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Labor Policy Research Assistant/Associate

Eugene or Portland, OR


University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center: Labor Policy Research Assistant/Associate

Work type: Faculty – Career
Location: Eugene or Portland, OR
Annual Basis: 12 Month
Salary Range: $65,000 - $75,000 per year
Review of Applications Begins: January 29, 2018; position open until filled

To Apply: http://careers.uoregon.edu/cw/en-us/job/521228/labor-policy-research-assistantassociate

Special Instructions to Applicants
LERC will be hiring for one position at the research assistant or research associate level, depending on education and experience. This non-tenure track position will be located in LERC’s Eugene or Portland office.

Department Summary
The Labor Education and Research Center is a state-wide program that combines teaching, research, and public service to improve the lives of Oregon’s workers, their families, and their communities. Since its creation in 1977, LERC has provided teaching, research, and technical assistance services to unions, other worker’s organizations, and working adults in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Throughout its history LERC has served as a catalyst for critical analysis, strategic thinking, and concerted action aimed at strengthening labor organizations and improving the lives of working Oregonians.

With offices on the Eugene Campus and at UO Portland, LERC has a six-member faculty with strong roots in the union movement and expertise in a variety of academic disciplines. In addition to teaching working adults, LERC faculty members conduct research on relevant work, employment, and public policy issues. They also work extensively with policy makers, university faculty, labor relations professionals, and community leaders on issues of concern to Oregon workers. LERC is committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusive workplaces. We practice this internally and also incorporate these concepts in our teaching and public presentations.

For more information about LERC, please visit our website: http://lerc.uoregon.edu

Position Summary
The Labor Policy Researcher engages in research and produces papers, reports, and informational pieces that further the understanding of work and employment issues and identifies best practices to support workers and unions in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest. Work produced by the Labor Policy Researcher should be written and presented in such a way as to be accessible to the general public, labor leaders, and policy makers.

The Labor Policy Researcher provides leadership in organizing collaborations among colleagues at the UO and other institutions of higher education, unions and other workers’ advocacy organizations, policy and governmental organizations, community partners and other stakeholders interested in work, the economy, and the employment relationship. The successful applicant must be able to forge effective working relationships with individuals and organizations that represent a broad range of constituents and strategic approaches. S/he must be able to work independently and collaboratively with multiple stakeholders around labor policy topics.

S/he will also engage in some instructional activities, which would include sharing research findings with different constituent groups in educational settings. This Labor Policy Researcher may also be responsible for coordinating occasional full-day and multi-day open enrollment conferences or institutes. These duties are typically conducted in collaboration with other LERC faculty and staff.

Minimum Requirements
Research Assistant:

  • Master’s degree in public policy, social sciences, education, or other relevant fields.
  • Two years research or policy analysis experience on labor and employment policy issues.
  • Two years of experience working with labor unions or other workers’ organizations.

Research Associate:

  • Terminal degree, in public policy, social sciences, education, or other relevant fields.
  • Four years research or policy analysis experience on labor and/or employment issues.
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain and/or manage funded research projects.
  • Two years of experience working with labor unions or other workers; organizations.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

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