Data Research Associate | Careers | The Good Search

Position description for the role of Data Research Associate

Data Research Associate

If you enjoy conducting investigative research online and working with data, you may have what it takes to join our elite team as a Data Research Associate. We are seeking a technically inclined researcher, someone who stands at the intersection of expert research and data science. A background in investigative reporting, data journalism, competitive intelligence, library science, or another research-intensive field is ideal.

The Company

The Good Search, LLC is a boutique executive search and recruiting research practice in the Greater New York City area that recruits senior executive and technology talent for some of the most powerful and successful companies in the digital arena. We see a tremendous opportunity to transform recruiting by making executive search smarter. The Good Search was founded by an award-winning investigative television journalist with a specialty in Computer-Assisted Research (CAR), evangelized by NICAR/IRE. We harness those very techniques to deliver senior executive and technology candidates clients never dreamed existed.

Our clients range from top-tier venture capital startups and private equity portfolio companies to Fortune 100 giants in technology and media (e.g., Google, Microsoft, etc.). Founded in 1999, we have laid down more a nearly two decades-long track record of success recruiting top talent with an excess of 500 search engagements.

We made “Good” our middle name for a reason. We actually care about the candidate, the client, and about each of our team members and want to make a difference in this world. As a result, an essential part of our success is our ability to hire individuals who share our passion for fixing what is broken about recruiting, and who want to build a business dedicated to the relentless pursuit of that ideal. That is our motivation and our mission.

The Position

As a Data Research Associate, you will conduct company and executive candidate research, harnessing the power of our database tools to make executive recruiting smarter. In doing so, you will collaborate with team members to identify, profile, and calibrate top performing talent. Frequently, we are asked to map talent, building org charts of executives at target companies. Doing that is a bit like working on a jigsaw puzzle, figuring out who reports into whom. Other times we’re asked to find the perfect candidate with rare unicorn skills. We devise research strategies to deliver that candidate to our clients. We also offer custom human capital intelligence reports that blend competitive intelligence with recruiting research and data analytics. As you do your research, you will help analyze the data to develop competitive insights and business intelligence.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Conducting candidate and company research
  • Assisting in candidate development and qualification
  • Leading data capture, data analytics, and data reporting efforts
  • Administering database and data tools
  • Serving as resident data expert to inform strategy
  • Innovating new data-driven research methods and tools


We are seeking smart, investigative researchers who enjoy gathering information and wrangling data. Applicants with a background in data-driven journalism (DDJ), data journalism, computer-assisted reporting (CAR), NICAR, digital journalism, database journalism, programming journalism are ideal.  So too are nerdy researcher types who are drawn to the NYC Hack/Hackers community. Library science, data science, and competitive intelligence professionals are also encouraged to apply. We are seeking candidates with the following qualifications:

  • A college degree, honors preferred
  • A background in data science, journalism, or another research-intensive field
  • Data wrangling experience (i.e., database management, data capture, web APIs, web scraping, data analysis, and data reporting)
  • Passion for research excellence and accuracy
  • Ability to work independently with little supervision in a collaborative team environment

To Apply

Send us an email with your resume attached. Please detail your current work status (employed/unemployed), current or most recent salary, availability (when you could start work), what distinguishes you as a candidate, and why you’d want to join our team. If you’d like to fast track your candidacy and have 10-15 minutes to spare, click here to tell us a little more about yourself.