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Researcher

OVERVIEW OF RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Center for Strategic Research, an arm of the AFL-CIO Organizing Department, provides strategic planning, corporate research, industry research, and issue research to support the AFL-CIO organizing program. The Center works closely with other departments of the AFL-CIO.
The Researcher compiles information on companies, industries and issues and assists in campaign tactic development and implementation. The Researcher also assists in other CSR initiatives and programmatic efforts.
The Researcher works under the supervision of CSR management and works day to day with a project lead to accomplish assignments.

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES:

Corporate Research Duties
• Performs comprehensive and efficient searches of public information from a variety of sources to provide quantitative and qualitative information for company and industry profiles and issue development.
• Monitors press and other public documents on assigned companies, industries and issues.
• Gathers information from workers, employers, government agencies, courts, press, internet, organizers, and other sources. To a limited extent, the Researcher is expected to develop and cultivate new sources of information.
• Participates in campaign research planning, and participates in overall campaign development and planning.
Communications Duties
• Exhibits strong writing skills to prepare internal memos, and to draft leaflets, testimony, letters, fact sheets, and other documents for eventual public uses.
• Effectively communicates purposes for information gathering.
• Exhibits strong presentation skills to communicate findings to team and participates in meetings with people outside of the organization as appropriate.
• Assists in production of specialized publications, analyses, studies, speeches, testimony, reports, correspondence, advertising and other materials; prepares materials and staffing for conferences and meetings; compiles data on industries, or issues; develops customized databases, research systems and research methods; participates in political, legislative or regulatory initiatives and activities.
General Duties
• Makes daily and weekly plans reflecting broader goals and balances conflicting demands.
• Stays abreast of campaign developments and goals, the AFL-CIO's role in a campaign, and the Researchers role (...and acts accordingly).
Reporting
• Keeps the Director fully informed on a regular basis on issues affecting departmental programs.
• Prepares and submits regular and ad hoc reports on departmental activities as required.
Other
Performs other duties as assigned.
JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

Education
• B.A. or B.S. required, in relevant field preferred.
• Academic coursework or demonstrated professional experience in statistics and research methods required.
• At least one year relevant work experience and demonstrated success in relevant areas.

Skills
• Strong computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.
• Strong internet and proprietary database searching skills.
• Ability to travel as required.

*Temporary fund position not to exceed three (3 years)

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