Media Matters for America -- a progressive, Washington, D.C.-based, nonprofit research and information center dedicated to comprehensively monitoring, analyzing, and correcting conservative misinformation in the U.S. media -- seeks a candidate with research, team management, and LGBTQ advocacy experience to serve as the LGBTQ Program Director.
This is a full-time position and will be remote through Labor Day 2021 due to the continued COVID-19 public health crisis, with a preference for candidates who are based in the Washington, DC., area.
MMFA’s LGBTQ program team produces original research and analysis concerning conservative media misinformation, online disinformation, and opposition research regarding LGBTQ equality. The program director oversees the functioning of the LGBTQ program and assists in the development of Media Matters’ overall work in this issue area, including coordinating with partner organizations.
- The LGBTQ Program Director reports directly to the Vice President.
- LGBTQ program researchers/senior researchers report directly to the LGBTQ Program Director.
- Content Generation: The LGBTQ Program Director guides overall content generated by Media Matters that addresses the LGBTQ community and is responsible for supervising, editing, and producing rapid response blogs and research documents that track and debunk emerging and recurring conservative misinformation in the media. In addition to reinforcing progressive messaging on the fight for LGBTQ equality, the LGBTQ Program Director also designs and implements long-term quantitative projects that analyze media coverage of LGBTQ-related issues and the spread of anti-LGBTQ disinformation online. The LGBTQ Program Director is responsible for maintaining and completing strategic goals already in place for the program, while ensuring the organization’s overall content has the maximum impact in correcting and shifting misleading policy, legal, and cultural media narratives.
- Monitoring and Research: The LGBTQ program’s content is developed through overall media monitoring done by Media Matters’ Research Department, in addition to targeted monitoring by the LGBTQ Program Director and LGBTQ Researchers. The LGBTQ Program Director sets the monitoring and research priorities for the program and reviews prospective LGBTQ content and research proposals related to strategic program goals. This includes setting priorities for targeted tracking of LGBTQ coverage and anti-LGBTQ media figure activity in print, TV, and online media, as well as on social media platforms.
- Management: The LGBTQ Program Director directly oversees the work of the LGBTQ Researchers, including day-to-day task management and long-term professional growth and development.
- Strategic Engagement and Movement Alignment: The LGBTQ Program Director is responsible for fostering relationships with allied groups and identifying opportunities to generate high impact results in the fight for LGBTQ equality, including through collaboration with partners, research sharing and conversations with journalists, and direct outreach to platforms and officials. The LGBTQ Program Director provides strategic support and research for related partner campaigns, crafts and executes related Media Matters’ campaigns (including media accountability campaigns), and works to provide general strategic and messaging guidance to allies and key stakeholders -- including by fulfilling research requests and participating in regular cross-organization calls, convenings, and conferences.
- General Administration and Staff Support: The LGBTQ Program Director assists in development work, including drafting grant proposals and updates, and successfully presenting the value of Media Matters’ LGBTQ work to prospective and current donors. The LGBTQ Program Director also offers feedback and recommendations to relevant senior management consultation and assignments and provides support to the general research staff if and when they produce content that relates to this program area. Duties include instructing researchers about the nuances of particular misinformation on these issues and providing editing support when necessary.
- Minimum of 3-5 years conducting research, analysis, and/or advocacy related to LGBTQ issues and policies -- or experience in media research and a demonstrated interest in LGBTQ issues.
- Familiarity with the progressive political space and the right-wing media landscape, U.S. media, and the ways conservative misinformation affects public debate.
- Established relationships with progressive allies, with the ability to grow Media Matters’ outreach in this area.
- Demonstrated in-depth knowledge of current political and policy issues, participants, institutions, and organizations relating to the LGBTQ community.
- Proven analytical writing, editing, and communication skills.
- Experience in producing deadline-oriented web content and/or complex research reports against hard deadlines.
- Flexibility to work within rapid news cycles, often outside of typical 8-5 hours.
- Experience managing a team, including day-to-day task management and long-term professional growth and development..
- Alignment with Media Matters’ work culture, including:Interest in media and the effects conservative misinformation has on our public debate, and an understanding of Media Matters’ mission and work.
- Ability to operate effectively both independently and in a team setting.
- Demonstrated ability to meet tight deadlines on a daily basis, organize long-lead projects, and quickly adapt to new challenges in a fast-paced news cycle.
- Ability to prioritize and manage simultaneous assignments and quickly synthesize information about new topics.
- Receptivity and responsiveness to both concrete and abstract feedback.
- Dedication to accuracy, with the ability to prioritize and give keen attention to detail.
- Ability to adapt to new technologies and systems quickly and effectively
Compensation: Media Matters for America offers competitive compensation and a comprehensive benefits package. This role is part of the Media Matters union represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 500. The salary for this position starts at $70,000 and is commensurate with experience.
How to Apply:
Please visit https://www.mediamatters.org/jobs to apply through our online portal. No phone calls, please.
Media Matters for America is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workforce and strongly encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or disability.