Jobs and Internships

Staff Openings:

Research and Editorial Director (click to view)

Political Research Associates is an independent progressive think tank in the Boston area that analyzes the US Right for social justice change makers. PRA is a critical resource for information and insights about the Right that enables advocates to better strategize about how to counter their organized opponents.

We seek a seasoned editorial and research leader to manage our research program and publications, including PRA’s flagship quarterly, The Public Eye, special reports, and our Eyes Right blog. Assisted by a full-time Program Coordinator, the Research and Editorial Director (RED) manages the work of staff researchers, research fellows, and freelance contributors who produce long-form articles, 2 to 4 special reports a year, and regular blog posts. The RED reports to and works closely with the Executive Director, and serves as a member of PRA’s management team, alongside the communications and finance directors.

PRA may be best known for our work to counteract the Christian Right and theocratic movements, both domestically and abroad. Our core research program addresses a broad spectrum of the U.S. Right—from neonazis to neoliberals—and is organized around the themes of racial/immigrant, gender (including reproductive and LGBTQ), and economic justice, as well as civil liberties. PRA is known and respected for its research rigor, level-headed analysis, and deep commitment to social justice across multiple issues and constituencies.

The Research and Editorial Director should have experience in research, editing, and journalism; a comfort working with scholars, writers, and activists; analytical sophistication; and a solid understanding of the U.S. Right. Experience working in social justice nonprofits is advantageous. 

Primary areas of responsibility include but are not limited to:

Research Program

  • Manage PRA’s research program, including supervising program staff and freelance investigators, facilitating regular team meetings, and guiding investigations and publications through all stages of work;
  • Supervise and support the skill and intellectual development of research team members, including fellows; and
  • If desired, assume lead research and writing role for one or more core areas of our research program.

Editorial Work

  • Generate high-quality research products for publication in various PRA vehicles, including our peer-reviewed quarterly, The Public Eye, special reports, and www.politicalresearch.org;
  • Assign/commission and edit feature articles (~2/mo.), blogs (2-3 week), and special reports (2-4/yr.) for online and print, working directly with authors (staff, fellows, and freelancers), as well as an editorial team including a Program Coordinator and Communications Director;
  • Supervise fact-checking, copyediting, and layout and proofing of print magazine, and create a plan to refine its business/subscriber model; and
  • Convene PRA’s editorial board, including: setting editorial direction, generating story and writer ideas, evaluating published works, and recruiting members.

Public and Constituency Relations

  • Serve as one of PRA’s media spokespeople; and
  • Liaise with organizational partners.

Other

  • Participate as needed in fundraising efforts, including generating copy for foundation proposals/reports.

Qualifications:

PRA is a racial justice and equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. People of color, LGBTQ persons, and women are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Political Research Associates is committed to hiring someone with the right mix of experience (both traditional and nontraditional), political commitment, and potential to grow with us. We strongly encourage people from communities most negatively affected by right-wing ideologies & campaigns to apply, particularly: people of color; immigrants; women and feminine-identified people; lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and Two-Spirit people; genderqueer, trans, and gender non-conforming people. Qualifications for this position include:

  • Substantial applied experience in research, editing, journalism/publishing;
  • Excellent research, writing, editing, and verbal communications skills;
  • Commitment to the vision, mission, and values of PRA;
  • Significant administration and staff management/supervision/development experience, including with freelance/contract writers and investigators;
  • Solid understanding of the U.S. Political Right;
  • Fluency in qualitative research methodologies and investigative journalism techniques;
  • Program development experience;
  • Familiarity with the social justice organizing/advocacy landscapes in relation to PRA’s fields of work;
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural environment with a demonstrated institutional commitment to diversity and justice with respect to race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national/ethnic origin, religion, physical ability, age, etc.;
  • Graduate degree in social science (Sociology, Politics, Women’s Studies, etc.) a plus;
  • Fluency in Spanish and other non-English languages relevant to PRA’s constituencies and research priorities also a plus;
  • A sense of humor.

This is a full-time, senior staff position based at PRA’s Somerville, Massachusetts office and a dream job for the right person.

Salary on social justice nonprofit scale, commensurate with skills and experience. Generous compensation package includes full medical & dental, retirement, fabulous colleagues, and a collaborative working environment.

To apply please send a cover letter, CV, and two writing samples (Word doc or PDF) to Theresa Blackman at t.blackman@politicalresearch.org. Position open until filled.

Development Director (click to view)

We seek an experienced and dedicated Development Director to help create and manage the organization’s annual fundraising plan, as well as to inform organizational strategy as a key member of PRA’s senior staff team.

The Development Director manages all fundraising and revenue-generating activities for the organization. Along with the Executive Director and Board, this position is responsible for meeting PRA’s annual budget of $1.2 million. With the Executive Director and other director-level staff, the Development Director is a member of PRA’s management team.

This is a full-time, senior staff position based at PRA’s metro Boston (Somerville) office and a dream job for the right person. Reports to and collaborates with the Executive Director. Requires some travel and occasional evenings and weekends. Salary on social justice nonprofit scale, commensurate with skills and experience. Generous compensation package includes full medical & dental, retirement, fabulous colleagues, and a collaborative working environment. Open to some flex work arrangements.

PRA is a critical resource for information and insights about the Right that enables organizers and advocates to better overcome their organized opponents. Our core research program addresses a broad spectrum of the U.S. Right—from neonazis to neoliberals—and is organized around the themes of racial/immigrant, gender (including reproductive and LGBTQ), and economic justice, as well as civil liberties. PRA is known and respected for our rigor, level-headed analysis, and deep commitment to social justice across multiple issues and constituencies.

Job Responsibilities:

Fundraising Leadership

  • Create annual development plan with diverse strategies in consultation with ED and Board
  • Help to develop long range fundraising goals and plan
  • Identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward prospects and new donors at all levels
  • Solicit funds from foundations and individuals
  • Engage members of the Board of Directors and Staff in fundraising strategies and efforts
  • Organize fundraising parties and events in multiple cities
  • Lead research and prospecting to identify new potential funders
  • Explore and develop new potential funding sources
  • Expand and refine PRA’s development vision and plan in ways both ambitious and realistic, including: clear short-term and long-term strategies, benchmarks for progress, and tools needed to implement priorities

Content Creation

  • Write and submit letters of inquiry, funding proposals, and grant reports.
  • Generate effective development-related email and postal mail outreach to supporters, including mail appeals and the PRA newsletter.
  • Supervise online giving.
  • Lead creation of compelling development-related copy, including grants, reports, letters, emails, Annual Report, and other materials.

Administration

  • Develop and manage effective systems for tracking donors, prospects, and other organizational contacts.
  • Ensure timely processing, recording, and acknowledgment of donations.

Management

  • Coordinate content development and funder relations with program staff.
  • Manage support staff involvement in development.
  • Collaborate with Executive and Communications directors on development goals and components of communications and publications program.
  • Participate in organizational leadership as a member of the Management Team.
  • Ensure all Staff and Board understand fundraising and budget needs of the organization as related to programmatic goals and priorities.
  • Participate in organizational leadership, including committees and task forces, as needed.
  • Work with Finance Manager to support cash flow and financial management of the organization.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience in development field. Preference will be given to candidates with experience fundraising for social justice causes and/or leading a development team.
  • Strong commitment to the mission of PRA, passion for social justice, and the ability to articulate our vision and values including racial, gender, sexual, and economic justice.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including superior writing and the ability to effectively manage a variety of relationships
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Staff supervision and management experience
  • Strong knowledge of current trends in charitable giving and the social justice field
  • Working knowledge of donor software and databases
  • Positive attitude, and ability to be flexible and work under pressure. The right candidate will be self-directed and will also love working collaboratively as part of our fun, passionate team.

To apply please send a cover letter, CV, and two writing samples (Word doc or PDF) to Theresa Blackman at t.blackman@politicalresearch.org. Position open until filled. PRA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. People of color, LGBTQ persons, and women are strongly encouraged to apply. Accessible office.

Internships:

Whether through its hard-hitting reports and investigative long-form writing, or its analytical, web-exclusive articles and insightful daily blog posts, Political Research Associates is committed to holding those on the Right who seek to undermine social justice and human rights accountable. PRAs research areas span gender, racial, immigrant, and economic justice; civil liberties; education; and other areas under attack by the Right. Our research and analysis helps inform the struggles of social justice advocates and works for a better, more just society.

Interested in joining our team as an intern?  

PRA offers semester, full academic year, and summer internships with flexible scheduling. We offer a $500 stipend for fall/spring semester interns and a $1000 stipend for summer interns. Fall/spring interns usually commit to 8-10hrs/week and summer interns 18-20 hours per week. Internships take place in PRA’s Somerville, MA office. We are not seeking remote interns at this time.

Summer Internship Application Deadline: March 15 (additional applications will be considered on a rolling basis).

To apply, send a resume, two writing samples, and a cover letter detailing why you want to intern at Political Research Associates to internships@politicalresearch.org. PRA is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. People of color, LGBTQ persons, and women are strongly encouraged to apply.

In your cover letter please indicate your availability and highlight your interest/experience in one or more of the areas below:

Research & Editorial

Interns help in investigating a variety of right-wing movements and institutions, and in producing The Public Eye magazine. We are also looking for interns with journalism backgrounds interested in contributing to writing and editing as well as research specific to magazine articles, conducting and transcribing interviews, and suggesting new features. Research and editorial responsibilities may include:

  • Extensive web, library, or phone research; proofreading and fact checking
  • Meeting and coordinating with researchers and analysts
  • Assistance with design and layout of the magazine
  • Contributing original posts to the Eyes Right Blog and help keep the blog updated with daily content.

Communications & Marketing

Interns sometimes report directly to the Communications Director and contribute to our marketing/digital strategy and best use of our website through tasks such as:

  • Drafting press releases, email blasts, newsletters, and other materials
  • Supporting the development of media strategies and journalist outreach for promoting major releases/events
  • Contributing to social media, blog, and other editorial opportunities
  • Multimedia projects using layout, photo, audio, or video equipment; Supporting fundraising initiatives and helping integrate communications and development.

QUALIFICATIONS: Excellent written communications, editing, and proofreading skills; detail-oriented; proficiency with MS Word, Excel, and graphic design applications preferred; prior experience in either journalism/research or marketing/public relations; ability to multitask and handle short- and long-term projects; ability to work independently and part of a team; interest in progressive activism. Social media, journalism, blogging experience a plus.


Looking for another way to volunteer? Email contact@politicalresearch.org and tell us how you’d like to support the work we do at PRA.