Research Associate

State and Federal Communications, Inc., an Akron-based research, publishing, and consulting company, with national presence, seeks a qualified professional to join our team in a multi-task position as a Research Associate.

Research involves the subjects of campaign finance, lobbying, ethics, and procurement laws in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, federal government, U.S. territories, more than 300 municipalities, and Canada. The Research Associate reports to the Research Manager and will assist the Research Department in maintaining and ensuring the accuracy of its online publications and information.


  • Oversee publications and website changes for assigned jurisdictions and use independent judgment and discretion to determine how to incorporate the information

  • Track elections, including special and runoff, in assigned jurisdictions

  • Review and summarize relevant legislative bills

  • Record all changes and updates in appropriate database with approved formatting

  • Communicate with supervisor regarding status of update and production schedule

  • Review and summarize articles and Google alerts of relevant news for marketing and social media purposes

  • Assist in special projects as directed by supervisors and president

  • Assist in lobbying compliance as directed

  • Respond in a timely manner (within 24 hours) to clients/subscribers who have requested information

  • If licensed to practice law, maintain license as an active attorney and uphold the oath taken

  • Take a minimum of 12 CLEs every year, which have been approved by the president

  • Participate in travel opportunities, including conferences and seminars

Other Related Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that all confidential proprietary information is secure.

  • Think proactively and provide solutions

  • Maintain a professional attitude regarding the company, co-workers, and position.

  • Represent the company in a professional manner in all situations.

  • Represent the company in conferences as requested

  • Complete timesheets and necessary documents in a timely and accurate manner.

  • Take advantage of professional development opportunities.

  • Provide support with general office administrative duties.

  • Maintain system to record assignments and projects to ensure deadlines are met

  • Offer suggestions for improvements to systems and procedures.

  • Perform other duties as seen appropriate by supervisor.

Required Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Juris Doctorate Degree.

  • Candidate should have at least two years of work experience.

  • Possess the ability to work in a fast paced, fluid work environment with tact and diplomacy.

  • This is an exempt position and applicant must be able to work 44-50 hours per week.

  • Exceptional written and verbal communications skills.

  • Skilled at project management and have a keen attention to detail.

  • Enjoy using quality computer systems and have a strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office and the internet.

Competitive salary and benefit package including company-paid medical, dental, and vision insurance, 401K, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, Flexible Spending Account Plan, a generous annual PTO benefit, company-paid parking, and professional development. To be considered, e-mail cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements to or send to:

Human Resources Department
State and Federal Communications, Inc.
80 South Summit Street, Suite 100
Akron, OH 44308