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The Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) is an "Organized Research Unit" of the University of California at Berkeley, founded in 1945 as the Institute for Industrial Relations. The mission of the Institute is to promote policy-relevant research in the fields of labor and employment at Berkeley and throughout the University of California. It does this through three primary mechanisms: providing services (e.g., research administration, IT support, library, and communications) to faculty and students working in the areas of labor and employment, broadly defined; administering an internal faculty grant program to directly support research; and conducting its own research activities, both in collaboration with faculty and independently, through its professional and research staff.
IRLE is hiring an Academic Program Management Officer (Executive Director) to oversee a pilot program housed within IRLE: the California Policy Lab(CPL), a new project to advance evidence-based policy-making throughout California via the curation and analysis of administrative data from state, county, and local government operations. CPL is a collaboration between teams at UC Berkeley and UCLA that will bring together top government officials and university researchers in a long-term effort to improve policy making in California through research collaborations and the development of a new type of data infrastructure. A central activity of the CPL will be the creation of an administrative data warehouse that will provide researchers and agency staff with secure access to linked data from a range of California public agencies. The CPL will also organize convenings of researchers and policymakers, and will organize and carry out collaborative research projects, involving UC faculty and students as well as public agencies, aimed at improving policy in California.
The Executive Director will lead the day-to-day operations of the CPL under the supervision of the CPL Project Director, and will have primary responsibility for its relationships with government agencies and UCLA and with UCB faculty partners.
Working with a leadership team, this position will organize and oversee research projects involving students and faculty, work with state and local government agencies to secure data sharing agreements, formulate a program of technical and research assistance for a wide range of government agencies, and work with IRLE director and CPL co-PI Jesse Rothstein to plan for future funding and programming. This position will be responsible for managing relationships with a parallel team located at UCLA.
Identifies suitable collaborative research projects, in partnership with affiliated project faculty and agency contacts.
Designs and develops major research program components; oversees execution of programs once funded.
Hires and manages a small staff, including graduate students, and an administrative assistant.
Hires and oversees external consultants and/or other resources to develop language for legal agreements that will govern secure data warehousing, access and sharing data between government agencies and the CPL.
Collaborates with technical staff at Berkeley and UCLA to develop a statewide technical framework for data infrastructure, linking, and secure access for researchers.
Coordinates closely with staff and leadership at the UCLA center.
Identifies and develops funding from multiple external sources.
Works closely with Program Director to develop and execute strategic plan for financing program activities, and to build a sustainable funding and organizational structure for the CPL.
Plans, directs and controls program budget and manages financial, HR, technical and other supporting resources.
Assesses program's effectiveness, and recommends changes to program's content, policies and strategic goals accordingly.
Develops and maintains liaisons with external advisory board and with external contacts at state and local government agencies. Represents the program to governing board, outside agencies, and the public.
Collaborates with these agencies closely to identify needs, obtain data agreements, and provide training and research consultation.
Other duties as assigned by the CPL Project Director.
Organizes conferences, trainings, and other events that bring together data scientists from academia and government.
Academic background and recognized expertise in selected area of research.
Expert oral and written communication skills.
Leadership experience in academic and/or government agencies.
Demonstrated expertise building collaborations between academia, industrial and/or governmental agencies.
Demonstrated expertise with program building within a leading academic institution and administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.
Expert ability to work with dynamic and diverse group of faculty, staff and students.
Expert fundraising experience.
Expert negotiation skills.
Expert ability to effectively interact with a broad community of faculty, researchers, government staff, and funding agencies.
Familiarity with research methods and literature in one or more relevant fields, including experience with quantitative policy evaluation.
Familiarity with large datasets and administrative data.
Ability to develop frameworks and networks for collaborative projects; ability to identify needs of sponsoring organizations to promote new partnership opportunities for collaboration and research.
Excellent problem-solving skills; ability to research and analyze complex situations critically, act decisively, and clearly convey information to others.
Working knowledge of California government agencies and the activities of local governments in the state.
Demonstrated expertise building collaborations between academia, government agencies, and/or policy makers.
Graduate degree in public policy or related area, or B.A. plus equivalent expertise
3 years of experience in evidence-based policy, in an academic or policy-making environment
PhD in public policy or related field preferred
5 years' experience in managing research or policy in a government context preferred
Salary & Benefits
Annual Salary Range: $115,000-$192,000
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This position is a 1 year contract appointment with the possibility of extension. position will remain open until filled.
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