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Associate/Full Specialist


The UC Berkeley Labor Center has openings for two full- or part-time policy researchers with the possibility of renewal dependent on funding.

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 specialists will conduct time-sensitive policy research on labor and employment issues, as well as provide technical assistance to stakeholders in California. These positions offer an 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. They also provide the opportunity to work with a nationally-recognized team of researchers, policy analysts, and academics.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting policy research on labor standards policies and employment issues in the state of California
  • Providing technical assistance to stakeholders and policy makers on issues related to low-wage work, labor standards and other labor and employment topics
  • Coordinating research with academic researchers on other UC Campuses
  • Contributing to research reports and policy briefs, and drafting op-eds and public testimony

Additional responsibilities for Full Specialist:

  • Serving as lead author on research and policy reports
  • Overseeing large research reports
  • Supervising graduate student research assistants and junior staff
  • Helping to secure research grants and serving as a Principal Investigator on grants

Basic qualifications (required by time of application):

  • Master’s degree or equivalent international degree

Additional qualifications (required by start date):

  • Minimum of 5 years post degree research experience

Preferred qualifications:

  • Record of publishing including serving as lead author on research and policy reports
  • Master’s degree or equivalent international degree in Public Policy, Sociology,Economics, Geography, City and Regional Planning, or related field, or JD.
  • Five years relevant experience in research and/or policy analysis
  • Proven ability to carry out complex research and policy analyses in the area of labor and employment
  • Writing and communication skills, geared toward policy research reports
  • Knowledge of labor standards policies and workers’ rights
  • Experience working with academic researchers and labor, community & government stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently

Additional preferred qualifications for full specialist level:

  • 10 years experience in research and policy analysis; or PhD in Public Policy, Sociology, Economics, Geography, City and Regional Planning, or related field, or JD

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Expected Start date May 1, 2019

To apply, please upload your most recently updated resume, a cover letter, one writing sample, and contact information for three references to:

These positions will remain open until filled. Please address any inquiries to Anhara Alexander at

UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family.

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: