• Legislative Researcher - CQ Roll Call

    Job Locations United States-DC-Washington
  • Introduction

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    Washington’s CQ Roll Call brings up-to-date news, analysis and insights to senior decision-makers on Capitol Hill.  This trusted source of unbiased, impartial information provides authoritative, nonpartisan and accurate congressional news and legislative tracking tools to its subscribers. Through more than 40 print and online products, CQ Roll Call keeps readers updated on a weekly, daily and real-time basis covering every legislative action in Congress with breaking news, bill tracking, and member profiles and offers insight on the people and institutions that influence public policy and legislation.   


    CQ Roll Call’s parent, The Economist Group, is the leading source of analysis on international business and world affairs. The brands are bound together by their objective opinion, original insight and advocacy of economic, political and democratic freedom around the world.


    Are you a legislative master, policy wonk or political junkie? If so, you should know that CQ Roll Call seeks a Legislative Researcher to help maintain a database of information from (and on) areas such as government personnel, state legislators, and local-level government officials. This individual will work with other team members to ensure the comprehensiveness and accuracy of CQ Roll Call content. The researcher position requires exceptional accuracy and attention to detail, as well as the ability to work under pressure and meet firm deadlines.


    Additional responsibilities include the timely and accurate production, publication and maintenance of various CQ.com databases, external data feeds and other content to provide CQ Roll Call with superior federal, state and local data. The job requires a strong attention to detail, thoroughness, and an understanding of the legislative process.



    In the role you would be expected to:


    • Quickly and accurately collect, process, code and publish legislator and staff information, documents, biographies or other data as assigned by a manager
    • Independently research and update information regarding state legislatures, including legislator contact information, committee rosters and session schedules
    • Collect, verify, and update biographical and contact information from candidates running for state and federal office
    • Proofread and edit large amounts of text, checking for consistency and eliminating errors
    • Demonstrate an understanding of operational tools, procedures and troubleshooting
    • Work with editors to build professional skills while contributing to the larger newsroom's news gathering efforts
    • Cultivate relationships with congressional sources and government agencies for informational, journalistic and document source purposes and helping colleagues do the same
    • Contribute ideas about product priorities and what data may need additional work as well as ideas about how to improve operations and CQ products
    • Provide subscribers with complete, timely coverage of error-free, quality legislative information within set deadlines and consistent with CQ Roll Call style
    • Develop an understanding of the CQ Roll Call databases and the procedures for updating that content
    • Successfully develop knowledge of CQ Roll Call advocacy products


    Experience, skills and professional attributes

    To succeed in the role you must have:


    • One year of experience with the federal or state government, politics, legislative policy or Capitol Hill
    • One year of experience with database management
    • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
    • Experience with large amounts of data entry, preferably related to research
    • Attention to detail and good organizational abilities
    • Ability to meet strict deadlines
    • Familiarity with Congress and the legislative process and knowledge of congressional operations, procedure and policymaking
    • Familiarity with various state governments, particularly state legislatures
    • Knowledge of various election types, schedules and candidate/ballot qualifications
    • Ability to develop sources, gather information and process content consistent with CQ Roll Call style
    • Basic knowledge of HTML, the Internet, Microsoft Office (including Access) and electronic media

    To succeed in the role you will be able to demonstrate:


    • Good communication skills with strong grammar skills and computer familiarity
    • Ability to multi-task and handle tight deadlines without sacrificing attention to detail and precision
    • Flexibility to work on multiple projects with irregular deadlines
    • Advanced text editing skills are preferred
    • Experience with Congress is preferred
    • Knowledge of SQL is preferred



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