Coordinator of Student Programs 
Job Posted: 26 September 2023
Company: University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Labor Center
Closing Date: Until Filled
Location: Berkeley, CA


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Center Description

The UC Berkeley Labor Center conducts research and education on issues related to labor and employment. The Labor Center’s curricula and leadership training serve to educate a diverse new generation of labor leaders. The Labor Center carries out policy relevant research on topics such as job quality and workforce development, and works with unions, policymakers and other
stakeholders to develop innovative policy perspectives and programs. The Labor Center provides an important source of research and information on unions and the changing workforce for students, scholars, policymakers and the public. This position offers an exciting opportunity to be part of a high-impact, high-visibility organization and to work with a nationally-recognized team of researchers, policy analysts, and educators.

Position Description and Responsibilities

The Labor Center seeks applications for the Coordinator of Student Programs position. Under the supervision of the Center’s Director of Student Engagement, the appointee will advance the Labor Center’s student practice opportunities including research, internships, and service-learning experiences. They will achieve this goal by strengthening and expanding the Center’s collaborative partnerships with external labor and community stakeholders, placement of students, and support in mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students. The appointee will be responsible for supporting the service-learning components of UC Berkeley’s labor studies classes, including research and other labor community-engaged experiences. The appointee will be responsible for recruiting and matching diverse students with external partners, and training, assessing, and mentoring students to ensure both rigorous learning experiences and value-addition to community partners. The appointee will also be responsible for recruiting and helping external community partners develop projects that are feasible and appropriate for students, and for assessing and supporting site supervisors for partnership success.

The appointee’s main responsibilities are to:

  • Strengthen the Labor Center’s current programs for students, service learning and research opportunities in Labor Studies classes and independent student research projects.
  • Design and lead the center’s student programs such as Solidarity Spring and Labor Movement Apprenticeship Program (L-MAP), in collaboration with labor partners and the UC Labor Centers.
  • Design and implement labor education workshops and trainings for students.
  • Carry out campus outreach to recruit students, in collaboration with the Labor Center’s advisory board, other faculty, university bodies, and student organizations.
  • Assess the needs and capacities of the labor community’s stakeholders in order to develop new and strengthen existing partnerships, help partners identify research and other needs, match students to host sites, and provide mentorship to both students, and support external community supervisors for successful partnerships.
  • Identify and develop evaluation tools for student internship and service learning programs through student/participant evaluations and assessment of the level of student interest.
  • Track student participation, performance, and post-training career trajectories. Develop and maintain an alumni relations program.
  • Participate in long-range strategic planning for the Labor Center’s student programs.

The Labor Center is unable to offer visa sponsorship for this position.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent international degree

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

Three (3) years of professional work experience with a labor-oriented organization

Preferred qualifications
  • Bachelor’s Degree, or international equivalent, in Sociology, Labor Studies, Political Science, Public Policy, or related field.
  • Strong familiarity with major issues facing labor in California.
  • Five (5) years working in any combination related to labor education, labor research or organizing
  • Demonstrated expertise in labor education, and student mentorship.
  • Demonstrated experience in developing, leading, facilitating and evaluating training programs for audiences at different levels of understanding.
  • Demonstrated experience assessing stakeholder needs, expectations and priorities to help develop programs and manage community partnerships.
  • Ability to work and communicate effectively with University faculty, staff, and students, as well as with community stakeholders, particularly leaders and rank and file members of unions and other worker organizations.
  • Ability to develop and oversee projects with students and stakeholders.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Strong facilitation and collaboration skills.
  • Ability to interact with a diverse population and engage diverse constituencies.
  • Ability to take initiative and manage projects with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team to implement effectively projects and events.


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

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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UC Berkeley is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. The excellence of the institution requires an environment in which the diverse community of faculty, students, and staff are welcome and included. Successful candidates will demonstrate knowledge and skill related to ensuring equity and inclusion in the activities of their academic position (e.g., teaching, research, and service, as applicable).

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration 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:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality prior to submitting their letter.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.