job: Research Director – Galvanize

Galvanize USA

Position Title: Research Director

Location: Remote

Reports to: Chief Strategy Officer

Hours per week: 40

Overtime Status: Exempt

Start Date: Flexible. Open to a start date after the 2022 election if candidates are currently working on a campaign.

About Galvanize USA

Galvanize USA is a nonpartisan civic empowerment program for women who want to help build an America that works for everyone – white, Black, and brown. Women who participate in Galvanize USA programming gain confidence, knowledge, and skills to more fully and authentically engage in civic life. We believe in unlocking the power of every woman to use her political agency to advance progress for all. 

The person holding this position will also work part-time for a coordinated project, Galvanize Action, in the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a 501(c)(4) organization, under a resource sharing agreement between the Hopewell Fund and Sixteen Thirty Fund. The responsibilities under that position will be overseen by Sixteen Thirty Fund. Galvanize Action identifies, engages, and moves moderate women in rural, small town, and suburban America to reliably vote for progress. To learn more visit

Position Summary

The Research Director will have the ability to apply their research and data skills in order to further our collective understanding of the threats, opportunities, and strategies necessary to advance progress. This role will be responsible for understanding and synthesizing a wide array of public opinion and messaging research to highlight key strategic takeaways and will take the lead in crafting our own original messaging research. The Research Director reports to the Chief Strategy Officer and works closely with the Executive Director and other senior staff, creating and directing a comprehensive strategy that results in cutting edge learnings, high impact results, and advances the knowledge of the US social justice movement.

Responsibilities and Tasks 

  • Direct strategic planning, staffing, and operations for the Research Department, as well as serving as a thought partner to senior staff on organization-wide priorities and direction
  • Oversee research strategy and drive research projects to advance the organizations’ missions
  • Manage message and creative development, testing, deployment, and measurement
  • Build a network of strategic allies and resources for the department and organization
  • Synthesize original research, partner research, and publicly-available research for recurring research memos, identifying strategic opportunities and threats for movement partners to know
  • Develop, manage, and maintain relationships with vendors and consultants in order to deliver innovative and impactful strategies and results
  • Facilitate the cross-sharing of research and data learnings and skills within the organization
  • Collaborate with the Communications and Partnerships teams to ensure timely release of research and data on the website, collateral, and newsletters
  • Represent the department with external partners, allies, and funders
  • Provide timely and relevant analysis of data and fielding requests for specialized research projects, in many cases requiring rapid turnaround
  • Lead and provide direct supervision for the Research Department
  • Miscellaneous
    • All employees of Hopewell Fund are required to complete timesheets
    • Performs other duties as needed

Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills and Ability   

We are seeking candidates who are experienced leaders, creative thinkers, and are passionate about unlocking the power of women to advance progress for all. You should have:

Education and Experience:

  • Five to eight years’ experience in strategic campaigning and/or political research 
  • Experience with digital media placement and voter targeting
  • Excellent writing, research, and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, work well under pressure and deadlines, and manage multiple priorities and projects effectively
  • Experience providing research and data-oriented solutions across teams and/or organizations
  • Ability to parse and understand research and public opinion data with a critical lens and in a pragmatic, real world, and actionable way
  • Openness to constantly adapt in response to a quick-shifting political environment in a young organization that moves quickly
  • Demonstrated ability to build sound relationships with staff at all levels and to provide strategic advice and direction
  • Ability to effectively work and manage staff remotely

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Qualitative instrument design (i.e. focus groups, surveys, qual boards) and data analysis
  • Familiarity working with voter files and large sets of voter data
  • Familiarity with predictive models and probabilities, and their application to voter targeting/segmentation
  • Managing multiple priorities while maintaining a passion for accuracy
  • Flexibility to adjust and contribute to continually evolving work and changing priorities
  • Experience communicating with and presenting research and findings to partners, stakeholders, leadership or board members

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

  • Master’s degree in a related field
  • Knowledge of VAN
  • Knowledge of Tableau or other data visualization platforms
  • Knowledge of SQL, Python, R, or any other language efficient for analyzing large datasets
  • Tableau, d3, Shiny, or other data visualization languages or platforms
  • At least three cycles of experience in political research

Compensation & Benefits

Salary range: $115,000 – $140,000, depending on experience. For those with more experience, the title may be adjusted to Senior Research Director.

Benefits: Comprehensive benefits package that includes 100% employer-paid health, dental, and vision insurance, up to 6% employer match on 401k contributions, pre-tax transportation benefits, and paid holidays, vacation, sick, and volunteer time off.

Hiring Statement

Galvanize USA is a project of Hopewell Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. Hopewell Fund is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. Hopewell Fund’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.

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