National Research Director

NACA seeks to hire an experienced and creative National Research Director to significantly expand NACA’s research capability in support of its advocacy efforts.

NACA’s campaigns and advocacy efforts involve extensive research, targeted litigation, regulatory advocacy, legislative and ballot initiatives, and demonstrations and actions directed against individuals, corporations, and government entities that are on the wrong side of fair lending and economic justice issues. NACA’s advocacy approach is based on confrontational, aggressive direct action to confront the CEOs and decision makers where they live and socialize. Timely, effective research is crucial to the success of these campaigns, by providing the factual “ammunition” for effective advocacy. Strong research has positioned NACA as a go-to source for media and others wanting credible, accurate information on companies, individuals, and issues.

Led by the Director, the Research team will generate information and data on corporations, industry, government entities, and individuals. It will focus on in-depth, tactical research to be used directly and immediately in exposés and campaigns, rather than research papers and studies. Much of the research will involve detailed investigations of individuals, including corporate executives, politicians, and others who make decisions that personally impact our Members and the lives of working people. The department will also conduct background research into legal and regulatory issues, legislation, and other business and governmental subjects.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

The Research Director will be based in Boston, report to NACA’s CEO, and join NACA’s growing senior leadership team to craft national campaign and advocacy strategies and priorities. The Research team will support NACA’s community organizers, communications staff, members, supporters, and others with ongoing research that supports local and national issues. While building the department, the Director will play a hands-on role serving as a lead researcher.

  • Set research strategy in partnership with the CEO and implement all research-related projects. Identify critical aspects of campaigns and research needs. Identify, obtain, and use all available resources to conduct thorough research of campaign issues, individuals, companies, etc. Establish systems for capturing and managing research and investigative data. Work with organizers, staff, community leaders and other organizations to develop information. Oversee polling, focus group studies, and public opinion research. Contact persons, borrowers, companies and others to execute investigations. Balance strategic goals and ad hoc projects.
  • Recruit and lead a highly talented research team. Manage research staff to ambitious goals. Train and mentor research staff members and provide guidance and support to other teams for their research needs.
  • Support strategy development. Provide thoughtful, proactive leadership from the research perspective to high-level strategy development. Work with the NACA management team to develop effective and successful ballot initiatives. Organize and assist in advocacy campaigns as necessary.