IRLE Jobs and Internships

The UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment houses the UCLA Labor Center, Labor and Occupational Safety and Heath Program (LOSH), Human Resources Round Table (HARRT) and the labor studies academic major and minor. The following job opportunities are available within either our institute or our units.

Now Hiring! UCLA Labor Center Development Director (September 2021)

The UCLA Labor Center is seeking a Director of Development to work with the Labor Center Director and staff to secure external resources from foundation and government sources, and to cultivate and solicit private foundations for the Labor Center. The Director of Development must have initiative, self-confidence, determination, and experience working with highly productive and collaborative teams.

Under the direction of the Director of the Labor Center, and in consultation with the Director of the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, the Director of Development will establish long range plans, develop constituencies and identify prospects for contracts and grants from foundation and government sources, develop concept papers, letters of intent, and grant proposals, identify and cultivate prospective donors for private support, identify a core group of prospective donors for major gifts, and prepare for and participate in major gift solicitations.

Full Details: Here

Requisition #: 34339

Now Hiring! UCLA Labor Center Fund Manager 

Under the direction of the IRLE Finance Manager, this position serves as the Labor Center Fund Manager for Sales & Service agreements, Gifts and Contracts & Grants, which have an average total expenditure of $8 million and includes state, gift and private contract/grant funding sources. Primary responsibilities include financial analysis, compliance monitoring and accounting of $8 million of the Center’s Sales & Service and Contract & Grant funding sources. Pre-Award and post-award administration of proposals/ contract & grants; proactively promote compliance with Federal regulations, University policy, and Department guidelines. Produce monthly financial reports to deliver coherent and concise financial data to Labor Center Director, Project Directors, IRLE Finance Manager, and other professional development projects. Accurately prepare and submit various research and public service proposals, manage all post-award functions, and close-out awards when necessary. Work in coordination with IRLE Finance Manager in payroll and personnel activities related to Contracts & Grants. Additionally, interpersonal skills are essential to establish and maintain a dynamic and effective working relationship with Project Directors, staff, students and other campus units. Perform other duties as assigned.

Full Details:  Here

Requisition #: 34112

Part-time Lecturer for Labor Studies – Developing the Next Generation of Black Organizers – Spring 2022 (Non-Senate)

    • The UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment seeks applicants for a part-time, non-tenure track lecturer position during the 2021-22 academic year for the following potential course:
      Spring 2022: April 1-June 30th – LBR STD M115: We Gone Be Alright: Developing the Next Generation of Black Organizers

      Applications will be kept on file for consideration of any openings that may occur throughout the year. Responsibilities will include lecturing, conducting regularly scheduled office hours, and the writing and grading of assignments and exams. Must be able to teach in the classroom and/or online.

      Ph.D. or terminal degree preferred, but not required. Applicants who are advanced to Ph.D. candidacy or who have a M.A., MF.A., or equivalent may be considered (currently enrolled UC students are not considered). Priority will be given to candidates with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching Labor Studies, African American Studies or proven industry expertise in labor (with a focus on Black workers, African American working-class social-political movements, or the intersectional analysis of class, gender, race, ethnicity and/or sexuality in the African-American, Caribbean and African Diaspora community). Please indicate your areas of specialization.

      Terms and conditions of employment are subject to UC policy and any appropriate collective bargaining agreement. Salary based on qualifications.
      This is an ongoing search and applications will be considered for the 2020-2021 academic year on a rolling basis, as dictated by departmental needs.

      UCLA is the top ranked public research university in the U.S. with a diverse student population in one of the more diverse cities in the nation; we particularly seek candidates who have taught similarly diverse students in a major research university.

    • Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
      Ph.D. or terminal degree preferred, but not required. Applicants who are advanced to Ph.D. candidacy or who have a M.A., MF.A., or equivalent may be considered (currently enrolled UC students are not considered). Priority will be given to candidates with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching Labor Studies, research methodology, or proven industry expertise in labor.

    • Application Window
      • Open date: October 9th, 2021
      • Next review date: Saturday, Oct 16, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)- Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
      • Final date: Monday, Nov 8, 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.

For more information & to apply, visit: UCLA RECRUIT

Winter and Spring Labor Studies/CARE at Work GSR Apprenticeship – LBR STD/AF AMER M115

    • This application is for a 25% GSR for Winter and Spring 2022, to support the following CARE at Work course initiative: LBR STD/AF AMER M115 – We Gone Be Alright: Developing Next Generation of Black Organizers.Labor Studies is an interdepartmental program with a major and a minor. As an interdisciplinary field of research and public engagement, Labor Studies focuses work as a central site of inequality and opportunity in modern society. Labor Studies trains students to understand the complex intersections of work with race, gender, sexuality, both historically and in the present day, preparing students for careers in nonprofit advocacy, public service and leadership in labor and community organizations.The Center for the Advancement of Racial Equity (CARE) at Work is an initiative of the UCLA Labor Center, which brings Black workers, university and advocates together to multiply racial equity by creating approaches and advancing innovative solutions that address the needs of Black working class people. CARE at Work is a model for any institution that is committed to advancing civic engagement and realizing a community where the equity created around Black life cascades into meaningful Black working conditions.M115. We Gone Be Alright: Developing Next Generation of Black Organizers
      (Same as African American Studies M115.) Seminar, four hours. Learning from and building on Black labor and community organizing traditions, students develop skills and mindsets needed for transformative leadership. Students connect with leaders of community organizations, student organizers, and prepare for more intensive community-based work. P/NP or letter grading.

For a description of job duties, please click here.

View the application here.

  • Applications will be reviewed as they are submitted. Applications submitted before October 27th will be prioritized.

We list numerous job opportunities from our labor and community partners as a courtesy to our partners. Inquiries and applications for these positions should be sent directly to the organizations. 

Union Jobs:

Regional Communications Specialist | National Fast Food Workers Union | SEIU

Union Representative – Organizer  | Motion Picture Costumers IATSE Local 705

Associate Specialist | UC Merced Community & Labor Center

Assistant Specialist | UC Merced Community & Labor Center

AFT National Representative | The American Federation of Teachers

Field Education Coordinator II – Education & Leadership Training Department | AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees 

Field Organizer  | The Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE) 

Internal Organizer – UCSF | AFSCME Local 3299

Internal Organizer – UC Davis | AFSCME Local 3299

Central Valley Organizer  | California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) 

Deputy Labor Commissioner I | CA Department of Industrial Relations

Community Based Organization Jobs:

Communications Associate | Public Advocates Inc.

Digital Capacity Support Specialist | Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE)

Communications Specialist | Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE)

Non-IRLE Job Openings

The jobs under the tab “Labor Jobs in our Community and Beyond” are relevant for recent graduates of the Labor Studies major or minor as well as others interested in promoting social justice and organizing for better workplaces.  Please note that these positions are not offered by IRLE or the Labor Center, and all questions and application submissions should be sent directly to the organization(s) with the job opening.

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