Researcher

NACA seeks to hire experienced and creative individuals to perform research in support of its advocacy efforts. NACA has a rich history of affecting transformative change in homeownership and ethical and just bank lending practices through advocacy and direct action. By identifying and uncovering information that will help mobilize communities across the country, research efforts are crucial to NACA’s success and its mission of fighting for issues of economic justice. The researchers support NACA’s community organizers, communications staff, members, supporters, and others. The research will target both 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 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.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

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 volume of documents obtained over the past thirty years and do interviews with decision makers to develop manuscripts on NACA’s campaigns and history.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Identify, obtain, and use all available resources to conduct thorough research of campaign issues, individuals, companies, and other subject areas of NACA advocacy.
  • Research and investigate individuals to obtain damaging information.
  • Analyze company’s financials to identify vulnerabilities and comparisons.
  • Work with Members and others to determine predatory, unethical or discriminatory practices.
  • Work with community stakeholders and other organizations to develop information.
  • Contact persons, borrowers, companies and others to execute investigations.
  • Conduct secondary research through focused utilization of relevant third-party sources.
  • Synthesize findings into digestible reports, summaries and talking points.
  • Assist in the creation of press releases and statements fit for public release.
  • Engage in the development of strategies and tactics for advocacy campaigns.
  • Maintain a repository of research findings and related data.
  • Facilitate and assist in advocacy campaigns as necessary.