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Assistant Specialist - UC Merced Community and Labor Center

Recruitment Period

Open date: December 1st, 2020

Last review date: Thursday, Dec 17, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, Mar 31, 2021 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.


On behalf of the UC Merced Community and Labor Center, the Assistant Specialist will conduct social science or legal research on issues related to the San Joaquin Valley region’s low-income workers and residents, and the environment. Under the supervision of the Executive Director, the assistant specialist will: conduct data collection; analyze data; and write papers.

Key Responsibilities include:
Research, Data Collection and Analysis and Writing

  1. Conduct research on issue areas relevant to San Joaquin Valley community-based organizations, labor organizations, and environmental organizations.
  2. Collect and code quantitative data (e.g. American Community Survey data) on issues faced by the San Joaquin Valley’s low-income residents and workers.
  3. Collect and code qualitative data (e.g. interview data) on issues faced by the San Joaquin Valley’s low-income residents and workers.
  4. Analyze data concerning community, labor and environmental issues.
  5. Participate in the writing of issue-based fact sheets, research briefs and/or reports.

The successful candidate will have a Master's Degree in a social science or five years of experience. (Required)
Experience coding data. (Required)
Proven systematic organizational skills to a) work independently with minimal supervision, b) determine workload priorities and tasks to complete work in a timely manner, and c) identify and resolve problems. (Required)
Ability to communicate, write and edit with strong attention to detail and quality control, for scholarly, policy, and popular audiences. (Recommended)
Demonstrated written, oral, and visual communication skills to translate data and policy issues into easy-to-understand policy recommendations. (Recommended)

The University of California is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and invites applications from all qualified applicants, including women, minorities, veterans, and individual with disabilities, who will enrich the teaching, research and public service missions of the university. All qualified applicants will be considered 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: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy (

The University of California, Merced, is the newest of the University of California system’s 10 campuses. With 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students (, UC Merced is committed to interdisciplinary excellence in research and teaching as well as to diversity, equity and inclusion. Ranked as one of the best public universities in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, UC Merced provides outstanding educational opportunities to highly qualified students from the heart of California, the nation, and abroad. The campus has special connections to nearby Yosemite National Park; is on the cutting edge of sustainability in construction and design; and supports the economic development of Central California. The Merced 2020 Project doubled the physical capacity of the campus, and enhanced academic distinction, student success, and research excellence (

Job location

Merced, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)