JOB OPENING – Strategic Researcher & Communicator

Position: Strategic Researcher & Communicator

Interested applicants should send resumes to


SEIU local 26 is a dynamic local of over 8000 janitors, security officers, and airport workers in Minnesota, the people who clean and protect some of largest corporate headquarters in the world and who have a proud history of militant fights for social and economic justice.

  •  Local 26 members were some of the first security officers in the country to go on strike and engaged in acts of strategic civil disobedience to win their contracts, to raise standards within their industry across 2000 suburban and downtown officers.
  •  In 2009 the janitors of the union, a multilingual bargaining unit made up of Latin American, East African, and American-born workers, created an alliance with the Sierra Club and other environmentalist allies and, narrowly averting a strike, won a groundbreaking contract that included some of the first Green Cleaning language in the country.
  • Local 26 led campaigns to hold Chipotle accountable for its treatment of immigrant workers, resulting in Chipotle becoming one of the first Major US companies to come out publicly for progressive comprehensive immigration.

We are seeking a new team member with strong data collection and analysis skills for the Strategic Research position to help forward our goals of improving standards in the industries we serve, the working conditions of our members, and the communities we live in. Strategic Research collects and distributes accurate and timely information and contributes to data-driven decision-making to set and reach organizational goals. Strong candidates will have experience creating and managing databases and a desire to learn about the vast social-political-corporate arena in which we operate. This position also is responsible for the basic internal communications of the local, including texting, social media, and websites.

Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Create and manage databases including Excel, Access and VAN;
  • Develop new, technology-driven ways to share data with team members and the public;
  •  Collect and analyze data from both public and private sources;
  •  Provide data driven, strategic guidance to achieve organizational and campaign goals;
  •  Present research findings in both written and oral reports;
  •  Respond accurately and timely to information requests; and
  •  Manage facebook, twitter, email lists, website, and newsletters, writing and posting content primarily for SEIU members.
  •  Continue to develop the mission of SEIU Local 26, including “helping members tell our stories” in creative ways.
  •  Other duties as assigned.
  • Strong commitment to the labor movement and socio-economic justice;
  • Proven ability to solve problems and simplify complex ideas;
  • Eagerness to learn and disseminate new ideas and information;
  • Understanding of collective bargaining and/or community organizing campaigns;
  • Proficient writing, communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Capable of working individually and as a team to meet goals and deadlines;
  • Willingness to work with our members and staff who represent a large array of races, cultures, religions and backgrounds; and
  • Ability to work occasional weekends and long, irregular hours and occasional travel.
Bonus Skills:
  • Proficiency in a second language;
  • Database management, data mining and geo-mapping;
  • Social media strategies in communities of color.
  • Knowledge of the commercial real estate industry; and
  • Labor, community or campaign organizing experience.
Pay and Benefits:

This is a position beginning as soon as July 2018. Pay is on a scale commensurate with a union of low-wage members. Healthcare and other benefits are included. A car and valid driver’s license are required. Location: Minneapolis-Saint Paul Metropolitan Area, Minnesota. Local 26 is an equal opportunity employer and, given our diverse membership, we particularly encourage applications from women and people of color, and candidates from our own membership.
Interested applicants should send resumes to

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