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Job Description
Do you love data?

Help us revolutionize story-telling at the San Francisco Business
Times.

The Business Times is looking for a full-time editorial
researcher to serve on our two-person team. The researcher is
responsible for telling the story of business through data. He/She
handles the popular Top 25 lists that appear weekly in the
newspaper's print edition and its website and annually in its Book
of Lists.

These lists can include a"list story" with photos and
graphics related to the lists. Researchers also contribute blogs to
our website about the research, however, please note that this is
NOT a writing position.

We're looking for a well-organized person who can research
everything from the Bay Area's top commercial real estate firms to
its largest wineries, then organize it in a clear, accurate,
readable format.

The researcher will also organize and oversee a
selection of more extensive annual research projects the paper
produces, including issues on the fastest-growing private
companies, largest corporate philanthropists, and top women-owned
businesses. All projects include associated online components
featured on our website.

The researcher also works with our team
of editors and reporters to develop supplemental information that
informs readers about the stories behind the numbers.

Lists are also tied to some SFBT events. Researchers will sometimes
provide award honoree information to the events team.

The Business
Times is the leading source of local business news in the Bay Area.
This is a vital and important role in our newsroom in the heart of
downtown San Francisco.

Duties
- Produce weekly Top 25 lists.

- Produce stories and graphics to explain and magnify interesting
trends, providing deep views into rankings.

- Locate and survey every relevant company for each Top 25 list in
accordance with the Business Journal's editorial calendar. The
target is 100 percent participation by every relevant company or
other party.
-
Create, update and maintain database of all companies and sources
to be surveyed for every list.
- Follow up by telephone, e-mail or other means at least three
times to individual companies and organizations that don't respond
to initial list survey.
- Keep accurate, thorough records of each communication.

Attend
and participate in editorial staff meetings.
-
Work cooperatively and collaboratively with all colleagues and
professionally with sources

Skills
- Fierce attention to detail and ability to stay on
schedule.
Ability to learn new computer systems easily.
Skilled at
data analysis and interpretation.

- Ability to manage multiple projects and deadlines.

- Incredible attention to detail.

- Fixation on 100 percent accuracy.

A near obsessive nature/pride
about work.
-
Strong interpersonal skills.

- Proficiency with Internet research and strong numeracy -- the
candidate shouldn't be afraid of numbers.

- Professionalism and persuasiveness on the phone.
- Interest in learning about and research various local industries,
from real estate and tech to food, law, health care and many
others.
- A knack for ferreting out hard-to-find details.

- Solid proofreading skills.
- A sense of humor.

Experience
- Experience with Excel preferred.

- A background in research or journalism. An interest in data
journalism preferred.

Education
-
Necessary Experience:

Bachelor's degree or equivalent
experience. MLS (Masters in Library Science) degree a plus.

About us: The San Francisco Business Times is a regional newspaper
covering Bay Area business news, people and trends. We have a
readership of close to 100,000 and 2 million page views per month.
The San Francisco Business Times, a recipient of the California
Newspaper Publishers Association's General Excellence Award, offers
a competitive pay package and an excellent work environment. Go to
SanFranciscoBusinessTimes.com to see our print and online coverage.
We're one of more than 40 papers owned by American City Business
Journals, a unit of Advance Publications, the Newhouse family
holding company. For more information, visit our web site at