Vice President, Research

Website Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC)

Sole organization dedicated to electing Democrats to statehouses

Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee (DLCC) is the sole organization dedicated to electing Democrats to statehouses. Since 2016, the DLCC and state partners have built eight new majorities and flipped seats from red to blue across the country – paving the way for progress. State legislatures pass the policies that most affect Americans’ day-to-day lives, and flipping chambers from red to blue has an outsized impact on governing and public policy.

 

Taking back power starts at the local level. The DLCC recruits, trains, and supports local Democrats running for their state legislatures. We provide our candidates with the resources, field support, and data necessary to run smart, winning campaigns. By gaining a foothold in state legislatures, Democrats can engage supporters across the country and prepare for victories in statewide and national elections.

 

We’re powered by more than 200,000 supporters from all 50 states. Over 98% of our contributions come from grassroots donors (giving an average of $29), who fuel thousands of local Democratic candidates across the country.

 

Building up Democratic majorities in the states is more important than ever. With right-wing radicals proliferating state legislatures across the country and redistricting happening this year, our democracy is on the line. We’re counting on our supporters to get educated, involved, and take action in their communities.

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 DLCC’s Research department strengthens the credibility and authority of the organization by ensuring DLCC’s narratives are the most salient in demonstrating the relevance of state legislatures among our primary audiences by elevating Democratic accomplishments and the harm done by Republicans. The Vice President, Research leads this strategy and manages the Research department to outcomes.

The Vice President, Research ensures that the DLCC’s organizational brand and messaging speak to the unique impact of our ballot level, and that the DLCC is knowledgeable about the salient electoral narratives, competitive environment, and legislative power in target and power-building states. The department fact-checks all public and semi-public DLCC communications and ensures they are inclusive, respectful, and accessible.

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

The Vice President, Research reports to the Executive Director. The DLCC is located in Washington, DC, and our office has taken on a hybrid model for staff effective January 2022. This position is eligible to be permanently remote.

The Vice President, Research is expected to model the values of the DLCC:

 

  • CREDIBILITY: We are respected and trusted in words and actions.
  • INCLUSIVE: The DLCC values the unique experience and perspective of all who work here. We strive to make all contributors feel welcomed, valued, and respected. We focus on outcomes, recognizing different people approach opportunities and challenges differently.
  • INITIATIVE: We exhibit high levels of creativity in our work and need all team members to proactively contribute ideas to move our work forward.
  • RESULTS DRIVEN: Our team undertakes projects professionally and executes them fully and to completion.
  • RISK: We identify opportunities to employ new ideas and tactics, and execute these ideas when we believe the potential reward outweighs the risk. We evaluate, learn, and improve our strategy, both when the risks pay off and when they do not.
  • TEAMWORK: We work collaboratively, additively, and in sync with our colleagues. Our individual work considers the needs, capacity, and expertise of those we work alongside.

Responsibilities

Organizational Leadership

  • Participate in the evolution of, embrace, and live the Senior Leadership Team Code with the ultimate goal of maximizing the organization’s success, anticipating and planning for the future, and supporting the senior leadership team in creating an environment in which all team members can thrive.
  • Actively participate in organizational decision-making and execution of these decisions.
  • Contribute to, understand, and align departmental and individual objectives and targets with the DLCC’s mission, vision, and strategy.
  • Move organizational and cross-departmental information necessary for the research department to meet objectives.
  • Actively participate as a key member of the Senior Leadership 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, develop, and execute the DLCC’s research strategy.
  • Execute 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 team of two direct reports and an overall team of five, responsible for all organizational research, including needs for both coordinated and IE political programs, to ensure the work of their teams is 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 are 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.

Team Management

  • Supervised employees: Associate Director of Research and Deputy Director of Research.
  • Department verticals: Organizational research, political/IE research.
  • Regularly attend training and pursue continued education in supervision skills.
  • Uphold DLCC expectations for supervisors.
  • Act with integrity and awareness of one’s power as a leader.
  • Maintain a harassment-free and inclusive workplace for team members.
  • Cultivate and guide the professional growth of the team by establishing and maintaining thoughtful opportunities to learn, grow, and receive constructive feedback.
  • Ensure work is aligned and prioritized based on DLCC’s organizational strategy, coordinated-side political strategy, and priorities within any given state, chamber, and/or target.

Expected Outcomes

  • Equity and inclusion are actively integrated into decisions made at Senior Team and Department levels with regard to hiring, contracting, and political strategy.
  • The DLCC’s research identifies and supports 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 and 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, training, 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.
  • Provides clear and transparent communications to all stakeholders.
  • Direct reports and team members are efficiently managed and well-mentored in careers.
  • Staff perform to a high standard, continuously improve, and have high levels of satisfaction

Qualifications

  • 8+ years of work experience or proven progression of roles and responsibilities, managing research programs for political campaigns, committees, non-profits, or similar causes.
  • Understanding of how political research teams operate and succeed together and a willingness to innovate new tactics and tools to drive impact even further.
  • Demonstrated interest in working in a political context, either through work or volunteer experiences.
  • Technical familiarity with political research practices.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication 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, John Skic.

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

The salary for the Vice President, Research is $160,000-185,000 on an annualized basis, commensurate with experience and qualifications. The DLCC offers a generous benefits 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.
  • Employer contribution of $500 to employee’s Flexible Spending Account and opportunity to withhold pre-tax income for Dependent Care Account.
  • Up to $5,000 employer-paid Health Reimbursement Account for IVF-related costs or Adoption Assistance, and up to $2,500 for employer-paid Health Reimbursement Account for out-of-pocket dental and orthodontic expenses.
  • Monthly $100 student loan payment benefit.
  • Monthly $100 mobile phone reimbursement.
  • Monthly $50 supplies reimbursement.
  • and more.

To apply for this position, please complete an electronic application at https://www.dlcc.org/careers by November 30, 2022. 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 November 30, 2022. 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 an inclusive and equitable environment and 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.

To apply for this job email your details to jobs@dlcc.org