Premium Research - Senior Research Associate

Washington, District of Columbia /
Research /
The team you’ll be joining: IRC serves talent leaders from 200+ Fortune 1000 companies in our memberships. Our mission is to set an unprecedented standard for research, analytics, and insight in the university recruiting space – to craft the language talent leaders use to shape the direction of the industry. Currently, we’re in a unique position to do this, as the majority of the industry’s leadership actively follows the advice of our research.

IRC’s Premium Research team works with a subset of IRC’s members to direct research and craft insights that are specific to each employer. Our work focuses on collecting data from candidates in pivotal decision-making moments during the recruiting process – the decision to apply to an employer, the decision to accept an offer, and the internship experience – and using that data to form takeaways and recommendations that help reinforce the candidate experience and key recruiting metrics of our members.

Senior Research Associates on IRC’s Premium Research team work closely with Project Managers through all stages of data collection and interpretation, culminating with the creation and delivery of executive summaries providing key insights and recommendations for executive leadership. Your work will be shared with leaders of the most prominent employers of recent graduates in the nation. 

How You'll Grow: This role is oriented toward growth. Senior Research Associates are IRC’s pipeline of future Project Managers. The core activities of the role are designed to build the data interpretation and client communication skills needed to become an exceptional research manager and client-facing representative of IRC.

Your Character:
Incisiveness. You are able to generate insights from both qualitative and quantitative data and clearly communicate those insights to others.
An obsession for the details. You understand the importance of quality when it comes to our work. Everything we produce is best-in-class.
Comfort creating structure. You are excited and motivated by the fact that we are a start-up and are consistently forging new ground on the frontier of growth.
A bent towards service. You are comfortable in a culture centered around service to our members as well as fellow team members
An innovation streak. You are someone that wants to challenge and improve our research methods and instill creativity in our outputs.

Survey Administration

    • Programming surveys in Qualtrics
    • Tracking survey responses and providing status updates to the main point of contact at member organizations

Data Interpretation and Communication

    • Distillation of findings into executive summaries
    • Analyzing open-ended comments to discern key themes for employers
    • Writing tailored takeaways and recommendations for employers based on the most salient research findings
    • Supporting presentations of research findings to key stakeholders in member organizations

The Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree
    • 2-5 years of professional services experience preferred
    • Experience with data visualization and interpretation preferred
    • Survey research experience preferred
    • Professional written and oral communication skills
    • Strong organization skills and attention to detail
    • Proactive, solution-oriented approach to problem-solving
    • A growth mindset focused on continual learning and improvement
    • Preferred: Based in the Washington D.C. area - Open to Remote #LI-Remote
Our Culture & Benefits, In Brief: Talent is in our DNA. It is what we study, who we serve, and the quality we most pride ourselves on internally. In order for our team members to be at their best, we provide individualized benefits and support. At the most basic level, benefits include unlimited PTO, health insurance benefits, and career development opportunities.
We believe a well-rounded and diverse team is the key to our success. To provide the widest range of experiences and perspectives in our member service and internal culture, we never discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or marital, veteran, or disability status.