A new project of the New Venture Fund working toward accountability and transparency in government to root out corruption and malfeasance seeks Research Director to help guide its work. The Research Director will be responsible for leading the research department, and – working alongside senior leadership – with crafting research strategy for specific projects and the organization as a whole. This position is based in Washington, DC. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience.

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks

  • Manage the day-to-day research activities for organization, supervising a team of researchers on a daily basis; oversee their training, workflow, and work product, and providing them with leadership, feedback, and guidance;
  • Manage execution of public records research, including submission of Freedom of Information Act requests (and state open records requests), and review of responsive records;
  • Work with senior leadership of organization to define and determine research objectives and priorities that support campaign goals and strategies;
  • Develop and execute both short and long-term research plans to support those campaign goals and strategies;
  • Work with Project Daylight leadership to integrate broader investigatory techniques to support research plans;
  • Author and/or oversee preparation of detailed research reports/books and other products that have clear narrative arcs;
  • Manage the rapid response research efforts of the organization, including identifying rapid response opportunities and crafting rapid response products;
  • Oversee fact-checking of organizational work products;
  • Serve as chief spokesperson for research for organization for partner organizations and other key stakeholders; and
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Required Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • Bachelor’s degree required;
  • 5+ years experience managing research and crafting research strategy;
  • Demonstrated experience in a leadership role, particularly with overseeing staff and consultants;
  • Ability and comfort with managing up;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to juggle competing priorities and deadlines; and
  • Proven track record for being a self-starter.

Valued and Non-Essential Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • Knowledge of transparency and government relations and background in issue advocacy preferred;
  • Experience working with research systems and structures;
  • Exceptional communicator; and
  • Extremely well organized, detail-oriented and analytical.


  • Exceptional communication skills;
  • Smart political judgement and acumen;
  • Handles her/himself well under pressure;
  • Extremely well organized with strong attention to detail;
  • Flexible personality;
  • Sense of humor; and
  • Works well in and contributes to a collegial environment.

How to Apply Please email cover letter and resume to resume.submissions.18@gmail.com with “Research Director Applicant” in the subject line.

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