Research Specialist

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $54,000
Maximum: $73,000




215 Columbia St
United States


Organization Summary: SEIU 775, Washington State’s and Montana’s long-term care union, seeks a Research Specialist to help fulfill our mission to unite all long-term care workers, improve the lives of working families and lead the way to a more just and humane society.

Reports to: Research Manager

Location: Based out of SEIU 775 HQ in Seattle, WA

Position Summary: The Research Specialist is part of a team that works on policy, economic, and strategic research projects.  The candidate should specialize in financial and economic analysis to support organizing, strategic campaigns, and contract negotiations. As a member of the research team, the position will also be expected to perform other types of work as needed, such as qualitative research, drafting memos, or policy development. This is a highly collaborative position at the center of some of the most innovative and impactful work in the labor movement. 

As a Research Specialist focusing in Economics, you will:

  • Conduct financial and economic research and analysis for the purpose of supporting internal, external, and strategic organizing campaigns, and contract negotiations.
  • Utilize qualitative and quantitative skills to research and analyze government, industry, and other documents, databases. 
  • Prepare and deliver written and visual presentations, reports, or memos for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with internal stakeholders to support internal organizing, contract analysis, and campaigns.
  • Follow appropriate protocols for team and organization to ensure work products are accurate, relevant, and meaningful.  Identify opportunities for innovation and improvement.
  • Conduct qualitative research and other types of cross collaboration with members of research team as needed.
  • Collaborate with Research team members on research projects and programs related or unrelated to economics
  • Work on union and organizing campaigns as needed.

You have:

  • Bachelor’s degree in economics, business, finance and/ or 2-5 years’ experience in business analysis, economic analysis, econometrics, or financial analysis.
  • Demonstrated research, writing, and analytical skills including the ability to interpret, synthesize, and summarize primary research, budgets, financial documents, and regulatory material.
  • Confidence creating financial models, cleaning and manipulating data, and using advanced functions in excel. 
  • Familiarity with the Long Term Care or Healthcare industries, or the willingness to learn.
  • Working knowledge of with SQL, Microsoft Access, Salesforce, Tableau a plus.
  • Strong and proven commitment to progressive social and economic change, and an understanding of how your work contributes to those goals.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills (1:1, peer, multi-disciplinary group, presentations, written), including the following attributes: collaborative, candid, open, and mission oriented.
  • Clear and confident verbal, written, and presentation communication skills targeted at multiple audiences.
  • Sound judgement, discretion, and comfort working with a team and independently in a fast paced, often changing environment.
  • Willingness to travel and to work long and irregular hours when needed to meet campaign demands.

Typical Working Conditions

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this Job, requirements include:

  • Research & Data Analysts are normally required to be in the office to perform day-to-day activities of their job.
  • Regularly operate a computer, office and/or cell phone, and other general office equipment.
  • Occasionally to walk from door to door for 3 hours at a time with rest and meal breaks
  • Stand; walk; and sit for hours at a time.
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. 
  • Sometimes work irregular hours to prepare for and attend events and union activities.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision and ability to adjust focus.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but can elevate during events and campaign activities.
  • A regular work week can be 8 hours a day 5 days a week, but may exceed 8 hours a day.
  • Occasionally, when we have major events to plan for, a researcher must be able to work every day for 2 weeks.
  • Employee may be required to travel for days, weeks, and sometimes months at a time, to Montana, to other parts of the Washington State, or to other states. During this time Program Staff stay in hotels and work requirements are the same as above.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


SEIU 775 is an affirmative action employer and encourages applications from all qualified candidates without regard for race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, creed, gender, citizenship status, disability, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetics, the presence of sensory, mental or physical disability, or any other discrimination prohibited by law. SEIU 775 works to ensure fair treatment of applicants and employees and actively enforces policies against discrimination and sexual harassment.


SEIU 775 staff enjoy top notch benefits including comprehensive health benefits: major medical, dental, and vision for employee and eligible dependents including domestic partner benefits, an ORCA Transit card, generous holiday, sick, and vacation policies, and both a pension plan and a 401(K) Plan, mobile phone service reimbursement, parking reimbursement, and more.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement