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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Senior Policy Researcher

Senior Policy Researcher (Specialist) – UC Berkeley Labor Center – Institute for Research on Labor and

The UC Berkeley Labor Center, at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE), UC Berkeley, has an opening for a senior policy researcher focused on low-wage work. Founded in 1964, the UC Berkeley Labor Center works on the most pressing economic challenges affecting working families in California and 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 researcher will conduct policy-relevant research as well as provide technical assistance to stakeholders on public policies in California and across the country. This will be a senior position, developing, directing, and conducting research on low-wage work and a diverse set of policies that affect working families, immigrants, and communities of color. In addition to research, the position will entail supervising research staff, fundraising, and contributing to organizational leadership.

This position offers an exciting opportunity to be part of a high-impact, high-visibility organization and to work with a nationally-recognized team of researchers, policy analysts, and academics.

Responsibilities include:

  • Planning, directing and conducting policy-relevant research on labor 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
  • Supervising research staff and graduate students
  • Coordinating research with academic researchers on other UC Campuses
  • Serving as lead author of research reports and policy briefs, drafting op-eds, and providing public testimony
  • Helping to secure research grants and serving as a Principal Investigator on grants

Basic Qualifications (required at start date)

  • Master’s degree or equivalent international degree

Additional Qualifications

  • A minimum of five years experience in research and policy analysis

Preferred Qualifications

  • PhD in Public Policy, Sociology, Economics, Geography, City and Regional Planning or related field
  • Ten years relevant experience in research and policy analysis
  • Established track record of conducting labor market analyses of wages and other job quality outcomes, the role of race, gender and immigration status, and firm and industry dynamics
  • Strong quantitative skills and experience in using large government datasets and/or strong qualitative research skills and experience conducting mixed-method research
  • Proven ability to carry out complex research and policy analyses in the area of labor and employment
  • Advanced writing and communication skills, geared toward policy research reports
  • Advanced knowledge of labor standards policies and workers’ rights
  • Experience working with academic researchers and stakeholders such as unions, worker centers, and others
  • Proven ability to work independently and creatively
  • Substantial record of publishing research and policy reports

Position will be full-time; salary will be commensurate with experience. Expected start date is September 9, 2019.

To apply, please upload your most recently updated Curriculum Vitae (required), a cover letter (required), two writing samples (required) and contact information for 3 references (required) to: 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 ( prior to submitting their letters.

This position will remain open until filled. Please address any inquiries to Anhara Alexander,

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