Jobs With Justice is a national network of local coalitions comprised of labor unions, worker centers, community, faith-based, and student organizations. We work locally and nationally to reduce inequality by expanding opportunities for workers to organize and to bargain collectively. The national staff provides strategic support to over 20 autonomous local coalitions, builds networks on common issues, shapes public discourse and leads strategic campaigns to strengthen power for working people. Jobs With Justice is committed to winning real change for workers by leading campaigns that combine innovative communications strategies, solid research and policy advocacy, grassroots action, and coalition building.
The Research Department of Jobs With Justice produces research that supports campaigns to raise standards for workers and informs the public discourse on workers’ rights, and advocates for policies that seek to expand bargaining. The Research Department also houses two major projects of Jobs With Justice, the Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN) and the Advancing Black Strategists Initiative (ABSI).
The Research Analyst (senior level of experience) or Researcher (junior level of experience) contributes essential support to the Research Department of Jobs With Justice and plays a lead role in coordinating the Labor Research and Action Network (LRAN). The position is supervised by the Research Director.
- Produces original research that supports the mission of Jobs With Justice;
- Coordinates volunteer working groups of the Labor Research Action Network (LRAN)
- Executes work assigned by inter-departmental campaign teams to win significant victories that concretely improve workers’ lives;
- Provides research training and support to local JWJ coalition staff and campaigns;
- Provides research support to the Advancing Black Strategists Initiative (ABSI) to advance campaigns and communications work.
- Expands the organization’s understanding of critical work-related issues;
- Is a supportive and flexible member of the JWJ national team.
Detailed areas of work currently include:
- Producing original research products on a variety of work-related topics, which can involve arranging interviews, collecting new data sets, submitting FOIA requests, performing legal, individual and company research, and working closely with JWJ local coalitions, unions, academics and other stakeholders.
- Performing literature reviews, managing data, and providing other research support for the projects of the Research Department.
- Conducting rapid response research as needs arise.
- Reviewing JWJ communications materials and speeches for factual accuracy.
- Scheduling and participating in LRAN meetings and identifying connections with key initiatives of the network.
- Leading LRAN social media and development of website content.
- Contributing to dynamic campaign teams and strategies, including supporting JWJ coalitions engaged in strategic campaigns.
- Representing JWJ with allied organizations and broader movement efforts where needed.
- Performing administrative duties in support of the work of the Research Department.
Signs we are on track: A successful Research Analyst or Researcher
- Successfully produces assigned original research and seeks and applies clarification and input from the Research Director, other staff, and external stakeholders as needed;
- Contributes to LRAN’s overall purpose of deepening coordination between scholars and practitioners as they advance workplace power;
- Actively contributes to inter-disciplinary staff teams that carry out and support local and national campaigns;
- Communicates about and documents work, outcomes, updates and developments in a timely and strategic way;
- Is accountable for and follows through on agreed upon work plans and actions.
- At least one year of research and/or campaign experience for Researcher or at least three years of research experience for Research Analyst.
- Experience producing research in a campaign setting.
- A Bachelor’s Degree or relevant work experience in an organizing/campaign setting.
- Ability to build and maintain relationships with people from diverse backgrounds, including historically underrepresented communities
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to work in a collective environment
- Self-motivated and strong work-planning, including good personal time management skills
- Must have a demonstrated commitment to building a social justice movement in a labor, community or student setting
- Experience with Jobs With Justice or Labor movement/worker organizing experience is a plus
Location: Washington, D.C. (hybrid remote and office work)
Salary: $61,205 – $75,605 (steps in the collective bargaining agreement are based on years of experience)
Benefits: Generous benefits package that includes paid vacation, retirement benefits, 100% employer covered premiums for Medical, Dental, Vision for employees and their dependents.
This is a union-represented position and is a member of the Washington Baltimore News Guild Local 32035. This position does not conduct managerial, nor supervision duties as defined in the NLRA.
Accommodations: If you require any accommodation in any step of this hiring process, indicate in your email submission or contact Candace Johnson directly at Candace@jwj.org so we can work with meeting your accessibility needs.
Physical Demands: Work is performed primarily in a remote/in person office setting with occasional travel required to be in-person for relationship building work planning meetings and events. This role involves a long period of computer work. This position requires the ability to communicate with colleagues and partners via phone, video conferencing, email and other virtual channels. This position may also require occasional night and weekend hours to support organizational work (with comp time)
Jobs With Justice Education Fund is an affirmative action employer and strongly encourages people of color, women, l/g/b/t/q individuals, those with disabilities, and those with working class backgrounds to apply. Frequently cited statistics show that people of color, women, trans, and non-binary people, as well as other structurally marginalized groups apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications. JWJ encourages you to break that statistic and to apply. No one ever meets 100% of the qualifications.