Research Assistant
Unite America5.0
Denver, CO
Job description

Description

Unite America seeks a full-time or part-time contract Research Assistant. Reporting to the Executive Director, this individual will support the production of longform written and multimedia content that brings the story of the nonpartisan electoral reform movement alive to engage, educate, and mobilize a broad audience of Americans.

OUR ORGANIZATION

Unite America is a coalition of Democrats, Republicans, and independents that aims to foster a representative and functional government committed to solving our major challenges. We invest in candidates, campaigns, and organizations to advance nonpartisan electoral reforms that solve the Primary Problem, improve governing incentives and put voters first.

Founded in 2014, Unite America and its 20+ person team has grown to be a leader in the democracy reform movement. The Unite America Fund launched in 2019 and has since mobilized tens of millions of dollars from dozens of philanthropists to electoral reform campaigns across the country.

Over the last three years, the Unite America Fund has been the driving force behind passing and implementing Ranked Choice Voting in NYC, the largest expansion of RCV in history; adopting a first of its kind top-four primary in Alaska; winning an anti-gerrymandering campaign in Virginia; and electing state lawmakers across the country who have formed cross-partisan legislative caucuses to advance groundbreaking electoral reforms. We are focused on dramatically scaling our impact in the years to come.

At Unite America, we are working to build a more representative government that reflects the diversity of our country –– an inclusive democracy where leaders embrace problem solving over fueling divisiveness. Likewise, organizationally, we have a vision of building a team that reflects diverse identities, experiences and perspectives; a culture of working across differences toward common goals; and a workplace where everyone feels included, respected and heard. To that end, Unite America is proud to have made diversifying our team, ensuring more equitable opportunity, and fostering a culture of belonging a priority. Our organizational values reinforce this commitment as we work to model the leadership we seek, solve problems together, and take care of one another, to name a few.

THE ROLE

The Research Assistant will play an integral role on our team as we seek to increase the salience of the “Primary Problem” and electoral reform solutions among opinion leaders, elected officials, and the general public.

The Research Assistant will support the design and production of significant, long-term projects (such as a documentary, book, or podcast series) along with quick, ad hoc projects (e.g. social media posts or Op-Ed’s) by conducting research, analyzing information, producing summaries, drafting content, editing and fact-checking, and aiding project management. This role requires both intensive and independent work, including in research that will entail reading and processing a high volume of information.

The Research Assistant will have a unique opportunity to work closely with the Executive Director and have a major hand in producing tangible, prominent, and highly impactful projects in their first year of employment. They will have the chance to build their resume, develop professionally and shape their career –– within or beyond the democracy reform movement.

The Research Assistant will report to the Executive Director. The position is based in Denver, CO or remote. This role can either be a full-time role with full benefits, or a part-time contract role (est. min. 20 hours/week).

RESPONSIBILITIES

Research

  • Identify and access source materials to inform storytelling projects
  • Read, summarize, and produce literature reviews of books and academic journal articles
  • Collect and analyze data, such as election results
  • Arrange and conduct interviews with stakeholders, and produce highlighted transcripts and summaries
  • Maintain an organized and searchable database of knowledge, facts, quotes, and sources
  • Attend seminars and other meetings as necessary

Writing

  • Draft memos to communicate findings
  • Create content outlines, fact sheets, and talking points
  • Draw on research to draft original content, such as short stories of recent campaign victories and historical vignettes about the development of the U.S political system
  • Support the writing of op-ed’s and research papers, including fact-checking and citation-editing

Production

  • Oversee various facets of creative production for writing and multimedia projects from an administrative and project management standpoint, including calendars, budgets, and tasks
  • Oversee cross-team collaboration with our policy, communications, digital, and campaign teams
  • Support preparation for presentations and speaking engagements

Other

  • Prepare progress reports for a regular cadence of check-ins
  • Complete other research and administrative tasks as assigned

Requirements

WHO WE’RE LOOKING FOR

For Our Team

You are a mission aligned self-starter and creative problem solver who can proactively identify opportunities and address challenges. You have a strong work ethic and high emotional intelligence to contribute to our high performing team culture that expects excellence while taking care of each other. Through giving and receiving feedback, you are committed to self-improvement and supporting the growth of those around you. You are resourceful and comfortable operating in a dynamic political environment where focus must be paired with agility.

For This Role

This role is ideal for a curious and creative individual who is both a meticulous researcher and an effective storyteller. The ideal candidate is skilled at digesting a high volume of source materials, identifying relevant and compelling facts and stories, and producing concise written summaries and high quality draft content. All else equal, research, reading, and analytical skills are more important than creative writing skills.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • You have a strong desire to fix a broken political system, a burning passion for our cause, and desire to work with a diverse team including individuals of various ideological and political persuasions.
  • You have at least 2+ years relevant work experience, whether while in school or post-education.
  • You have direct experience working on tasks related to this role, such as an academic thesis.
  • You have an interest in U.S. history and political science, and you enjoy following the news.
  • You have at least a Bachelor’s degree, with a track record of academic achievement and excellence.
  • You are a self-starter who is able to keep on task with a large volume of independent work and manage up.
  • You are a team player who is able to proactively and effectively collaborate across work siloes.
  • You are an adept researcher with an eye for compelling storytelling.
  • You have a knack for project management and continuous process improvement.

Benefits

THE PERKS (FOR A FULL-TIME ROLE)

  • Competitive Compensation (est. $50k - $65k)
  • 401(k) Plan (with up to a 3% employer contribution match)
  • Health Care Plan (medical, dental, and vision)
  • Unlimited Paid Time Off (vacation, sick days, and public holidays)
  • Family Leave (maternity, paternity, and adoption)
  • Training & Professional Development
  • Wellness Resources
  • Opportunity to join an inclusive, vibrant, and diverse team
  • Ideal location: our office headquarters is in the heart of Denver, CO

Job Types: Full-time, Part-time, Contract

Pay: $50,000.00 - $65,000.00 per year

Benefits:

  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible schedule
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Referral program
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

Work Location: One location

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