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LGBTQ Movement Building & Policy Researcher

About the Movement Advancement Project 
The Movement Advancement Project (MAP) is an independent, nonprofit think tank, founded in 2006. We power progressive movements. We work to create a thriving, inclusive and equitable America where all people have a fair chance to pursue health and happiness, earn a living, take care of the ones they love, be safe in their communities, and participate in civic life. Our transformative and rigorous research and communications help people more easily understand—and take action on—the critical issues we face. We have programs focused on LGBTQ Equality and the Equality MapsDemocracy & Elections and the Democracy Maps; and Open to All, our nondiscrimination public education campaign. Our work is laser-focused on changing hearts and minds. At a time of deep divisions, our work builds bridges to advance equity and opportunity for all.  
In our LGBTQ program, we seek to a) vision for the future through thoughtful policy analyses and creative, engaging resources; b) respond to the current moment with our Equality Maps and issue-specific analyses and reports, and messaging research; and c) build the movement through collaborations and research that help organizations, funders, and the public better understand and support the movement. 
Position Description 
The LGBTQ Movement Building & Policy Researcher would join the fully remote, U.S.-based staff. The Researcher would work within the LGBTQ program with the supervision of the LGBTQ program director. The Researcher will split their time between leading the movement assessment and capacity work and creating analyses, briefs, and authoring reports, briefs, and infographics about LGBTQ people and policy issues. Strong writing skills, the ability to take complex topics and make them digestible, and an entrepreneurial attitude are critical to the success in this position.  
Leading the movement assessment and capacity work. For more than 16 years, MAP has conducted research and created engaging reports about the state of the LGBTQ movement and allied organizations. This includes our annual National LGBTQI Movement Report and the biennial LGBTQ Community Center Survey Report conducted in partnership with CenterLink. This work began to gauge the financial and organizational strength and wellbeing of the LGBTQ movement as it grew nationally, and this work has proved especially important amidst the ongoing economic and social impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. We have distributed these findings back to participating organizations, movement funders and supporters, and the public, but we’ve never had the capacity to go beyond these efforts.  
This role will lead our existing work in this area and will also have the space and creativity to identify and execute new ways to help this work drive change and build the capacity of the LGBTQ and allied movements. This could include conducting new research or analyses using our historical archive of data (such as tracking movement staff or board diversity over time, financial analyses, etc.), creating new infographics, briefs, and reports, conducting presentations and outreach, working directly with partner organizations to help the work we do have more of an impact for them, and more.  
Creating analyses, briefs, and reports about LGBTQ people and policy issues. The Researcher will conduct policy analysis and write reports, briefs and analyses that help the public, media, and policymakers better understand the challenges facing LGBTQ people and what can be done to address them. Examples of this work include reports about LGBTQ people and the criminal justice system and LGBTQ people in rural America. This work has helped shift narratives about who LGBTQ people are and the need for policy change. By working collaboratively with LGBTQ and allied organizations, this role can deepen the ways that movements do intersectional work. 
  • Lead existing movement assessment and capacity work by collecting and analyzing data about LGBTQ movement organizations through our annual and biennial surveys. Writing reports and creating relevant materials to help share these findings and to educate funders, organizations, and others about the needs of the movement. Think creatively to expand the power and impact of MAP’s movement building work 
  • Author policy reports, provide strategic input and vision for potential new projects, conduct research and writing, and manage partners for policy deliverables (reports, infographics, briefs, etc.). Review and aggregate existing research, create a compelling and persuasive narrative, and work closely with LGBTQ and allied organizations to produce engaging, creative, and accessible reports, infographics, and briefs. 
  • Represent MAP and present at conferences, trainings, and other external meetings 

Desired skills or qualifications include the following, though applicants need not have all of these to be good candidates: 
  • Skilled in conducting rigorous research and writing in a strong, clear, accessible, and compelling manner 
  • Experience working successfully in a fast-paced remote environment with skills to work independently and manage a project from ideation through to completion 
  • Expertise in or experience with organizational development, social movement organizations, and/or organizational finances or accounting 
  • Minimum of five years of experience in advocacy-based or movement-centered roles 
  • Ability to analyze data (Excel is sufficient) and to write/communicate engagingly about data  
  • Skill at communicating data and research findings to different audiences 
  • Strong interest in creating usable and visually engaging materials, including presentations 
  • Experience with survey design is a plus 
  • An entrepreneurial skillset to drive this work forward and find new ways to have an impact  
  • A commitment to social justice and experience in working in cross-issue advocacy  
This is an exempt, full-time position with a salary range of $80-100,000 per year. MAP offers competitive salary plus dental and vision benefits, 403(b) retirement matching, flexible spending program, workers compensation, long-term disability, paid parental leave, and other benefits. 
To Apply 
Please send a cover letter and resume to Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.  
Equal Employment Opportunity and Nondiscrimination Policy 
MAP is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on age, height, weight, citizenship, color, creed, physical or mental disability (including HIV status), ethnicity, family responsibilities, gender identity and expression, marital status, matriculation, national origin, physical appearance, race, religion, political affiliation, sex, sexual orientation, union membership, veteran status, or other unlawful factors, with respect to recruiting, hiring, job assignment, promotion, discipline, discharge, compensation, training and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment. 

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