Field Researcher

Website SEIU

Job Category: UUR
Requisition Number: FIELD002802
Type: Full-Time
Location: Los Angeles | CA | 90010 | USA

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SEIU(Service Employees International Union)

TITLE: Field Researcher


SALARY: $59,367

LOCATION: Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, OR, Seattle, New York, Boston Preferred

Organization Overview: We are the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), a union of about 2 million diverse members in healthcare, the public sector, and property services. We believe in and fight for our Vision for a Just Society: where all workers are valued and all people respected—no matter where we come from or what color we are; where all families and communities can thrive; and where we leave a better and more equitable world for generations to come. We are an anti-racist union determined to check corporate power and uproot structural racism through unions—worker power and collective action—and government—legislative and political action. We fight for Unions for All and a Government that Works for All so that all of us, across race and place, can have power together in unions and participate fully in our democracy.

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.


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: Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelors degree in economics, business or a related field and at least one (1) year of experience in fiscal and financial analysis and prior experience with corporate financial analysis or building service industry budget analysis and revenue forecasting. Basic knowledge of word processing, spreadsheet, and 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.

Vaccination Requirement: Candidates will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. Reasonable accommodations will be considered on a case-by-case basis for either a) a certain medical condition(s); or b) on the basis of sincerely held strong religious beliefs and practices; c) as otherwise required by law.

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