Ready to take on some of the most powerful forces in our society? We’re looking for a researcher to join a fierce, smart team challenging global corporations, holding them accountable, and creating a world where all people can thrive.
Why you’ll love coming to work every day
You’ll help change the world by being part of fearless and winning campaigns. You’ll be joining an organization that’s not satisfied with the world as it is—and has a vision for how it should be. When your quest is ending corporate abuse, you can’t be afraid to name names and demand what the world needs. For 40 years, we’ve been exposing and challenging the abuses of the likes of Nestlé, Exxon Mobil, Philip Morris International, McDonald’s, and more. We don’t back down, and we run campaigns until we win.
You’ll work with awesome people. Join a team of passionate, kind, determined, optimistic, and solutions-oriented folks. We work hard, celebrate victories large and small, and always have each other’s backs.
You can take on big responsibilities as you go. You’ll thrive here as you develop new skills, tackle new challenges, learn, and grow. We pay lots of attention to building staff leadership, and we provide support and training to help you grow in your role.
You’ll be part of an organization committed to advancing racial equity and transforming systems of oppression. We are deeply committed to prioritizing the leadership of people who bear the brunt of corporate abuse: Black and Indigenous people and other people of color, women, low-income people, people in the Global South, and LGBTQ+ folks around the world. Our unique culture has been fostered by a long history of women at the helm. We are actively focusing on the leadership of our staff of color, knowing we are stronger when the organization reflects the vision of the world we’re building together.
What you’ll do
Corporate Accountability’s strategic research and campaign development are at the core of what keeps our campaigns focused and winning big over the long term. You will play a critical role in leading research to help shape campaign strategy and our understanding of corporate power.. In so doing, you will be helping us most effectively rein in transnational corporations that are harming people and the planet.
You’ll navigate the ever-changing conditions of corporate campaigns, maintain high standards of security across campaigns and programs, and keep a close eye on factual accuracy and conceptual analysis represented in our communications, fundraising, policy-related, and campaign activities. Through it all, you’ll be working closely with a passionate team of other researchers and organizers.
You’ll focus on how water privatization threatens people’s human right to water—particularly Black, Indigenous, and other people of color and low-income people in the U.S. You’ll be part of the broader water justice movement as you build relationships and work with allies organizing for change in their communities. You’ll also work with policymakers to lock in long-lasting change. In addition, you can expect to apply your skills to understanding and challenging the water industry globally, as well as challenging the intersections of corporate abuse across issues, including climate, public health, and racial and economic justice.
Your success in this role will ensure that we are implementing the smartest strategies and tactics to challenge corporate abuse around the globe and advance the human right to water.
Who you are
- The rampant abuses of corporations and the outrageous amount of power they have make you mad as hell—and you want to do something about it.
- You have a commitment to advancing racial equity and transforming systems of oppression, and you bring this commitment to your day-to-day work. You understand that campaigning for justice must include working to dismantle white supremacy, institutional racism, legacies of colonialism, and anti-Blackness.
- You’re a skilled English-language communicator: You can distill legislation, a financial disclosure, policy documents, or complex data sets into a succinct and lucid memo, white paper, or report—and then explain it to your friend over coffee.
- You’re organized, but not rigid. You know how to archive and organize large volumes of information, you know how to keep your priorities on track while juggling multiple tasks to meet deadlines, and you’ve got experience managing projects. Just as importantly, when something doesn’t go as planned it’s easy for you to adapt and adjust to get back on track.
- You have qualitative and quantitative research experience (strategic corporate research, financial or policy analysis, and/or academic-style research). You adhere to the highest standards of research ethics and credibility, especially related to sourcing and citing. All in all, your research skills are rooted in rigor and keen attention to detail.
- You have 1-4 years of experience of research experience, including academic experience, preferably at a campaign-oriented organization and have authorization to work in the United States.
What you’ll be responsible for in the day-to-day
- Monitor, research, and analyze transnational corporate activities, industry trends, and changing political climates to inform cross-organizational campaign strategies. You will focus on water privatization in the U.S., but will work across all campaign areas. You’ll help identify and analyze the ways abuses by corporations across industries intersect and how the abuses of multiple industries compound harm on communities and the environment.
- Synthesize large quantities of complex information and translate it into clear, compelling written and verbal content that centers people and the planet. On any given day, you could be writing a policy fact-sheet, a report, an internal update, or presenting information to campaign staff, allies, fundraisers, and membership organizers so they are equipped with the most powerful and accurate facts as they go out and organize.
- Support building and deepening strong, reciprocal relationships with organizational allies, policymakers, donors, and experts from around the globe. This work is the cornerstone of our theory of change: the power of relationship-based organizing to change the world, grounded in the belief in and respect for people’s inherent power, agency, and ability to create change.
- Ensure a high standard of accuracy of campaign and fundraising communications, as well as assist the Research Unit in protecting organizational security and credibility.
- Actively participate in organization-wide planning, fundraising, racial equity work, recruitment, and campaign activities.
- Once it is safe to do so, travel four to six times each year to represent Corporate Accountability at conferences, corporate shareholders’ meetings, and other events in the U.S. and internationally.
Salary and benefits:
- Salary range: $44,000-$47,000,commensurate with experience.
- Our comprehensive benefit package includes: health insurance (with 90% of the premium for all tiers covered by the organization), dental coverage (with 100% of the individual premium covered by the organization and the option to add dependents at an additional cost) and optional vision coverage (100% employee paid) and voluntary life insurance; long-term disability insurance, FSA for transit, health care, and dependent care; 401(k) with employer match; and a COVID-related work-from-home stipend.
- Generous vacation, sick time and holiday policies.
- Both internal and external training and leadership development opportunities.
- Energetic, collaborative, and social campaign environment.
Currently remote based on public health recommendations around COVID-19 centering the safety and health of our staff, with eventual transition into our Campaign Headquarters in downtown Boston, MA.
We are looking for great candidates from a wide range of backgrounds. If you don’t exactly fit the job description, but you know you have skills and experiences that are transferable to this position, please apply! Tell us about yourself and why you should be our next Researcher.
To apply: Visit www.corporateaccountability.org/employment-opportunities. Attach your résumé to the online application and include a cover letter. Please include where you heard about the position. Because of factors relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, we estimate it will take qualified candidates 7-9 weeks to go through all the steps of the hiring process for this position. We appreciate your patience!
Corporate Accountability stops transnational corporations from devastating democracy, perpetuating systemic racism, trampling human rights, and destroying our planet. We are building a world rooted in justice where corporations answer to people, not the other way around -- a world where every person has access to clean water, healthy food, a safe place to live, and the opportunity to reach their full human potential.
Corporate Accountability is an equal opportunity employer and an inclusive organization. Black and Indigenous people and other people of color, women, nonbinary people, LGBTQ+ and disabled folks are strongly encouraged to apply. Join more than 60 smart and driven staff and interns working in this dynamic organization with a powerful network of members and allies around the world.