Research Assistant (Coordinated)

  • Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC)
  • May 06, 2022
Seasonal Other

Job Description

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) is the sole organization dedicated to electing Democrats to statehouses. Since 2016, the DLCC and state partners have built eight new majorities and flipped seats from red to blue across the country – paving the way for progress. State legislatures pass the policies that most affect Americans’ day-to-day lives, and flipping chambers from red to blue has an outsized impact on governing and public policy.

 

Taking back power starts at the local level. The DLCC recruits, trains, and supports local Democrats running for their state legislatures. We provide our candidates with the resources, field support, and data necessary to run smart, winning campaigns. By gaining a foothold in state legislatures, Democrats can engage supporters across the country and prepare for victories in statewide and national elections.

 

We’re powered by more than 200,000 supporters from all 50 states. Over 98% of our contributions come from grassroots donors (giving an average of $29), who fuel thousands of local Democratic candidates across the country.

 

Building up Democratic majorities in the states is more important than ever. With right-wing radicals proliferating state legislatures across the country and redistricting happening this year, our democracy is on the line. We’re counting on our supporters to get educated, involved, and take action in their communities.

The DLCC compensates employees competitively and provides a very generous benefits package. We believe in work-life balance and understand that every employee has unique circumstances at home. We offer employees significant amounts of time off as well as flexible work options. We’re dedicated to treating one another with respect in the workplace, and prioritize racial equity and inclusion (REI) in our work with one another as well as with our stakeholders.

Research Assistant

The Research Assistant is responsible for assisting the Deputy Director of Research and Vice President of Research with ad hoc projects, including opposition research, vetting, legislation tracking, and media monitoring. 

The Research Assistant is a member of the Research Department and reports to the Deputy Director of Research. 

This is a cycle position through December 31, 2022. The DLCC is located in Washington, DC, and our office has taken on a hybrid model for staff effective January 2022. This position is eligible to be permanently remote.

The Research Assistant is expected to model the values of the DLCC:

 

  • CREDIBILITY: We are respected and trusted in words and actions.

  • INCLUSIVE: The DLCC values the unique experience and perspective of all who work here. We strive to make all contributors feel welcomed, valued, and respected. We focus on outcomes, recognizing different people approach opportunities and challenges differently.

  • INITIATIVE: We exhibit high levels of creativity in our work and need all team members to proactively contribute ideas to move our work forward.

  • RESULTS DRIVEN: Our team undertakes projects professionally and executes them fully and to completion.

  • RISK: We identify opportunities to employ new ideas and tactics, and execute these ideas when we believe the potential reward outweighs the risk. We evaluate, learn, and improve our strategy, both when the risks pay off and when they do not.

  • TEAMWORK: We work collaboratively, additively, and in sync with our colleagues. Our individual work considers the needs, capacity, and expertise of those we work alongside.

Responsibilities 

  • Maintain DLCC candidate vetting process, which includes reading news articles, performing social media scans, and searching public records.

  • Maintain and update Research Department materials to ensure their accuracy and timeliness.

  • Assist with opposition research, media monitoring, and fact-checking.

  • Perform ad hoc research projects at the request of the Research Director.

Outcomes

  • DLCC research systems provide a timely and accurate synopsis of information related to state legislators and state legislative politics.

  • DLCC is highlighting strong, credible candidates. 

  • Research and information shared internally and externally are both accurate and timely.

  • Research and information are used to support organizational and departmental targets and objectives.

Qualifications

  • Excellent research skills, academic or otherwise, and attention to detail, precision, and organization.

  • Experience using research databases like LexisNexis, campaign finance databases, and other data sources preferred but not required.

  • Sharp political instincts and ability to identify potential controversies.

  • Exceptional written and copy-editing skills.

  • Shares our commitment to electing state legislative Democrats.

Physical Requirements

The DLCC is committed to supporting employees of varying abilities and to providing reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to thrive at the DLCC. 

The requirements of this role, related to its physical demands, described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

All DLCC employees must be able to operate a computer and use a cell phone. For roles at the DLCC that include frequent business travel expectations, we can discuss reasonable alternatives to travel in some instances. Most roles also require communicating with key external stakeholders of the organization in person, via the telephone, or via email. Applicants with questions about accommodations may request to speak with our ADA liaison, John Skic.

 

Essential functions of the role include:

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to communicate using the telephone, email, and in person with stakeholders. 

  • To enable an individual with a disability to perform the essential functions of the position (research), reasonable accommodation for type of computer (Microsoft or Apple OS) and specific software may be made. 

How to Apply

Salary for the Research Assistant position is $48,000 – $52,000 on an annualized basis, commensurate with experience and qualifications. The DLCC offers a generous benefits package, including:

  • More than 25 days of paid time off, including for Federal holidays, time off around Federal holidays, including the week between Christmas and New Year, vacation, sick, and personal days.

  • Fully paid health/vision/dental insurance for the employee + spouse/partner + dependents.

  • Up to 6% retirement employer contribution.

  • Monthly use-it-or-lose-it $100 transit benefit for employees located in the DC region.

  • Employer contribution of $500 to employee’s Flexible Spending Account, and opportunity to withhold pre-tax income for Dependent Care Account.

  • Up to $5,000 employer-paid Health Reimbursement Account for IVF-related costs or Adoption Assistance, and up to $2,500 for employer-paid Health Reimbursement Account for out-of-pocket dental and orthodontic expenses. 

  • Monthly $100 student loan payment benefit.

  • Monthly $100 mobile phone reimbursement.

  • and more. 

To apply for this position, please complete an electronic application by May 20, 2022. The DLCC may review applications after this deadline in limited circumstances, however this is not a guarantee that your application will be considered if it is not submitted by May 20, 2022. Only complete applications through the application portal will be accepted. You must also include a resume, cover letter, and three professional references to be considered for this position. When an applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to compete for this position, they may request it in writing by emailing jobs(at)dlcc.org. No calls, please. Applicants will be screened on a rolling basis.

The DLCC is committed to an inclusive and equitable environment and diversity among its staff and recognizes that its continued success requires the highest commitment to obtaining and retaining a diverse staff that provides the best quality services to supporters and constituents. The DLCC is an equal opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, train, promote and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, personal appearance, marital status, family responsibilities, genetic information, or any other legally protected basis. The DLCC will not tolerate any unlawful discrimination and any such conduct is strictly prohibited.

Salary

48,000-52,000