Director of Strategic Research

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Position Location: Preferably Brooklyn, NY or Washington, DC

The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action (CPD/CPDA) is seeking a full-time Director of Strategic Research to help shape and execute the research components of our campaigns for economic justice, immigrants’ rights, and racial justice. 

The Center for Popular Democracy/CPD Action builds organizing power and transforms the local, state, and national policy landscape through deep, long-term partnerships with leading community organizing groups and labor unions nationwide. CPD/CPDA collaborates with partners to build their internal strength, infrastructure and capacity – and to envision, run, and win campaigns to move a pro-worker, pro-immigrant, racial justice agenda at the city and state level.

About the Position

The Director will lead the strategic development of CPD/CPDA’s research agenda and collaborate closely with CPD/CPDA’s Senior Management Team on the development of new work areas.  The Director will supervise, and work closely with, a team of researchers in performing exploratory campaign research, data gathering and analysis, creation of campaign materials (including major reports, data briefs, testimony, regulatory comments, and other materials for CPD/CPDA and our partner organizations), and community education materials.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Identify opportunities for high-impact research that drives campaign momentum forward, working collaboratively with CPD/CPDA campaign staff and affiliates.
  • Oversee project/publication planning and execution, and  coordinate research support as needed across departments and throughout the CPD network of community organizations.
  • Build research analysts’ capacity to: develop sophisticated analyses using a broad range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies; deliver excellent written and oral communication; and coordinate research content and report releases with advocacy goals and communications strategies.
  • Provide regular supervision and feedback as well as periodic performance reviews. 
  • Create and maintain strong, meaningful relationships with CPD affiliates and allies including policy organizations, grassroots organizations, think tanks and academics.
  • Provide expert communications on strategic research, including government testimony, public speaking, and print and broadcast media interviews. 
  • Fundraising, including grant writing and reporting, building strong relationships with foundation staff and individual donors, and locating new sources of funds.

CPD/CPDA is currently involved in over 40 active campaigns and projects.  Examples of recent research can be found on our website ( in areas including:

  • Challenging discriminatory policing policies and practices;
  • Fighting overly aggressive immigration enforcement policies and advancing an affirmative agenda for immigrants’ rights, including municipal ID, language access, state citizenship, and non-citizen voting;
  • Advancing next-generation wage and hour standards like sustainable scheduling, the right to full-time hours, and a right to earn sick leave;
  • Designing policy solutions to help organize low-wage workers in industries including fast food, logistics/warehousing, retail, car wash, childcare, and others;
  • Securing access to affordable, safe housing for urban communities and ensuring that states provide affordable housing region-wide;
  • Advancing ambitious climate justice policies rooted in the priorities of low income communities and communities of color, such as cap & div policies;
  • Pursuing a vision of quality public education for all, including accountability of charter schools and expansion of the community school model; and
  • Building a stronger and more inclusive democracy by protecting the right to vote and winning pro-democracy reforms including automatic and same-day voter registration, ex-offender re-enfranchisement, redistricting and campaign finance reforms.   
  • Building political and organizing power to resist Trump’s attacks on workers, immigrants, communities of color, women and Muslims.

Job Requirements

  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice issues, and a sophisticated analysis of racial justice as an imperative within both program areas and research products, as well as internal relationships and structures.
  • A strong track record of managing high-quality policy reports from concept stage through public release.
  • An advanced degree in public policy, social sciences, or another relevant field, or equivalent experience outside of academia.
  • Familiarity with socioeconomic and political data sets and statistical methods and ability to assess and troubleshoot data approaches and findings; expertise in quantitative analysis preferred.
  • Ability to conceptualize high-impact new projects and research agendas, policy priorities and content, and new work areas in alignment with evolving strategic goals and a changing political landscape.
  • At least 7 years’ experience in public policy, and at least 3 years with base-building community or labor organizations.
  • At least 2 years’ experience as a supervisor of research staff and manager of research projects in a public policy setting.
  • High level strategic thinking.
  • Fundraising knowledge, experience, and success.

Generous salary and benefits package, based on experience.

CPD is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer and actively recruits people of color, women, individuals with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ community.

Location: New York, NY
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