Senior Survey Associate

Ref#: 25306
CBS Business Unit: CBS News
Job Type: Full-Time Staff
Job Schedule: Full-Time
Job Location: New York, NY, US

About Us:
CBS was established in 1928, when founder William Paley purchased 16 independent radio stations and christened them the Columbia Broadcast System. Today, with more than 200 television stations and affiliates reaching virtually every home in the United States, CBS's total network lineup was watched by more than 130 million people a week during the 2012/2013 season. The Network has the #1 drama/scripted program, NCIS; #1 sitcom, THE BIG BANG THEORY; #1 newsmagazine, 60 MINUTES; and #1 daytime drama, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. Its programming arms include CBS Entertainment, CBS News and CBS Sports.

The CBS News Election and Survey Unit is seeking a Senior Survey Associate. This is an opportunity to work with some of the most experienced people in the field during an exciting presidential election year and contribute to CBS News’ election night broadcast.



The Position


The Associate will:


  • participate in the unit’s pre-election coverage, including support work developing poll samples, statistical forecasts and models;
  • work with past election data, voter files and other large data bases, as well as survey files;  
  • prepare background/supporting documents for election nights, including past exit poll trends (national and state), and historical trends on elections;
  • assist unit personnel in developing and maintaining CBS News Polls, including data checking, compiling trend data, and maintaining a poll database.


The Associate will be involved in CBS News’ election night television coverage.


Some combination of the following skills is required:


  • a detailed working knowledge of American politics, U.S. elections and current events;
  • excellent, demonstrable statistical skills;
  • ability to analyze survey findings, political or economic data;
  • ability to work with aggregate voting and demographic data;
  • ability to conceptualize and execute a research plan;
  • some knowledge of survey research methodology.  


Experience working with databases, statistical software packages and programming are all big pluses. 


A Master’s degree is preferred, but not required.


Applicant must be able to work in high pressure environment.  Position requires nights and weekend hours as news events warrant, especially during election years.  Must be flexible, as schedule changes with news events.

EEO Statement:
Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled
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