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)

Development Director

Political Research Associates is an independent progressive think tank in the Boston area that supports  social justice movements to understand and overcome opposition from the Right Wing. In this time of increased threat from white nationalism and authoritarianism, PRA is a leading national movement resource for analysis and strategy.

We seek a dedicated Development Director to maintain and expand our fundraising program as we build our capacity to meet rising demand for our work. The right person for this job could be a nonprofit fundraising professional or a skilled organizer ready to apply that experience to organizing donors.

PRA’s research and communications program is organized around the areas of racial/immigrant, LGBTQ, reproductive, and economic justice, as well as civil liberties. We monitor a wide spectrum of right-wing groups and campaigns and maintain a large archive of analysis online at www.politicalresearch.org .PRA is known and respected for our rigor, level-headed analysis, and deep commitment to social justice across multiple issues and constituencies.

This is a full-time, senior staff position based at PRA’s Somerville office. The Development Director reports to and collaborates with the Executive Director. Position requires some travel and occasional evenings and weekends. Salary is on a 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 an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We strongly encourage people from communities most negatively affected by right-wing ideologies & campaigns to apply, including: people of color; immigrants; women and feminine-identified people; lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and Two-Spirit people; genderqueer, trans, and gender non-conforming people.

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.

For more information, visit www.politicalresearch.org/about/careers. 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.

Operations Coordinator (click to view)

OPERATIONS COORDINATOR

Political Research Associates (PRA) is an independent progressive think tank in the Boston area that analyzes the US Right for social justice organizers and advocates. Our core issue areas span reproductive justice, LGBTQ rights, racial/immigrant justice, civil liberties, and economic justice.

We are looking for a highly organized, team-oriented, systems-minded individual who enjoys handling the logistics of multiple projects to oversee the smooth functioning of our small yet mighty office. The Operations Coordinator manages office operations and conducts day-to-day administrative tasks including answering phone calls, managing schedules, and light bookkeeping.

The right candidate will:

  • Be committed to social justice principles of equality and dignity for all people.
  • Be a self-starter who is assertive and can take initiative to areas of need and think creatively to find solutions in a scrappy nonprofit environment.
  • Have an aptitude for basic software and/or a penchant for learning new systems.
  • Manage their time effectively and be able to prioritize multiple projects at once.
  • Recognize when discretion is needed and be able to exercise it appropriately.
  • Have experience running an office, student group, or small organization

Primary areas of responsibility include:

  • Administrative support for Executive Director and Development Director
  • Handling logistics of Board of Directors Meetings & other Board related needs.
  • Supervising inventory control; ordering and purchasing office supplies and equipment
  • Assist in planning of events, meetings, and program retreats.
  • Acting as main point of contact for all vendors, including office suppliers, IT company, building management, etc.
  • Answering phones and directing callers
  • Facilitating bi-weekly staff meetings
  • Providing administrative support using MS Office Suite, email, and other internet applications
  • Assisting in the recruitment of personnel, development of organizational procedures, office communications and systems, and other concerns as needed
  • Maintain organizational records, electronic and hard-copy. Including policies and procedures, personnel documents, PRA publications, and direct mailers
  • Coordinate and book travel arrangements, and process expense reimbursements for board, staff, and fellows
  • Work with the Finance Manager in preparation for the annual financial audit
  • Other responsibilities at the discretion of supervisor and the Executive Director.
  • Providing administrative support regarding mailing and shipping requirements
  • Maintaining corporate filings

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated administrative and office coordination abilities
  • Social justice organizing/non-profit experience
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Office and Google Suite
  • Well-organized, systems-oriented, takes initiative

Desirables

  • HR/Personnel experience
  • Bookkeeping/financial experience
  • Familiarity with accounting software (e.g. QuickBooks), contact databases (e.g. Access)
  • Fundraising experience

PRA is committed to hiring someone with the right mix of experience (both traditional and nontraditional) and political commitment. 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.

Salary and benefits: Salary range of $35-40k depending on experience. Excellent benefits include 100% employer paid medical, dental, and life insurance, employer-sponsored retirement program, and generous vacation, sick, and family/medical leave, fabulous colleagues, and a collaborative working environment.

This is a full-time position based at PRA’s Somerville, Massachusetts office.

To apply please send a resume and cover letter detailing why you want to work at PRA to Theresa Blackman by July 1st at t.blackman@politicalresearch.org

Internships:

Fall / Academic Year Internship (click to view)

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.

Fall Internship Application Deadline: August 5 (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.