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- Deputy Research Director, USA

Deputy Research Director

Everytown for Gun Safety 



Everytown for Gun Safety is a movement of Americans fighting for common-sense policies that will reduce gun violence and save lives. Everytown is the largest gun violence prevention organization in the country with more than three million supporters and more than 125,000 donors including moms, mayors, survivors and everyday Americans who are fighting for public safety measures that respect the Second Amendment and help save lives. At the core of Everytown are Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and the Everytown Survivor Network. Learn more at www.everytown.org.



Everytown for Gun Safety seeks a Deputy Research Director to manage the research efforts that support its research goals.


The ideal candidate will have experience conceptualizing and conducting exceptional research, working in a fast-paced, dynamic environment with a range of colleagues and departments. Reporting to the Research Director, the Deputy Research Director will directly manage a team of two and will oversee high impact and high profile research projects that span numerous departments and partner organizations.


Responsibilities include but are not limited to:


Strategy and Research Development


Lead the development and execution of effective advocacy-based research, working closely with the Director of Research and a range of Everytown leaders and staff across the organization (e.g.: Digital, Communications, State Legislative Affairs, etc.)

Provide practical and innovative ideas on potential research projects, reports, advocacy, communications, and outreach

Support the Research Director in developing the legislative research agenda, establishing both short- and long-term priorities; adapt research plans based on insights and opportunities as they arise

Publish analytical and credible reports, compelling advocacy materials, and other research-based products to support Everytown's legislative goals


External Affairs


Represent Everytown in regional, national, and local media through interviews, in testimony in front of legislative bodies, and at high-level conferences on gun violence prevention activities, in keeping with the organization's focus

Connect with outside organizations, policy makers, law enforcement, and others impacted by gun violence and gun safety policies to develop research priorities and gather information


People and Project Management


Manage, mentor, and guide staff of two, overseeing research activities and supporting professional development and learning

Work closely with cross functional teams, as appropriate, overseeing projects that inform Everytown's legislative strategy and support Everytown's progress toward goals

Lead quality control and ensure a high-quality process for all state and legislative research

Interact regularly with Everytown staff across all departments to ensure effective coordination and delivery of research program  

Regularly monitor the budget and ensure that resources dedicated to state and federal legislative campaigns are allocated appropriately



The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:


Minimum five years of experience in advocacy-based research or a similar field, with at least two years of experience managing people and/or teams, with proven success

Passion and skill for research, with the ability to break complex questions into components and address them systematically

Strong critical thinking skills, with the ability to develop problem-solving strategies and adapt those strategies as needed

Understanding of the legislative process, with a sense of how legislators digest information; ability to tailor persuasive messages for legislative audience

Track record managing complex projects across multiple departments and/or stakeholder groups

Experience effectively managing and mentoring teams, supporting staff to grow skills and develop professionally

Exceptional judgment and communication skills, including the ability to discuss difficult topics directly and productively

Exceptional writing skills, with demonstrated success writing, editing, and proofreading in rapid response environment

Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, campaign-like environment on a growing, diverse team

Passion for collaboration, with a belief that teamwork is dream-work Advanced degree in Law, Policy, Journalism, or similar field



Competitive salary and benefits package


** Please note: we verify information provided in the application process, including education.


Candidates who identify as members of historically underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply.  A diverse workforce and open culture are at the heart of our organization and vital to our success.

Equal Employment Opportunities


Everytown for Gun Safety provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.


How to Apply

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Job posted on 13th February 2018

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