News Archive for May, 2014

For Immediate Release: May 21, 2014

CLOSED-FM3 Announces Open Position for Controller-Accounting Manager in Oakland

The Opportunity

 Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) is looking for a controller or experienced accounting manager to join our team. This is a full-time position in our Oakland office reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer.

 The Company

 FM3, a California “S” corporation with offices in Oakland, Santa Monica and Madison, Wisconsin, has specialized in public policy-oriented opinion research since 1981. FM3 offers a wide range of opinion research, communications strategy and consulting services to assist political candidates (Democratic or non-partisan), ballot measure committees, private sector corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

 On an annual basis, our 22-person company conducts as many as three hundred surveys and one hundred and fifty focus groups, frequently focusing on issues of major economic and social concern, including environmental quality; natural resource conservation; energy development; transportation planning and finance; health care; public finance; growth and property development, and the implications of public policy for ethnic and other demographic groups such as children and the elderly.

 Consequently, FM3 employees are provided with a unique, behind-the-scenes view into how public policy and political decisions are made, and a richer understanding of high-profile political campaigns at the local, state and national level.

 Responsibilities

 Responsibilities of the Controller will include, but are not limited to:

  • Hands-on, day-to-day execution of all major accounting functions such as: GL, A/P, A/R, collections, fixed assets, payroll and bank reconciliation
  • Completing bank reconciliations & cash forecasts
  • Providing financial planning and analysis to inform strategic decision-making
  • Generating annual budget forecasts
  • Generating regular daily and monthly reports
  • Issuing 1099’s
  • Tracking employee time off and vacations
  • Working with FM3’s CPA, providing data and support for tax & audit purposes, including local business taxes
  • Assisting in establishment of procedures and policies
  • Assisting in new hire orientation
  • Interacting with employee benefits providers, including medical, vision, dental and retirement
  • Assisting in the completion of responses to RFPs requiring financial documentation

 Requirements 

  • Excellent communication skills and attention to detail
  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or related field, or equivalent experience
  • Familiarity with standard concepts, practices, and procedures of GAAP
  • A high level of proficiency with QuickBooks and Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Ability to work both independently in a fast-paced, high volume and changing environment
  • HR experience and experience working for small businesses – particularly those in the service industry, such as law or consulting firms – is a plus
  • Familiarity with and an interest in the political environment and public policy issues is a plus
  • Candidates must have a strong character, ability to excel in a dynamic team environment, and a commitment to delivering exceptional client service, given that our work environment requires interdisciplinary problem solving, often on compressed timelines

 Compensation and Benefits 

The position will offer a competitive compensation package (with annual performance-based bonuses) and full benefits, including health insurance and company contributions to 401k.

 How to Apply 

Send resume and cover letter to: curt@fm3research.com.

FM3 is committed to diversity in its workforce. FM3 is an equal opportunity employer and insures the promotion of equal opportunity for all persons employed or seeking employment, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability status.

FM3 Controller-Account Manager PDF Announcement

For Immediate Release: May 12, 2014

FM3 Announces Open Position for Business Development Associate in Santa Monica

The Opportunity

Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) is looking for a Business Development Associate to join our team. This is a full-time position in our Santa Monica office.

The Company

FM3, a California “S” corporation with offices in Oakland, Santa Monica and Madison, Wisconsin, has specialized in public policy-oriented opinion research since 1981. FM3 offers a wide range of opinion research, communications strategy and consulting services to assist political candidates (Democratic or non-partisan), ballot measure committees, private sector corporations, non-profit organizations and government agencies.

On an annual basis, our 22-person company conducts as many as three hundred surveys and one hundred and fifty focus groups, frequently focusing on issues of major economic and social concern, including environmental quality; natural resource conservation; energy development; transportation planning and finance; health care; public finance; growth and property development, and the implications of public policy for ethnic and other demographic groups such as children and the elderly.

Responsibilities

The Business Development Associate (BDA) is a new role within FM3 intended to streamline, improve and assume ownership of the company’s proposal and request for proposal (RFP) response processes.  The primary responsibility of the BDA will be working with FM3 Researchers to write and compile proposals and responses to more complex government agency RFPs.  As a part of this process, the BDA would also be responsible for identifying potential proposals and managing work-flow to ensure that selected proposals are submitted on-time and complete.  Additionally, the BDA would assume responsibility for FM3’s other marketing activities, including the development and maintenance of client leave-behinds, content on FM3’s website, and FM3’s social media presence (currently Twitter).  This position offers a unique opportunity to manage the bulk of an entire business function and to shape how its efficiency, effectiveness and scope develop in the future.

Specific responsibilities of the BDA position will include, but are not limited to:

  • Writing and compiling proposals and responses to RFPs
  • Creating and managing an inventory of current and future proposals to prioritize responses and ensure submission deadlines are met
  • Creating and managing an inventory of past proposals and proposal content for future reference
  • Searching for and identifying potential RFPs that fit well with FM3’s service offerings
  • Assessing FM3’s current proposal and RFP response processes and recommending/implementing improvements
  • Attending/participating in formal pre-proposal response meetings/Q&A sessions
  • Managing and periodically updating proposal templates
  • Developing PowerPoint presentations for pitch meetings when necessary
  • Managing FM3’s online presence, including website content and social media
  • Managing FM3’s existing, standalone marketing materials, and developing and expanding those materials in the future
  • Developing expertise in and be able to promote the company’s services
  • Keeping abreast of pertinent policy issues and changes in the local, state and federal political landscapes
  • Assisting in the development, production and analysis of surveys and focus groups when needed during peak election seasons

Requirements

  • Excellent writing skills
  • Strong process-management skills, with an attention to detail
  • Prior experience writing proposals and RFP responses
  • First-hand experience with electoral politics and public policy issues
  • Social media experience and familiarity with basic online web design
  • Prior marketing or sales experience a plus
  • Bachelors degree required; advanced degree or equivalent experience preferred
  • A high level of proficiency Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Candidates must have a strong character, ability to excel in a dynamic team environment, and a commitment to delivering exceptional client service, given that our work environment requires interdisciplinary problem solving, often on compressed timelines

Compensation and Benefits

The position will offer a competitive compensation package (including annual individual and company performance-based bonuses) and full benefits, including health insurance and company contributions to 401k.

How to Apply

Send resume and cover letter to:  resume@fm3research.com

FM3 is committed to diversity in its workforce. FM3 is an equal opportunity employer and insures the promotion of equal opportunity for all persons employed or seeking employment, without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age or disability status.

FM3 Business Development Associate PDF Announcement