The Center for Labor Research and Education (Labor Center) is a public service and outreach program of the UC Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. Founded in 1964, the Labor Center conducts research and education on issues related to labor and employment. The Labor Center’s curricula and leadership trainings serve to educate a diverse new generation of labor leaders. The Labor Center carries out research on topics such as job quality and workforce development issues, and we work with unions, government, and employers to develop innovative policy perspectives and programs. We also provide an important source of research and information on unions and the changing workforce for students, scholars, policymakers and the public.
Rome Aloise, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Joint Council
James Araby, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union Region 8 – Western States Council
Nikki Bas, East Bay Alliance for A Sustainable Economy
Jim Beno, International Association of Machinists Lodge 190
Doug Bloch, International Brotherhood of Teamsters Joint Council 7
Cheryl Brown, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Council 57
Clair Brown, University of California, Berkeley, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
Karen Chapple, University of California, Berkeley, Department of City and Regional Planning
Sherri Chiesa, UNITE HERE Western Regional Office
Andreas Cluver, Building & Construction Trades Council of Alameda County
Tom Dalzell, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 1245
Rose Ann DeMoro, California Nurses Association
Greg Feere, Building & Construction Trades Council of Contra Costa County
Netsy Firestein, Labor Project for Working Families
Fred Glass, American Federation of Teachers/CFT Local 771
Margaret Hanlon-Gradie, Contra Costa Central Labor Council
Karin Hart, Laney College Labor Studies
Eric Heins, California Teachers Association
Aram Hodess, United Association of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local 159
Malo Hutson, University of California, Berkeley, Department of City and Regional Planning
Shelley Kessler, San Mateo County Central Labor Council
Mark Kyle, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 3
Mark Leach, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 617
James Lincoln, University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business
Ron Lind, United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, Retired
Bill Lloyd, Service Employees International Union
John Logan, San Francisco State University Labor Studies Department
Derecka Mehrens, Working Partnerships USA
Kate O’Hara, East Bay Alliance For A Sustainable Economy
Peter Olney, International Longshore & Warehouse Union
Lou Paulson, California Professional Firefighters
Tim Paulson, San Francisco Labor Council
Art Pulaski, California Labor Federation
Tom Rankin, California Alliance for Retired Americans
Michael Reich, University of California, Berkeley, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
Robert Reich, University of California, Berkley, Goldman School of Public Policy
David Rosenfeld, Weinberg, Roger & Rosenfeld
Jesse Rothstein, University of California, Berkeley, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
Libby Sayre, Communications Workers of America District 9
Harley Shaiken, University of California, Berkeley, Center for Latin American Studies
Bill Shields, City College of San Francisco Labor & Community Studies
Laura Stock, University of California, Berkeley, Labor Occupational Health Program
Victor Uno, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 595
Ben Valdepeña, California School Employees Association
Kim Voss, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Sociology
Richard Walker, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Geography
Yvonne Walker, Service Employees International Union Local 1000 – Sacramento
Margaret Weir, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Sociology
Yvonne Williams, Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192
Jon Youngdahl, Service Employees International Union – California State Council
View a full list of current staff.
The Labor Center’s funding sources include the State of California, foundations, other government entities, businesses, unions, and community organizations.
The Labor Center provides technical services for a variety of stakeholders, including business, labor, government, and community organizations.
Associate/Full Specialist-–UC Berkeley Labor Center-Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
The UC Berkeley Labor Center, at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE), UC Berkeley, has an opening for a full-time quantitative policy analyst. Founded in 1964, the UC Berkeley Labor Center works on the most pressing economic challenges affecting working families in California and communities across the country. The Labor Center provides timely, policy-relevant research on labor and employment issues for policymakers and stakeholders, and conducts training for a new and diverse generation of worker leaders and students.
The policy analyst will conduct quantitative research on health care markets and labor and employment issues, as well as provide technical assistance to stakeholders on minimum wage and other public policies in California. This will include working as part of the team developing and utilizing the California Simulation of Insurance Markets Model (CalSIM). This position offers an exciting opportunity to be part of a high-impact, high-visibility organization that is making a difference in the lives of working families and communities of color. It also provides the opportunity to work with a nationally-recognized team of researchers, policy analysts, and academics.
- Conducting quantitative research and performing complex statistical analyses drawing on government datasets, academic research and industry trade data;
- Working as part of the team utilizing the California Simulation of Insurance Markets Model (CalSIM), and taking a leading role in the software development and incorporation of new policy proposals into the model;
- Conceptualizing how to measure the impacts of proposed policies into concrete quantifiable measures which can be easily understood by the public. This requires understanding the content and limitations of relevant national and California data sources, and how they can be used to provide credible estimates of policy effects.
- Providing technical assistance to stakeholders, policy makers, media and internal staff onissues related to health access, low-wage work, labor standards and other labor and employment topics;
- Providing data support, statistical expertise, and instruction supervision to internal staff working on quantitative analysis;
- Coordinating research with academic researchers on other UC Campuses;
Contributing to research reports and policy briefs, and drafting op-eds and public testimony;
- Contributing to extra-mural funding proposals for research projects.
Minimum Qualifications required at time of application:
Master’s degree or equivalent in statistics, economics or a related field, plus 5 years relevant experience in research and/or policy analysis.
Additional Required Qualifications:
- Strong quantitative skills and experience in data imputation methods utilizing large government datasets such as the Current Population Survey, Survey of Income and Program Participation and the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey;
- Experience in complex survey design techniques;
- Experience in software project management including version control applications;
- Strong writing skills, geared toward policy research reports;
- Strong grounding in health services research, labor market analysis and workers’rights;
- Experience working with academic researchers and stakeholders such as unions, worker centers, faith-based organizations, accountable development advocates, and others;
- Ability to work independently and creatively;
- Ability to program in STATA, SAS and/or Python;
- Familiarity in handling of large data sets (1-10 GBs).
- Ten years relevant experience in research and policy analysis;
- Doctoral degree or equivalent in statistics, economics or a related field.
Position will be full-time (100%) for one year, with the possibility of extension depending on performance and availability of funding. Salary and rank will be commensurate with experience. Expected start date is January, 2017.
To apply, please upload your most recently updated Curriculum Vitae (required), a cover letter (required), one writing sample (required) and contact information for 3 references (required) to: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01136. Letters of reference are not required at this time. We will seek your permission before contacting your references.
All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.
This position will remain open until filled. Please address any inquiries to Kathleen Parsons at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct
UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
2521 Channing Way # 5555
Berkeley, CA 94720
Phone: (510) 642-0323
Fax: (510) 642-6432
Your tax-deductible donation will support the Labor Center’s research and education activities in support of California workers.
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University of California, Berkeley
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Berkeley, CA 94701-0774
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