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Research Director

Atlantic 57 is the award-winning consulting division of The Atlantic. We were founded to help other leading brands and organizations learn from The Atlantic’s transformation from legacy brand to media pioneer. Today, we bring together the best thinking across business strategy, journalism, communications, audience research, design, and product development to help our clients engage their audiences and move their organizations and ideas forward.

We are looking for a curious and innovative research leader to support our clients and business development efforts. The Director will lead multidisciplinary engagements, as well as help support the growth of our expert research team. This position reports to the Managing Director of Research.

Responsibilities include:

  • Overseeing medium- and large-sized qualitative and quantitative research studies.
  • Serving as a senior-most research expert on projects, both internally and externally.
  • Synthesizing and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data and communicate findings to non-research audiences.
  • Serving as internal resource, advising colleagues at Atlantic 57 and The Atlantic on research design, research insights opinion, and evaluation.
  • Collaborating with and supporting internal teams (Editorial, Product, Strategy, Marketing, Business Development).
  • Managing and mentoring team members.
  • Managing research budgets and negotiating with research suppliers.
  • Advising on the recommended research approach for proposals, as well as crafting scopes of work and estimating research costs.
  • Ability to travel up to 30% of time.


  • 10+ years’ experience (minimum) in public opinion research, preferably with a major marketing/communications organization, media company, or research supplier.
  • MBA or relevant Master’s degree preferred.
  • Expertise leading primary qualitative and quantitative research among diverse audiences, including the general public, client lists, and B2B audiences.
  • Expertise moderating in-person and online focus groups.
  • Strong technical skills and attention to detail with an ability to communicate about research in a wide-ranging of environments.


Atlantic Media Values:

Across Atlantic Media, generally, the firm looks for two “pillar gifts” in its candidates.  In all of us, these are more aspirational than actual, but they are central in our intentions.

  • Force of Ideas: At the center of Atlantic Media work are the ideas within our writing. We believe that ideas – to the good and not – have consequence. Our highest work is bringing rigor, insight, intellectual honesty, to that ultimate purpose of separating the bad from the good, giving voice, argument, and flight to the latter.
  • Spirit of Generosity: Atlantic Media seeks in its ranks a spirit of generosity – a natural disposition in each colleague toward service and selfless conduct. Atlantic Media writing should be cut from the same cloth – critical on the merits but informed by charity and forbearance in measuring motive and personal character.


Atlantic Media is an EOE of Minorities/Women/Vets/Disability.

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