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NEW YORK, N.Y. 10001





TEL:  (212) 243-6900

FAX: (212) 243-6800



Job Opening: Research Coordinator

January 22, 2009


Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC-United) is seeking a Research Coordinator to support worker-led research on the restaurant industry, to be used to support policy campaigns to improve working conditions for restaurant workers. This position offers an unusual opportunity to join a dynamic team of workers and others organizing for improved working conditions in the nation’s largest private sector industry.


Background:  Founded initially after September 11th, 2001 by workers displaced from the World Trade Center tragedy, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United is a national restaurant workers’ organization with affiliates in New York, Chicago, Detroit, New Orleans, Maine, and Miami, and soon to include even more. ROC engages in campaigns against high-profile exploitative restaurant companies while simultaneously promoting good employers and conducting research and policy work to lift conditions industry-wide. Each local ROC affiliate a worker-led membership organization conducting local restaurant industry research in a participatory manner, which serves as the basis for local policy efforts. At the national level, ROC-United is supporting this local research and compiling it into national findings, to serve as the basis for federal policy efforts. Our current federal policy campaign is a campaign to increase the minimum wage for tipped workers, currently $2.13 at the federal level.

The Position:  The Research Coordinator will support local research efforts around the country and collapse them for national research.


Responsibilities will include:

1        Supporting local research efforts: :

·         Collating and analyzing government data on local restaurant industry

·         Coordinating the input of surveys (500 for each affiliate) and analyzing the results

·         Coordinating the input of employer and worker interview data and analyzing the results

·         Coordinating the development of report outlines with each local affiliate

·         Coordinating the writing of the local affiliates’ reports on their restaurant industry

·         Training the local affiliate to conduct future research

2        Conducting national research:

·         Collating and analyzing government data on national restaurant industry

·         Collapsing survey data from around the country

·         Analyzing the economics of low-wage service industries, drawing on government data, academic research and industry trade press

·         Summarizing the state of economic reserach on the restaurant industry

·         Authoring research reports and policy papers

3        Developing public education and media materials for campaigns

4        Representing ROC at coalition meetings and community events, and taking the lead on one or more local New York campaigns

5        Coordinating with external researchers that are collaborating with ROC

6        Contributing to grant proposal writing, project reporting, newsletters and drafting of web materials


Qualifications:   The candidate should have a master’s degree or higher in economics, industrial relations, sociology or public policy, and a very strong grounding in labor market policy and low-wage and immigrant worker rights.  Additional qualifications are:



1        Excellent analytic and research skills, including:

·         Experience manipulating and analyzing web-based labor market and industry data

·         Ability to implement a research agenda to help the development of new policy models or support existing campaigns

·         Knowledge of applied statistics and actual experience with primary data analysis using standard statistical software packages

2        Excellent writing skills

3        Ability to supervise and coordinate the work of others

Preferred, But Not Required:

4        Experience working with grassroots organizations

5        Fluency in another language

6        Experience conducting qualitative research and synthesizing multiple data types into a coherent analysis

7        Strong oral communication skills and ability to make public presentations


The Research Coordinator will join a national team of three organizers, plus staff at each of the local affiliates, most of whom are former restaurant workers.  The position starts immediately. Location is flexible.


Salary:  We offer a salary and benefits package competitive with those of other leading non-profit employers in New York City.


Applications:  Please send (a) cover letter, (b) resume, (c) the names and telephone numbers of three references, and (d) three writing samples which illustrate ability to present empirical research and dissect public policy debates to:  [email protected], with “Research Coordinator job opening” in the subject line.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.


Restaurant Opportunities Center is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and actively recruits people of color, women, lesbians and gay men.