Senior Research Manager

Washington, DC or Wilmington, DE
Research /
Full-time /
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.

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

Our Senior Research Managers play a key role in overseeing the department’s workstreams, constructing and executing on research plans, and overseeing the work of a large staff of researchers. We are looking for applicants with a substantial background in political research and experience managing campaign research processes and teams. 


    • Oversee a team of researchers responsible for executing comprehensive research plans on multiple candidates;
    • Work with department leadership to formulate comprehensive research plans on multiple candidates;
    • Provide rapid response and communications staff with succinct documents that can be used to generate public-facing content;
    • Work with junior staff to edit and refine research products; and,
    •  Lead team efforts to generate ideas for public records requests or investigative projects, and analyze responsive records.
    • Other duties as assigned to support the department and the DNC's mission


    • Mastery of common research tools and resources, including public records requests, campaign finance reports, personal financial disclosures, legal records, policy and legislation, ad tracking, and LexisNexis;
    • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including an eagle-eye for typos and errors; and,
    • Strict attention to detail and exceptional organizational skills


    • At least three cycles of experience in political research, with at least one cycle in a leadership role or in managing major research projects and workstreams;
    • Deep understanding of politics and political campaigns;
    • Significant experience and ability to train junior staff on LexisNexis, campaign finance databases, federal and state-level vote analysis, statistical data gathering, and primary source materials;
    • Ability to manage and track progress on long-term projects and appropriately delegate tasks to team members to complete projects on tight deadlines;
    • Ability and desire to keep up and aggressively engage in the 24-hour news cycle; and,
    • Creative thinking and desire to explore new avenues
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

This position is not eligible for overtime wages and has an end date of November 15, 2024.

The DNC offers a generous benefit package, including:
- More than 30 days of 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.