Director, Research and Policy

Director, Research and Policy

Full-time, permanent

Washington, DC/Dupont Circle - Remote during the pandemic

Starting salary range: $100,000 – $120,000



At DC Action, we know the District’s young people can accomplish anything when they have a fair chance.

And we also know how much stands in their way -- particularly our young people most affected by poverty and racism. These are powerful injustices, and they must be met with an equally powerful response.

We’re uniting all those fighting on behalf of DC’s children and youth to pursue a single, shared vision for what it looks like to grow up in our city. Because, while childhood exists on a continuum from birth to adulthood, the systems, programs and organizations designed to support our children and youth are too often fragmented by age.

Together with our young people, parents and community partners, we’re advocating with one voice for public policies that support kids at every step from early childhood to early adulthood. We are stronger, louder and more effective together. And, whether we are focused on helping a toddler learn her letters or a young man pursue his professional passion, we share one goal: that all of DC’s children and youth grow up safe, resilient, powerful, and heard.

Please visit Our Policy Priorities to learn more about our work, values and impact.



DC Action is seeking a Director of Research and Policy to provide leadership to a small and growing team focused on synthesizing current and accurate research, conducting timely policy analysis across DC Action’s issues and coalitions, and developing materials that persuade policymakers to invest in children, youth and young adults. The Director will also develop and guide community-based participatory research partnerships that advance equity in education, health and economic security. The Director of Research and Policy will report to the Chief of Staff.



  • Strong commitment to and familiarity with the issues facing  children and youth in the District of Columbia


  • A passion for economic, racial and social justice


  • Required: Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy or a related social science field and at least 10 years research and policy experience


  • Supervisory and management experience: Effective team management skills, able to lead a small team of policy and research professionals


  • Strongly Preferred: Graduate degree with experience/knowledge in community based participatory research with Black and brown communities


  • Strong policy research skills with a track record of advocacy work, publications and demonstrated ability to write; significant evidence of presentations, publications, and analysis


  • Experience in mapping and data visualization (GIS, Tableau); common statistical programs (e.g., SAS, Stata, or R); and familiarity with survey techniques and qualitative research such as conducting focus groups and in-depth interviews



  • Strong project management skills with the ability to juggle multiple priorities, take initiative, and thrive in a fast-paced environment. You empower others to act and hold yourself and others accountable. You are comfortable working independently and as part of a team and recognize that work sometimes happens outside of routine business hours.


  • Great sense of humor. Complement rigor and high standards with an ability to encourage fun and laughter in a team environment


  • In it for the long haul. Not just looking for a one year engagement, but have a long-term vision for DC Action’s research and policy goals and looking to stay for a few years to see the fruits of your labor



The starting salary range for this position is $100,000 – $120,000 annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience. DC Action offers a generous benefit package, a great team, and a working environment committed to fostering staff growth and leadership.



To apply, please complete the Director, Research and Policy Job Application and upload your resume along with two professional writing samples.  

This announcement will remain posted until the position is filled. No phone calls please.   

DC Action recognizes and honors diversity in race, ethnicity, culture, age, abilities, gender, sexual orientation, and places where people live. We seek to reflect this diversity in all aspects of our work, including the composition of our board, staff, and volunteers. Further, DC Action seeks to be a multicultural and culturally competent organization that works for equity among all people. We strongly encourage applications from people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, people with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ community and other underrepresented and historically marginalized groups. 

Please note that only those individuals whose qualifications match the current needs of this position will be considered applicants and will receive responses from DC Action.