Researcher

NACA seeks to hire experienced and creative researchers to do research in support of its advocacy efforts and exposing aspects of the existing “Predatory Economy”. NACA has a rich history of effecting transformative change in homeownership and ethical and just bank lending practices through advocacy and direct action, and the researchers will help build on that record of success to drive lasting, structural change on issues of economic justice by identifying and uncovering information that will help mobilize communities across the country. The researchers support NACA’s community organizers, communications staff, members, supporters, and others with ongoing research that supports local and national issues.

 NACA’s campaigns and advocacy efforts involve extensive research, targeted litigation, regulatory advocacy, legislative and ballot initiatives, and demonstrations and actions targeted 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. Researchers generate information and data on corporations, industry, government entities, and individuals. They 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 conduct background research into legal and regulatory issues, legislation, and other business and governmental subjects. In addition, researchers will organize NACA’s extensive amount of documents obtained over the past thirty years and do interviews with decision makers to develop manuscripts on NACA’s campaigns and history. 

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

NACA seeks researchers with a personal and professional commitment to social and economic justice, strong work ethic, relentless pursuit of success, an open attitude and comfort pushing forward in ambiguous and uncertain situations are essential. The ideal candidate will have at least a BA or BS degree (though an advanced degree is preferred) and experience in the field of corporate campaign research, academic research, investigations and/or financial analysis. S/he is expected to have all or many of the following personal characteristics and professional experiences:

  • Experienced with corporate campaign research, investigations, and/or financial analysis and with a proven record of using strategic research for accomplishing campaign objectives and results.
  • Detail oriented, well organized, ability to work under pressure, ability to work independently with only general supervision and be adaptable with being receptive to change.
  • Experience using strategic research for accomplishing campaign objectives and targeting solutions to problems with a proven ability to create strategic research products that are concise, targeted, and bold.
  • Understanding of print, broadcast, and online media and the intersection between research, media, and policy.
  • Demonstrable focus, resilience, and the problem-solving skill to develop solutions under challenging circumstances. The judgment, maturity, and savvy to meet aggressive deadlines and ambitious goals.
  • Highly developed interpersonal skills, tenacity, and emotional intelligence, including a demonstrated ability to work in a fast-paced and continually shifting environment.
  • Skilled communicator with impeccable writing skills as well as an ability to synthesize and translate complicated information into clear, compelling language.
  • Keen analytical skills, including the ability to think critically, make decisions, and justify recommendations based on data and analysis. Willingness to think entrepreneurially and creatively where necessary for success. 
  • Have enthusiasm for a determination to achieve NACA’s mission of community advocacy and economic justice.  A willingness and commitment to participate in NACA’s aggressive advocacy, campaigns and activities.
  • The willingness and ability to work long hours including evenings and weekends. Some national travel is expected.