Senior Research Manager | Net Impact

Senior Research Manager

Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children

Who We Are:
Thorn is a non-profit focused on building technology to defend children from sexual abuse. Working at Thorn allows you to apply your skills, expertise, and passions to directly impact the lives of vulnerable and abused children. Our staff solves dynamic, quickly evolving problems with our network of partners from tech companies, NGOs, and law enforcement agencies. If you can bring clarity to complexity and lightness to heavy issues, you could be an excellent fit for our team.
In 2019, we took the stage at TED and shared our audacious goal of eliminating child sexual abuse material from the internet.

What It's Like to Work Here:
At Thorn, we combine the nimbleness of a startup with the mission and values of a nonprofit. Our success is measured by how many children we've helped save, how many cases we've contributed to solving, and how much harm we've prevented. Our culture is built and stands on three shared values:
Trust. Our team’s ability to build networks based on trust is ultimately what delivers impact for the children we serve. Our investment in building trust in our lives, relationships, and company is an active resistance to the abuse we are fighting.
Inclusion. With your different story, your different approach, your different opinions - we are stronger because of these differences. To succeed at our ambitious goal, we need solutions that have never been found before, from individuals willing to bring their unique personal and professional experiences to work on behalf of our mission.
Resilience. We love a challenge. We also know ourselves, and for the most part, we'll work non-stop if we aren't actively naming the trade-offs and costs of our work. To make sure we can keep building in the way that we love, we build personal, professional, individual, and group practices based on our hard-won wisdom so that we can sustain ourselves and our team for the long-term.

About the Role:
As a Senior Research Manager, you will independently and in partnership with the Research & Insights team, advance Thorn’s organizational knowledge of online child sexual exploitation and emerging trends. The work you do will be a combination of finding quick wins and developing longer-term research. You’ll work closely with the Head of Research & Insights to grow the Research team’s impact, both internally and externally, by delivering nimble, innovative, and rigorous research.

What You’ll Do:

  • Serve as a source of issue expertise, mastering a variety of concepts and related data points to help Thorn make strategic decisions off the best information;
  • Oversee daily operations and management of junior associates;
  • Lead a diverse portfolio of research projects leveraging a variety of data sources and mixed-method research tactics;
  • Ensure the safety and rigor of all research initiatives conducted directly by Thorn or in partnership with other organizations/companies;
  • Actively pursue diversity and inclusion in Thorn research to ensure all kids are represented in our understanding of this issue;
  • Draft briefs and reports that clearly and accurately distill nuanced subjects to a range of audiences;
  • Present on behalf of Thorn at a variety of external meetings and conferences;
  • Mentor people on your team fostering ownership, attention to detail, and critical thinking;
  • Support organization-wide issue education, recommending novel ways to engage busy colleagues.

Skills We’re Seeking

  • At least seven years of increasing responsibility in a professional environment (preferred);
  • At least three years experience in a related field: technology, public health, crime analysis/intelligence, child protection/safety;
  • At least three years managing and coaching a team of junior associates, remote experience preferable;
  • Demonstrated experience leading multi-method research initiatives, including the ability to design studies, collect data, analyze, and deliver concise and compelling findings via written reports and presentations;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to tailor messaging to a range of audiences.
    Proactive and organized team member, able to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Some travel will be required in the future;
  • Prior knowledge of child exploitation/abuse issues is a plus;
  • Desire to serve Thorn’s mission.

At Thorn, we understand the value of developing a team with different perspectives, educational backgrounds, and life experiences. We prioritize diversity within our team and encourage people from underrepresented backgrounds to apply. Your skills are needed here.