We strongly encourage people of color, transgender and non-binary people to apply. HRC is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone, including non-LGBTQ people, to join our team.
The Political Research Manager will report to the Political Research Director and is responsible for managing individual long-term research projects that support HRC's political, legislative and educational objectives at the federal and state level and for providing rapid-response research as needed by the organization.
- Assume responsibility for specified federal and state research projects as assigned by the Political Research Director. Must be capable of developing priorities, evaluating tactics and developing underlying research in support of political objections. Prepare research reports in various formats based on needs of other HRC departments.
- As requested, perform rapid-response research to meet immediate political, legislative and other organizational needs.
- Able to perform public-records research projects from start to finish, sometimes working individually and sometimes collaboratively, to simplify very complex issues into factual and concise narratives.
- Propose independent research projects and public-facing research-based products that may advance organizational objectives.
- Identify local research opportunities and travel to perform on-the-ground research collection as necessary
- Possess and maintain a strong knowledge of current events such as federal and state legislative agenda, judicial activity, political news, and other matters affecting LGBTQ communities.
- Quickly read, analyze and format news clips, state and federal votes, campaign finance reports, corporate filings, public government records, legal records or related items into reports or briefings for both internal and public use.
- Monitor and extract key points from local and national news.
- Represent HRC within the research community on collaborative efforts.
- Perform additional specific research responsibilities, as directed.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience, and 2-3 years of political research, campaign, government, or legal experience;
- Creative thinker who also approaches subject matter with an open and critical mind to find new details that haven't been discovered and asks questions after searching for an answer;
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills to construct fact-based narratives that contribute to achieving communications and policy goals;
- Self-motivated and can create research products based on an understanding of overall project goals, with the ability to meet strict deadlines and take direction to help shape ideas;
- Ability to juggle multiple projects at once, to keep pace with the 24-hour news cycle, and work quickly and accurately. Has the situational awareness to set priorities within the assigned work portfolio;
- Impeccable attention to detail and strong organizational skills, high-level proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel;
- Specific knowledge of Lexis-Nexis, campaign finance databases, the legislative process, federal and state-level vote analysis, statistical data gathering, and primary source materials;
- Strong skills with Microsoft Office applications (Word and Outlook), Google Apps (Gmail, Google Docs and Drive), and social media;
- Flexibility with work schedule; this position requires frequent evening and weekend work to respond to breaking news;
- Ability to travel 5-10% of the time;
- Personal interest in and commitment to LGBTQ rights required.
All positions at the Human Rights Campaign may require travel on a regular basis or periodically. Where the need arises for business travel, appropriate compensation as outlined by the Fair Labor Standards Act will apply.
No phone calls, please. Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to respond to queries about application status.
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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