Senior Researcher

The National Employment Law Project seeks a dynamic and creative Senior Researcher to work with NELP staff to develop and implement a robust research agenda in support of campaigns to address growing economic inequality, tackle persistent structural racism, and empower low-wage workers in our economy.  This position offers an opportunity to join a committed and high-impact team at NELP that, in partnership with national and grassroots advocates, is working to improve economic opportunity and security for low-wage, immigrant, and unemployed workers.

Who We Are

A national non-profit with offices in New York, Washington (DC), Seattle and Oakland, NELP promotes federal, state and local policies to create good jobs, strengthen workers’ upward mobility, enforce worker rights, and improve benefits and services for the unemployed. In collaboration with national and grassroots partners, NELP advances its work through research, advocacy, litigation support and technical assistance designed to raise wages, end wage theft and workplace violations, improve workplace safety and health , strengthen unemployment insurance, ensure employer accountability for all workers –  including workers in contract employment, encourage fair chance hiring practices, and promote a comprehensive policy framework to build a good jobs economy.

What You Will Do

As Senior Researcher, you will work with NELP’s program staff to provide high-level and strategic advice to NELP’s ongoing and emerging campaigns and initiatives.  You will envision and develop new opportunities related to raising and enforcing labor standards, transforming jobs into good jobs, and strengthening social safety nets for the 21st century labor market.  You will also develop and implement research to support campaign goals.

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Leading the design and implementation of research in collaboration with partners, including:

– Assessing campaign goals and needs, developing strategic and effective research agendas, and conducting campaign research;
– Analyzing the economics of low-wage industries, drawing on government data, academic research and industry trade press;
– Analyzing labor market data;
– Summarizing relevant economic and academic research;
– Coordinating field research with workers, employers, unions, and government staff.

  • Conceiving and authoring research projects and related product, including reports, public testimony, op-eds and public education materials for campaigns and initiatives.
  • Representing NELP at coalition meetings and community events, in the media, and in various policy forums.
  • Initiating collaboration and maintaining relationships with key groups and individuals so as to fulfill NELP’s research needs.
  • Supervising and coordinating the work of in-house staff and external researchers collaborating with NELP.
  • Keeping abreast of relevant information, resources, tools, technical and technological developments, to ensure NELP’s research capacity is up-to-date.
  • Contributing to fundraising, grant proposals, project reports, newsletters and web materials.

Who You Are     

You have a demonstrated ability to develop and advance research to generate innovate ideas and to make a case for policy change.

  • You have a PhD (preferred) or MA in public policy, economics, sociology, or a related field.
  • You have at least 5 years of work experience conducting research and policy analysis.
  • You have a very strong grounding in labor economics, labor market analysis, public policy and workers’ rights; a background in race and ethnicity research and analysis would be valuable.
  • You possess excellent analytic and research skills, including:
  • Experience in designing and implementing research agendas to support economic justice campaigns;
  • Experience using and analyzing labor market and industry data;
  • Experience synthesizing multiple data types into a coherent analysis.
  • You have worked with allies such as unions, worker centers, faith-based organizations, accountable development advocates, and others.
  • You have experience working with policymakers, elected and appointed.
  • While you enjoy working independently and creatively, you also have the skills and interests in inspiring and leading others.
  • You are an excellent writer.
  • You are comfortable presenting to a variety of audiences; you have strong oral communication skills and experience engaging with the media.
  • You have held a position in management and have supervised and coordinated the work of others.

Location of Position and Travel

NELP prefers to fill this position in its New York office but will consider placement in our Washington, DC, office.  Occasional travel required.

Compensation & Benefits

Salary is competitive within the non-profit sector and commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits package.

If you have questions regarding this announcement, please forward those to, noting “Senior Researcher Search – Question” in the subject line. No phone calls or other e-mail inquiries please.

NELP is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and an equal opportunity, fair chance, affirmative action employer, committed to building a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, prior record of arrest or conviction, citizenship status, current employment status, or caregiver status.

Apply Now:

Send via email your cover letter, résumé, salary history or requirements, three writing samples and three references.

Senior Researcher Search – Application in the subject line.

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