Digital Research Analyst – Elections is needed in Washington United States

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Digital Research Analyst – Elections, Washington
Job description

ISD is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to safeguarding human rights and reversing the rising tide of polarisation, extremism and disinformation worldwide.

Why work for ISD?

ISD is not your ordinary think tank. We turn research into action that changes the world. Our insights don’t gather dust on shelves – they power the fight to protect democracy and human rights on the front lines. We’re committed to delivering real change, from the grassroots to the highest levels of global institutions. And we’re looking for passionate individuals who share our commitment to making a difference. Join us and be part of an organisation that’s making an impact.

ISD’s Guiding Principles of integrity, collaboration, agility and courage define who we are as a team and an organisation. These principles reflect our culture and guide the way we work and the choices we make.

Our benefits

 Flexible and remote working.
 20 days paid time off plus 11 public holidays.
 1 week of additional paid time off over Christmas, outside of your PTO entitlement.
 Paid time off for training and life’s important events.
 Health insurance policy via BCBS as well as Vision, Dental, and employer sponsored short and long-term disability policies and life insurance. 
 401k policy with company match.
 Unlimited sick leave and enhanced family friendly policies.
 Annual personal development and remote working budgets.
 Dedicated counsellors for those working with traumatic content.
 Friday 4pm finish.

$65,000 – $85,000 per annum, depending on experience.


You may work from our office in Washington DC, from home, or on a hybrid arrangement to suit you. Please note you will be required to attend the office occasionally for team meetings.


This is a full-time position, 40 hours per week.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

ISD is committed to promoting diversity throughout its workforce and aims for its team to be truly representative of all sections of society. We make a concerted effort to ensure our workplace, employment policies and organisational culture creates an inclusive, positive and progressive environment in which all members of our team are treated with dignity and respect. For further information about this policy or our recruitment practices, please email [email protected].

We strongly encourage applications from people of colour, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, neurodivergent people, carers, and people from diverse socio-economic backgrounds.

The role

The Digital Research Analyst conducts comprehensive research on hate, extremism, and disinformation in the US to support election efforts. They analyze digital data quantitatively and qualitatively to identify potential threats and trends, contributing to internal and public reports and presentations. Collaborating with other analysts and US policy teams, they help inform legislation and interventions to combat online harm during elections.Key responsibilities include:

 Conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis, through ethnographic monitoring and tools (Pyrra, Brandwatch)
 Author at least two ‘explainers’ per year and contribute submissions to other briefs and publications as required.
 Produce slides and presentation materials for training to help safeguard public officials, frontline activities, and voters in the context of election disinformation.
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Job requirements

The ideal candidate

The ideal candidate should have a Bachelor’s degree in a related field, 2+ years of research or data analysis experience and proficiency in online analytical tools with strong data visualization skills. Please review our job description for essential criteria, and keep in mind that no candidate will meet every requirement in the advert. If your experience looks a little different from what we’ve identified, but you think you can bring value to the role, we’d love to hear from you.

How to apply

Please submit your application by March 8th 2024. ISD reserves the right to interview and appoint candidates prior to the advertised closing date.

If you have any further questions about this vacancy or want to speak to a member of our recruitment team, please contact [email protected].


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