Who We Are: Political Research Associates
Political Research Associates is a progressive think tank devoted to supporting movements that are building a more just and inclusive democratic society. We expose movements, institutions, and ideologies that undermine human rights.
PRA is the preeminent progressive think tank that monitors and challenges the U.S. Right Wing. For 35 years PRA has built the capacity of social justice change makers to understand, adjust, and do battle with their organized adversaries on the Political Right. We are a broadly respected and trusted source of information and analysis among advocates, journalists, and academics alike, combining a social justice movement orientation with deep expertise on the key groups and individuals at the center of the Right’s new governing coalition, including the Christian Right/theocrats, white nationalists and the “alt-right,” economic libertarians, and Patriots and other right-wing forces.
At PRA our main objectives are to: 1) inform and strengthen the work of frontline social justice partners; 2) expose and isolate organized opponents of human and civil rights; and, 3) shape public debate of key issues, using our profile as a think tank to open space for partners to advance needed solutions. Distinct from some other “watchdog” organizations, social justice groups comprise PRA’s principle constituency. PRA is likewise unusual in having a broad focus across many sectors of the Right, from neo-Nazis to free-market neoliberals.
Who You Are: Research Analyst for Reproductive Justice
You are a talented researcher, analyst, and writer focusing motivated to join a team of researchers invested in shifting power dynamics in the world through contributing knowledge and strategic engagement with social justice movements. Driven and committed to social justice, you have creative ideas about what knowledge is needed, what forms it should take, and how best to ensure it can be used by a range of social justice sectors. You recognize that we have to respond to this moment of crisis, and plan ahead for what may come, even in the face of great You also see that we need a forward, welcoming stance that looks outward to the millions of people not yet part of our networks who are alarmed and fearful of what they see happening in our country and will join with us if we create appropriate opportunities for them. The idea of helping build such a movement is what gets you out of bed in the morning.
PRA is currently seeking a Research Analyst for our program on Reproductive Justice. This role will contribute to work focusing on the Religious and Secular Right’s strategies and discourses to curtail reproductive health and rights, strengthen the building of an intersectional agenda to advance reproductive health, rights, and justice, and build links to other social movements. Reporting to the Research Director, this position will contribute to research and educational efforts that are actionable for advocates and allies and that respond to the demands of the current moment.
The Research Analyst key responsibilities include:
- Contribute to annual programmatic goals and priorities for the Gender and Reproductive Justice program and contribute to program team goals and priorities.
- Contribute to expanding our knowledge of the Right’s, and particularly the Christian Right’s, strategies to limit reproductive rights and access, to understand intersections with the economic Right, and to support the building of an intersectional resistance agenda.
- Regular writing, including analyses, profiles, and activity updates of these anti-reproductive rights entities for publication, as well as educational materials tailored to various audiences and social justice constituencies.
- Contributing to our blog and web resources.
- Develop and maintain ongoing productive relationships with organizing and advocacy groups in order to improve the quality and impact of both our and their work.
- Keep research team and development and communications staff informed of and conversant in your areas of research.
- As appropriate, and with support of Research Director, identify opportunities for collaboration with staff and outside researchers/writers.
- Contribute to PRA’s media and communications strategy in the area of reproductive justice.
- Assist organizing and advocacy partners with written and oral briefings, action research, and communications support.
- Support the development function by contributing to proposals, briefing funders, and reporting on program outcomes and impact.
- Participate in organizational development and administrative projects as needed and assigned.
- Commitment to the vision and mission of PRA;
- experience researching and writing on the U.S. Right, the Christian Right, and/or Reproductive Justice;
- strong connections to the organizing and advocacy groups in the reproductive health, rights, and justice field;
- excellent research and analytical skills;
- good writing, editing, and proofreading skills;
- excellent time management and attention to deadlines;
- critical and creative thinking;
- ability to speak publicly and present complex ideas interactively;
- ability to work both independently and as part of a team;
- familiarity with other social justice movements;
- ability to support and contribute to all areas of the organization’s research program; and
- willingness to learn new skills.
Salary ($52,000-$58,000 anticipated range), commensurate with skills and experience. Generous compensation package includes full medical & dental, retirement, fabulous colleagues, and a collaborative working environment. This is a full-time 2 year salaried position based in Somerville, Massachusetts, with the possibility of extension. 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, intersex, and gender non-conforming people.
To apply please send a cover letter, resume, a writing sample, and references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications deadline is September 10, 2018.