Strategic Researcher Apprentice - Immigrant Organizing Project

Los Angeles or Orange County, CA

The Immigrant Organizing Project is looking for individuals interested in a career working for social justice as a Union Strategic Researcher, particularly with immigrant workers. Selected applicants will be on the front lines of the Los Angeles/Orange County labor movement’s efforts to engage immigrant workers who may be eligible for deferred action to access legal services and organize for better workplace conditions.

This is a full-time paid Strategic Researcher Apprenticeship Program designed to identify and develop the skills necessary to be an effective labor strategic researcher. These skills will be developed working on actual worker organizing campaigns involving immigrant workers in the Los Angeles or Orange County area. This Program will be run in coordination with LA and OC labor unions to develop new strategic researchers and organizers for ongoing and upcoming campaigns.

Participants will learn to work in a team, develop union and community organizing and strategic research skills, and become engaged in social justice work. Strategic Researchers will also be talking directly with low wage workers about their rights and access to immigration services.

The Strategic Researcher Training Program is seeking candidates from union rank and file members, universities and community colleges, and community organizations and activists. Spanish language skills are highly preferred. Some experience in academic and/or advocacy research is a definite plus as is student, labor and/or immigrant rights organizing experience, but neither is not required; training will be provided. Potential strategic researchers must submit an application and be interviewed to be considered for the program.

Strategic Researcher Apprenticeship
The Strategic Researcher training program is a paid apprenticeship which will prepare apprentices to work as a strategic researcher and campaigner for labor unions and community organizations. The apprentices work full time on actual union organizing campaigns where they will receive ongoing field and classroom training, as well as mentoring from experienced lead strategic researchers and organizers.
The ideal candidate is a strategic thinker who understands power dynamics and can analyze power relationships. S/he should be able to negotiate the online world of information as well as be comfortable communicating with everyone from workers to urban planners. The strategic researcher apprentice will compile information on companies, industries and issues as well as assist in campaign strategy development. Excellent written communication skills are critical. This is a bilingual (English and Spanish) workplace. Flexibility is required for evening or weekend work.

Apprentices will receive regular feedback and evaluation during this time. A weekly stipend plus transportation expenses will be provided. Must have a valid driver’s license and insured vehicle. A Certificate will be awarded to each successful apprentice upon completion of the program.

Download PDF application HERE.

Please send application or inquiries to Sara Myklebust at smyklebust@aflcio.org.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.

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