Washington State Labor Education and Research Center

Washington State Labor Education and Research Center

Labor Policy Research Analyst and Grant Writer

Based in Seattle, WA

Closing Date: 8/26/19 5:00 PM

Position Summary
The Washington State Labor Education and Research Center, created by the Legislature in 1987, is Washington's only entity dedicated to research about, and providing education, training and skills development for, workers and their organizations. The Labor Policy Research Analyst and Grant Writer will work with the Labor Center Director, staff and partner organizations to identify and investigate key labor policy issues in Seattle, King County, Washington State and the region. The Labor Policy Research Analyst and Grant Writer will seek public or private funding to support research and publication of research findings about these policy questions. They will engage in both qualitative and quantitative research to produce papers, reports and informational materials accessible to the general public, labor leaders, and policy makers. These materials will further the understanding of work and employment issues and identify best practices to support workers and unions in Washington State and the region. The Labor Policy Research Analyst and Grant Writer will build strategic partnerships with labor and community organizations to develop research projects, and will be a resource to faculty and staff at the Seattle Colleges. The Labor Policy Research Analyst and Grant Writer may also participate in trainings and workshops with unions, community organizations, and campus programs to share research findings and to assist in labor education programs. To meet the needs of our client organizations, the Labor Research Analyst will occasionally work evenings or weekends, and throughout the state and region.

Candidates who are invited to interview will be required to provide specific examples of work product, which addresses the requirements of this position.

Seattle Colleges are committed to recruiting dedicated faculty and staff who together create a welcoming academic climate that reflects the diverse backgrounds of our community, including ethnicity, national origin, religion, race, gender, gender identity, age, status as a veteran or disabled veteran, disability, political status, and sexual orientation.

Prior to a new hire, a background check including criminal record history will be conducted. Information from the background check will not necessarily preclude employment but will be considered in determining the applicant's suitability and competence to perform in the position.

This position is governed by a collective bargaining agreement with representation by AFT-Washington.

Essential Functions:

  • Research: Engage in both qualitative and quantitative research on labor policy topics, producing reports and analysis for multiple audiences (public, policy makers, workers, unions, community organizations).
  • Grant Writing: Identify and apply for public or private funding to support labor policy research projects.
  • Strategic Outreach and Coordination: Form effective policy research collaborations with labor movement organizations, community, governmental and higher education partners
  • Logistics and Administrative Support: Work with Labor Center and college staff to make Labor Center resources accessible to constituents.
  • Resource for faculty and students in Washington secondary and higher education: Work with campus programs and instructors to incorporate the specialized knowledge and practices of Labor Policy Research into existing college and secondary school programs.

Required Education, Experience & Abilities:

  • Generalist policy background with demonstrated experience in creative applied policy research in two or more of the following areas: Labor Policy, Community or Economic Development, Workforce Development or Budget Analysis
  • Demonstrable experience in grant writing
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative skills and experience using common research methods (e.g., analyzing government datasets such as the Current Population Survey; focus groups; ethnographic interviews; surveys; etc.)
  • Ability to identify appropriate and innovative topics and methodologies for labor research
  • Demonstrated excellence in interpreting complex information and in writing in a manner accessible to the public
  • Strong oral, written and interpersonal communications skills
  • Sensitivity to a broad variety of diversity issues and comfort engaging in controversial topics
  • Demonstrated cultural competency, ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies on work and employment issues, and commitment to using inclusive research methods
  • Knowledge of unions, labor history and current issues in labor, community and social justice organizing
  • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite; email, document processing and presentation tools; basic web research; online research and data set manipulation tools
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Project management skills
  • Ability and willingness to travel to off-campus work locations
  • Ability to work independently and creatively, while being part of a collaborative team.


South Seattle Colleges, District Office
1500 Harvard Ave
Seattle, WA 98122

For questions, please contact: adair.dammann@seattlecolleges.edu.

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