Campaign Researcher - San Jose, CA

Job Type

Full Time




2302 Zanker Road
San Jose
United States


UNITE HERE Locals 19 and 483 represent several thousand hotel, food service, and gaming workers in the South Bay and Monterey areas. The unions are seeking to hire a Campaign Researcher – someone to conduct research and carry out campaigns in support of union members and non-union workers in those industries. (You can apply for the position at

UNITE HERE researchers do industry, corporate, real estate and political research and analysis to develop campaigns focused on winning economic justice for low wage, mainly immigrant workers. Our campaigns organize non-union workers and secure improved standards for existing union members in hospitality jobs.

Job responsibilities will likely include:

  • Research companies using a wide variety of sources, including published databases, on-line and Internet sources
  • Conduct local and field research on real estate development projects, companies, and/or industries
  • Develop company analyses and adapt them for various audiences (e.g. leadership & staff, workers, stockholders, political & regulatory bodies, the public)
  • Identify and analyze new hotels and other development projects in our industries, and represent the union during the planning & political approval process  
  • Communicate and build relationships with a wide variety of players including community organizations, company officials, customers, government staff and elected leaders
  • Develop and carry out campaign strategies and tactics
  • Work with UNITE HERE members, organizers, regional staff and elected leaders; assist in moving campaigns forward through organizing, leading actions, doing political work, as needed

Desired Qualifications include:

  • Passion for, and commitment to, fighting for workers' rights
  • B.A. degree or relevant research and/or activist experience (labor, political, urban planning, community/campus, or in the hospitality industry)
  • Strong interpersonal/organizing, political, analytical, writing, and computer skills
  • Willingness to work long and sometimes irregular hours, and to travel regularly (including spending several days each week in both San Jose and Monterey offices)
  • Ability to effectively manage a workload with competing priorities and deadlines
  • Reliable car and driver’s license, for regular trips between San Jose and Monterey

Current UNITE HERE Campaign Researchers have worked in the past as community and union organizers, urban planners, journalists, teachers, and researchers elsewhere, or in hospitality industry jobs.

Women and People of Color are strongly encouraged to apply.  Salary is commensurate with experience. Positions include excellent health and retirement benefits.  

UNITE HERE is an equal opportunity employer and gives equal consideration to all applicants without regard to sex, age, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual preference, gender identity or gender expression.


Excellent health benefits, paid time off and retirement

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

To apply for this San Jose/Monterey position, complete the application at