Research Associate

Washington, DC or Wilmington, DE
Research /
Full-time /
Position Summary:
Research is the messaging and strategy backbone of campaigns.  We scour public records, campaign finance reports, articles, interviews, books, legislation, and more to gain a deep understanding of the topics and candidates we research.

We look for applicants who have a great political sense and knowledge of politicians, political parties, outside groups, and the legislative process. The ideal candidate should possess a basic understanding of the political climate and major policy issues, and have strong research and writing skills.

If you’re interested in helping us relentlessly dig for the truth - come join us!


    • Quickly read, analyze and format news clips, legislative voting histories, campaign finance data,corporate filings, public government records, legal records and related items;
    • Develop succinct research documents for rapid response and communications staff that can be used to generate public-facing content;
    • Monitor and extract key points from local and national news;
    • Simplify very complex issues into factual and concise narratives; and,
    • Other duties as assigned to support the department and the DNC's mission


    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
    • Strong attention to detail and strong organizational skills;
    • Ability to take direction, ask questions and quickly learn new tasks and databases;
    • Self-motivated with the ability to meet strict deadlines; and,
    • Creative thinking and desire to explore new avenues.


    • Ability to keep up with the 24 hour news cycle;
    • High proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel;
    • Political training or background to understand and explain significance of events and findings;
    • Specific knowledge of Nexis, campaign finance databases, federal and state-level vote analysis, statistical data gathering, and primary source materials a plus; and,
    • Bachelor’s degree is preferred and political research, campaign, or government experience is a plus.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

The starting salary for the Research Associate position is $51,000, on an annualized basis, commensurate with experience and qualifications. This position is eligible for overtime wages and is in the bargaining unit represented by SEIU local-500 and has an end date of November 15, 2024.

The DNC offers a generous benefit package, including:
- Paid time off, including Federal holidays, open leave, and personal days;
- Health and dental insurance for employee and dependents;
- 90% paid by the DNC, 10% paid by employee;
- Supplementary vision plans available to employees for purchase;
- Up to a 5% employer match DNC 401(k) plan;
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP) available to DNC employees and their dependents at no cost to staff;
- Pre-tax Flexible spending account benefits available to employees and dependents.