Strategic Researcher Jobs at AFL-CIO

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Strategic Researcher


The Strategic Organizing Research arm of the Economic Power and Growth hub provides strategic planning, corporate research, industry research, and issue research to support the Economic Power and Growth hub's work with affiliates. The Strategic Organizing Research arm works closely with other hubs and resources of the AFL-CIO.

The Strategic Researcher works on projects to compile information on companies, industries and issues, and assists in campaign tactic development and implementation.

The Strategic Researcher works under the supervision of the Strategic Organizing Research director and works day to day with a project lead to accomplish assignments.


  • 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.
  • Prepares internal memos, and drafts leaflets, testimony, letters, fact sheets, and other documents for eventual public uses.
  • Communicates informational 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; assists in development of customized databases, research systems and research methods; participates in political, legislative or regulatory initiatives and activities.
  • 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 researcher's role and acts accordingly.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • B.A. or B.S. required, in relevant field preferred.
  • Academic coursework in research methods required in statistics and quantitative analysis preferred.
  • At least one year relevant work experience and demonstrated success in relevant areas.
  • Demonstrated community, union or student activist experience and ability to articulate a commitment to building power for working people and supporting the right to organize and collectively bargain.
  • Strong presentation, communication and writing skills.
  • Effective time management skills, including prioritizing and managing multiple tasks, and experience in developing personal work plans and goals.
  • Excellent computer skills, including word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software. Strong Internet and proprietary database searching skills.
  • Ability to work well in a collaborative environment.
  • Ability to travel on a regular basis as needed, and for extended periods of time.
  • Spanish language skills a plus.

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