News Archive for March, 2017

For Immediate Release: March 8, 2017

FM3 Announces an opening for Research Associate in West Los Angeles

The Opportunity 

Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) is looking for a Research Associate to join our team. This is a full-time position in our Los Angeles office.

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.  (In other words, we’re political pollsters, but we conduct a wide variety of non-political opinion research as well.)

Our 24-person company (with offices in Oakland and Los Angeles) conducts as many as 300 surveys and 150 focus groups each year, focusing on issues of major economic and social concern, including environmental quality; natural resource conservation; clean and renewable energy development; transportation planning and finance; health care; education; public finance; drug reform policy; growth and property development; and the implications of public policy for groups such as people of color, children and seniors.

Examples of our recent work during the November 2016 election included helping to return Patty Murray to the U.S. Senate and sending three new Democrats to the House; legalizing marijuana for adults in Maine, Massachusetts, and Nevada; and passing soda taxes in San Francisco and Oakland.  Additionally, FM3’s research helped pass important state and local finance measures, including a $9 billion California school bond; regional transportation measures in Los Angeles County, Seattle, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Phoenix; the largest local parks measure in U.S. history (in LA County); and other local funding measures for services like schools, community colleges, road repair, public safety, parks and libraries for more than 40 communities.

Responsibilities

FM3 Research Associates work collaboratively with senior members of FM3’s research team for election-oriented clients, and public- and private-sector entities.  Initially, 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.  Eventually, successful Research Associates start independently running client meetings and presenting results.  In conducting these tasks for a wide array of public and private clients, FM3 Research Associates 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 presenting survey results on a project-by-project basis
  • Preparing written presentations of research findings
  • Drafting research proposals
  • Editing and proofreading 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 methodological approaches to opinion research
  • Presenting results to private and in public forums (e.g., city council and school board meetings)
  • Moderating online focus groups

Requirements

  • 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
  • Bachelors degree required; advanced degree such as an MPP or equivalent experience preferred
  • A high level of proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel, with any experience with GIS programs and Tableau a plus
  • Social media experience and familiarity with online web design 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 (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 resume@fm3research.com with the subject line “FM3 Research Associate Application.”  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.

PDF: FM3 Research Associate Job Description – March 2017

For Immediate Release: March 8, 2017

FM3 Announces an opening for Project Manager in West Los Angeles

The Opportunity 

Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates (FM3) is looking for a highly organized and goal oriented project manager with strong communication and technology skills.  This is a full-time position in our West Los Angeles office that coordinates market research services across the nation.  The Project Manager will work with internal clients and external service providers to initiate, conduct, and complete numerous survey projects and focus groups per week.  They will be proficient at organizing the logistics and tasks required by many projects occurring simultaneously and in different stages of completion.  As the purchaser of outside services, the Project Manager will assist in budgeting, evaluating the proficiency of vendors, and proactively expand the pool of potential service providers.  The ideal candidate will have a keen business sense, an eagerness for checking tasks off lists, and superior communication skills.

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 24-person company (with offices in Oakland and West Los Angeles) conducts as many as 300 surveys and 150 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.

Primary Duties

The Project Manager plays an active role in practically every FM3 project and communicates between internal associates and external vendors.  Their participation may begin with formulating cost estimates and contributing components to research proposals.  They would schedule external service providers, evaluate their performance, and ensure that deadlines are met.  They are consistently aware of each project’s status and act as the first responder if problems are encountered.  At the end of each project, they would document project metrics, assemble billing records, and close out contractual obligations.

Frequent tasks include:

  • Ordering sample lists and contracting phone bank services
  • Scheduling facilities and supervise recruiting for focus groups.
  • Providing internal cost and external vendor price estimates that would factor into written proposals and project contracts.
  • Producing and distributing daily reports on project status, progress, and forecasting.
  • Troubleshooting common logistical problems.
  • Verification of vendor invoices and other accounting tasks
  • Internal record keeping and the collection of operational metrics.
  • Other duties as needed by the senior management.

The incoming candidate will maintain our current external relationships and run existing procedures while also keeping an eye towards improving operations.  Anticipated improvements may include expanding our pool of qualified service providers and continuously negotiating contracts that benefit FM3’s bottom line.

Requirements

The Project Manager will have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in business, social science, or other research supported discipline
  • A pro-active and assertive personality with high energy and can-do attitude
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Solid organizational and multi-tasking skills with high attention to detail
  • The ability to reprioritize multiple assignments due to shifting client priorities
  • Above average computer skills including mastery of MS Office Applications

Strong candidates may also have:

  • Educational or work experience in market research or scientific experimentation
  • Superior analytical skills
  • Familiarity of current and emerging opinion research technologies and issues
  • Several years of work experience that required strong analytical, time management, and communication skills

Very strong candidates may also have:

  • Expert computer skills including familiarity with relational databases
  • A strong commitment to career-related self-improvement, training, and education
  • Professional contacts in the opinion research industry

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 resume@fm3research.com referencing “FM3 Project Manager 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.

PDF: 2017 FM3 Project Manager Job Description