Campaign Researcher

New York City, Washington D.C. or Oakland, CA Full-time

Color Of Change is the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. As a national online force driven by over one million members, we help people respond effectively to injustice in the world around us, moving decision makers in corporations and government to create a more human and less hostile world for Black people in America. We activate our members to take action on crucial issues—from criminal justice to media representations to the social safety net and voter freedom—so that we can build the power necessary to transform the written and unwritten rules of society. 



Color Of Change is hiring a full-time Campaign Researcher based in New York City, Oakland, or Washington, DC.  The person who fills this position will work directly with the Democracy and Political teams in the campaigns department to provide crucial research and analysis for wide-ranging campaigns and program development. Examples include: exposing the bail bonds industry, holding giant corporations responsible for their impact, cutting off funding for white supremacists, disrupting voter suppression, etc.  


The Campaign Researcher will conduct research projects that investigate, analyze, and present information to achieve the department’s strategic goals and win real change from targeted individuals and institutions in government, business, media, or public leadership positions. The successful candidate will be a strong writer who can develop strong research materials. We are looking for a highly organized and detail-oriented candidate who has the ability to communicate clearly and effectively in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment. This is a full-time, exempt position.



The position is based out of our NYC, Washington D.C. or Oakland office and reports to the Campaign Director within the Democracy team. This team leads Color Of Change’s work on elections, voting rights, democracy, the 2020 census and related issues. Job responsibilities are as follows:


  • Conduct research to identify and monitor developments and issues covered by your department, research candidates, officials, and ballot and legislative initiative, expose bad-actors, and drive successful campaigns using a wide variety of public and private sources, including internet, media, financial, regulatory, public and court records, interviews, and more. 
  • Use research findings to help create internal and external written documents and visual presentations, including strategy decks, development proposals and funder reports, as well as website content, campaign materials, reports, talking points, and more. 
  • Develop research to assist campaign development with strategic recommendations to achieve department and organizational mission and goals.
  • Support and/or help the Deputy Senior Director coordinate convenings, panels, coalitions, and other special projects in order to build out your department’s campaign strategy and build the capacity for winning on it. Represent Color Of Change as needed in working groups, coalitions, and cross-organizational projects.
  • Evaluate. Is it working? Rigorously analyze data, report out on the impact of our campaign programs and learn, learn, learn.
  • Participate actively on your Department Team, and our Campaigns Team to share responsibility in developing an inclusive, learning-based culture that runs campaigns to make real-world change in the lives of Black people. 



The ideal candidate has the following:


  • Proven skills and experience in internet-based research and in an interest in organizing and digital campaigning.
  • Strong critical thinking, writing and verbal skills. The ability to communicate information clearly is fundamental to this role, including a variety of public communications with varied audiences, and internal reports, strategy decks, memos, and other strategy-related documents. 
  • An understanding of basic business, financial, legal, and political concepts.
  • Solid computer skills, familiarity with databases and spreadsheet applications; knowledge of data tools/ data analytics/ mapping tools is a plus. 
  • Deep intellectual curiosity, creativity and the ability to quickly learn new skills 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills. You are confident in interacting with other staff, external partners, organizations, and consultants.
  • Attention to detail: Ability to maintain high levels of accuracy, and assist the team with fact-checking and ensuring public communications are clear and correct. 
  • Top-notch organization skills. There’s a lot to keep track of in this role, and nothing can fall through the cracks. Managing multiple priorities and timeliness is key.
  • A coherent racial justice analysis.
  • Ability to effectively use a Black/racial justice frame of reference to write strong and persuasive strategic plans and program development materials.
  • A commitment to confidentiality. In this role, you’ll have a window into movement and organizational politics at the highest level – confidentiality is key.
  • Constructive optimism. The work that we do – be it political, organizing, or creative – is all about the art of the possible. While we’re looking to remedy deep structural issues, our progress comes incrementally – a series of wins, some small and some large, that help advance us closer to the systemic change we seek. 
  • Flexibility: Willingness to adapt to changing needs and to travel as needed. 



Please apply by clicking the "Apply" button below. We request your resume and a cover letter.



The salary for the Campaign Researcher position is $76,000. This is a full-time exempt position. Color Of Change also offers a competitive benefits package.


Color Of Change (COC) is an equal opportunity employer. COC prohibits unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, age, national origin, genetic characteristics, disability, status as a special disabled veteran or veteran, marital status, sexual orientation, sexual identity or any other basis prohibited by law.