Deputy Research Director
Company: Political Research Associates
Posted on: June 17, 2022
Job Description Salary: $65,000 - $75,000 Who We Are Political
Research Associates (PRA) is a national nonprofit devoted to
supporting movements that are building a more just and inclusive
democratic society. We provide research, strategy, and briefings to
expose movements, institutions, and ideologies that undermine human
rights. PRA publishes The Public Eye magazine quarterly. The PRA
staff union is a unit of the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, Local
32035 of C.W.A. Our office is located in Somerville, Massachusetts.
Who You Are PRA is seeking a dynamic, experienced supervisor and
project manager with deep connections to movements for racial,
gender, and social justice. You see research and analysis as
essential to informing movement strategy and blocking oppressive,
exclusionary, and authoritarian influences in the US. You are an
excellent communicator with a background in journalism and/or
scholarly, political, or advocacy research. Your knack for
designing projects that serve the needs of the field demonstrates
you have a head for strategy and can confidently assess priorities,
work plans, and deadlines for yourself and the team you manage. As
Deputy Research Director, you are a leader, and excited by the
opportunity to inspire and guide a team of research analysts to
advance PRA---s mission. Responsibilities The Deputy Research
Director (DRD) reports to the Research Director, with whom they
share responsibility for supervising research staff members. The
DRD empowers researchers to meet programmatic goals in support of
the organizational mission. In collaboration with the Research
Director, and with support from the Research Program Manager, the
DRD provides strategic guidance and project management for
researchers. The core responsibilities of the Deputy Research
Director are in the three categories of program leadership, staff
supervision, and organizational development. Program Leadership
(20%) Collaborate in setting research program priorities, balancing
emergent opportunities with longer-term strategic goals, and
matching them with PRA---s capacity. Participate in the review of
content for publication by PRA and by PRA staff in outside
publications. Represent PRA both within the organization and
externally. Work with communications and research staff to
implement appropriate media/communications strategy for the
research area and participate in press interviews as assigned.
Develop expert knowledge in one or more areas of PRA---s research
program and familiarity with all areas of PRA---s research. Staff
Supervision (60%) Meet regularly with supervisees, provide coaching
and structured feedback on projects and outputs, and communicate
your own work priorities and organizational goals. Commitment to
DEI initiatives within the research team by bringing a strong
intersectional justice perspective and priorities. Participate in
hiring and recruiting efforts to build a diverse and effective
team. Onboarding, orientation, and training of new researchers.
Encourage, suggest, and support staff development and training.
Performance management, goal setting, and evaluation of staff.
Communication with supervisees, the Research Director, Research
Program Manager, and team members. Organizational Support and
Development (20%) Work with the Development Department on funding
proposals, briefings, and reports on program outcomes and impact.
Work with the Research Director and Research Program Manager to
develop annual budget proposals for the Research Team. Coordinate
with the Communications Department to facilitate publication
timelines. Collaborate with the future Strategic Partnerships unit
to facilitate intra-organizational communications regarding PRA---s
applied research goals, key outputs, and ongoing partnerships. Job
Qualifications: Required At least 3 years experience as a
supervisor and team leader. Deep understanding of and connection to
one or more justice movements, including but not limited to gender,
racial, LGBTQIA, economic, indigenous, and immigrant justice.
Familiarity with right-wing social movements in the United States.
At least 3 years of experience with project management, including
project planning, development, implementation, and assessment.
Excellent communication skills, written and verbal. Knowledge of
the research process - academic and/or journalistic. A commitment
to personal growth and organizational development. A personal
commitment to justice and alignment with PRA---s mission. Job
Qualifications: Preferred 5 years experience as a supervisor and
project manager. Expert knowledge of one or more research
techniques (qualitative, quantitative, investigative, geo-spatial,
etc.) as demonstrated by advanced training or publication record.
Past experience doing research to support (an) organizing
campaign(s). Expert knowledge of one or more factions of the
contemporary U.S. far-right, including but not limited to the
Christian right, anti-abortion, anti-LGBTQ, racial and ethnic
nationalists, anti-immigrant, militia, anti-Muslim, conspiracist,
authoritarian, and misogynist movements. A research-based
publication record. Experience as a trainer and/or doing
public-facing political education. Benefits This is a full-time
salaried position ($65,000 - $75,000). This position may be based
either in our office in Somerville, Massachusetts or remotely.
Relocation assistance is provided. The compensation package
includes generous paid time off for vacation, health, and flexible
holidays, as well as 100% employer-paid medical, dental, vision,
disability, and life insurance. PRA also provides a 5% employer
contribution of salary towards a socially responsible retirement
fund, as well as fabulous colleagues in a collaborative working
environment and access to professional development. Note regarding
COVID-19 office access: PRA has implemented a variety of pandemic
precautions and measures to prioritize staff safety and public
health. The Somerville office closed in March 2020 and we plan to
continue to limit access through June 2022. Political Research
Associates is committed to hiring someone with the right mix of
experience (both traditional and nontraditional), social justice
commitment, and potential to grow with us. We strongly encourage
people from communities most negatively affected by right-wing
ideologies & campaigns to apply, particularly: people of color;
immigrants; women and feminine-identified people; lesbian, gay,
bisexual, queer, and Two-Spirit people; genderqueer, trans,
intersex, and gender non-conforming people.
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