Positions Open at ARC




 The Applied Research Center is hiring a competent, innovative and sophisticated Research Director


The Applied Research Center seeks a competent, innovative and sophisticated research director to lead our work in developing contemporary racial justice theory, conducting constituency research and highlighting solutions to racial inequity. ARC is a 25-year-old racial-justice think tank that works from Oakland, Chicago and New York. We aim to provide a hub and home for the diverse elements of the racial justice movement, which we see as part of a larger progressive movement. Our current programs include Strategic Research, Public Policy, Journalism, Media and Public Affairs, and Movement Building. ARC also publishes ColorLines, the national newsmagazine on race and politics. The position requires monthly travel and the location is flexible.

Job Requirements

The Research Director will conceptualize, plan and implement short and long term research projects as a member of the organization’s senior leadership; Coordinate with other program directors on joint projects, of which we have a substantial number; Supervise a research staff, contractors and volunteers; Support organizational fundraising efforts, including but not limited to conducting foundation visits, writing memos for proposals, making presentations at philanthropic conferences; Conduct and direct research as necessary, including advanced data analysis, public opinion research and qualitative research; Write appropriately for multiple public products, including scripts for multimedia products such as documentary video and online editorials; Represent the organization in professional and media settings; Additional duties as assigned by Executive Director.

Qualifications, Experience and Skills

At least 5 years experience in applied social science research or investigative journalism. Advanced degree helpful but the premium is on experience; Expertise in racial justice theory, history and current conditions affecting diverse communities, including Black, Asian, Latino, American Indian and Middle Eastern communities, both U.S. born and immigrant; Exceptional written and oral communication skills. Ability to write in multiple styles for lay and professional audiences. Ability to write quickly with high level of competence; Demonstrated ability to meet and coordinate team to meet frequent deadlines; Strong familiarity with progressive social change practices and landscapes, particularly in racial justice and related fields (poverty, criminal justice, immigration, education, health care); Familiarity with multimedia forms of presenting research, including power point, video and audio forms; A well-honed sense of humor; Comfort in diverse settings, from grassroots meetings to Congressional briefings; Ability to deal directly and constructively with conflict.

Compensation: negotiable and competitive among progressive think tanks.  Excellent benefits.

Position is open until filled. ARC is an Equal Opportunity employer.

To apply please send cover letter, resume and two writing samples (at least one non-academic and both not to exceed 5 pages total) to [log in to unmask], 212.513.1367 (fax) or 32 Broadway, Suite 1801, New York, NY 10004.


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