Associate Research Director at Corporate Accountability International

Corporate Accountability International, a powerhouse in challenging corporate abuse for 35 years, is seeking an Associate Research Director to play a lead role in providing the information, analysis, and strategic direction necessary to develop and carry out our life-saving campaigns. As the Associate Research Director, you will be responsible for gathering, analyzing, and presenting information; fact-checking campaign and fundraising materials; training and managing research staff; and cultivating relationships with key allied organizations and experts. 

Corporate Accountability International has been instrumental in challenging egregious and life-threatening abuses in the food, water, and tobacco industries. As the Associate Research Director, you will play a key role in increasing the impact of these campaigns through strategic research and campaign development. Recently, the organization partnered with allies and members across the world to generate grassroots action and strategic direction to halt the corporate-backed Trans-Pacific Partnership, often referred to as “NAFTA on steroids.” We also worked with allies and grassroots activists to stop a landmark water privatization contract in St. Louis that would have allowed the water giant Veolia to profit off of the city’s public water system.

As the Associate Research Director, you will report directly to the Deputy Director: Campaigns & Research and work closely with our campaign directors and senior research staff as well as staff across the organization. The organization is made up of over 60 smart and driven staff and interns working in a fast-paced and fun working environment with a network of members and allies across the world.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Play a lead role in the development and implementation of strategies challenging the abuses of the private water industry, the fast food industry, and Big Tobacco.
  • Play a lead role in the coordination of research and international policy development.
  • Manage, train, and support one or more research staff member.
  • Conceptualize and conduct research and analysis of transnational corporate activities and industry trends.
  • Monitor and analyze corporate responses and progress relative to campaign goals and objectives.
  • Play a lead role in fundraising activities, with a focus on foundation fundraising.
  • Produce written reports for internal use as well as public distribution.
  • Develop and build relationships with key organizational allies and experts.
  • Represent the organization as a spokesperson and advocate at conferences, policy meetings, shareholders’ meetings, and expert gatherings.
  • Ensure accuracy of all communications, campaign and fundraising materials.
  • Participate in organization-wide planning, fundraising, recruitment and campaign activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated commitment to corporate accountability and social justice, with a global perspective.
  • At least 5 years of experience in strategic corporate research, organizing, and advocacy.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • A background in non-profit fundraising.
  • Knowledge of corporate accountability issues.
  • Experience in fact-checking.
  • Experience organizing and/or developing a campaign related to food, water or tobacco a plus.

Salary and benefits:

Commensurate with experience, with a generous benefits package including health, dental, FSA, 401 (k), ongoing training and growth opportunities. Upbeat, collaborative, and goal-oriented office atmosphere.      


Campaign Headquarters- Boston, MA

To Apply: 

Visit Attach your résumé to the online application, and include a cover letter and list of three to five references. Please include where you heard about the position. If you are having trouble uploading, please email your materials to Sarah Bennett at [email protected].