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Service Employees International Union Assistant Research Director in Washington, District Of Columbia

SEIU (Service Employees International Union)

Job Title: Assistant Director of Research Grade: E Annual Pay: $105,954/YR

Location: Washington, DC or NY- Location is flexible


The Assistant Director of Research supervises research activity in support of organizing, bargaining, and related policy efforts in the Divisions, and is responsible for a variety of administrative and managerial projects in the Research Department.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate short and long-term planning, implementation and evaluation of research programs for the divisions. Work closely with division directors and Organizing Department on development and execution of division program as defined by division boards.

  • Supervise daily staff research activity for the divisions, as well as interns, consultants and field researchers on a project basis. Recruit, hire, and train staff on research methods and techniques, specific industry issues, research project management skills, and organizational context of work.

  • Assist in the development and implementation of major strategic organizing, bargaining, issue initiatives and campaigns with the divisions and coordinate research, writing and strategic support for such projects in concert with other international departments and local union leaders and staff.

  • Coordinate with other departments of the International. Plan, organize and direct internal department infrastructure projects that enhance efficiency and effectiveness of operations through establishing systems and procedures.

  • Coordinate and direct regional research operations connected to division program.

  • Participate in administration of Research Department including planning, budgeting, hiring, resource and project management. Conduct administrative tasks including preliminary determination on staff leave/expense matters.

  • Represent the International with local unions, prospective affiliates, labor task forces and committees, outside organizations and employers as well as at meetings and conferences.

  • Testify as expert witness before state and local legislative and regulatory bodies as well as state and local impasse or arbitration panels.

  • Write for SEIU publications.

  • Initiate, author and coordinate production of resource and training manuals and materials for SEIU conferences, meetings and conventions.

  • Develop and present training programs on organizing, collective bargaining, and research techniques.

  • Supervise the following: research coordinators, senior research analysts, research analysts, research associates, clerical support staff and other staff.

  • Perform other duties as required to support the department and its mission.


Includes SEIU staff, affiliate staff, local union officials, Research department field staff and other coalitions.

Direction and Decision Making:

Manage at own initiative, independent of all but necessary supervision by Research Director.

Education and Experience:

Master’s degree or higher in economics, business or related field or equivalent formal training and experience in advanced research support and research project management for organizing and collective bargaining or labor-related advocacy work.

Physical Requirements:

Work is generally performed in an office setting. Long and extended hours and extensive travel required.

Application Requirements:

A resume is required for all applications and a cover letter is highly suggested. 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 holidays and vacation policies, and both a pension plan and a 401(K) Plan.

SEIU is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

ID: 2019-2829

External Company URL: www.seiu.org