Seeking Journalists, CX Debaters, Editors – Part-Time Opposition Research Assistant – Remote – Winter Spring 2022
All opportunities are remote. Applicants must apply on our website:
Interviews will be held in October 2021. This position runs from early January 2022 to mid June 2022. Precise start and end dates are negotiable.
You will work with an amazing team to win some of the most critical Democratic campaigns of the election cycle. You will achieve advanced professional work experience in political campaigns, opposition research, political writing, fact-checking, rapid response, and writing for digital communication. Top tier progressive political campaigners, investigative journalists, future top law school grads, and policy debaters will benefit from this experience.
Ideal candidate will have coursework in journalism or experience writing and editing for publication in a collegiate or professional news writing environment. Research assistants will work on all aspects of political opposition research including vetting, research, fact checking and copy editing at the highest levels of American political campaigns.
This is a paid, formal work (non-exempt) opportunity in a remote professional office environment. This position is paid $16/hour. We offer 20 hr/week and 40 hr/week opportunities. Research assistants can expect some night, weekend, and unconventional work hours.
Great candidates are most of the following:
- Comfortable working in a diverse environment, with people who have experience different from your own
- Dedicated to building a more progressive America
- An exceptional writer comfortable writing and editing in a fast-paced professional news writing environment
- Curious, very curious
- Communicative: able to ask questions, pitch ideas, and give and receive feedback
- Able to turn complex and diverse information into clear summaries with a consistent point of view
- Great attention to detail
- Skilled in web project management for complex projects
- Comfortable with web apps for communication, project management, and research
Learn more about how we work here. (https://www.nesbittresearch.com/)
Ideally, research assistants will have access to a private work environment, reliable internet connection, and a working laptop (Macs preferred). Applicants must apply on our website, here.
Traditionally underrepresented communities and perspectives represented within the Nesbitt & Parrinello management and staff. N&P is a minority-owned and a woman-owned small business. Allen Nesbitt started our business in 2005 and he is the first Black person to lead a Democratic opposition research firm in the United States. Allen Nesbitt and Cristina Parrinello are diverse researchers who are committed to encouraging and training future generations of diverse researchers. N&P is led by a diverse team: we are over 66% women, 44% people of color, and 22% LGBTQ+.
Diversity recruitment and retention. Our recruitment process includes a skills-based exam, which we believe opens opportunities to applicants who might have acquired the relevant research skills in ways not easily represented on a resume, ensuring we don’t miss great applicants with less traditional work experience or education.
We look for potential partners from day one. We provide equal opportunity to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, genetic information, marital status, or any other category provided by state or local laws.
Our scheduling policy takes into consideration that each employee may have a different way of creating work/school/life balance and we intend to give employees the freedom to find what works for them and their productivity. While academic coursework always should be top priority, we ask that research assistants commit to a regular schedule, designed in collaboration with the management team around academic or other demands. Applicants with unpredictable schedules week-to-week or with extended periods of unavailability are probably not good candidates for this fast-paced learn-by-doing opportunity.
Nesbitt & Parrinello approach to integrating cultural competency within the scope of our work. Our mission is to make the world a more progressive, inclusive, and fair place and this begins with the internal functioning of our company. We strive to integrate cultural competency both within our work product and within our team. Our mentorship program partners junior staff members with Senior Associates for weekly conversations on professional development and skills growth, one tool critical for team building in addition to regular conversations with the N&P manager and partners. We’ve seen this program build greater understanding of communication styles and comfort within our company structure. We aim to exceed the minimum non-discrimination policies by proactively recruiting from underrepresented communities via Historically Black Colleges and Universities and minority ethnic group-focused academic support organizations.