Vice President, Research

Washington, DC /
Research Department /
Full Time
Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee
The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee is the only organization exclusively committed to winning Democratic majorities and building Democratic power in state legislatures across the country. The DLCC has been working with state legislative leaders for over two decades to invest strategically in state programs and build the Democratic Party from the ground up.

State legislatures pass most of the policies that affect Americans’ day-to-day lives, and flipping chambers from red to blue has an outsized impact on governing and public policy. Our Democratic legislatures are truly the last line of defense against Republicans’ extreme policies and a conservative Supreme Court.  The DLCC is committed to building sustainable infrastructure in the states to win legislative seats and legislative chambers.

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. 

Vice President, Research 
The Vice President, Research leads the work of the DLCC’s research strategy, acting as a strong collaborator with organizational and campaign leaders to identify messaging opportunities that advance the DLCC’s mission. 

The position also serves on DLCC’s Senior Team, and will provide guidance and leadership to support the organization’s overall mission and work.

The Vice President, Research reports to the Executive Director. The position is based in Washington, D.C., however due to the COVID-19 pandemic, working remotely is allowed through March 31, 2021. 

The Vice President, Research is expected to model the values of the DLCC:  
- Credibility
- Teamwork
- Results Driven
- Risk
- Inclusive

Responsibilities:
Organizational Leadership
- Participate in the creation of, embrace, and perform the Senior Leadership Team Code with the ultimate goal of maximizing the organization’s success, anticipating and planning for the future, and creating an environment in which team members can thrive.
- Contribute to, understand, and align departmental and individual objectives and targets with the DLCC’s mission, vision, and strategy.
- Actively participate as a key member of the Senior Team and be a visible leader throughout the organization. 
- Collaborate and work closely with other members of the DLCC Senior Leadership Team to promote the organization’s mission and success.
- Actively lead and engage in the DLCC’s equity and inclusion work to shift and evolve systems and behaviors that affect staff members as well as external stakeholders from marginalized communities (primarily but not exclusively BIPOC community members).

Strategic Departmental Leadership
- Lead and develop DLCC’s research strategy. 
- Craft the long-term strategic vision for the department, and develop strategic plans to make that vision a reality; establish systems and processes that foster seamless collaboration and communication amongst department staff as well as with other DLCC teams and stakeholders.
- Represent the DLCC externally with partners, elected officials, campaigns, technology platforms, influencers, and vendors to build meaningful working relationships and identify opportunities for cooperation.
- Identify, drive, and collaborate with the VP, Communications and VP, Digital and Multimedia on research-driven message and narrative opportunities.
- Collaborate closely with the DLCC departments to provide critical research support for targeted campaigns and caucuses, and work with the Political Department to identify and source scalable tools, training, and opportunities for impact.

Team and Budget Supervision
- Lead the DLCC’s  research team, including a current post-election team of two direct reports, responsible for all organizational research, including needs for both coordinated and IE political programs, to ensure the work of their teams are being deployed quickly, efficiently, cohesively, and impactfully.
- Manage the department budget (as well as consultant and freelancer relationships and contracts) to make sure all resource allocation and investment is aligned with strategic goals. 
- Cultivate and guide the professional growth of the research team by establishing and maintaining thoughtful opportunities to learn, grow, and receive constructive feedback.

Expected Outcomes:
- Equity and inclusion is actively integrated into decisions made at Senior Team and Department levels with regard to hiring, contracting, and political strategy.
- The DLCC’s research identifies both organizational and political message opportunities.
- Collaboration with other DLCC departments and external stakeholders is balanced with the production demands of the team and strategic trade-offs are regularly assessed.
- DLCC’s research, including state legislative campaign support and opposition research, real-world impact of Democratic state legislatures / legislators, and political needs are critically represented and evaluated regularly at the Senior Team level.
- Team leaders are taking smart risks and regularly seeking and evaluating opportunities to integrate emerging technologies, tools, and tactics in their work.
- Decisions to pursue programs, projects, trainings, and other initiatives balance both the departmental and organizational work rapid response,  short and longer-term opportunities, and are executed with scalability in mind.
- Team culture, processes, and direct management of reports all reinforce high impact results with staff members consistently supported and engaged via skill building opportunities, and regular real-time feedback.
- Collaboration with other DLCC departments and external stakeholders is balanced with the production demands of the team and strategic trade-offs are regularly assessed.

Qualifications:
- 10+ years experience managing research programs for political campaigns, committees, non-profits, or similar causes.
- Deep understanding of how political research teams operate and succeed together, and a willingness to innovate new tactics and tools to drive impact even further.
- Technical familiarity with political research practices.
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills, and an ability to work closely with colleagues in related fields like communications, political, digital, and others.
- Extensive experience managing staff, and familiarity with budget management, consultant management, and project planning.

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, Ellie Collinson.

Essential functions of the role of Vice President, Research include:
- Working from a computer for long periods of time;
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee may also frequently be required to communicate using the telephone, email, and in person with stakeholders; and
- This position has less than 10% travel expectations and is eligible for flexible work hour arrangements.

How to Apply
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, within the approved salary band for this position. The DLCC offers a generous benefit 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;
- Monthly $100 student loan payment benefit;
- Monthly $100 mobile phone reimbursement;
- and more. 

To apply for this position, please complete an electronic application by January 15, 2021. 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 January 15, 2021. 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 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.