Arlington, VA

Director of Research

The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) seeks a results-driven Director of Research and a proven manager who can supervise a team in the development of research to inform AFB’s public policy agenda and direct research projects related to AFB’s mission and strategy. Please click to view the full position description or to nominate/apply.

The American Foundation for the Blind advocates for 32 million blind and visually impaired Americans and champions impactful policies and practices using research and data. As publisher of the Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness for over a century and counting, AFB is also proud to steward the accessible Helen Keller Archive, honoring the legacy of our most famous ambassador. AFB’s mission is to expand pathways to leadership, education, inclusive technology, and career opportunities to create a world of no limits for people who are blind, deafblind, or have low vision.

Headquartered in Arlington, VA, AFB is a largely virtual organization addressing issues with a national scope.  AFB currently has a 38-member staff, 29% of whom are blind, visually impaired, or with other disabilities (including Dr. Kirk Adams, President & CEO), and an engaged, 19-member Board of Trustees. AFB’s FY 22 operating budget is $9.3 million.

Reporting to the Chief Public Policy and Research Officer (CPPRO) and in collaboration with the dynamic President & CEO, whose talent as a visionary blind leader is well known, the person in the Director of Research (DOR) position will direct and manage the formulation and implementation of AFB’s research to inform AFB’s public policy agenda and to direct research projects related to AFB’s mission and strategy. Provide leadership, administrative oversight and staff supervision for the Research Department and serve as senior advisor on research strategy and methodology.

We appreciate you sharing the position description with your network, and also any nominations you might have.

For additional information or to apply, please contact Lee Kappelman  or Oscar Quiros  at info[at]moppenheim[dot]com.