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Vice President - Edelman Intelligence at Daniel J. Edelman Holdings in San Francisco, California

Posted in Public Relations 30+ days ago.

Type: Full-Time

Job Description:

Edelman is a leading global Communications Marketing firm that partners with many of the world’s largest and emerging businesses and organizations, helping them evolve, promote and protect their brands and reputations. Edelman was named one of Advertising Age’s “Agency to Watch” in 2014; one of Forbes’ “14 Most Influential Agencies of 2014”; and The Holmes Report’s “2013 Global Agency of the Year.” Edelman was awarded the Grand Prix Cannes Lion for PR in 2014 and was among Glassdoor’s “Best Places to Work” for the third time in 2014. Edelman owns specialty firms Edelman Intelligence (research) and United Entertainment Group (entertainment, sports, experiential), a joint venture with United Talent Agency.

Edelman is an equal opportunity employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Are you curious by nature? Do you always seek to understand human behaviors in your everyday life? Do you believe strategic communications can help make the world a better place? Do you think the world of research needs to change and adapt to a more complex and ever-evolving world? Do you have an entrepreneurial mindset and want to shape a consulting division? If so, Edelman Intelligence is looking for you to join our team!

As Vice President of Research, your role will be to bring strategic thinking to your day-to-day client work, as well as supporting the long-term growth of our team by building successful relationships with your fellow team members, colleagues and clients. 

The Vice President will bring solid secondary research experience to apply his/her expertise in method neutral and tool agnostic fashion, working with and learning from primary research practitioners, data scientists and digital analysts to bring rigorous, method neutral, insightful and actionable solutions to our clients.  

We are looking for someone who is naturally curious, has a passion for understanding humans and solving clients’ always evolving business challenges. 

What We Are Expecting From You (Responsibilities):
In business, it all starts with relationships. You will:

  • Create, grow, and nurture relationships with Edelman teams and external clients to generate new opportunities and build incremental business

  • Fluently speak the languages of communications, marketing, business, and research – tailoring those communications to audiences at all levels of expertise

  • Establish a reputation as a go-to research expert, both within the Edelman network and directly with clients

Data doesn’t mean anything on its own – it needs to be collected properly and communicated effectively. You will:

  • Ask the right questions, identify and understand business objectives, and scope research that has the most impact

  • Provide strategic counsel to clients through all stages of the research process

  • Identify insights, create narratives, and effectively communicate research results to drive strategy and enable clients to accomplish their business objectives

It’s not all strategizing – we need someone who can execute. You will:

  • Manage complex research from end-to-end, including coordinating execution staff and overseeing creation of effective research reports, with a focus on managing measurement and social listening projects for Fortune 500 clients on a global scale 

  • Act as a secondary research expert for the team to help scoping, design and delivery of best in class projects leveraging media and social media listening and monitoring, desk research such as landscape analysis, white space mapping, competitive analysis, coverage reporting and impact measurement 

  • Lead operational and financial performance of account teams, set timelines and ensure they are met and quickly and appropriately address client requests and incidental events

  • Mentor and manage both direct and indirect reports to ensure that projects are completed – and employee expertise is being developed – effectively


You have 10+ years of experience in research and analytics, public and/or corporate affairs, insights creation, strategy development, or consultation. The role requires for you to be fluent in secondary methodologies:  

  • Write advanced analysis grid and complex taxonomies

  • Build media analysis sample, etc.

  • Masters several listening tools & other data sources

  • Be able to discuss choices with the client, and to defend them regarding the client's business, brand or com challenges, but also methodological rigor and feasibility

You also have demonstrated experience in applying your expertise in various types of client engagements, including:  

  • Media analysis

  • Coverage reporting

  • Communication performance measurement

  • Landscape analysis and white space mapping

  • Influencer identification and engagement strategy

  • Trend analysis

  • Risk mitigation and Crisis monitoring 

  • Corporate reputation and executive positioning Intelligence 

  • Brand positioning

Additionally, you have demonstrated experience in:

  • Relationship building, business development, and client management;

  • Effective synthesis and communication of research insights;

  • Fluency in the language of marketing, public affairs, branding, communications, and general business strategy;

  • Project management skills, including time and financial oversight;

  • Managing and mentoring direct and indirect reports.

  • Experience of primary or digital analytics research is an advantage, but a desire to learn these methodologies is a must have

And In Turn, What You Can Expect From Us:  


For the right candidate, we are offering a fun, challenging and fast paced work environment that is fueled by both analytical thinking and creativity. An entrepreneurial atmosphere were employees are given autonomy and great responsibility to grow the Edelman Intelligence business.

The team is here for you.

Our team currently includes…

  • Fun first attitudes – because what’s the point of doing great work if aren’t having fun? 

  • Career pathing on the mind – whether you plan to stay for 2 years or 20 years, we put your development and career goals as a priority 

  • Open space floor plan community – the best research happens with collaboration and sometimes that includes input from our non-research co-workers: planners, creatives, media relation experts to name only few 

  • Broader communications exposure – you will get the opportunity to work alongside broader Edelman teams such as Corporate, Brand, Digital, and more on some of the largest global brands and companies 

  • Open minds for new ideas and methodologies – maybe it’s not broken, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make it better. We have the largest research and analytics toolbox at our disposal, let’s play!

  • Level agnostic – doesn’t matter if you are the boss or an intern, we are all in this together 

  • West Coast broader team – you will sit in San Francisco, but you also will work with people from our Seattle and LA offices

  • Global Reach – beyond the West Coast, we have researchers you can tap into around the world, building your own community of EI buddies