Athena Researcher

Athena and ACRE are looking for a Researcher to serve as a senior strategist to the Athena coalition as a whole. This is a wide-ranging position, reporting primarily to the Athena's Director, as well as ACRE's Co-Director.

About Athena — Athena works on delivering democracy by taking on a primary impediment to a democracy that represents us all and an economy that works for everyone: Amazon.com. We are a growing coalition of local, state-wide and national organizations tackling the corporation’s nefarious size, power, scope and operations, in particular: antimonopoly remedies; local and regional governance; data abuse, especially the racism of surveillance technologies; environmental and climate (in)justices; and working conditions. More about our coalition is at www.athenaforall.org


About the Action Center on Race and the Economy (ACRE)  ACRE drives campaigns that seek to win structural change by directly taking on the financial elite 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 Political Director will report to the Co-Directors and will work closely with other ACRE staff and with partner organizations. They will work with local and national political representatives to expand the impact of ACRE and move forward our political and legislative agenda. More at www.acrecampaigns.org

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

Complete a broad variety of research tasks for the Coalition, including:

Coalition development 

  • Coordinate the research needs of coalition-wide efforts

  • Convene and organize a coalition-wide working group to regularly advise, implement shared research strategy and to discuss different table’s needs, with an eye toward identifying overlaps and connections

  • Serve as a resource for coalition members undertaking their own research

  • Regularly report out findings to members, leaders, and others. 

  • Participate in regular coalition staff, leadership and membership meetings. 

Campaign research

  • In close collaboration with Athena staff and members, develop and execute campaign research in service of short- and medium term campaign goals

Qualifications:

  • Thoughtfulness, kindness, patience and good humor

  • Leadership, conflict management skills

  • Extremely detail- and systems-oriented

  • At least five years of experience with data management

  • Strong written communication skills

  • Experience working with communities of color, working-class communities, under-resourced organizations and multilingual people for whom English is not a first language

  • Commitment to developing one’s critical understanding of racial capitalism, patriarchy and the contemporary political economy

  • Excellent writing, editing, grammatical, organizational and research skills

  • Ability to work irregular hours; this job is national so both east and west coast hours are regularly required (though usually not on the same day) 

  • Assessing and analyzing budgets to find ways to minimize expenses and optimize funds 

This position is remote & can be based anywhere. Salary for this position is $97,000 and includes excellent benefits; this position is housed at the Action Center for Race and the Economy.

Athena is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to equity. People of color, women, and LGBTQI candidates are encouraged to apply.