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We are always looking for exceptional talent to help solve the biggest challenges in policy engagement. Interested in joining a team of collaborative and dedicated problem-solvers? Reach out.

Our Culture

Every person at Ballast brings a spirit of generosity, a force of ideas, and an entrepreneurial focus into their work.

Our workplace is one where curious, hardworking, and collaborative leaders can thrive. We are relentlessly focused on adding value for policymakers and our clients, and we invest in those willing to go the extra mile on their behalf.

Working at Ballast allows our team unique insight into the intersection between the public and private sectors. Our team takes a collaborative and innovative approach to everything we do, from conducting groundbreaking proprietary research to delivering exceptional client service.
Maria Halloran
Associate Director

Our Values

Spirit of Generosity

We are generous with our time and energy, seeking collaboration and mutual learning wherever possible. We treat our clients, research respondents, and peers with respect, gratitude, and undivided attention. By removing barriers to genuine engagement, we unlock more and better opportunities to provide value to our clients.

Force of Ideas

Our work is based on rigorous analysis, a deep-seated intellectual curiosity, and a commitment to problem solving. Thinking critically, always asking why, and pushing ourselves to cultivate stronger ideas is an essential part of Ballast’s success.

Entrepreneurial Focus

We are self-starters, we run lean, and we deliver more than what is asked of us. We are proactive and share the responsibility to improve processes; unlock additional and unexpected value; create a new service, product, or insight; and deliver more than what was requested.

Our Benefits

Ballast is proud to provide exceptional benefits to the members of our team.
  • 100% Employer Paid Healthcare Coverage for Employees and Life Insurance
  • 401K Matching
  • Generous PTO
  • 12 Weeks Paid Family Leave
  • Hybrid Working Schedule
  • Monthly Ballast Happy Hours
  • And Much More…

Our Hiring Process:

Our hiring process starts with two half hour phone conversations with members of the hiring team. During these conversations, candidates have an opportunity to share their professional experiences and learn more about Ballast and the role.

Depending on the role, the next step in our process is often a skills assessment. This step in the process helps demonstrate how a candidate’s skills align with the responsibilities of the role.

Candidates who progress through the process will complete an in-person or video interview with one or more hiring managers and senior leaders of the organization. Depending on the role, this interview may involve a case study analysis exercise. This interview allows candidates to meet more members of the team and ask additional questions about Ballast.

Hiring Process Timeline:

Ballast aims to complete the hiring process, from the first interview to extending an offer, in 4-6 weeks. We notify candidates of their status in the hiring process after they complete each step. We are always happy to answer any questions by email at

Open Positions

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Research Project Manager

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