Race and Gender Researcher

Job Type

Full Time Temporary




1300 L Street NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC
District of Columbia
United States


The Center for Responsive Politics is a critical provider of data documenting trends related to gender and money in U.S. politics. CRP's work in this area has been used by scholars, reporters, and activists to illuminate discussions of how the gender of political candidates and donors affects their fundraising abilities. Now, we seek to expand and invest in this expertise through the hire of a Race and Gender Researcher. This researcher will contribute to the creation and analysis of a candidate-verified database of candidate race, making it possible for the Center and other organizations to document and study the ways by which candidate race affects fundraising. S/he will also build out CRP's gender and race data offerings on OpenSecrets.org, and produce written content for OpenSecrets News.


Create and maintain the first candidate-verified database of candidate race for all federal candidates following best practices in the field for racial self-identification;

Contribute to the Center's written work on gender and race in American politics;

Develop online tools to display candidate race and gender data in innovative and illustrative ways;

Investigate and stay up-to-date on best practices for demographic research on gender and race, including by staying in communication with scholars and other practitioners in this area;

Coordinating joint research efforts with scholars and advocacy organizations;

Contribute to the quality of other Center data resources, as assigned, but particularly the flagship database of individual contributions to federal political candidates and groups;

Other duties as assigned.


Bachelor's degree (required);

Excellent research skills, particularly those involving large datasets, survey design and implementation and web-based research;

Good working knowledge of issues related to gender, race and ethnicity in American politics;

Commitment to the Center's nonpartisan mission;

Excellent interpersonal skills, including an ability to communicate professionally in sensitive situations;

Ability to work well with small teams on short deadlines;

Strong writing skills;

Knowledge of and interest in money in American politics preferred.

This is a full time temporary position lasting through January 31, 2019 with the possibility of renewal.

The Center is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace. People from underrepresented communities, including people of color, women, LGBTQ and people with disabilities, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply



Email résumé and cover letter explaining interest, relevant experience and dates of availability to jobs+research@crp.org, subject: "Race and Gender Researcher." Please send cover letter and résumé as attachments only, not in the text of the e-mail. Due to the volume of applications we receive we will only be contacting those selected for an interview.