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Research Director

NACA seeks to hire an experienced and creative National Research Director to significantly expand NACA’s research capability 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. The research targets both local and national issues. The Research Director will help build on NACA’s record of success to drive progressive changes on issues of economic justice. By identifying and uncovering information that will help mobilize communities across the country, research efforts are crucial for NACA’ success. Research supports NACA’s community organizers, communications staff, members, supporters, and others.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS

The Research Director will be based in Boston, report to NACA’s CEO, and join NACA’s growing senior leadership team to craft national campaign and advocacy strategies and priorities. The Research team will support NACA’s community organizers, communications staff, members, supporters, and others with ongoing research that supports local and national issues. While building the department, the Director will play a hands-on role serving as a lead researcher.

  • Set research strategy in partnership with the CEO and implement all research-related projects. Identify critical aspects of campaigns and research needs. Identify, obtain, and use all available resources to conduct thorough research of campaign issues, individuals, companies, etc. Establish systems for capturing and managing research and investigative data. Work with organizers, staff, community leaders and other organizations to develop information. Oversee polling, focus group studies, and public opinion research. Contact persons, borrowers, companies and others to execute investigations. Balance strategic goals and ad hoc projects.
  • Recruit and lead a highly talented research team. Manage research staff to ambitious goals. Train and mentor research staff members and provide guidance and support to other teams for their research needs.  
  • Support strategy development. Provide thoughtful, proactive leadership from the research perspective to high-level strategy development. Work with the NACA management team to develop effective and successful ballot initiatives. Organize and assist in advocacy campaigns as necessary.