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Academic Coordinator II - Community and Labor Center - Worker Resource Center

Position overview

Position title: Academic Coordinator II
Salary range: See Table 36 for the salary range for this position. A reasonable estimate for this position is $78,564 - $90,170.
Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: February 1, 2023
Position duration: 18-months

Application Window

Open date: December 21, 2022

Most recent review date: Tuesday, Jan 31, 2023 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, Dec 13, 2023 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

The UC Merced Community and Labor Center seeks an Academic Coordinator II with a background in labor law. Under the supervision of the Principal Investigator, the Academic Coordinator II will develop curriculum for a Worker Resource Center; assess program and constituency needs; and liaise with state and local public agencies, labor unions and central labor councils, and local non-profit organizations learning to support workers. The Academic Coordinator II will co-supervise a community education specialist, and a junior research specialist.

Key Responsibilities

I. Coordination of Academic Programs (65%)

The Academic Coordinator II will participate in academic program planning and development for a Worker Resource Center. Activities will include:

Liaising with multiple collaboratives, including campus faculty, researchers, staff and students; and off-campus stakeholders, such as Cal/OSHA, local departments of public health, and community, labor and environmental organizations to assess the needs of the campus and region for research and education on labor law.

Developing an academic research and education program focused on the field of law and society, worker rights issues that engages with the needs of the campus and the region, and to the extent necessary, contributing to the development of funding proposals.

Supervising training and developmental activities for center faculty, staff and researchers to learn and maintain programmatic and subject matter competence in the field of labor (e.g. workplace health and safety, wage and hour measures), and particularly as it relates to rural workers (e.g. the California Heat Standard, Wildfire Standard, the COVID ETS).

Supervising the community education specialist in preparing and delivering standardized community education trainings, on state labor protections and on the effective representation of workers (such as case management), tailored to the needs of local organizations with low-wage, unemployed, and underemployed workers in the region.

Supervising the junior research specialist in identifying public data sources for social scientific and legal research on conditions affecting San Joaquin Valley low-wage workers and residents.

II. Professional Competence and Activity (5%)

The Academic Coordinator II will have membership in scholarly associations with a focus on labor and law. The Academic Coordinator II will collaborate with center faculty and other campus academics in the development of research projects, working papers, publications, and funding opportunities to advance the intellectual and scholarly missions of the Community and Labor Center, any programs engaged with the Worker Resource Center, and UC Merced.

III. University and Public Service (30%)

The Academic Coordinator II will represent the UC Merced Community and Labor Center/ Worker Resource Center in public education in the field of law and society. The Academic Coordinator II will maintain ongoing public education for community-based organizations, worker organizations, and the general public.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.


Basic qualifications

J.D. law degree or equivalent
Minimum of three years of work experience in law

Preferred qualifications

Eight years of experience in law
Expertise in labor law
Experience conducting public education with low-income workers and residents
Experience convening community-based organizations
Experience working with labor unions

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Past Experience

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)
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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 over 9,000 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