LERC - University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center

University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center

Labor Policy Research Assistant / Associate

May be based in either our Eugene or Portland, OR offices


Join the Faculty of a Dynamic Labor Center!

The University of Oregon’s Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) is looking for someone to join our faculty to do labor policy and organizing-related research. This is a permanent, non-tenure track faculty position, with salary of $80,000 – $90,000. The position is covered by our faculty union contract with job security protections, strong benefits, and sabbatical.

Oregon is a progressive state that in recent years has adopted one of the nation’s highest minimum wages, a universal right to paid sick leave, protections against unpredictable scheduling, and a requirement for employer neutrality in public sector union elections. Last year, Multnomah County (Portland) adopted a first-in-the-nation program for universal pre-K. We are looking for a labor policy researcher whose work can help Oregon lawmakers in raising standards and improving the conditions of working people across the state.

LERC is both an academic and an extension labor program. Our faculty teach non-credit classes for workers across Oregon and the Pacific Northwest, and we provide education, research, consulting and strategic planning services for labor unions and other workers’ organizations. We are a small but experienced faculty – including economist and longtime Labor Notes director Mark Brenner; veteran healthcare workers organizing director and educator Rebekah Whittaker; and strategic campaigner and former Congressional advisor Gordon Lafer. We are looking for a fourth person to join our team, based in either Eugene or Portland.

The position requires a Master’s or equivalent terminal degree, but in exceptional cases, candidates with extensive experience may be considered with only a Bachelor’s degree. We will begin looking at applications on February 15, 2023.

If you have questions about the position, please feel free to contact Search Committee chair Gordon Lafer at: glafer@uoregon.edu.

Women and candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

To Apply
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