Head of Digital Research, US

April 9, 2021
Preferred Start Date:
US, London or Remote
Contract Type:
1 year fixed term contract, full time

The Head of Digital Research (US) is a new leadership role in ISD’s growing Digital Analysis Unit. The successful candidate will be an experienced analyst with a proven track record leading digital analysis of online manipulation, hate or extremism, and will lead a team to deliver world-class digital research outputs in the US focused on extremism, disinformation and hate speech online. The role entails coordinating ISD’s network of partner research organisations, as well as effectively presenting ISD research and analysis to policy makers and the media in the US.

The post holder will build out ISD’s digital analysis work in the US and maintain ISD’s partnerships to achieve world-class digital research and outputs in the domains of extremism, hate and disinformation as well as manage a research team of senior and junior analysts (including OSINT analysts, computational data analysts and digital ethnographic analysts). They will represent ISD’s Digital Analysis Unit in the US through media appearances, and representation at policy expert events and build out and represent ISD’s Digital Analysis Unit through fundraising and programme development/ expansion in the US.

The ideal candidate will have

  • Significant experience and knowledge of online analytical tools and approaches, including but not limited to Crowdtangle, natural language processing, network mapping and OSINT
  • Strong project and research management capabilities and writing, editing and data analysis
  • Extremely strong written and oral communication skills and exceptional attention to detail
  • Entrepreneurial approach to fundraising and development
  • Great team management skills (remote, international, virtual)

Strong knowledge of digital policy dynamics and debates in the US, UK and Europe is essential whilst knowledge of US politics and policy is desirable. Professional Spanish fluency is also desirable.

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Application process

To apply, please send a one-page cover letter addressing your interest in and suitability for the position, and an up-to-date CV (no more than 2 pages) including salary expectations to [email protected].

Shortlisted Candidates
Due to the high volume of applications we receive, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Applications without a covering letter or CV will not be considered. ISD reserves the right to reject any proposals submitted that do not meet this criteria, and to request additional information as necessary in order to evaluate applications. Please note that applications will be considered on a rolling basis and ISD reserves the right to appoint before the end of the advertisement.

Work with us

ISD is an independent, non-profit organisation dedicated to safeguarding human rights and reversing the rising tide of polarisation, extremism and disinformation worldwide.
Benefits at ISD
ISD offers competitive salaries and a range of attractive benefits including a 5% employer pension contribution, 20+ days holiday, flexible working, employee support & assistance programmes, and an annual individual training budget.
Speculative Applications 
ISD welcomes speculative applications from talented and dedicated individuals at all levels who would like to join our global team. If you are committed to challenging extremism, hate and disinformation in all its forms, please send a CV and cover letter (no more than 1 page) outlining your experience, ambitions and suitability to [email protected].
Consultant Roster Application
ISD often works with consultants to deliver on a range of projects. We invite talented researchers and consultants to join our roster in order to be considered for engagement on a range of assignments. To express an interest in working with ISD, please send a copy of your up-to-date CV, details of two employment/assignment references and a link to your LinkedIn profile or personal website (if available) to [email protected].
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We’re passionate about doing the right thing and holding ourselves to high standards
Together we create more than the sum of our parts
We’re dynamic, fast, responsive and proactive in our work
We take considered risks in order to drive change
Equal Opportunities
ISD is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from candidates from a broad range of backgrounds. ISD is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and we have a zero-tolerance policy towards any discrimination or harassment based on race, colour, sex, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic.

We operate fair recruitment and selection procedures based on the principle of selecting the best person for the job. 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 any further information about this policy or our recruitment practices, please email [email protected].