Maslansky + Partners, LLC

Freelance Moderator

Job Locations US-NY-New York
Temporary Part-Time


maslansky + partners is a Language Strategy® and research consultancy that helps the world’s most influential and innovative organizations harness the power of language to drive behavior change.  Our work is guided by a simple, powerful idea: it’s not what you SAY that matters, it’s what your audience HEARS.


Clients look to us as experts in the art and science of persuasion.  To help products stand out in a crowded space.  To shape company reputation.  To win on issues that matter.  To respond effectively to crisis.  To engage employees.  Every word you use is a choice.  We help companies choose wisely.


Do you have a passion for persuasion, puzzles, and what makes people tick?  Do you love helping solve high-stakes challenges?


We are looking to partner with an exceptional freelance moderator to run focus groups and in-depth interviews for the firm that invented Language Strategy®.


What you’ll do:

  • Lead focus groups and IDIs with diverse audiences. You will moderate group and one-on-one sessions online and hopefully sometime soon in-person with everyone from consumers and patients to medical specialists, IT professionals, and policy elites, but pharma is a big focus of what you’ll work on.
  • Engage and energize participants and back-room clients. You will use your energy, presence, humor, and a little theater to keep participants and observers engaged and focused.
  • Think beyond the mod guide. You will keep your eye on the ultimate project objective and adjust in the moment to do what it takes to get answers.
  • Get up to speed on industry and client specifics. You will work quickly to develop a baseline of industry and client understanding so you can use the right terms and details to get the most out of your audience.
  • Partner with our teams on strategic objectives and approach. You will work as an extension of our strategy team, understanding client objectives, using the team’s discussion guides and stimuli, and learning potentially new technologies and methodologies.
  • Create findings summaries and lead internal debriefs.  You will synthesize findings, brief the strategy team on what you heard, and discuss implications.


What we’re looking for:

  • Excellent communications-oriented moderating chops. You have 2-4 years of experience moderating lively and engaging qualitative research sessions with a wide range of audiences about marketing and communications. You ask great questions and anticipate client follow-ups. You listen to what’s NOT being said and aren’t afraid to push back when you don’t believe what you’re hearing.
  • Strong critical thinking and analytic skills. You understand how to analyze problems and synthesize information into meaningful insight. You are naturally curious, empathetic, and good at recognizing patterns in people’s behavior and responses. And you get excited about figuring out challenging puzzles in creative ways.
  • Outstanding communication skills. As a Language Strategy firm, our work is about finding the most effective language and message framing to achieve client business objectives. You will support this mission with your strong communication skills and appreciation of words, language, and effective communication. Background in or familiarity with advertising, public relations, or branding a plus.
  • Pharma experience a huge plus. We respect people who are quick studies, but a baseline understanding of and fluency in the world of pharma will be extremely valuable.


Four reasons to join the maslansky + partners team:  

  1. You won’t be bored.
  2. You will be challenged and grow. 
  3. You can make a big impact.
  4. You’ll definitely have a good time.

This is a freelance position and will include competitive compensation as well as training in our strategic process and our approach to qualitative research.


If you’re intrigued, you should have already checked out our website.  If you haven’t done so yet, do it right now: and see what you think!


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