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Laborers' International Union of North America
Great Lakes Region


Research Manager
(Minneapolis/St. Paul)

Based in St. Paul, MN


The Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA) Great Lakes Region seeks a Research Manager to help design and execute cutting-edge strategic campaigns to grow union membership and improve the lives of construction workers in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Northwest Wisconsin.

The Research Manager will be responsible for building a research program that guides organizational decision-making, moves campaigns forward, and leverages the expertise of leaders, members, allies, and industry partners. The Research Manager will join a dozen-person organizing staff and work closely with nearly 40 staff who serve our District Council, Local Unions, and affiliated training and marketing funds.

LIUNA is a progressive union of construction workers and public service employees. A half-million strong, we are united through collective bargaining agreements that provide family-supporting pay, high-quality benefits, and career opportunities for our members. LIUNA represents 14,000 members in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Northwestern Wisconsin, and is at the forefront of local efforts to raise standards, halt abuses, and promote equity in the construction industry.

Over the past five years, LIUNA has worked in Minnesota and North Dakota to secure hundreds of millions of dollars for public school construction; raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to cover unpaid oilfield workers’ wages; led the charge for corporate accountability and better regulation of the energy and pipeline industries; fought to eliminate public safety hazards on mall renovation projects; and been at the forefront of efforts to guarantee that local workers get a fair shot at local construction jobs. For more information see http://minnesotalaborers.org or find LIUNA Minnesota on Facebook.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Develop programs to monitor construction activity and market trends in key industries
  • Conduct basic and in-depth research on relevant projects, companies, industries, and policies/programs
  • Work with union staff, members, and allies to gather information on construction industry misconduct
  • Produce clear, concise presentations and written materials for internal and external audiences
  • Build and maintain professional relationships with union leadership, staff, members, and allies.
  • The position will be based in St. Paul, but some travel for out-of-town work assignments will be required

Job qualifications:

  • Superior communications skills, including the ability to clearly and concisely summarize complex topics
  • Proven qualitative and quantitative analytic skills and work experience
  • Team player with strong people skills who is ready to work for an organization with a proud history of commitment to justice for working people
  • Strong commitment to social justice
  • The ideal candidate will have 5-10 years of relevant strategic campaign or construction industry experience
  • Spanish language fluency is a plus but is not required

Compensation: Competitive salary ($80-100K); generous health and pension benefits; use of company vehicle.

Women, people of color, and veterans are strongly urged to apply. LIUNA does not discriminate its programs, procedures or practices on the basis of age, color, disability, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or veteran status.

How to Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and three relevant writing or other work product samples to kpranis@liunagroc.com. Please reference Research Manager in the subject line.

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