The take-away

Ready to take on some of the most powerful forces in our society? We’re looking for a research director to join our fierce, smart team challenging global corporations, holding them accountable, and creating a world where all people can thrive.

Why you’ll love coming to work every day

You’ll help change the world. We’re not kidding. You’ll be joining a team that’s not satisfied with the world as it is — and has a vision for how it should be. Add a 40-year track record of winning campaigns and ambitious plans to win even bigger, and you’ve got a powerful force to be reckoned with.

You’ll work with awesome people. Join a team of seasoned, kind, determined, optimistic, and solutions-oriented folks. We work hard, celebrate victories large and small, and always have each other’s backs.

You’ll be a part of fearless and winning campaigns. When you’re in the business of ending corporate abuses, you can’t be afraid to name names and stand your ground. For 40 years, we’ve been exposing and challenging the abuses of the likes of Nestlé, Exxon Mobil, Philip Morris International, McDonald’s, Dow Chemical, and more. We don’t back down, and we run campaigns until we win.

You’ll be trusted and relied upon to operate at a high level of responsibility. You will take on big responsibilities from the start. You’ll thrive here if you’re ready to take on more as you learn and grow. We pay lots of attention to growing staff leadership, and we provide support and training to help you be the best you can be.

You’ll be part of an organization committed to advancing racial equity and transforming systems of oppression. We are deeply committed to prioritizing the leadership of those who bear the brunt of corporate abuse: women, people of color, low-income people, people in the Global South, and LGBTQ folks around the world. Our unique culture has been fostered by a long history of women at the helm. We know we are stronger when the organization reflects the vision of the world we’re building together.

What you’ll do

Corporate Accountability’s meticulous campaign development and strategic corporate research have been key to guiding the vision and overall success of our campaigns and organization for the last 40 years. Your job will be to lead the research team — and the organization — to be ever bolder and smarter, breaking new ground on our strategic campaigns. You’ll navigate the ever-changing conditions of a corporate campaign while keeping a close eye on accuracy in our communications. Your success in this role will ensure that we are implementing the smartest strategies and tactics to tackle some of today’s most pressing issues. Whether it’s the fossil fuel industry funding front groups to block climate justice or the water industry’s back-room dealing to privatize public water, you’ll confront corporations’ obfuscation and manipulation head on.

You’ll be leading and working with a passionate team of researchers and organizers. You’ll direct the research and play a lead role in campaign development that breaks new ground in our corporate campaigns and keeps our tactics on track. You’ll ensure our publications are fact checked with the same fine eye for detail. You’ll draw on — and build — Corporate Accountability’s deep, decades-long relationships with people and institutions around the world. You’ll partner with grassroots movement leaders in the Global South, U.N. bodies like the World Health Organization, government officials, academic experts, and more to make impossible wins possible. And you’ll work closely with a cross-unit team to advance the strategies and tactics that transform the way corporations operate, making them answer to people, not the other way around.

Who you are

● The rampant abuses of corporations and the outrageous amount of power they have make you mad as hell — and you want to do something about it.

● You are committed to and have experience advancing racial equity and working to transform systems of oppression.

● You have experience organizing and developing campaigns, including through research (strategic corporate research, policy analysis, and academic-style research), ideally related to our campaign areas.

● You are a great staff manager. You have experience bringing out the best in your team, managing staff toward goals, and encouraging people to lead from their positions.

● You’ve got the rigorous, fact-focused, detail-oriented brain of a researcher, including experience fact checking materials.

● You’re a skilled communicator: You can distill a wonky policy paper into a one-page memo — and then explain it to a layperson.

● You thrive in a fast-paced, high-pressure, high-volume environment. You’re nimble: you can shift gears at a moment’s notice. And you approach challenges as opportunities to bring forward innovative solutions.

● You are a systems thinker: You are able to envision, create, and communicate clarity out of complexity, and you can manage complex projects on both tight deadlines and extended deadlines. You can pull this all off because you are highly organized in your thinking and your systems. You understand that planning is essential to success and have experience creating and implementing both short- and long-term plans.

● You have at least five years of experience in strategic corporate research, organizing, fundraising, and advocacy, preferably at a campaign-oriented organization.

What you’ll be responsible for in the day-to-day

• Oversee and conduct monitoring, research, and analysis on transnational corporate activities, industry trends, and changing political climates to drive forward campaign plans.

• Oversee and participate in the development of innovative strategies and tactics to challenge the abuses of transnational corporations, in close collaboration with the campaigns team.

• Manage, train, coordinate, and support research staff members. Help train and support the research team working across our climate, water, food, and tobacco campaigns.

• Ensure accuracy of all campaign and fundraising communications.

• Build strong, reciprocal relationships with organizational allies, government officials, U.N. agency leaders, donors, and experts from around the globe.

• Be ready to represent Corporate Accountability at conferences, U.N. gatherings, corporate shareholders’ meetings, donor meetings, and in the media.

• Raise the funds that power our campaigns by conducting fundraising visits with donors and foundations and providing information and support to our fundraising team.

• Enthusiastically participate in organization-wide planning, fundraising, recruitment, and campaign activities.

Salary and benefits: 

● Your salary will be commensurate with experience.

● Our generous benefit package includes health insurance and dental coverage; FSA for transit, healthcare, and dependent care; and 401(k) with employer match.

● Generous vacation, sick time, and holiday policies.

● Ongoing training and leadership development opportunities.

● Energetic Campaign Headquarters complete with open, collaborative work spaces and a big social kitchen.

Location: Campaign Headquarters in downtown Boston, MA.

To apply: Visit www.corporateaccountability.org/employment-opportunities. Attach your résumé to the online application and include a cover letter, a short writing sample, and a list of three to five references. Please include where you heard about the position.

Corporate Accountability stops transnational corporations from devastating democracy, trampling human rights, and destroying our planet. We are building a world rooted in justice where corporations answer to people, not the other way around — a world where every person has access to clean water, healthy food, a safe place to live, and the opportunity to reach their full human potential.

Corporate Accountability is an equal opportunity employer and an inclusive organization. People of color, women, and LGBTQ people are strongly encouraged to apply. Join more than 60 smart and driven staff and interns working in this dynamic organization with a powerful network of members and allies around the world.

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