The Researcher conducts analysis and develops written materials that support Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Action’s (FWW/FWA) fast-paced organizing and advocacy campaigns on the most pressing food, water, and climate and energy issues we face. These include local, state, and federal campaigns to fight corporate consolidation of our food and water systems, ban factory farms, reject water privatization, ban fracking, and transition to 100 percent renewable energy.
The Researcher will report directly to the Research Director and work closely with the Research Team to produce compelling research and advocacy materials that bolster, move, and win campaigns. This position is a Union position covered under a contract between Food & Water Watch and the Nonprofit Professional Employees Union (NPEU). The annualized salary is $49,820-$56,000 dependent on location and experience.
Work Location: This position is approved for remote work, based out of Washington, D.C.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
1. In coordination with the Research Director, and other teams as warranted, develop thoroughly researched and persuasively written education materials such as reports, factsheets, web content, articles, talking points, and other materials to advance our core campaigns.
2. Respond to information requests from colleagues, activists, coalition members, media, and others.
3. Monitor and maintain knowledge and circulate media coverage, academic literature, and other publications over the diverse set of issues, research products, and current events related to our campaigns.
4. Maintain accurate records to support citation and quality standards for work product, and assist in fact-checking peers’ work.
5. Assist in developing public testimony, regulatory submissions, professional presentations, and other materials, as requested.
6. Direct the work of interns, as needed.
7. Support our culture of philanthropy: Demonstrate an understanding of the essential role of our members and supporters, and consistently serve as an ambassador for FWW/FWA and our work. Participate in or attend events and other activities as appropriate that are organized for our supporters and donors. Be cognizant of fundraising opportunities and share contacts and information that will help build and sustain FWW/FWA.
8. Other duties as necessary and assigned.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, the person in this position has proven previous experience with conducting research on food, water, and/or climate issues, including longer analyses as well as fast-paced research requests.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree or combination of relevant education and experience.
Computer Skills: An individual should be able to work in a computerized environment and have adequate knowledge of word processing, email, internet, and spreadsheet software. Coursework or certification in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point and proficiency with all other Microsoft Office products is a plus.
COMPETENCIES: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
Interpersonal Skills: Maintains confidentiality; remains open to others’ ideas; exhibits willingness to try new ways of doing things.
Oral Communication: Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification.
Written Communication: Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and has excellent grammar and proofreading skills; presents numerical data effectively; comprehends and translates technical information for general audiences.
Planning/organizing: Prioritizes and plans work activities; uses time efficiently and develops realistic action plans; meets deadlines and adheres to specific timelines; tracks multiple processes to meet goals for timeliness.
Quality control: Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness and looks for ways to improve and promote quality of own work; promotes and upholds office policies and procedures.
Adaptability: Adapts to changes in the work environment; handles several projects concurrently; is able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
Problem solving: Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully.
Judgment: Displays willingness to make timely decisions; exhibits high-level, sound, and accurate judgment.
Safety and security: Actively promotes and personally observes safety and security procedures; uses equipment and materials properly.
Teamwork: Contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; supports everyone's efforts to succeed; provides excellent internal and external customer service.
Diversity: Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; promotes a harassment-free environment; supports and bolsters FWW’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Ethics: Treats people with respect and dignity; works with integrity and ethically uphold FWW’s mission and values.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will regularly be required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to sit and use his/her hands. The employee may be asked to lift and/or move up to 30 pounds.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment described below is representative of what an employee may encounter while performing the duties of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The work environment is that which is typical of an office setting.