FM3 Announces an opening for Research Associate-Oakland/Santa Monica

Posted on: January 26, 2015

The Opportunity

Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) is looking for a Research Associate to join our team. This is intended to be a full-time position in our Oakland office, though candidates interested in working out of our Santa Monica office may also apply.

The Company

FM3 has specialized in public policy-oriented opinion research since 1981 and 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 (with offices in Oakland, Santa Monica and Madison, Wisconsin) 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.

Examples of our recent electoral work during the November 2014 election include the winning campaigns of Governor John Kitzhaber in Oregon, six members of Congress, and seven members of the California State Legislature; nine successful statewide ballot measure campaigns (including Florida Amendment 1 – the largest conservation finance measure in the history of the United States – and measures in Oregon and Washington, D.C. legalizing recreational marijuana use); measures generating $2 billion in funding for local school districts and $1.5 billion in for community college districts; and 21 other local ballot measures (including Measure D in Berkeley, CA – the first successful soda tax ballot measure in the United States).


FM3 Research Associates work collaboratively with senior members of FM3’s research team for election-oriented clients, and public and private sector entities.  Research Associates provide support for more senior researchers by conducting background research on clients and their needs; drafting initial survey questionnaires, proposals, and summary reports; and compiling analytical and presentation requests for FM3’s Data Processing and Graphics teams.  In conducting these tasks for a wide array of public and private clients, FM3 Researchers are provided with a unique opportunity to participate in public policy and political decisions, and develop a richer understanding of high-profile political campaigns at the local, state and national level.

Specific responsibilities of this Research Associate position will include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting background research to inform survey questionnaire and focus group discussion guide design
  • Drafting questionnaires for surveys conducted through telephone interviews, online panels, and in-person intercept interviews
  • Analyzing and summarizing survey and focus group data
  • Providing guidance for FM3’s Data Processing Team on how to compile cross-tabulated survey results on a project-by-project basis
  • Providing guidance for FM3’s Graphics Team on how to compile the presentation of survey results on a project-by-project basis
  • Preparing written presentations of research findings
  • Drafting research proposals
  • Editing and proofing proposals, memos and reports
  • Keeping abreast of pertinent policy issues and changes in the local, state and federal political landscapes
  • Contributing to the FM3’s evolving opinion research methodological approaches


  • First-hand experience with electoral politics and public policy issues
  • Prior exposure to quantitative and qualitative opinion research
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative analytical skills, with an attention to detail
  • Excellent writing and verbal skills
  • Social media experience and familiarity with online web design 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 (as a single document) to referencing “FM3 Research Associate Application” in the subject line.  Be sure to include details on where you heard about this position and your salary requirements in your cover letter.

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.

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