Job Posting:
Research Director

CEIR seeks a qualified Research Director to join our team.

The Research Director will report to the Executive Director and lead CEIR’s research initiatives. These initiatives include, but are not limited to, matters pertaining to voter registration, voter access, election integrity and security, and election policy, generally. The Research Director will set goals aligned with CEIR’s mission and provide the research team with strategic direction on how to reach those goals, all while ensuring the rigor, integrity, and quality of all research activities.

Primary Responsibilities
  • Collaborates with leadership to build CEIR’s research portfolio
  • Leads the identification of new projects to conduct internally or in partnership with election officials, academics, and other experts
  • Engages with stakeholders on research concepts
  • Works with outside consultants as necessary
  • Oversees the development of and compliance with research and data agreements
  • Manages all research activities including project design, data collection, analysis, and dissemination of research findings
  • Conducts research, analysis, and writing for selected projects
  • Leads the dissemination of research findings through publications, briefings, and presentations (media training is a plus)
  • Hires, trains, and supervises research staff, fellows, and interns
  • Maintains effective communication and coordination with leadership staff
  • Contributes to CEIR’s leadership team

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced and highly motivated individual who wants to join a growing nonprofit that seeks to make a substantial, positive, nonpartisan impact on elections and American democracy. The Research Director role is a full-time job based in CEIR’s Washington, DC office, however, we will consider outstanding candidates that wish to work remotely. Regardless, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all CEIR staff are currently required to work remotely until our office reopens.

About You
  • Graduate degree in relevant field
  • 5+ years professional experience leading research activities in a non-profit, policy, or government environment
  • Experience with and/or interest in advancing evidence-based policy design and research
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and comfort working with internal teams and external partners
  • Strong strategic thinking and decision-making skills
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Experience working with large data sets and knowledge of statistical software (e.g., R, SAS, Stata, SPSS)
  • Commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion both in your work and in the workplace
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with program evaluation
  • Experience working with election officials
  • Live in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area (we will consider outstanding candidates that reside elsewhere)

Competitive pay will be offered commensurate with qualifications, and benefits will be provided (including medical/dental/vision insurance, 401(k) with up to 5 percent match, and commuter benefits).

Application Process

Email the following to

  1. Brief cover letter explaining your interest (less than one page)
  2. Resume
  3. Writing sample
  4. Three (3) references
  5. Salary requirements

Interviews and hiring will be done on a rolling basis.