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Six Month Research Assistant Contract - Political Reform

New America’s Political Reform program is seeking applicants who have a strong interest in American politics and reform for a full-time, short-term contracted research assistant position in our Washington, D.C. office. The position will last from October to March, but the exact dates are open to negotiation. The contract will also have the possibility of extension. 

The Political Reform program works towards an open, fair democratic process, with equitable opportunities for full participation, in order to restore dynamism and growth to the American economy and society. You should be able to demonstrate ability and desire to work both independently and as part of a team on projects ranging from Congressional reform to national security to race in politics.

You will have the opportunity to attend events on behalf of New America, and gain exposure to some of the brightest and most visionary thinkers in the field. You will also able to attend in-house events, professional development, and off-the-record policy lunches with fellows and staff from other New America policy programs.

One of your responsibilities will be collecting research for team members on topics ranging from congressional and electoral reforms to gender and national security. You will also contribute to a continuously updated database of state-level political reforms. You will also assist program staff members with general research, data entry, and miscellaneous administrative duties.

This is a full-time, 40-hours-a-week position. This contract would include benefits: holidays and insurance (health, dental, and vision).

 

Responsibilities:

  •        Support the Political Reform program’s projects with research, writing, and editing.
  •        Update the program’s website.
  •        Update and amplify the program’s digital media strategy and presence on Twitter and other social media.
  •       Help organize and staff panel discussions, roundtables, book discussions, and other public or invite-only events.
  •        Monitor events and products of peer organizations.
  •        Other various administrative duties.

Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will possess:

  •        A keen interest in policy and reform--preferably on some subset of national security, congressional reform, lobbying, voting structures, polarization, and civic participation.
  •       Excellent organizational skills and the ability to juggle multiple deadlines and projects while working independently.
  •        Shown experience with research, as well as proven writing and oral communication skills.
  •        Familiarity with handling large research databases.
  •        Confidence  to speak on the phone to find research answers and collect data
  •        The composure and professional demeanor to interact with all levels of the public policy community.
  •        Availability to work 40 hours a week

Application Process:

Submit a cover letter with three references, a resume, and a writing sample of 3-5 pages of original research. This is a rolling application. The posting will be removed when the position is filled. 

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