The Thurgood Marshall Institute (TMI or Institute) is a multidisciplinary center within the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Inc. (LDF). Launched in 2015, the Institute complements LDF’s traditional litigation strengths by arming LDF with dedicated support for three critical capabilities in the fight for racial justice: research, targeted advocacy campaigns, and organizing. The Institute also houses LDF’s Archives—a collection of materials chronicling the legal history of the Civil Rights Movement.
The Institute seeks two experienced Senior Researchers with one or more of the following skill sets: demography, quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis, social science research, and statistics. The Researchers will help lead research efforts across LDF’s areas of expertise: criminal justice, economic justice, education, and voting rights. This is an exciting opportunity to develop and lead primary and secondary research on civil rights and to inform policy development, public education programs, and advocacy at the federal, state, and local levels. We are seeking life-long learners who are committed to reimaging racial equity, and who are excited to put research into action.
These positions report to the Director of the Thurgood Marshall Institute (TMI Director) and are for two years, subject to further renewal.
▪ Plan, manage, and conduct new research to advance racial justice and civil rights.
▪ Contribute to the Institute’s strategic communications and public engagement.
This is an opportunity to contribute as a thought-leader at the nation’s premier civil rights legal advocacy organization.
The ideal candidates for these positions will possess the following:
▪ At least five years of post-graduate experience formulating and executing research projects, data analysis, and publications, with expertise in demography, quantitative analysis, qualitative analyses, social science research and/or statistics;
▪ An advanced degree in criminal justice, sociology, economics, law, public policy, or another related field. A doctorate or other advanced certification in data analysis and experience using research for data manipulation, graphical presentation, and statistical analysis are preferred;
▪ Experience developing research on civil rights issues with a focus on addressing racial discrimination and/or racially disparate outcomes;
▪ Ability to connect data to policy and legal advocacy effectively;
▪ Experience working with advocacy coalitions, teams of scholars and experts, grassroots organizers, elected officials, and other policy-makers;
▪ Superior written and oral communications skills;
▪ Commitment to LDF and TMI’s mission;
▪ Collaborative and approachable in style;
▪ Self-confident, self-sufficient, and self-directed; and
▪ Resilient temperament in the face of urgent or unexpected demands.
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