Research Director

Job Title: Research Director
Location: Main Campus-Berkeley
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: Institute for Research on Labor and Employment



The Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE), at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (IRLE) focuses on achieving comprehensive public investments which enable and reward the early childhood workforce to deliver high-quality care and education for all children. To achieve this goal, CSCCE conducts cutting-edge research and proposes policy solutions aimed at improving how our nation prepares, supports, and rewards the early care and education workforce to ensure young children’s optimal development. As a result of this work, policymakers and their staff, thought leaders in the field, and other stakeholders use CSCCE’s research and recommendations to inform policy decisions that support the early care and education workforce.

IRLE is an “Organized Research Unit” of the University of California at Berkeley. IRLE brings together faculty from several academic departments and supports multidisciplinary research about labor and employment relations. IRLE sponsors many research centers, including the California Public Employee Relations, Center for Labor Research and Education, the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics, and the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment (CSCCE). It publishes the widely respected academic journal, Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, and houses an important research library that collects and preserves a wide array of information about work, organizations and labor issues.


A Full Specialist (Research Director) position in the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, Center for the Study of Child Care Employment, will be available beginning August 1, 2018. This position is open until filled.

Reporting to the CSCCE Director, the Research Director serves as a member of the Center’s senior leadership team and plays a formative role in CSCCE’s overall current and future projects. As all positions and work of CSCCE are supported by extramural funds, the Research Director will be expected to assist the Directors to obtain salary and project support from grants, contracts, and other external resources, for purposes consistent with the mission of the Center. The Research Director will lead and manage the research and policy team, including Research and Policy Associates and Specialists, supervise data collection, data management, and analysis of research projects, and assist the team to develop and supervise student research projects. The Research Director will support other organizational priorities, as defined by the Directors, given the flexibility required of all staff in a relatively small and fast-paced organization. The incumbent will periodically travel to represent CSCCE and present findings and meetings and professional conferences at various locations across the country.

Minimally, the successful candidate must demonstrate a commitment to re-envisioning early childhood systems to effectively and equitably serve all children, their families, and the early educators who work on their behalf; a desire to explore the intersection between research, policy, and practice; and broad knowledge of early childhood education systems, reforms, and trends. Beyond these key qualities, the Research Director must demonstrate vision, intellectual curiosity, and a level of research expertise that is required to lead this work; and the agility required to shift from project management and analysis, to translating and sharing findings, in order to foster a deeper understanding of the issues and influence public policy.

Key responsibilities

  • Provide supervision and technical assistance (methodological, content-related, and managerial) to CSCCE research staff to ensure that work is conducted according to specifications, on schedule, and within budget;
  • Apply a perspective on research and policy that contributes to CSCCE’s overall vision and mission;
  • Write proposals, develop research designs, analyze data, prepare reports and articles, and translate results in various written, visual, and oral formats to diverse audiences;
  • Serve as thought partner with senior leadership and the research and policy team to develop forward thinking and cutting edge research and policy proposals; and
  • Serve as a public spokesperson regarding the work of CSCCE and engage in local, state, and national efforts to inform policymakers, key stakeholders, and the public.
  • Supervise Research and Policy Associates (PPA3), Specialist series appointees.

Basic Qualifications (required at time of application)

Master’s or equivalent foreign degree with focus in early childhood education, public policy or social sciences.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Doctorate or equivalent foreign degree preferred, with focus in early childhood education, public policy, social sciences, or other related field.
  • Familiarity with MPlus and R is preferred.
  • Minimum of 7 years of experience since degree completion that includes conducting and leading social science research and policy analysis, in the early childhood education sector, or closely allied sector.
  • Demonstrated quantitative and qualitative data analysis skills, experience using SPSS and STATA;
  • Demonstrated experience successfully leading projects and research proposal development and effectively managing projects, including both internal team projects as well as external vendors/contractors;
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate and manage productive relationships with internal project staff, external research partners, funders, and other key stakeholders;
  • Demonstrated experience in positions of increasing responsibility in research, data analysis and policy in the early childhood education sector, or closely allied sector, using multiple research methods, qualitative and quantitative; and
  • A track record of compelling communications including, but not limited to published research.

The anticipated start date is August 1, 2018. The initial appointment will be full-time for two years, with a possibility of renewal. Extension of the appointment is subject to performance and availability of funds. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Benefits, including medical, dental, and vision coverage are included in the compensation package.

How to Apply

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Please address any inquiries to Lea Austin at or Cynthia Dunn at

Other Information
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