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Director of Strategic Research

Preferred location Brooklyn, NY or Washington, DC


The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action (CPD/CPDA) is seeking a full-time Director of Strategic Research to help shape and execute the research components of our campaigns for economic justice, immigrants’ rights, and racial justice.

The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action builds organizing power and transforms the local, state, and national policy landscape through deep, long-term partnerships with leading community organizing groups and labor unions nationwide. CPD/CPDA collaborates with partners to build their internal strength, infrastructure and capacity – and to envision, run, and win campaigns to move a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial justice agenda at the city and state level.

About the Position
The Director will lead the strategic development of CPD/CPDA’s research agenda and collaborate closely with CPD/CPDA’s Senior Management Team on the development of new work areas. The Director will supervise, and work closely with, a team of researchers in performing exploratory campaign research, data gathering and analysis, creation of campaign materials (including major reports, data briefs, testimony, regulatory comments, and other materials for CPD/CPDA and our partner organizations), and community education materials.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Identify opportunities for high-impact research that drives campaign momentum forward, working collaboratively with CPD/CPDA campaign staff and affiliates.
  • Oversee project/publication planning and execution, and coordinate research support as needed across departments and throughout the CPD network of community organizations.
  • Build research analysts’ capacity to: develop sophisticated analyses using a broad range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies; deliver excellent written and oral communication; and coordinate research content and report releases with advocacy goals and communications strategies.
  • Provide regular supervision and feedback as well as periodic performance reviews.
  • Create and maintain strong, meaningful relationships with CPD affiliates and allies including policy organizations, grassroots organizations, think tanks and academics.
  • Provide expert communications on strategic research, including government testimony, public speaking, and print and broadcast media interviews.
  • Fundraising, including grant writing and reporting, building strong relationships with foundation staff and individual donors, and locating new sources of funds.

CPD/CPDA is currently involved in over 40 active campaigns and projects. Examples of recent research can be found on our website (populardemocracy.org) in areas including:

  • Challenging discriminatory policing policies and practices;
  • Fighting overly aggressive immigration enforcement policies and advancing an affirmative agenda for immigrants’ rights, including municipal ID, language access, state citizenship, and non-citizen voting;
  • Advancing next-generation wage and hour standards like sustainable scheduling, the right to full-time hours, and a right to earn sick leave;
  • Designing policy solutions to help organize low-wage workers in industries including fast food, logistics/warehousing, retail, car wash, childcare, and others;
  • Securing access to affordable, safe housing for urban communities and ensuring that states provide affordable housing region-wide;
  • Advancing ambitious climate justice policies rooted in the priorities of low income communities and communities of color, such as cap & div policies;
  • Pursuing a vision of quality public education for all, including accountability of charter schools and expansion of the community school model; and
  • Building a stronger and more inclusive democracy by protecting the right to vote and winning pro-democracy reforms including automatic and same-day voter registration, ex-offender re-enfranchisement, redistricting and campaign finance reforms.
  • Building political and organizing power to resist Trump’s attacks on workers, immigrants, communities of color, women and Muslims.

Job Requirements

  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice issues, and a sophisticated analysis of racial justice as an imperative within both program areas and research products, as well as internal relationships and structures.
  • A strong track record of managing high-quality policy reports from concept stage through public release.
  • An advanced degree in public policy, social sciences, or another relevant field, or equivalent experience outside of academia.
  • Familiarity with socioeconomic and political data sets and statistical methods and ability to assess and troubleshoot data approaches and findings; expertise in quantitative analysis preferred.
  • Ability to conceptualize high-impact new projects and research agendas, policy priorities and content, and new work areas in alignment with evolving strategic goals and a changing political landscape.
  • At least 7 years’ experience in public policy, and at least 3 years with base-building community or labor organizations.
  • At least 2 years’ experience as a supervisor of research staff and manager of research projects in a public policy setting.
  • High level strategic thinking.
  • Fundraising knowledge, experience, and success.

Generous salary and benefits package, based on experience.

How to apply: Please send your resume and cover letter through our hiring portal: https://cpd.hiringthing.com/job/46553/director-of-strategic-research

CPD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community.

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