SEIU Local 32BJ

Lead Researcher

Based in New York City, NY


At the forefront of building the nation’s labor movement, 32BJ SEIU is changing the narrative around important social and economic issues facing working families. Founded in 1934, 32BJ is the largest union of property service workers in the nation. We have a powerful and important mission: To build and grow a diverse, effective, politically independent and democratic organization of workers to change our lives for the better, improve our communities, and build a more just society for present and future generations.

With a commitment to building power for low-wage workers, 32BJ is engaged in winning strong contracts for members, organizing workers, supporting progressive candidates for elected office and moving a broad policy agenda, such as paid sick days, expanding access to health care and the Fight for $15.

The union has approximately 425 staff in sixteen offices from Boston to Miami. 32BJ SEIU represents over 175,000 property service workers including janitors, security officers, airport workers, and food service employees in 11 states and Washington, D.C. 32BJ is an affiliate of SEIU, the Service Employees International Union, which has 2 million members dedicated to raising industry standards and making life better for all working families and communities.

32BJ SEIU’s headquarters are in New York City.

32BJ’s Research Department plays a vital role in the Union’s organizing campaigns by conducting research, and developing and implementing strategies and tactics to advance campaign goals. Work includes serving as a resource and partner to campaign leadership, and performing industry, company and individual research. We seek a Lead Researcher to support the Union’s organizing campaigns and housing related policy agenda. This position reports to the Deputy Director of Research.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Oversee research support for new development and residential worker organizing campaigns in New York and New Jersey;
  • Supervise research support the union’s work around residential and commercial development projects, rezoning and other issues related to its housing related policy agenda in NYC and NJ that seeks to strengthen the standards for the union’s base of membership of residential building service workers;
  • Provide strategic support for the development of residential organizing campaigns in New York and New Jersey;
  • Supervise, lead and develop research staff.

While no one candidate will possess every quality outlined for this position, the successful candidate will bring many of the following professional skills and personal attributes:

  • At least four years of professional work experience in the labor movement or community, racial justice, immigrant rights organizing, or other relevant progressive work;
  • Experience in leading strategic campaigns in support of organizing and/or bargaining, including the development of campaign strategy;
  • Ability to lead, mentor, develop and supervise researchers and/or strategic campaign staff within a labor or progressive community organization;
  • Strong commitment to progressive social change and activist/labor movement experience;
  • Strong technical research skills and ability to apply research to development of strategic organizing campaigns, including familiarity with corporate research, financial analysis, employment law or investigative journalism;
  • Experience with a variety of computer-based research tools and good quantitative skills;
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills;
  • Excellent political and internal organizational skills;
  • Ability to work well under tight deadlines and in a team environment;
  • Enthusiastic commitment to strengthening the labor movement.


  • This position is a full time position that occasionally requires hours outside normal business hours, including some nights, weekends and holidays.
  • This position is based in the New York City office.
  • This position requires travel to rezoning and other hearings/events in New York and New Jersey.


  • This position is largely computer/office based, with many in-person and Zoom meetings.
  • This position requires traveling to events/hearings and participating in events, marches and demonstrations.

The salary for this role is $78,467. 32BJ offers a generous benefits package that includes a fully employer-paid medical, dental and vision plan (for full-time employees and their qualified dependents) and retirement benefits, including a defined benefit pension plan and 401K. 32BJ offers paid time off including three weeks’ vacation, eleven holidays, twelve sick days, and, after the first year of service, four personal days.

Please send a résumé and letter of interest to HR@seiu32bj.org. Please use “Lead Researcher - NY” in the subject line of your email.

Please note 32BJ has implemented a vaccine mandate. Bona fide religious and ADA exemptions are permitted with additional safety measures.

32BJ is an inclusive and diverse organization, committed to advocating for social, racial and economic justice. We promote diversity and strongly encourage applications from people who believe in our mission. We strongly encourage women and people of color to apply.

For more information on 32BJ SEIU, visit www.seiu32bj.org.

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