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Senior Field Researcher

Service Employees International Union

ID: 2013-1628

Job Location: US-NY-New York US-IL-Chicago US-CA-Los Angeles US-CA-San Francisco

Posted Date: 8/6/2013



Senior Field Researcher
* Grade III

Location: This job can be located in New York City, New York; Chicago, IL; Los Angeles, CA; or San Francisco, CA.


The Senior Field Researcher will:

*Represent and assist the International Union in field research;
*Coordinate campaign research, utilizing information from and about workers, employers, economic / financial research on target or industry;
*Have the ability to act in a leadership role with other staff (International and Local);
*Have the ability to identify other campaign issues and research them.

S/he plays an integral role in planning, implementation, and evaluation of campaign and participates in team leadership of campaign. The Senior Field Researcher performs a wide range of duties related to the research area of organizing and/or contract campaigns as assigned by the International Union and these may include some or all of the duties and responsibilities included within the field researcher job description.

Duties and Responsibilities: A. General

*Organize, bargain, communicate; and provide division program support, public policy action, community support, resource management, record keeping, employer research, economic research and other duties as assigned.

B. Industry Research

*Develop overall power structure analysis;
*Develop description of regulatory schemes;
*Develop summary histories and listings of current key issues and developments; and
*Provide analysis of industry profitability and finances.

C. Corporate Research

*Research and summarize firm's line of business / products / services; stature and relevant market dynamics;
*Compile firm's history as well as recent major events, current developments, mergers and acquisitions; and
*Identify points of vulnerability in firm.

D. Strategic and Programmatic Thinking

*Assist with leading staff plan and execute campaign strategy and tactics.

E. Legal Research and Strategy

*Awareness of legal parameters of campaigns (e.g., secondary, libelF. Project Management
*Lead staff & manage resources for significant industry projects;
*Manage campaign resources and capabilities from staff to computers to international; and
*Manage internal and external political relationships.

Qualifications and Requirements:

*Requires a high level of judgment, leadership, and commitment to the goals of SEIU and its leaders.
*Must be able to work independently with elected leaders in complex political and local union situations.
*Must be available for regular travel over a large geographic area--and the position often requires temporary assignments away from home as well as long and irregular hours.
*Must be able to act and organize their time extremely independently while maintaining a close relationship of responsibility to the International Union. Organizing campaign supervision to establish workplans that reflect campaign objectives is exercised by the campaign lead (e.g. Organizing Coordinator). Technical work supervision provided by the Research Department. Field Research is closely coordinated with Headquarters research teams.

Criteria for Evaluation:

The Senior Field Researcher will be evaluated on their ability and skill in coordinating and developing research strategy for major campaigns which enable SEIU to meet its goals of organizing and representing workers successfully. Among other criteria they will be evaluated on their ability to maintain and enhance working relationships between local union leaders and the International, balance conflicting demands successfully, lead staff, to provide research services in a broad range of areas, to analyze and report both successful and less successful campaigns, as well as carry out assigned and required tasks in a competent and professional manner in keeping with SEIU's overall goals and expectations.

Application Requirements

A cover letter is required for all applications. Your cover letter should explain your reason for wanting to work for SEIU, an example of how you demonstrated success in a similar position and a description of how this position fits into your long-term career plan.


SEIU staff enjoy top notch benefits including comprehensive health benefits, major medical, dental and vision for employee and eligible dependents, domestic partner benefits, competitive salaries, generous holiday and vacation policies, and both a pension plan and a 401(K) Plan.

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