The Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) is seeking a Deputy Research Director. The Deputy Research Director will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of FGA’s Research Production division including managing FGA’s six research fellows, planning & executing major research rollouts, editing most FGA research products, tracking the production pipeline, producing original research, occasionally speaking to media about FGA’s research, developing and maintaining relationships with FGA’s internal customers, and more. They will focus on FGA’s core issues in welfare, health care, workforce, and elections reform, including concepts ranging from Medicaid and food stamp policy to health care and occupational licensing.
What does a typical day look like?
One day the Deputy Research Director may review numerous research products and provide candid, constructive feedback to the Research team, ensuring all products are accurate, digestible, and meet FGA’s high standards. The next day, the Deputy Research Director may spend several hours planning out the next few weeks of research releases and related education opportunities with FGA’s Communications team. The common thread? Ensuring FGA continues to be an industry leader in unique, original research that moves the needle.
The ideal candidate has a track record of successfully producing policy-related content for target audiences. They will look forward to embracing new and complex ideas and be motivated to help make these ideas a reality for millions of Americans. They are detail-oriented and willing to dive into documents and data to make sure that the arguments presented are persuasive and fully formed.
The ideal candidate must have demonstrated ability to write and edit technical documents with focus and precision. He or she is adept at critical thinking, is able to lead a team toward a common goal on a tight timeframe, and has experience communicating candid, actionable feedback to peers and superiors.
But more important than experience is the right set of skills and an ability to receive coaching—and get better every day.
Culture and Fit
Success at FGA depends not only on a person’s skills, but also on their ability to fit the culture of FGA. We describe our culture with five Core Values:
- Candid to Solve—being willing to have tough conversations in order to solve issues or build trust
- Grow or Die—we don’t have a neutral gear; we must consistently challenge ourselves and each other to grow in our talents and skills
- Politically Savvy—policy doesn’t change in a vacuum, but in a political reality that we must understand and account for
- Partnership-Oriented—internal and external relationships are not transactional. That starts with our team members and the perspective that we need the rest of the team to succeed in order to win personally
- Bought in to Win—we’re at FGA because we want to change policy. No one is counting hours or widgets, we are here to get results, and sometimes that will require going the extra mile or doing a job that isn’t technically ours
It might help to think about the following list of questions. If you answer “yes” to all of them, you may be a fit for the team if your skill sets match the requirements below. The vast majority of those who don’t get hired or don’t last at FGA are due to a lack of fit with these values. Be prepared to have very candid conversations about them in our interview process.
- Do you wholeheartedly agree with the policies that we advocate (see thefga.org for a full description) and the underlying principles that people’s lives are made better through work, not government welfare, and that a free market creates greater freedom and equality than any command-and-control government system?
- Do you agree that embracing the realities of politics is necessary to have success in changing public policy?
- Do you tend to be the one who initiates conversations with colleagues, rather than waiting for them to come to you?
- Are you comfortable creating your own structure for work, such as setting work hours, your own priorities, and creating clarity and a workplan from a broad goal?
- Does it motivate you to think about working with a team of world-class professionals who are held to a very high standard of achieving results?
- Do you seize opportunities to try new things or improve a skill that’s relevant to your company or role?
- Are you able to build meaningful relationships (creating trust) with people you only see face-to-face a few times a year?
- Do you tend to lead teams by creating clarity about goals and progress, rather than proscribing the steps they need to take?
- Are you aware of your strengths and weaknesses, and do you have a practice of getting help from others to mitigate your weaknesses?
Roles and Responsibilities
This role entails three major responsibilities:
1. Lead, manage, and assist (LMA)
- Supervise and lead a team of six researchers, including conducting quarterly and annual reviews, training, hiring, and managing workflow
2. Writing & editing
- Work directly with members of FGA’s Research team to create clear vision on the front end and polished products on the back end that maintain FGA’s standard of excellence
- Offer feedback on products and ensure they continue to move through the production pipeline at a reasonable pace
- Work with FGA’s Communications and Outreach teams to maximize the impact of FGA’s unique, industry-leading research
- Communicate with FGA staff about upcoming research releases as well as reporting on the impact of FGA research
- Likely this person will have 5+ years’ experience in a policy, research, or other writing-focused role, but FGA is committed to finding the right match. If you read this job description and think you’re a fit, we encourage you to apply.
- Management experience is preferred
- A bachelor’s degree is not required if paired with significant work experience, but is strongly preferred
- Mastery of writing and editing
- Ability to plan and collaborate across multiple departments
- Match FGA’s Core Values (described above)
Timing, Location, and Compensation
FGA is seeking to fill this position as soon as possible. Location is flexible. While FGA’s headquarters are in Naples, FL, nearly all of FGA’s staff work remotely. It is important to note that all of our staff currently live in the Central or Eastern time zones, therefore, candidates in another area may face more lengthy travel requirements. Limited travel will be required, with likely four to seven trips per year. Many of these trips are pre-planned, and travel expenses are covered. FGA offers a competitive salary, commensurate with the candidate’s experience level, and benefits package, including a retirement program, a health benefit, and a generous paid leave plan.
How to Apply
Qualified candidates should submit the following application materials in one PDF document:
- Cover letter detailing your interest in the position and FGA’s mission
- A writing sample no more than 5 pages in length; samples relevant to FGA’s work preferred, but any writing sample you send is acceptable
- Contact information, including both email and phone, for two references
Applications should be submitted to Talent Market via this link:
Questions can be directed to Katelynn Barbosa, Director of Talent Engagement at Talent Market, who is assisting with the search: [email protected].
While we thank all applicants in advance for their interest in this position, we are only able to contact those to whom we can offer an interview. Only direct applications will be considered. No phone calls, please.
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