Regional and Statewide Research Projects. The Lead Strategic Researcher will play a leadership role in coordinating research partners working on collaborative regional and statewide projects. This may include:
- Lead process to develop an analysis of the goods movement and e-commerce industry in the East Bay, including companies; occupations and job quality issues; and existing and possible policy interventions to improve job quality and access for to jobs for local communities of color.
- Support efforts to analyze goods distribution facilities across California. Coordinate statewide working group of researchers analyzing this industry & developing policy solutions to support workers faced with insecure work.
- Track, assess, and recommend positions on state legislation that align with EBASE’s work.
- Liaise with academics and research centers including the UC Berkeley Labor Center.
Campaign research, policy analysis, and other campaign support. Depending on the campaign or project, Lead Strategic Researcher may:
- Develop and execute a research plans with the campaign team in support of campaign goals.
- Develop and implement strategic research to better understand companies and employment practices in key sectors of the economy in which EBASE works (i.e. hospitality, warehouse/goods distribution, housing)
- Coordinate coalition partners on research projects.
- Track city council and public agency agendas and associated materials on topics related to EBASE campaigns.
- Track current debates about particular policy solutions, such as living wages, local hire policies, labor standards, ban the box/fair chance, tenant protections, and equitable development.
- Gather best practices and lessons regarding policy solutions; present options to campaign teams and coalition partners.
Data collection, analysis, and reports. Depending on the campaign or project, the Lead Strategic Researcher may:
- Identify, gather and analyze relevant data sources and sets for a particular research project.
- Support organizers in developing, conducting, and analyzing worker and resident surveys to gather original data
- Summarize findings to campaign teams, coalition partners, decision makers & funders via memos and presentations.
- Manage the writing and publication of white papers & research reports that illustrate the meaning of data to a variety of audiences
Required experience and qualifications
- 5 years of prior work and demonstrated commitment to worker and resident organizing, economic justice, and social justice movements. Experience as a researcher with unions, policy organizations or community groups.
- Bachelors degree in public policy, economics urban planning, or similar program or equivalent experience
- Excellent writing skills for a policy-making audience, including ability to succinctly summarize
- Proficiency in using Microsoft Excel to execute complex formulas and to create illustrative graphs and charts. Experience with statistics to conduct data analysis.
- Proficiency in basic qualitative research skills including internet searches, interviews, surveys and focus groups.
- Experience analyzing policy options and components; providing recommendations on policy options.
- Strong verbal communication skills and experience making presentations to multiple audiences, including testimonies to government agencies and/or trainings to community organizations
- Tenacity in performing investigative research, including pursuing interviews with key stakeholders
- Ability to work well in a team and take initiative. Detail-oriented and accountable to team goals and individual workplan
- Experience working in multi-cultural settings. Direct experience working in low-income communities of color
- Masters degree in public policy, urban planning, or similar program or equivalent experience
- Experience analyzing corporations, financiers, and industry practices regarding employment issues.
- Experience in workers rights research, local government policymaking, budgeting, living wage policies a plus