Associate Director of Research, HRC Foundation

Human Rights Campaign
Position Description: 

Position Summary:The Associate Director of Research for the HRC Foundation will work across a range of issues and programs on research and public education efforts. This position is aimed at enhancing the understanding of LGBT people, while implementing practices and policies that improve the lived experiences of people in the community. Working under the supervision of the Director of Research and Public Education and in close collaboration with issue experts at HRC, this role will conduct original research, project manage public education campaigns and synthesize existing knowledge to broaden awareness around key areas of focus. The Associate Director of Research will work both with colleagues at HRC and outside experts to advance new research, reports, issue briefs, messaging guides, infographics, case studies and other resources to further awareness of the challenges facing LGBT people.  They will be adept at working with both qualitative and quantitative data with a balance between creative and analytical thinking.   Responsibilities:

  • Conduct original research and synthesize existing knowledge in a fast-paced environment -- with experience in both qualitative and quantitative research tools.
  • Write and edit accessible letters, columns, briefs, guides and papers.
  • Collaborate with colleagues to identify new research and public education opportunities and outside experts who can enhance knowledge base.
  • Interface formally and informally with media, external groups, and policymakers.
  • Perform project management of cross-organizational research and public education campaigns driven by the HRC Foundation.
  • Understand the role that digital marketing and social media play in furthering awareness and work with colleagues in Communications and Marketing to ensure products are accessible and engaging.
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Qualifications and requirements:

  • Advanced degree (Master’s degree or PhD) in a social science discipline, public policy, or education preferred.
  • At least five years of relevant work experience.
  • Knowledge of existing data sets and research methodologies used to study LGBT populations.
  • Robust understanding of the range of challenges faced by LGBT people.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Strong ability to conceptualize problems.
  • Strong ability to manipulate and analyze data from various sources.
  • Strong ability to think creatively about how data can be packaged in ways that engage various audiences.
  • Ability to generate new and original ideas for public educational efforts.
  • Ability to work under pressure and tight deadlines in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to initiate projects and balance multiple projects at once.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work well on a team.
  • Strong commitment to the organization’s mission and goals, especially to advancing research and education that enhances the lived experiences of LGBT people in three areas of focus: transgender equity, racial justice and HIV/AIDS advocacy.
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Position Level: 
Country/US Territory: 
United States