[bestbits] Ranking Digital Rights seeks Research Director (or Manager)

Becky Lentz roberta.lentz at mcgill.ca
Thu Apr 14 12:44:27 EDT 2016

Might be of interest to some on this list…

> Dear Friends, 
> Please circulate this to anybody who might potentially be interested.
> Best
> Rebecca
> http://newamerica.applytojob.com/apply/pFtGgd
> Position:  Research Director (or Manager), Ranking Digital Rights
> Location: Washington DC preferred, New York possible; other remote locations
> may be considered under special circumstances.
> Ranking Digital Rights, a non-profit human rights and corporate accountability
> project based at New America’s Open Technology Institute, seeks a full-time
> Research Director or Research Manager (title depending on seniority and
> experience) to oversee the planning and execution of research for the Ranking
> Digital Rights Corporate Accountability Index and related research activities.
> This individual will answer to the project Director and work in close
> coordination with other project staff. The job represents a unique opportunity
> to shape the direction and scope of an innovative new project whose core
> output is applied research in the service of policy, advocacy, and responsible
> investing. 
> After more than two years of research, stakeholder consultation, pilot
> testing, and iteration, Ranking Digital Rights released its inaugural
> Corporate Accountability Index in November 2015 and is currently undertaking
> methodological review and research needed to refine and expand the Index. The
> next Index will be released in the first half of 2017, after which the project
> aims to continue on an annual cycle of research, release, promotion,
> stakeholder engagement, and iteration. For an experienced research
> professional who wants to have a direct and positive impact on corporate
> policy and practice in the area of freedom of expression and privacy, this
> position brings an exciting opportunity to innovate and demonstrate thought
> leadership. For more information about the project please visit
> rankingdigitalrights.org <http://rankingdigitalrights.org> .
> About Ranking Digital Rights:
> Ranking Digital Rights is a non-profit research initiative housed at New
> America’s Open Technology Institute, working with an international network of
> partners to set global standards for how companies in the information and
> communications technology (ICT) sector should respect freedom of expression
> and privacy. The project's inaugural 2015 Corporate Accountability Index
> ranked 16 of the world's most powerful Internet and telecommunications
> companies on their disclosed commitments, policies, and practices affecting
> freedom of expression and privacy. Future iterations of the Index will expand
> over time to include more companies that produce a broader range of digitally
> networked products and services with implications for global human rights.
> About the Open Technology Institute:
> The Open Technology Institute at New America is committed to freedom and
> social justice in the digital age. To achieve these goals, it intervenes in
> traditional policy debates, builds technology, and deploys tools with
> communities.
> About New America
> New America is dedicated to the renewal of American politics, prosperity, and
> purpose in the Digital Age. We carry out our mission as a nonprofit civic
> enterprise: an intellectual venture capital fund, think tank, technology
> laboratory, public forum, and media platform. Our hallmarks are big ideas,
> impartial analysis, pragmatic policy solutions, technological innovation, next
> generation politics, and creative engagement with broad audiences.
> Responsibilities will include:
> ●    Plan, structure, and coordinate the work of a team of researchers, some
> based at New America’s Open Technology Institute and others based elsewhere
> around the world who are either employed by the project’s institutional
> research partners or who are engaged to work with RDR on a contract basis;
> ●    Develop training materials and design/lead training sessions to ensure
> the researchers understand the substance of the Index and the research
> process;
> ●    Design and run an effective process for researcher communication and
> addressing questions/problems as they arise during the research cycle;
> ●    Lead and design/refine the process for reviewing Index research for
> quality and accuracy, ensuring that the data collected captures what the Index
> is addressing;
> ●    Lead the process of analyzing Index data, pulling out relevant findings
> and developing recommendations. This includes structuring and drafting the
> main Index report, in addition to writing or directing the production of white
> papers and other products throughout the year focused on specific facets of
> the Index data in connection with emerging policy and industry developments;
> ●    Working with other project staff responsible for engagement and outreach,
> support outreach to and engagement with researchers from other organizations
> around the world who want to use or build upon Index data or analysis in their
> own work;
> ●    Support conversations with company representatives and civil society
> organizations about the Index research and its findings, recommendations,
> etc.;
> ●    Alongside the project director and other staff, write and speak publicly
> about the Index and the project as a whole.
> Minimum Qualifications:
> ●    Substantive knowledge, gained through prior employment or academic
> experience, of digital rights including privacy and freedom of expression
> online;
> ●    Experience managing complex research projects with remote team members;
> ●    Proven ability to function well on a team that includes remote staff;
> ●    Proven ability to write clearly, concisely, and on deadline;
> ●    Detail-oriented;
> ●    Demonstrated ability for creative problem-solving: This is an early stage
> project with opportunities for the successful candidate to shape how the
> project approaches and structures its research in the future. The successful
> candidate is flexible and open to iterating on that process;
> ●    Demonstrated ability to balance “substance” and “process:” The successful
> candidate has the ability to understand and review the content of research as
> well as develop, execute, and improve the processes by which the research gets
> done;
> ●    Fluency in written and spoken English
> Candidates with some combination of the below will receive strongest
> consideration: 
> ●    Experience working with research databases and quantitative methods;
> ●    Experience conducting research related to human rights, governance,
> accountability, and transparency;
> ●    Experience working on issues related to business and human rights;
> ●    Experience conducting research on companies in general, and corporate
> “environmental, social, and governance” (ESG) issues in particular;
> ●    Experience working in professional or academic environments outside the
> United States, particularly in the developing world;
> ●    Proficiency in at least one language other than English;
> ●    Public speaking experience;
> ●    Experience in writing or contributing to grant proposals and/or reports;
> ●    A relevant graduate degree
> Application materials: In addition to cover letter and CV, please include at
> least one example of a published research product that you have led, managed,
> or otherwise made a substantial contribution to.
> New America is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse
> workforce at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that
> allows us to better serve our clientele, our employees and our communities. We
> value and encourage the contributions of our employees and strive to create an
> environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive
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> federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s
> employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility
> for benefits, and termination.
> -- 
> Rebecca MacKinnon
> Director, Ranking Digital Rights <http://rankingdigitalrights.org/>  @ New
> America
> Author, Consent of the Networked <http://consentofthenetworked.com/>
> Co-founder, Global Voices <http://globalvoicesonline.org/>
> Twitter: @rmack
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