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Position: Policy Researcher

About the Movement Advancement Project
Founded in 2006, the Movement Advancement Project (MAP) is an independent think tank that provides rigorous research, insight and analysis that help speed equality for all Americans, particularly for those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT).MAP’s work is focused on three primary areas: policy and issue analysis; movement overviews; and effective messaging. MAP’s work helps educate and persuade public audiences (such as policymakers, allied organizations and funders, media and the American public) and helps support LGBT movement audiences (including LGBT organizations and advocates, and LGBT funders).

About the Policy Researcher Position
MAP seeks a Policy Researcher to contribute to MAP’s policy work, to lead the movement capacity research, and to produce high quality, creative, and graphically engaging reports and graphics to speed equality. The ideal candidate will have experience thinking strategically, have superb writing and research skills, and be organized and able to work in a fast-paced, remote work environment. This position will report to the Director of Research and Policy and will lead the conceptualizing, writing, partnerships, and strategic components of release of a variety of policy and research deliverables.

Responsibilities include:
  1. Authoring Policy ReportsProviding strategic input and vision for potential new projects, conducting research and writing, and managing partners for policy deliverables (reports, infographics, briefs, etc.). Working across the MAP team to integrate messaging research and policy work into materials that are accessible, comprehensive, and creative.
  2. Managing the LGBT Equality MapsTracking more than 35 state-level laws and policies as well as local municipal ordinances to maintain the LGBT Equality Maps. Leading the expansion and innovation of the maps. Utilizing this state and local level data and research to produce policy reports, including spotlight reports. Serving as main point of contact for questions about the maps and for organizations interested in utilizing them. 
  3. Leading Movement Capacity ResearchLeading two existing movement capacity projects, an annual survey of LGBT organizations and a biennial survey of LGBT community centers, including managing partner relationships, analyzing data, writing reports, and presenting on the findings. 
  4. Representing MAP and Presenting at conferences, trainings, and other external meetings. 
Candidate Requirements
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
  1. Minimum of five years of experience in advocacy-based research or a similar field.
  2. Experience analyzing legislation and regulations; advanced degree in policy, law, or related field preferred. 
  3. Comfort with understanding and synthesizing quantitative research, as well as experience cleaning and analyzing data in Excel, Stata, or other analysis platform. 
  4. Excellent writing skills and experience writing policy reports and/or analysis. 
  5. A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively both internally and with external partners. 
  6. A commitment to social justice and experience in working in cross-issue advocacy. 
  7. A blend of detail-oriented work and results-driven focus to work in a quickly moving, responsive team.
  8. Motivation and accountability to work in a remote environment.
  9. Ability to travel domestically for meetings and in-person team gatherings.
This is an exempt, full-time position. MAP offers competitive salary plus dental and vision benefits, 403(b) retirement matching, flexible spending program, workers compensation, long-term disability, paid parental leave, and other benefits.

To Apply
Please send a cover letter and resume to Naomi Goldberg, Director of Policy and Research, by January 15, 2018.

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