Dangerous Speech Project Research and Communications Associate

Location: Washington, DC strongly preferred
Status: Non-Exempt, Full-Time (35-40 hours/week)
Start Date: August 14, 2017
Reports to: Director

The Dangerous Speech Project seeks effective methods to identify and counteract rhetoric that can inspire violence, while also protecting freedom of expression.

Position Summary

The Dangerous Speech Project seeks a Research and Communications Associate to research and write papers and other new materials for monitoring and countering Dangerous Speech, and to manage the DSP’s social media and website.

Essential Responsibilities and Tasks

Research and writing (60%)
● Conduct research on topics ranging from public speech that has preceded episodes of mass violence in the past to content moderation policies of Internet platforms.
● Write or help to write scholarly and journalistic articles
● Contribute to the development of curricula and other materials to explain Dangerous Speech
● Write documents such as conference proposals and grant reports.

Communications & Social Media (30%)
● Maintain the DSP blog, writing at least 3 posts per month and soliciting and editing at least 2 guest posts.
● Post content to the DSP’s Facebook and Twitter feeds regularly, and write occasional newsletters.
● Respond to inquiries from the public and the media

Other duties as assigned (10%)

Required Skills and Experience

Very strong skills in writing and academic research
Native-level proficiency in English
Outstanding communication and organization skills, and attention to detail
Independence, flexibility, experience managing timelines and meeting deadlines
Proactive, self-directed approach to solving problems
Team player

Desired Skills and Experience

Knowledge of quantitative and qualitative social science research methodology
Professional proficiency in a language other than English
Training in human rights, communications/media studies, sociology, anthropology, information studies, and/or law
Experience with WordPress

The researcher will be paid $15-25 hourly, depending on qualifications, with flexible hours. There may be occasional travel for 2-4 days, to meetings with project staff, conferences, and for research.

To apply

A complete application will include:
● CV or resume
● Cover letter
● Two writing samples (one a literature review or scholarly article, the other a 700-1200 word blog post)
● Links to online presence (social media, personal website/blog, etc.)
● 2-3 references

Visit https://jobso.id/b73r to apply.

New Venture Fund Careers

The Dangerous Speech Project is a project of the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3) public charity that incubates new and innovative public-interest projects and grant-making programs. The New Venture Fund is committed to attracting, developing and retaining exceptional people, and to creating a work environment that is dynamic, rewarding and enables each of us to realize our potential. The New Venture Fund’s work environment is safe and open to all employees and partners, respecting the full spectrum of race, color, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, political affiliation, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other classifications protected by law in the locality and/or state in which you are working.