Communications and Lab Assistant, CA 100 Project (7461U) 17400

Communications and Lab Assistant, CA 100 Project (7461U) 17400 About Berkeley

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We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: April 30, 2021.

Departmental Overview

Based at the Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP), The People Lab aims to transform the public sector by producing cutting-edge research on the people in government and the communities they serve. We collaborate with governments and other stakeholders to co-design and rigorously evaluate solutions to urgent real-world problems. Our primary focus areas include: how to recruit, retain and support a government workforce; how to improve public service delivery and program design; and how to foster an engaged and participatory democracy.

Our team, led by Professors Amy Lerman and Elizabeth Linos, includes full-time and part-time public management scholars, behavioral economists, political scientists, and public policy experts, who use a combination of quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis, and direct experimentation in their research. In each case, projects are co-designed with government partners in order to ensure that solutions are feasible in the short-term and scalable in the future.

Position Summary

The Lab and Communications Assistant will play an integral role in the smooth functioning of the People Lab team, supporting the work of researchers carrying out applied policy research and evaluation. They will play a key role in communicating the work of the Lab, its achievements, mission, vision, goals, objectives, programs and infrastructure to policymakers, researchers, and other key stakeholders.

  • Supports the management of the internal operations of the People Lab, including but not limited to: coordinating team meetings and distributing meeting agendas, tracking project budgets, assisting with overseeing undergraduate research assistants, providing support to research faculty and staff as needed, and working with Berkeley Regional Services to optimize the timely onboarding of students and full-time hires.
  • Under general supervision from the People Lab leadership, summarizes People Lab projects for diverse audiences, including policymakers, researchers, and the public to enhance their understanding and appreciation of the Lab's work.
  • Assists with the writing and submission of Statements of Work for grants and other funding requests; requires liaison with campus Sponsored Projects Office and the Berkeley Regional Services research administration personnel.
  • In conjunction with GSPP's Communication Director and the People Lab leadership, assists with the writing and dissemination of op-eds, blog posts, press releases related to People Lab research.
  • In conjunction with GSPP's Communication Director and the People Lab leadership, supports the design and management of a monthly newsletter to key stakeholders; suggests stories and audience approaches. Requires familiarity with UC Berkeley branding, fonts, colors, and other marketing constraints.
  • In conjunction with GSPP's web developer and Communications Director, the incumbent supports the People Lab website, including topical research, content writing and organizational updates for affiliated staff and academics.
  • Compiles and maintains records of media placements and distributes to interested parties.
  • May require occasional evening or weekend work. May require occasional travel. Other duties as assigned.
  • Sources background information and supports literature reviews related to People Lab work.
  • Supports project management, including tracking progress on key project and funding deadlines and deliverables.

Required Qualifications
  • Ability to take initiative in tracking project deliverables, including strong time management skills and ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to multi-task with demanding time frames.
  • Occasional evening and weekend work may be required.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Demonstrated experience in public affairs, including some combination of strategic communications, government relations, and community relations
  • Thorough skills in understanding and effectively utilizing media mediums including social media and other emerging technologies.
  • Experience with graphical/publishing software, such as Adobe Illustrator or Creative Suite InDesign.

Salary & Benefits

This is an hourly paid (non-exempt) position. Hourly rate is commensurate with experience within the range of $26.53 - $28.73.

This position is eligible for full benefits. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

How to Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Other Information

This is a full-time, one-year contract position. Renewal is possible with continued funding.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California 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, or protected veteran status. For more information about your rights as an applicant see:
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