LGBTQ Rights Researcher

Job Type: 
Career
Company: 
Political Research Association
Department: 
Religion and Sexuality Project
FLSA Status: 
Full Time
Deadline: 
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Description: 

We are seeking a researcher who will investigate and analyze U.S.-based conservative religious interests that are actively campaigning against LGBTQ people and women’s reproductive autonomy abroad. This research will support a range of advocacy allies seeking to hold such groups accountable for their actions. The ideal candidate will bring strong opposition research experience coupled with an understanding of how to put research into action. The LGBTQ Rights Researcher reports to the research director and works closely with research and communications staff and interns.

The LGBTQ Rights Researcher’s key responsibilities include:

  • Researching and becoming our in-house expert on leading U.S. exporters of religiously-based homophobia and reactionary reproductive health policy;
  • Regular writing, includinganalyses, profiles, and activity updates of these anti-LGBTQ and antichoice entitites for publication, as well as educational materials tailored to various audiences and social justice constituencies;
  • Contributing to our blog and web resources;
  • Coordinating and participating as a core member of PRA’s LGBT rights strategy team;
  • Making recommendations for challenging these right-wing actors and supporting ally campaigns;
  • Assisting organizing and advocacy partners with written and oral briefings, action research, and communications support;
  • Logistical support for ally meetings and outreach efforts;
  • Supporting the work of PRA’s Religion and Sexuality Researcher, and supervising interns;
Qualifications: 
Experience researching and analyzing right-wing groups and movements; excellent research, writing, and analytical skills; familiarity with community organizing and communications campaigns and ability to bring a “campaign perspective” to a research project; familiarity with the LGBTQ organizing and advocacy field and the broader social justice landscape, including reproductive justice, faith, anti-bigotry, etc.; passion for social justice; awareness of Global North/South power dynamics and commitment to principled solidarity with international allies; ability to work both independently and part of a team; supervisory experience; excellent time management and attention to deadlines; ability to work in a multicultural environment; availability for frequent travel; a good sense of humor; experience as a journalist or at a research institution preferred; familiarity with WordPress, driver’s license, and multi-lingual abilities a plus.
Contact or More Information: 
For more information visit http://www.politicalresearch.org/about/careers/ To apply please send a cover letter, resume, references, and two writing samples (Word doc or PDF form) to Theresa Blackman at jobs@politicalresearch.org. PRA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. People of color, LGBTQ persons, and women are strongly encouraged to apply. Position opened until filled. No phone calls please.
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