Seattle Jobs Initiative (SJI) is a non-profit organization that creates opportunities for low-income people to support themselves and their families through living-wage careers. SJI is committed to attracting and retaining staff with diverse perspectives and life experiences. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, SJI encourages people of all backgrounds to apply, including people of color, immigrants, refugees, women, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, and veterans. We recognize your unique qualities and the value you bring to our commitment to the communities we serve. Together we create and preserve inclusive and equitable environments.

Position Description

SJI seeks to make change. Everything we do is fueled by critical thinking, innovation, and collaboration. Our Research & Policy team aims to uncover and provide solutions to address the barriers that low-income individuals face in obtaining the education and jobs they need to advance out of poverty. If any of these areas ring true to your experience or passions, let us know. We’d love to hear from you.

This position performs the following duties:

  • Research, evaluation, and data analysis for public, quasi-public, and non-profit entities, as well as SJI programs.
  • Write issue briefs and reports on an array of workforce issues that impact low-income residents, including labor market/industry sectors and accessible middle-wage jobs.
  • Perform quantitative and qualitative research, carry out program evaluations, and provide technical assistance to external entities.
  • Collaborate with co-workers to meet current needs; adjust to changing priorities of the organization.
  • Strengthen link between research and program implementation at SJI, so that programs are informed by sound research and research is influenced by on-the-ground program efforts.
  • Track, analyze, and synthesize research and best practices regarding general workforce issues.
  • Responsible for demonstrating cultural competency and sensitivity to the needs of adults with multiple challenges.


  • Excellent written communication skills including demonstrated ability to convey complex information in an understandable manner and write succinctly with a high attention to detail.
  • Strong quantitative skills and ability to perform statistical analysis using SPSS.
  • Strong qualitative research skills, including conducting stakeholder interviews and focus groups and designing surveys.
  • Ability to create data visualizations using Tableau or other software.
  • Ability to interface with external clients to negotiate and clarify project scope and deliverables.
  • Track and be responsible for project work plan, budget, and deliverables.
  • Ability to respond quickly to ad-hoc requests for data from a variety of individuals and entities.
  • Excellent oral communication skills, including public speaking to a wide variety of audiences and meeting and group facilitation skills.
  • Strong customer service, networking, analytical, organizational, multi-tasking, problem-solving, and project management skills.
  • Highly collaborative and adaptive, motivated, self-starter; and strategic-thinker.
  • Ability to form strategic partnerships to advance agency goals.
  • Ability to inform development of new projects.
  • Reliable transportation and valid driver’s license and proof of required insurance required for local travel and out-of-state travel.


Bachelor’s Degree and 5+ years’ experience, preferably in workforce, economic development, and/or income-related policy areas, or an equivalent combination of experience and education.
Master’s Degree and two years’ experience preferred in social science research field that includes a curriculum of economics, statistics, public finance or policy analysis. An equivalent combination of experience and education is acceptable.


  • Demonstrated experience manipulating and analyzing data from the American Community Survey and Current Population Survey.
  • Familiarity researching, analyzing, and reporting on economic, labor market, and industry sector data at local, state, and federal levels.
  • Experience with Qualtrics.
  • Experience conducting program evaluation, giving public presentations, with data design (utilizing data to design/measure programs), completing extensive research projects, with focus on workforce development, poverty issues, or related areas preferred.
  • Experience with public and nonprofit sectors preferred

VALUES: A commitment to fulfilling our mission and exhibiting a high level of professional behavior in all aspects of their work. Our staff values: excellent communication, professional and gracious behavior, diverse authentic perspectives, collaboration, respect, and leadership behavior.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS: Hire-in salary pay range $56k to $70k, company paid employee medical, dental, vision, short and long term disability, life insurance, health, and dependent care flexible spending accounts, company partially subsidized parking and/or transit, PTO (Paid time off), personal holidays, and 401(k) with SJI match.