Job Opening: Senior Policy Researcher, Power and Strategy Project


Position title: Senior Policy Researcher, Power and Strategy Project (Assoc or Full Specialist)
Salary range: $74,500 to $125,000, commensurate with experience
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: January 2023
Position duration: Two years

Job #JPF03634
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment / VC Res Organized Research Units / UC Berkeley


Open date: September 30, 2022
Next review date: Friday, Oct 14, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Sunday, Oct 30, 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 has an opening for a senior policy researcher for a project focused on power structure analysis.

The UC Berkeley Labor Center conducts research and education on issues related to labor and employment. The Labor Center’s curricula and leadership training serve to educate a diverse new generation of labor leaders. The Labor Center carries out policy relevant research on topics such as job quality and workforce development, and works with unions, policymakers and other stakeholders to develop innovative policy perspectives and programs. The Labor Center provides an important source of research and information on unions and the changing workforce for students, scholars, policymakers and the public.

The policy researcher will join a team of staff and student researchers to carry out power structure analyses in selected labor markets, develop methods to measure power of institutional actors, and tools to equip practitioners in the field. The team will be collaborating to produce a book, a manual and a training curriculum for how workers and the poor can come to better understand and successfully navigate the official, complex structures of power that socially embed every labor market, as well as the less visible, often hidden power structures impacting their lives.

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 educators.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Directing a staff person and a small team of graduate student researchers in:
    • collecting, compiling, and analyzing workforce demographics data
    • identifying and working with large data sets including campaign finance reports, voter data, audited financial statements, etc.
    • carrying out qualitative research including interviews with key stakeholders, and summarizing findings from interviews
    • managing, organizing and tracking interviews and research
  • Working with the Principal Investigator in refining the power structure analysis methodology and developing methods to measure power
  • Contribute to writing a book, manual and training curricula
  • Coordinating with outside stakeholders and practitioners

UC Berkeley Labor Center


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 and at least five (5) years of professional experience
  • Master’s degree or equivalent international degree and at least three (3) years of professional experience

Full Specialist

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent international degree and at least ten (10) years of professional experience
  • Master’s degree or equivalent international degree and at least eight (8) years of professional experience
  • PhD or equivalent international degree and at least two (2) years of professional experience

Preferred qualifications

  • Master’s degree or equivalent degree in Public Policy, Labor Studies, Sociology, Economics, Geography, City and Regional Planning or related field
  • Ten years relevant experience in labor market power analysis
  • Established track record of conducting corporate, industry and electoral research
  • Strong quantitative skills and experience in using large datasets and/or strong qualitative research skills and experience
  • Comprehensive understanding of existing relevant databases
  • Advanced writing and communication skills
  • Experience working with unions and/or worker centers
  • Proven ability to work independently and creatively
  • Ability to work well within a team


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Writing Sample #1
  • Writing Sample #2 

Reference requirements

  • 3 required (contact information only)

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