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Associate Specialist - UC Merced Community and Labor Center

Position overview

Position title: Associate Specialist, UC Merced Community and Labor Center
Salary range: Salary is commensurate with education, experience, and UC academic salary scales -
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: October 1, 2021
Position duration: 1.5 years

Application Window

Open date: September 2nd, 2021

Last review date: Thursday, Sep 16, 2021 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: Sunday, Oct 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.

Position description

On behalf of the UC Merced Community and Labor Center, the Associate 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 co-principal investigator, Edward Flores, Associate Professor of Sociology, UC Merced Community and Labor Center, the associate specialist will: conduct data collection; analyze data; write papers; and engage in public service.

Key Responsibilities include:
Research, Data Collection and Analysis and Writing and Professional Competence (75%)

  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.
  6. Create and deliver presentations on research.
  7. The specialist will submit work and attend scholarly conferences in the field of labor studies.
  8. The specialist will also serve on advisory groups working on issues related to high road partnerships in California.

Public Service (25%)

  1. Liaise with and respond to the needs of the Kern County High Roads Training Partnership coalition on issues related to community, labor, and industry.

Start/End date: 10/1/2021-03/31/2023


Basic qualifications

    The successful candidate will have a Master's Degree in a social science and five to ten years of experience; or a law degree.

Additional qualifications

    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.

Preferred qualifications

    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)

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion. Please review the UC Merced Diversity Statement Guidelines and UC’s Commitment to Diversity

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Campus Information

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 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 (

UC Merced is a smoke & tobacco free campus (

Job location

Merced, CA