Senior Research Coordinator: Wall Street Accountability Campaigns

United for Respect is a national organization building the voice of people working for the country’s largest corporations. Through scaled leadership development and base-building, UFR’s growing network is challenging major corporations and policymakers to provide family‐sustaining jobs for all working people. We leverage technology — social media, relational tools, and our digital platform, WorkIt — and bring the workforce into a shared community of support and advocacy. 

For the past few years, UFR has been leading the fight to protect retail jobs from Wall Street’s predatory practices, addressing and amplifying the destructive impacts of unchecked Wall Street greed, particularly the outsized role that private equity plays in our economy and our communities. We organize and activate retail workers who have lost their jobs because of Wall Street-driven retail bankruptcies and workers employed by companies owned by private equity. We develop and wage comprehensive campaigns to hold Wall Street corporations accountable. 

United for Respect (UFR) seeks a Senior Research Coordinator who can weave together corporate research and institutional investor engagement to inform and develop innovative and impactful strategies and tactics in support of our Wall Street Accountability Campaigns.  

In coordination with UFR’s Corporate Accountability Director, the Senior Research Coordinator will conduct research to support our campaigns, draft materials for a wide range of audiences, and work within a cross-departmental team composed of UFR member leaders, organizing, political, policy, digital and communications staff. The position reports to the Corporate Accountability Director. 

The ideal candidate possesses a skills mix that includes corporate research, capital strategies, and comprehensive campaigning. 

What You’ll Be Doing:

As the Senior Research Coordinator you will be responsible for:

Strategic Research:

  • Tracking the activities of key private equity and hedge fund companies

  • Conducting industry analysis including fundraising activity and trends; grow UFR’s body of hedge fund research

  • Conducting original research on private equity/hedge fund ownership and financial strategies (e.g. LBOs, bankruptcies, etc.) in order to advance our campaign objectives and change public narrative

  • Conducting individual and corporate research; at times working in close collaboration with member-leaders and alliance partners.

  • Supporting the development of a multi-organization research cohort that is growing and popularizing the body of evidence against private equity

  • Providing research support for campaign actions, press events and testimony for public hearings

Working With Campaigns:

  • Serving as a partner to the Senior Wall Street Organizer in the development and execution of campaign strategy and tactics

  • Supporting the development of short and long-term campaign plans 

Cultivating and Managing Relationships:

  • Engaging and building relationships with the trustees and staff of pension funds while centering worker concerns and issues

  • Supporting and training UFR member leaders to communicate with the trustees and staff of pension funds in the pursuit of responsible corporate behavior and policies

What You’ll Bring:

  • Minimum 5 years of doing corporate accountability or comprehensive campaign research

  • Demonstrated commitment to economic and social justice and worker or community leadership

  • Strong technical research skills and ability to apply research to the development of strategic campaigns 

  • Knowledge of private equity investment strategies and issues

  • Knowledge of pension fund investment, fiduciary strategies and issues

  • Familiarity with financial accounting concepts and business models 

  • Excellent writing and communication skills

  • Ability to work independently and with a team 

  • Ability to relate to and work with diverse groups of people as well as an understanding of the challenges faced by low-income communities of color 

  • Familiarity with earned media and digital strategies 

  • Ability to work varied hours including nights, weekends and holidays 

  • Ability to speak Spanish is a plus, but not required 

  • Not only comfort with, but also an ability to thrive and build internal relationships, in a remote work culture 

We’re Excited About You Because You:

  • Employ a lens focused around social justice, race equity, and women’s rights to all facets of your work and in your development and management of relationships both internally and externally

  • Commit to challenging and changing power and economic structures in the interest of working people

  • Demonstrate maturity, comfort and agility communicating with a broad spectrum of people, from activists to finance practitioners

  • Have a  passion for employing data in a powerful way that will help shape and execute our campaign strategies

  • Embrace technology as an enabler to help you get your job done and to collaborate in a culture that promotes passion in technology

Location: National (remote). NY/NJ, Washington DC, or Bay Area CA preferred. 

Salary range is $75,000-$85,000 dependent on experience and location. 

UFR is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to equity. People of color, women, and LGBTQIA+ candidates are encouraged to apply. UFR provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.