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Direct Care Senior Research Fellow - Center for Law and Work (CLAW) - School of Law
University of California Berkeley

Date Posted Nov. 20, 2023
Title Direct Care Senior Research Fellow - Center for Law and Work (CLAW) - School of Law
University University of California Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department Center for Law and Work
Application Deadline 12/17/2023
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Employment/Employee/Labor Law
    Law - General

Direct Care Senior Research Fellow - Center for Law and Work (CLAW) - School of Law

Position overview

Position title: Direct Care Senior Research Fellow
Salary range: The UC academic salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See the following table(s) for the current salary scale(s) for this position: The current base salary range for this position is $70,500-$181,800 . "Off-scale" salaries, which yield compensation that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

Percent time: 100%

Anticipated start: Winter 2023

Position duration: 15 month position

Application Window
Open date: November 17, 2023

Most recent review date: Friday, Dec 1, 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: Sunday, Dec 17, 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 Center for Law and Work (CLAW) is seeking to hire a Direct Care Senior Research Fellow. This position will focus on conducting in-depth policy and legal research and analysis to increase the understanding of current and proposed federal direct care workforce-related initiatives, and how California can best prepare to benefit from federal opportunities, with the aim of advancing systems and policy changes that improve the quality of direct care jobs.

The work of the Senior Fellow fits into the broader mission of CLAW, which fosters cross-disciplinary scholarship, research, and analysis as part of developing solutions to pressing labor and employment issues faced by our most vulnerable working populations, and promoting innovative and inclusive economic justice strategies for workers. The Senior Fellow will research and analyze emerging federal and state policy opportunities and build working partnerships between California and federal advocates and public sector leaders that will facilitate the proposal and implementation of policy initiatives to improve wages and working conditions for direct care workers. Research topics will be based on the Fellow's identification of such policy opportunities and development of strategies to leverage them. Possible research topics include: other states' direct care workforce initiatives that may be models for implementation in California; federal policy reforms and investments that could support permanent wage increases for direct care workers; and public-private partnerships as sources of funding for the construction of affordable long-term care facilities that integrate multi-generational housing for low-income seniors and direct care workers.

Tasks will include identifying and defining policy opportunities; conducting legal and policy research and analysis; formulating policy recommendations; convening research briefings to share recommendations; meeting with and engaging key stakeholders; and preparing materials for convenings and meetings. The Fellow's exact responsibilities may vary based on the particular policy opportunities that are presented and how they develop. Because this is a senior-level position, the Fellow is expected to possess relevant knowledge about the direct care workforce and care industry, as well as pre-existing relationships with key stakeholders, including advocates, community-based organizations, and high-level public sector officials who work on issues affecting direct care workers.

This position is based in Berkeley, and may require periodic travel, within and outside California as needed. The position could be located remotely with willingness to travel to Berkeley as necessary.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Identifying and prioritizing emerging policy opportunities for improving wages and working conditions for direct care workers, at the federal and state level;
  • Conducting robust policy and legal research and analysis of the identified policy opportunities, under the overall direction of CLAW's Executive Director;
  • Developing strategic recommendations, informed by the Fellow's research and analysis, on policy initiatives or approaches to improve the quality of direct care jobs;
  • Organizing and convening briefings to present recommendations;
  • Drafting materials for briefings and meetings;
  • Engaging with advocates, community-based organizations, and public sector officials, including building working relationships between California and federal advocates and public sector leaders;
  • Assisting with other miscellaneous aspects of project implementation as appropriate.


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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Candidate must hold a J.D. degree (or equivalent international degree)

Preferred qualifications

  • 20 or more years of professional experience in a law-, policy-, and/or consulting-focused environment focused on addressing issues of low-wage workers
  • Prior experience working on and analyzing issues related to the direct care workforce, including knowledge of the issues faced by direct care workers that could be addressed through policy initiatives
  • Demonstrated track of record of relationships with key stakeholders working on issues affecting the direct care workforce
  • Excellent demonstrated public speaking skills
  • Experience with organizing and facilitating meetings
  • Project management experience and skills
  • Excellent writing and analytical skills

Application Requirements

Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Writing Sample - Such as a policy brief or analysis, white paper, or equivalent
  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley. More Information and guidelines.

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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:

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