IFPTE Local 21

International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers
IFPTE Local 21

Research Specialist

Based in SF Bay Area, CA


Local 21 is seeking candidates for an open Research Specialist position to provide research for collective bargaining, contract administration, internal and external organizing, and government relations and politics. The Local’s leadership takes great pride in running a fact-based union and strategic research is highly valued.

About Local 21
Local 21 is an innovative, growing union of more than 11,000 professional local government employees in major jurisdictions throughout the Bay Area. Local 21 believes in working on coalition with other unions and community organization to fund and improve public services.

Minimum Qualifications
A four-year college degree and union experience as a researcher (preferably in the public sector) is required. Research experience supporting contracts negotiations, including salary and equity studies, budget analysis and contract language development highly desired.

The ideal candidate will have a record of success in the following research areas:

  • Compares and analyzes contract language to support contract negotiations and representation.
  • Provides strategic leadership in contract negotiations to union members and leaders.
  • Analyzes public agency budgets and policies and draft reports as needed.
  • Can analyze budgets and work on proactive revenue measure to improve funding of public services.
  • Prepares salary comparison and equity studies.
  • Participates in the development and delivery of educational trainings for staff and members..
  • Identifies and develops policy recommendations and provides written analysis of key trends.
  • Presents analysis to membership, other organizations, and at public meetings before elected and appointed officials.
  • Supports activities to promote the engagement of a diverse union membership.

Application Procedure

  • All inquiries and materials submitted will be kept confidential.
  • All materials must be sent electronically to Debra Grabelle at: jobs@ifpte21.org.

To be considered for this position, please provide the following:

  • A current résumé reflecting qualifications for this position.
  • Letter of application addressing how accomplishments in your career have prepared you to meet the challenges and opportunities facing Local 21, a public sector union of highly trained professional and technical employees.

Compensation for this position is very competitive; the salary range is $84,685 – $137,630; depending on experience. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

IFPTE Local 21 is deeply committed to diversity and inclusion in our hiring practices. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. We are interested in applicants of all ages, races, sexual orientations, national origins, ethnicities, religions, and genders.

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