Research Manager (Two-Year Fellowship)

This role will conduct public policy research and data analysis, working in conjunction with the litigation/policy teams to identify research priorities.

*** COVID vaccination required. Exemptions will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis upon request *** 

Organizational Profile: Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC (Advancing Justice | AAJC) is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 1991 and located in Washington, D.C.  Our mission is to advance the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all.  For 30 years, we have served as the leading Asian American voice on civil rights issues in our nation’s capital – fighting for the rights of our communities through policy advocacy, litigation, research, public education, and community engagement.  

Based in Washington, D.C., Advancing Justice | AAJC is a member of the Asian Americans Advancing Justice (Advancing Justice) affiliation.  With our affiliates in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, we work together as equal and independent partners, operate under one name, and strive to speak with one unified and powerful voice to promote justice, empower our communities, bring local and national constituents together, and strengthen our multiracial democracy.    

Title: Research Manager (Two-Year Fellowship) 

Reports to: Vice President, Policy & Programs  

Term:  Immediately  

Status: Full time, Exempt Employee, 40 hours/week.  

Salary: $60,000-$75,000  

Position Summary:  The Research Manager will be primarily responsible for the development and execution of research priorities for Advancing Justice | AAJC.  The Research Manager will conduct public policy research and data analysis, working in conjunction with the litigation and policy teams to identify research priorities and produce research products, including public-facing reports and issue briefs as well as internal products in support of litigation, policy advocacy, community engagement, and communications efforts.  Research priorities include voter and elections data analysis and research, as well as potential research needs in anti-Asian hate, immigration, mis/disinformation and other policy areas.   

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: 

Organizational Leadership and Strategic Planning 

  • Act as thought partner to the Vice President, Policy and Programs, Director of Litigation, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, Senior Director of Census and Voting Programs, and Senior Director of Strategic Communications on the development of research priorities for the organization.  

  • Work closely with policy leads and all other staff to provide leadership and direction in setting budgets, program goals and strategies, advancing new ideas and innovation that align with our organizational mission and strategic plan. 

  • Work closely with the executive team, to share responsibility to spearhead cross-organizational initiatives amongst our internal divisions.   

Research and Project Management 

  • In consultation with the Vice President, Policy and Programs, work with program area leads to identify, develop, and execute research priorities. 

  • Coordinate with program area leads and manage research projects across program areas. 

  • Provide data analysis and research of demographic data and voting-related data to support litigation and policy advocacy. 

  • In collaboration with research partners or consultants, develop, administer, and analyze surveys as necessary to execute research priorities. 

  • In conjunction with the Senior Director of Strategic Communications, manage relationships with outside consultants for surveys, message testing, polling, and other market research needs. 

  • Produce external-facing research products, including reports, issue briefs, and other deliverables as necessary. 

  • Contribute to litigation and policy advocacy work products, including congressional testimony, agency comments, legal briefs and memoranda, and other relevant material. 

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of strategic communications plans related to research priorities, including providing content support, drafting blog posts and press releases, and responding to press inquiries as necessary and appropriate. 

  • Conduct or curate market research on the Asian American community pursuant to issue or communications/marketing needs. 

Develop, Implement and Maintain External Relationships and Partnerships  

  • Build and maintain excellent relationships with affiliates and the relevant legal and advocacy groups within the civil rights and Asian American communities nationally and locally. 

  • Contribute to community education materials; provide technical assistance to community-based organizations nationwide; contribute to community training, outreach, and education. 

  • Coordinate research planning and implementation with Advancing Justice affiliates and state and local partners to identify areas for potential joint efforts. 

  • Build strong and effective relationships with key researchers and academics in the civil rights and Asian American policy arena, allied organizations, coalitions, and policymakers.  

Fundraising 

  • Assist with fundraising, grants management, and relationship management with funders and supporters. 

  • Work with the finance and development teams to craft project budgets and contribute to the development of grant proposals relating to research. 

  • Provide content/information for donor communications and materials (donor newsletters, action alerts, special reports from the executive director, social media postings, etc.). 

  • Attend meetings with prospects/donors as necessary and appropriate.  

General AAJC Roles 

  • Live and exhibit the Core Values of Advancing Justice | AAJC, by contributing to an environment that promotes trust, teamwork, and transparency among staff, board, National Advisory Council, affiliates, and community partners. 

  • Contribute to, establish, and follow policies and procedures, including maintenance of confidentiality, to ensure that the principles of Advancing Justice | AAJC are implemented. 

  • Participate fully in and lead decision-making processes; understand outcomes and be accountable for decisions made in or affecting their area. 

  • Understand the values and principles of Advancing Justice | AAJC and apply them fully in work responsibilities. 

  • Participate in other activities and serve on ad hoc committees as requested. 

  • Attend and contribute to Advancing Justice | AAJC and board of directors meetings. 

  • Willing to travel and work occasional evenings and weekends. 

EDUCATIONAL AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: 

Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree; Advanced Degree in public policy, economics, statistics or related field preferred. 

  • Two to six years of relevant experience working in academia, government, research, or advocacy organization preferred.   

  • Experience in data analysis and research, including proficiency in use of software and tools necessary for quantitative data analysis. 

  • Demonstrated public survey development and analysis experience. 

  • Experience in and knowledge of policy issues impacting Asian American communities preferred.   

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities 

  • Strong research, analysis, and writing skills, including proficiency in quantitative research and use of necessary tools/platforms. 

  • Ability to operationalize vision, think strategically, creatively problem solve, exercise good judgment, and lead change.  

  • Facilitative and collaborative leadership style with strong people skills.  

  • Experience working with diverse groups from various sectors. 

  • Excellent communicator and writer who can articulate messages to different audiences. 

  • Proven ability to work collegially with management and team members. 

  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and balance competing assignments is necessary.  

Application Process:   

Send resume with references, short writing sample and a cover letter to Hiring Manager at hiring@advancingjustice-aajc.org.  

Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC is an equal opportunity employer.