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Field Researcher - 9 Month Term Position

SEIU International


FIELD RESEARCHER ( 9 Month Term Position)

Location: This position can be based in either Boston, Los Angeles or NY

Purpose: To represent and assist the International Union in field research; to take responsibility for campaign research and analysis of date and reporting to campaign staff.

Duties and Responsibilities: The Field Researcher performs a wide range of duties related to the research support for all stages of organizing and/or contract campaigns. Duties may vary by campaign and may include but are not limited to the following:

A. Planning

*plan own work;
*implement daily workplan;
*carry out assigned tasks;
*balance conflicting demands.

B. Gather information from workers; employers; economic / financial data; and assess what is relevant to the particular campaign and record and report such information logically and analytically and integrate such information into campaign;

C. Access employer documents, evaluate information and cull for relevant points;

D. Recordkeeping/list maintenance/logistical information:

*record and track employer activities;
*identify what information is important to the campaign;
*identify data;
*maintain files.

E. Collective bargaining

F Legal:

*collect info for Wage & Hour complaints and other charges (e.g., H&S, sexual harassment); work with lawyers on these issues;
*awareness of legal parameters to campaigns (e.g., secondary, libel);
*understand regulatory issues affecting employers.


Demonstrated ability to tackle complex research problems of a financial, economic, political or social scientific nature. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university or equivalent experience Proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets and database programs. Demonstrated commitment to SEIU's mission and values.

Working Conditions: The Field Researcher 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.

Scope and Nature of Supervision: Under the daily supervision of organizing campaign management to establish workplans that reflect campaign objectives: technical work supervision provided by the Research Department. Field research is closely coordinated with Headquarters research teams.

Special Skills and/or Knowledge: Basic knowledge or word processing, spreadsheet, database programs.

Criteria for Evaluation: Field Researchers will be evaluated on their ability and skill in assisting SEIU to meet its goals of organizing and representing workers successfully. Among other criteria they will be evaluated on their ability to work independently, to maintain working relations with the local union leaders in the area, balance conflicting demands successfully, to provide research services in a broad range of areas, and to 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.

SEIU is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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