Research Analyst – Obama Foundation

As a member of the Creative and Communications team, the Research Analyst will help to expand the capacity of the research team and ensure that the Foundation’s increasing demand for vetting reports is met without compromising our high standards. This individual will perform research and write vet reports for internal distribution, working to ensure all vetting is carried out in a timely manner and all potential partners meet the Foundation’s standards. The individual will also assist in improving the Research team’s workflow and processes, and will provide broader research as needed by the Foundation. This is a temporary, full-time role that will last through at least the end of 2021; the Research Analyst will report to the Research Lead.

Core Job Responsibilities

  • Researching potential speakers, vendors, and other partners for the Foundation to ensure the Foundation is operating in accordance with its values. This will entail review of the public records, media coverage, and online presence of those the Foundation may work with, to provide full visibility into potential relationships the Foundation may enter
  • Synthesize pertinent research findings and write memoranda on each vet subject, summarizing and providing adequate context for research
  • Distribute vet reports to relevant stakeholders within the Foundation
  • Working with internal Foundation teams to build individualized workflows and research strategies for specific cross-departmental events, and leading the research process for these events
  • Maintaining the Foundation’s research and vetting database, ensuring it is consistently updated and reflects the latest understanding of the research team and the Foundation

Key Deliverables / Outcomes

  • Updated vetting standards
  • Vetting and research request process
  • Vetting assignment and cost tracker
  • Vetting and research communication strategy and plan
  • Vetting and research analysis and reporting
  • Vetting and research approval process
  • Research and issues/risk log

Required Qualifications

  • Knowledge and practical understanding of relevant research software
  • Strong writing and organizational skills with the ability to produce concise, accurate reports
  • Highly organized, with track record of meeting short- and long-term responsibilities in a fast-paced, deadline-driven, high volume organization; prioritizes effectively
  • High ethical standards, refuses to cut corners even when under pressure
  • Able to handle and communicate sensitive information effectively

Equal Opportunity Employer

The Foundation is committed to creating a diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. The Foundation does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply. If you are a qualified candidate with a disability, please e-mail us at if you require a reasonable accommodation to complete this application.

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