Organizational Overview

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice (SCSJ) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was founded in August 2007 and works across the South. Our mission is to promote justice by partnering with communities of color and economically disadvantaged communities to defend and advance their political, social, and economic rights. Using a community lawyering approach to priority setting, SCSJ’s focus areas currently include voting rights, justice system transformation, and youth decriminalization, as well as environmental justice and human rights when resources permit. SCSJ provides comprehensive resources for communities seeking to create structural change, in areas from research and litigation to organizing and communications, and utilizes all mechanisms for supporting those communities, including movement lawyering strategies.  For more information about our work and unique approach, visit our website at 

Position Announcement

SCSJ has an immediate opening for a Qualitative Researcher to support SCSJ’s Voting Rights, Justice System Reform, and Environmental Justice teams as well as our grassroots partners across the South fighting on behalf of disadvantaged communities to defend and advance their political, social and economic rights. We are seeking an individual with strong research and analytical skills, who excels at presenting findings and recommendations in an accessible manner. A successful candidate will have a background in data, research, and evaluation, as well as experience in both qualitative analysis and writing and presenting reports. 


  • Research and author in-depth reports, policy briefs and other collateral on voting rights and democracy issues, justice systems reforms, environmental justice, and other racial and social justice topics. 
  • Synthesize data from large publicly available data sets or our in-house data analytics team and present that data in an accessible, educational, and compelling formats. 
  • Collaborate with communications and legal staff to prepare and format research materials for summary and mass-media publishing to represent SCSJ externally.
  • Work closely with local, state, and national advocates and officials to support community-supported racial and social justice reforms. 
  • Present, as needed, research results and analysis in advocacy spaces. 
  • Survey policies across the country to support advocacy on behalf of our clients and partners, working with other program staff and clients to assess the efficacy of proposed policies. 
  • Develop positive relationships with leaders in various state and federal government groups, grassroots movements, advocacy organizations, and academic institutions. 
  • Work across programs, departments, and sometimes organizations on projects and research materials as they are developed or needed. 
  • Support steering capstone research projects with undergraduate or graduate students. 

Preferred Experience 

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least 2 years of experience or a Master’s degree required.  Formal coursework in research methods and policy analysis preferred. 
  • Proficient in writing and researching with both scholarly rigor and compelling advocacy. 
  • Proficient in (or able to learn quickly) different ways of presenting complicated data or policies in an accessible and useful manner, with the goal of equipping partners with advocacy tools. 
  • Commitment to SCSJ’s mission, and to building an egalitarian organization guided by principles and practices that promote racial equity. 
  • Positive attitude towards assignments, friendly disposition, ability to work in a team environment, and strong desire to help staff produce a quality work product. 
  • Flexibility to respond to rapidly changing priorities and multiple requests from a variety of staff members. 
  • Ability to approach a project creatively, problem solve, exercise discretion and independent judgment, and work with minimum direction. 


Start Date: ASAP

Salary & Benefits 

The Qualitative Researcher salary will range from $50,000 to $65,000 a year, commensurate with experience, and include comprehensive health and retirement benefits.  


The Qualitative Researcher will work from SCSJ’s office located in Durham, North Carolina. Due to the ongoing public health crisis, SCSJ staff will be working remotely until advised that it is safe to return to work. During this period of remote time, we are working with staff on an individual basis to set up flex schedules if needed for childcare or other care commitments.   

To Apply 

Candidates must upload a resume, a cover letter, and a writing sample (a research paper, report, or other analytical piece) of up to 5 pages to this Box Folder. Files should be properly labeled with the candidate’s name. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. 

SCSJ is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, gender, gender identity, age, or disability. 

If you are an individual with a disability and need assistance completing the online application, please contact us at for assistance.