Action Center on Race and the Economy

Action Center on Race and the Economy

Senior Research Analyst

Location is flexible but Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City,
Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area, or Washington, DC are preferred.


The Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE) drives campaigns that seek to win structural change by directly taking on the corporations responsible for pillaging communities of color and working-class communities, and harming our environment. Through partnerships with organizations involved in local racial, economic, environmental, and educational justice campaigns, we provide strategic campaign coordination and campaign infrastructure with an explicit racial justice analysis. 

The Senior Research Analyst will report to the Research Director and will work closely with ACRE’s Public Services team.  This Senior Researcher position is currently focused on ACRE’s Public Services work fighting austerity by going on offense against corporations and the wealthy who do not pay their fair share. Additionally, the analyst will collaborate with ACRE staff and partner organizations and support campaigns that challenge the power of the financial and tech sectors.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct research in support of offensive campaigns to win funding for public services at the state and local level by taking on bad corporate actors;
  • Support state and local community organizations and labor unions in executing these campaigns;
  • Work with local partners to develop campaign strategy
  • Work with local partners on research and the development of materials to support local campaigns
  • Help train and lead more junior researchers
  • Help design and deliver trainings
  • Manage meetings and events, including event preparation, set-up and post-event debriefs
  • Coordinate multiple projects simultaneously
  • Contribute creatively to a forward-thinking team
  • Speak on behalf of ACRE at public meetings, to press, and to elected officials, when asked


  • A strong commitment to progressive social change and racial justice, a familiarity with the issues that are central to ACRE’s work and a passion for ACRE’s vision and mission
  • At least five years of experience doing campaign-based research, for unions or grassroots community organizations
  • The ideal candidate should have some experience conducting municipal finance research and supporting public budget campaigns at state and local levels 
  • Excellent research, writing, and editing skills
  • Proficiency in Internet-based research, word processing, spreadsheet programs and database design and management
  • Willingness to apply ACRE analysis in supporting campaigns throughout the organization 
  • Familiarity with financial issues a plus but not required
  • Ability to read, understand, analyze and explain complex financial documents
  • Strong critical thinking skills and ability to think creatively and innovatively
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with organizers
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in politically sensitive and high-pressure environments
  • Demonstrated commitment to community and/or labor organizing and experience working with women and communities of color for social change
  • Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks, with light supervision
  • A keen sense of detail and organization, including the ability to comb through dense documents and identify what is useful and relevant
  • Willingness to work long and irregular hours and travel as needed
  • A good sense of humor

Salary scale range $66k – $88k. LGBTQ, women and people of color are strongly encouraged to apply. Location is flexible, but we are prioritizing applicants from the following locations: Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, San Antonio, San Francisco/Oakland Bay Area, or Washington, DC. There is a 10% cost of living adjustment for people working out of the New York City, Los Angeles, Bay Area, and DC metro areas. Position includes excellent benefits. 

To Apply
Please submit your application here. If you have any trouble with the form, please email jobs@acrecampaigns.org with “Senior Research Analyst for Public Servicesin the subject line.

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