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Full time salaried/
Part time hourly

AAPF is seeking enthusiastic Research Assistants to join our team! Full-time salaried and part-time hourly Research Assistant positions are available. Research Assistants will contribute research to research to ongoing campaigns and initiatives, programming, policy analysis, essays, statements and op-eds, and more.

About AAPF

Founded in 1996, The African American Policy Forum (AAPF) is an innovative think tank that connects academics, activists, and policy-makers to promote efforts to dismantle structural inequality. We utilize new ideas and innovative perspectives to transform public discourse and policy. We promote frameworks and strategies that address a vision of racial justice that embraces the intersections of race, gender, class, and the array of barriers that disempower those who are marginalized in society. AAPF is dedicated to advancing and expanding racial justice, gender equality, and the indivisibility of all human rights, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Full participation in brainstorming sessions with the AAPF team;

  • Conducting research for various ongoing AAPF projects including #SayHerName campaign, the #TruthBeTold campaign, Under the Blacklight webinar series, Black Girls Matter report, AAPF blog and statements, and other AAPF programming;

  • Supporting the Executive Director and other leadership for various projects such as speech writing, media appearance preparation, op-eds, and forthcoming books.


The Ideal Candidate should have:

  • Scholarly understanding of Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality;

  • Familiarity with Kimberlé Crenshaw's work;

  • Strong organizational, multi-tasking, and prioritizing skills;

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Suite;

  • A legal and/or social science background;

  • Experience in multidisciplinary research;

  • The ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a dynamic environment.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should apply by sending a completed application packet consisting of a resume, cover letter, legal or social science-related writing sample of up to 5 pages and two references to

Hourly compensation commensurate with experience; or educational credits.

AAPF recognizes that, in particular, members of underrepresented groups may not apply for roles when they feel they do not meet the requirements in full. We encourage interested applicants to apply if they meet most of the qualifications listed in this posting.

AAPF is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workplace that strongly encourages women, people of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, foreign-born residents, and veterans to apply.

AAPF does not tolerate any form of harassment or discrimination with respect to race, religion, color, social or ethnic origin, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth and related medical conditions), age, physical, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital status, veteran status, or any other status protected by local, state, or federal laws.

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