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Urban Studies and Planning within the Division of Social Sciences at the University of California, San Diego is seeking applicants for appointments in the following areas: 

Program Director - UC San Diego Labor Center

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Position title: Program Director - UC San Diego Labor Center

Salary range: A reasonable salary range estimate for this position is $86,000 - $106,000. Off-scale salaries, i.e., a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated rank and step, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions. The posted UC academic salary scales ( set the minimum pay determined by rank and/or step at appointment. See the salary scale titled, Academic Administrator Series - Fiscal Year for the salary range programs/_files/2022-23/july-2022-salary-scales/t34.pdf.


Open date: May 11, 2023

Next review date: Friday, May 26, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Thursday, Aug 31, 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.


The UC San Diego Labor Center ( invites applications for a Program Director. The center is administratively housed within the Department of Urban Studies and Planning ( The UC San Diego Labor Center strengthens and expands the labor movement through advanced research, education, and strategic partnerships with workers, labor organizations, policymakers, tribal organizations, and the broader San Diego region. We place the wellbeing of workers, their families, and their communities at the forefront of our curricula, community engagement, public programs and publications. We focus attention on the unique socio-economic circumstances of the border region, including large binational and refugee communities and Indigenous nations in the region. Our research offers innovative policy perspectives on work and workers while our worker-centered approach advances the goals of fair working conditions, living wages, and climate, gender, and racial justice.

We seek a program director to lead the founding and growth of the center. With funding through the University of California Worker Rights Policy Initiative (WRPI), the center aims, in the next three years, to: build our capacity for research, policy analysis, education, and public-facing programming; support unions and community organizations to conduct their work more strategically by developing curricula and providing technical assistance; and develop the next generation of labor and community organizers, researchers, and leaders among undergraduate and graduate students by connecting them with labor and community organizations, and training and involving them in community-engaged action research. We work closely with the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council.

The program director is the senior, full-time person building and leading the center in collaboration with a faculty director and managing its dynamic and growing portfolio of research, training, programing, and community collaboration. The program director is responsible for independent development and coordination of all aspects of center operations, which includes the following core areas.

Strategic Leadership

Working with the center’s Faculty Leadership Council and the Labor and Community Advisory Board, the program director provides strategic leadership in planning and implementing all research and programming at the center. Represent the center at annual conferences, community-sponsored events and working groups.

Research and Education Programming

Working with the Faculty Director, as well as the Labor and Community Advisory Board, the program director will help develop and guide the center’s research, policy analysis, graduate and undergraduate instruction, and public-facing programming. This includes overseeing and initiating, if qualified, research projects in collaboration with community partners, as well as teaching courses and workshops related to labor studies and community-based methods.


Planning, developing, and initiating strategies for generating resources and/or revenues, including through fundraising, donor relations, and grant and contract proposals.

Public Relations

Interfacing with the broader community (including the California Labor Federation, San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, unions, worker centers, and community organizations), local and state government officials, foundations, and other community partners. Overseeing all aspects of the center's communications, including web presence, report review, and external relations.

Event Development and Coordination

Overseeing all center organized and affiliated events.

Research Administration and Financial Management

Overseeing and further developing the organizational structure for the center’s financial and business operations, including the generation, management and reporting of center budgets and oversight of contracts and grants.

Center Management

Responsible for personnel and program management at the center, including planning and implementing strategic initiatives, supervising and mentoring staff, and ensuring HR needs are met.



Basic qualifications (Required at Time of Application)

1) Bachelor’s degree or higher (or an equivalent foreign degree) in social science, humanities, public administration, or related fields; AND 2) minimum of ten years' experience, with increasing levels of responsibility, in research, program development, organizing, and/or administration.


The University of California, San Diego is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, covered veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.


2023-2024 Academic Year TA Recruitment

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning is now accepting application for Teaching Assistant positions for the 2023-2024 academic year. We have positions for courses covering the following topics:

  • Real Estate & Development
  • Excel and Financial Analysis
  • Architecture & Urban Design
  • Community & Economic Development
  • Environment
  • Housing
  • Infrastructure and Public Facilities,
  • Public Health, Safety and Welfare
  • Transportation Planning
  • Urban and Regional Planning

Application Information:

Application available in the IA System. Initial Review begins April 21, 2023.
Appointments may become available throughout the academic year so applications are reviewed on a rolling bases after initial review.
TA Salary & Benefits:
  • USP pay rates will the match the GEPA posted TA salary rates.
  • USP will cover standard tuition & fees. 
  • USP does not cover non-resident supplemental tuition or professional fees.

Any questions about TA appointments can be directed to

2023 Summer TA Recruitment

The Department of Urban Studies and Planning is now accepting application for Teaching Assistant positions for Summer Session 2023. We have positions for courses covering the following courses:

  • Summer Session 1: 
    • USP 2 Urban World Systems
    • USP 3 The City and Social Theory
  • Summer Session 2:
    • USP 1 History/US Urban Communities
    • USP 5 Introduction to Real Estate Development
    • USP 152 Real Estate Finance & Investment

Application Information:

Application available in the IA System. Initial Review begins April 21, 2023 and application is due May 12, 2023.

Any questions about TA appointments can be directed to