Senior Researcher

The Senior Researcher conducts analysis and develops written materials that support Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Action’s fast-paced organizing and advocacy campaigns on the most pressing food, water and climate and energy issues we face.

The Senior Researcher conducts analysis and develops written materials that support Food & Water Watch and Food & Water Action’s (FWW/FWA) fast-paced organizing and advocacy campaigns on the most pressing food, water and climate and energy issues we face. These include local, state and federal campaigns to fight corporate consolidation of our food and water systems, ban factory farms, reject water privatization, ban fracking, and transition to 100 percent renewable energy.

The Senior Researcher will report directly to the Research Director and work closely with the Research Team to produce compelling research and advocacy materials that bolster, move and win campaigns. This is a Bargaining Unit / Union Position. The salary range for this position is $51,000 to $70,000.

Office Location: This position is approved for remote work.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • In coordination with the Research Director, and other teams as warranted, develop thoroughly researched and persuasively written education materials such as reports, factsheets, web content, articles, talking points and other materials to advance our core campaigns.
  • Exercise independent judgment in executing assigned research projects, including identifying most appropriate sources and methodology to achieve organization’s research goals.
  • Respond to information requests from colleagues, activists, coalition members, media and others.
  • Monitor and maintain knowledge and circulate media coverage, academic literature and other publications over the diverse set of issues, research products, and current events related to our campaigns.
  • Maintain accurate records to support citation and quality standards for work product, and assist in fact-checking peers’ work.
  • Assist in developing public testimony, regulatory submissions, professional presentations and other materials, as requested.
  • Direct the work of interns, as needed.
  • Effectively manage own projects and, as needed, others’ projects.
  • Support our culture of philanthropy: Demonstrate an understanding of the essential role of our members and supporters, and consistently serve as an ambassador for FWW/FWA and our work. Participate in or attend events and other activities as appropriate that are organized for our supporters and donors. Be cognizant of fundraising opportunities and share contacts and information that will help build and sustain FWW/FWA.
  • Other duties as necessary and assigned.

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   

Essential Qualifications
  • Experience: At least five years of experience researching and writing at a public interest organization or similar institution. Experience collecting and analyzing data and accessing public databases in order to produce written materials.
  • Education: College degree or equivalent experience required. Advanced degrees are a plus. 
  • Knowledge: Familiarity with the legislative and regulatory process. Extensive knowledge of online, media, library, corporate, economic, government, NGO, industry and academic research resources. Excellent written and oral communication and computer skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel. GIS proficiency is a plus.
  • Issue areas: Demonstrated proficiency in at least one issue relating to FWW/FWA’s signature campaigns: fracking, renewable energy, false energy solutions (carbon pricing / carbon offsets), water privatization, corporate consolidation, organic regenerative agriculture and factory farms.
  • Capabilities: The ideal candidate will also have a research, journalism or advocacy writing background that can be used to quickly and thoroughly carry out primary and secondary research, in order to extract relevant information and then write about it persuasively and effectively. The candidate must also work well under pressure, handle multiple tasks at once and adapt to changing situations regularly.                                

Click here to apply. Please include your resume, cover letter, two writing samples (one under 1,000 words and another no longer than 5,000 words) and three professional/academic references to be considered.

We will review your application and if we feel that your knowledge, skills and abilities are potentially a good match for our organization, we will be in contact with you. Please include a Cover Letter with your submission. Position open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Food & Water Watch (FWW) strives for a diverse work environment and encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and individuals with disabilities to apply.

Food & Water Watch (FWW) is committed to the health and safety of its staff members. Moreover, FWW, as an organization, promotes science-based policy. Science clearly shows that unvaccinated populations drive the spread of the coronavirus and the emergence of new variants, and that unvaccinated people are more likely to contract COVID and experience severe symptoms. Effective immediately, prospective new staff members are required to provide proof of vaccination or request a waiver as a condition of their offer of employment.

Contact Email: [email protected]

Post Date: 12.09.21

Job Type: Full Time

Office Location: Remote

Department: Research