Senior Research Analyst

Job Type

Full Time




United States



The Sr. Research Analyst leads the Intelligence Project’s Nativism Research Desk. This involves shaping the team’s monitoring and reporting strategy for anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim groups and activities. This person also will lead multiple external partnerships and coalition work.

The Sr. Research Analyst works closely with other research, investigative and writing staff to produce materials for publication and analysis. Responsible for collecting, inputting and maintaining data on various extremist groups from news stories, tips and other sources. Works with the department’s editorial staff by contributing ideas, background, and writing for stories on the Hatewatch Blog and Intelligence Report magazine.

Primary Job Functions:

  • Writes and conducts investigations for IP publishing outlets;
  • Manages a small team of analysts
  • Collects, inputs and maintains data via various sources, with a strong focus on maintaining pertinent information in IP’s database;
  • Provides research on general and special projects;
  • Analyzes trends and information, with an eye for preparing reports;
  • Works with writers on research and story ideas;
  • Answers correspondence and inquiries from external stakeholders, including donors, journalists, and outside partners.

Qualifications –

Education and Related Work Experience:

  • B.A. degree; advanced degree related to work preferred;
  • At least five years’ experience specific to nativism research, hate group monitoring, researching and writing;
  • Demonstrated management experience.
  • Demonstrated public speaking skills;
  • Demonstrated investigative skills;
  • Self-starter with strong organizational skills;
  • Knowledge of hate groups;
  • Demonstrated writing ability
  • History of working in immigration or MASA advocacy field desired but not required;
  • History of working as a civil rights social justice organizer desire but not required.

Knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Computer literate;
  • Ability to use common office equipment (printer, copier, etc.) and scanning devices;
  • Must be thorough and have continual attention-to-detail when entering data;
  • Knowledge of FOIA process (Muckrock), PACER, Lexis Nexis, and other information aggregation platforms desired but not a must;
  • Must be a team player;
  • Superlative knowledge of the nuances of immigration and Muslim, Arab, and South Asian (MASA) advocacy both in the beltway and across the state-level down immigration advocacy field;
  • Strong knowledge of immigration and religious policy efforts, and debates surrounding such policies, at all levels of government, from municipal and city to federal level;
  • Knowledge of the groups and leaders that comprise and drive the predominant anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim networks coordinating at local and national levels;
  • Knowledge of the issue areas and messaging houses employed by said networks;
  • A strong desire to meld anti-hate research with advocacy efforts;
  • Strong networking skills;
  • Commitment to the mission of the SPLC.

Other Special Considerations:

This job is performed under general office conditions and is not subject to any strenuous physical demands or dangerous conditions.


The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

An Equal-Opportunity Employer with a Commitment to Diversity

Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and as an organization committed to diversity and the perspective of all voices, we consider applicants equally of race, gender, gender identity, color, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, disability, political affiliation, national origin, or prior record of arrest or conviction.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree