ABOUT THE CENTER FOR WORKLIFE LAW
The Center for WorkLife Law (WLL), housed at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, is one of the nation’s leading nonprofit research organizations devoted to advancing gender and racial equality in the workplace and in education. WorkLife Law’s current initiatives include:
- Research on how gender bias differs by race and research on bias in the legal profession, STEM, and other industries;
- Bias Interrupters, an innovative metrics-based approach to workplace diversity;
- Programs and best practices for advancing women in the workplace (Women’s Leadership Edge and Hastings Leadership Academy for Women); and,
- The Pregnant Scholar initiative to increase pregnant and student parents’ access to higher education; and
- The Pregnant at Work initiative to provide pregnant and post-partum employees and their doctors and lawyers with critical information to prevent workplace discrimination.
WorkLife Law’s COVID-19 initiative supports the economic security and health of vulnerable workers—particularly low-wage earners, people of color, people with disabilities, and mothers—by helping them understand and access their rights to leave, income replacement, and job security during the pandemic. To learn more about the Helpline, visit worklifelaw.org/Covid19. To learn more about some of the workers we assist, see our recent New York Times Op-Ed.
The Research Assistant (RA) position is particularly well-suited for current undergraduate students with an interest in gender and racial equity, workers’ rights, and employment law. The RA may be involved in all aspects of the Center’s work, including participating in strategy sessions, researching policy, and contributing to articles and reports.
This position is paid, and the ideal candidate will be available for full time work. Work is conducted remotely.
This is a temporary appointment.
Typical duties and responsibilities:
- Read literature and develop an understanding of how bias plays out in everyday workplace interactions
- Conduct social science research to support ongoing WLL projects
- Write articles and blog posts about recent and upcoming WLL reports
- Draft and post news entries and press releases to WLL website and social media
- Develop informational packets for education leaders using WLL research
- Create social media outreach kits for WLL materials
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
- Bachelor’s degree or undergraduate students in the classes of 2022 or 2023, particularly in a field of study relevant to the research being conducted such as political science, social work, sociology, psychology, gender and/or race studies, etc.
- Two years of research or experience in a professional setting preferred.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES.
- Strong verbal and written communication skills including experience writing for public consumption
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Experience reading academic material and keeping accurate and detailed records and notes
- Familiarity with Microsoft Office and ability to pick up other software and applications quickly
- Willingness and desire to support the work of others
- A commitment to WLL’s values
- Strong oral communication skills and ability to conduct phone calls
- Reliable access to the internet via a computer
- Bilingual (English and Spanish) fluency preferred