Job Opening: Director of Green Economy Program


Position title: Director of Green Economy Program
Salary range: $90,000 – $135,000
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: June 1, 2022
Position duration: Two (2) years with the possibility of renewal based on funding and performance.


Open date: February 11th, 2022

Next review date: Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, April 1, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The UC Berkeley Labor Center is seeking a new Director of the Green Economy Program to lead research, education, and policy projects in the intersection of climate, jobs and equity.

Founded in 1964, the Labor Center is a public service arm of the university within the UC Berkeley Institute for Research and Labor and Employment. The Labor Center provides timely, policy-relevant research on labor and employment issues for policymakers and stakeholders, conducts training for a new and diverse generation of worker leaders and students, and provides thought leadership on key issues affecting workers.

The mission of the Labor Center’s Green Economy program is to advance solutions to the climate crisis that support workers in the transition to a low carbon and sustainable economy. Specifically, we aim to ensure that jobs in low-carbon industries are good, family sustaining jobs, provide workers from marginalized communities pathways into these jobs, support workers in declining industries, and empower unions and workers to influence the transition to a low carbon and sustainable economy. The Director will work with other staff and students to carry out new research, education, and field initiatives that seek to bridge the “jobs vs. environment” divide. This is a senior position, and includes developing and leading initiatives, supervising staff and student researchers, fundraising, developing and managing budgets, 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:

  • Directing the Center’s Green Economy program, including hiring and supervision of researchers, educators, and/or field staff and developing and managing the program budget.
  • Developing and conducting a strategic research agenda in support of the program’s goals and objectives as well as serving as lead author on research and policy reports.
  • Providing technical assistance to and collaborating with policy-makers, labor, industry, environmental and racial justice stakeholders, as well as university researchers and students.
  • Overseeing the planning and implementation of policy, education and implementation projects.
  • Leading convenings with diverse stakeholders to foster collaboration and development of strategy to overcome the jobs vs. environment divide.
  • Representing the Center and the Green Economy program to the public and the media, including working with the communications team to write op-eds, blogs, etc.
  • Making public presentations to stakeholder organizations, unions, and policy makers on climate policy and workforce issues.
  • Helping to secure research grants/contracts to support program expansion and sustainability,.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application): Bachelor’s degree or equivalent international degree.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Associate Specialist

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent international degree plus five (5) years of professional experience.


  • Master’s degree or equivalent international degree plus three (3) years of professional research experience.

Full Specialist

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent international degree plus ten (10) years of professional experience.


  • Master’s degree or equivalent international degree plus (8) years of professional experience.


  • PhD or equivalent international degree plus two (2) years of professional research experience.

Preferred qualifications

  • 7-10 years of work experience conducting policy research, education, program implementation, cross sector collaboration and/or management experience in the fields of labor and/or environmental justice;
  • Demonstrated leadership in policy research, education, program implementation or cross sectoral collaboration related to labor and climate change;
  • Master’s degree or equivalent international degree in public policy, economics, sociology, or a related field;
  • Demonstrated writing skills geared toward policy research reports;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to work well with university faculty, staff and students, labor leaders and rank and file workers, policy makers, advocates and industry stakeholders.;
  • Issue expertise in both labor and energy/climate policy across a variety of sectors, such as renewable energy, energy efficiency, etc;
  • Background in industrial relations and/or workforce development;
  • Experience working with relevant stakeholders such as unions, worker centers, environmental justice organizations, policy makers and others.

Additional preferred qualifications for Full Specialist rank:

  • Master’s or equivalent international degree plus ten (10) years of experience


  • PhD or equivalent international degree with some relevant experience in policy research, education, or project management.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Writing Sample #1 – Writing sample on topic relevant to the position. (Optional)
  • Writing Sample #2 – Writing sample on topic relevant to the position. (Optional)

Reference requirements

  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

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Help contact: JosePadilla@Berkeley.Edu


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