore new ways of thinking and new data streams to inform our strategic decision making. You should be eager to work with colleagues who specialize in digital marketing and enjoy thinking of ways to link research to online ecosystems and behaviors.

Team Management & Communication – In this position, you will need to excel at working collaboratively and effectively communicating with internal, cross office and cross department team members to ensure timelines and quality expectations for client deliverables are met. The ideal candidate will be just as comfortable drafting a memo outlining high-level and long-term strategic planning suggestions as they are crafting a pitch to the press or writing a blog post on behalf of a client.

New Business Efforts – In this position, you will work with agency partners and other senior leaders to develop and pitch new business opportunities. You should be capable of managing the agency’s existing clients and establishing new client relationships. In support of new business opportunities, you should be comfortable drafting proposals and producing materials for client pitches.


We’re looking for someone who has/is:

  • 8+ years of strategic research, polling, analytics, strategic communications or public relations experience, preferably at a political polling firm, a communications agency, nonprofit, political, or corporate communications setting

  • Exceptional presentation, writing, and analytical skills and the ability to write both strategically and creatively under tight timelines

  • Proven project management experience, including overseeing a team while managing deliverables for multiple clients

  • Deep knowledge of public opinion methodology and field working, including the ability to oversee external vendors, train staff on sampling and recruiting, and a strong point of view of best practice methodologies – as well as a curiosity to explore new data collection methods

  • Success at managing and training junior staff, including mentoring and development

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience with data analytics techniques, either as a practitioner or consumer

  • Familiarity with statistical analysis techniques, especially regression and correlation


Location: Can be based out of our New York, Washington DC, San Francisco or Chicago (when we all return that is!)

Employee Status: Full-Time, exempt

Salary & Benefits:

  • The minimum salary expectation for this particular position is $100,000 dependent on relevant experience

  • 100% company-paid healthcare, vision & dental for employees

  • Matching 401k contributions up to 4%

  • Generous vacation package

  • Unlimited sick leave

  • Generous holiday schedule

  • 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents

  • $50 monthly phone reimbursement

  • Pre-tax commuter benefits

  • Fully stocked kitchens and frequent catered lunches

Bully Pulpit Interactive provides equal employment opportunities to all qualified applicants for employment regardless of gender identity, race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, marital status, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, veteran status, citizenship status, matriculation, personal appearance, genetic information or other protected group status.