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Apply now Job no: 521229
Work type: Faculty - Career
Location: Portland, OR
Categories: Education, Instruction, Social Science

Department: Labor Education and Research Center
Rank: Instructor
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Advertised Salary Range: $65,000 - $75,000 per year

Review of Applications Begins
January 29, 2018; position open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
Submit resume, cover letter, and answers to the supplemental questions provided below.

SUPPLEMENTAL QUESTIONS (Total of 4 pages, maximum, for responses)

1. Briefly describe your experiences with curriculum development, adult education, and coordinating events or conferences.

2. Provide specific examples of your work or experience with labor unions, workers, or community-based labor organizations, accompanied by a discussion of the impact of your work and what you gained from the experience. Please include examples of any work you have done with racially or ethnically diverse groups.

3. Given the current circumstances of the union movement, what do you see as the most serious challenges or priorities facing today’s labor educators? What does the field of labor education most need to do in order to address changing social circumstances and remain relevant to the lives of workers and unions?

4. If you have conducted applied research and/or are interested in doing so, please explain your past work and possible areas of investigation if hired as a LERC labor educator. You can draw from past experience as well as your current professional development interests.

Department Summary
The Labor Education and Research Center (LERC) is a state-wide program that combines teaching, research, and public service to improve the lives of Oregon’s workers, their families, and their communities.Since its creation in 1977, LERC has provided teaching, research, and technical assistance services to unions, other worker’s organizations, and working adults in Oregon and throughout the Pacific Northwest. Throughout its history LERC has served as a catalyst for critical analysis, strategic thinking, and concerted action aimed at strengthening labor organizations and improving the lives of working Oregonians.

With offices on the Eugene Campus and at UO Portland, LERC has a six-member faculty with strong roots in the union movement and expertise in a variety of academic disciplines. In addition to teaching working adults, LERC faculty members conduct research on relevant work, employment, and public policy issues. They also work extensively with policy makers, university faculty, labor relations professionals, and community leaders on issues of concern to Oregon workers. LERC is committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusive workplaces. We practice this internally and also incorporate these concepts in our teaching and public presentations.

A thirty-member advisory board provides LERC with support, guidance, and strategic advice. The program enjoys an excellent reputation at both the state and national levels as a valued resource that works diligently to meet the multiple needs of its constituents. For more information about LERC, please visit our website:

Position Summary
The Career Instructor is a labor educator who will design and teach non-credit classes for working adults, union members, and community partners. These classes include subjects related to:

• Effective union representation (e.g. collective bargaining, labor law, grievance handling and arbitration);
• The social, economic and political context in which workers’ organizations operate (e.g. labor history, electoral politics, the domestic and global economy, community outreach and coalition building);
• Skills needed for effective union leadership (e.g. strategic planning, member recruitment, organizational development, interpersonal communications, internal and external organizing; and strategies for embedding equity & inclusion in workers’ organizations), and;
• Strategies for facing emergent conditions for unions and other workers’ organizations in Oregon, the region, and the United States including organizational changes in union structure, density, and funding.
• Creating inclusive unions that serve the needs of workers who are diverse in terms of their race, ethnicity, age, gender and sexual identity, socioeconomic background, physical ability, etc.

In addition the instructor may have the opportunity to teach occasional credit courses on campus or online, in collaboration with other university departments and faculty.

An important part of this position is outreach and building relationships with labor, community, and university partners. The Career Instructor also will be responsible for curriculum development and implementation in response to contract requests from client organizations for tailored training. In addition, the Career Instructor will be responsible for coordinating occasional full-day and multi-day open enrollment conferences or institutes on relevant topics that present opportunities for more intensive exploration of timely topics. These conference duties are typically conducted as part of a team with other LERC faculty and staff. While individual faculty have significant autonomy to set priorities and directions for their work, decisions about program priorities are made collectively by the faculty.

While instruction is the main focus of this position, the successful candidate may have the opportunity to pursue applied research projects on labor and employment issues in specific sectors or communities. S/he will be expected to seek external funding for these projects when feasible.

This Career Instructor reports to LERC’s Director and will be based at LERC's office in Portland, Oregon. S/he works collaboratively with fellow faculty at LERC, LERC’s Program Manager, University and community partners and labor constituents. S/he does not officially supervise support staff, but does work with support staff on program planning and implementation.

The Career Instructor is a Core faculty member with authority to participate in most departmental and program decisions, as provided under LERC’s internal governance policy.

Minimum Requirements
• Master’s degree in social sciences, education, or other relevant fields. In exceptional circumstances a bachelor’s degree with extensive (min. 5yrs) experience as a labor educator will be considered.
• Two years of relevant teaching and facilitation experience in adult education (e.g., classroom teaching, workshop training, popular education, strategic planning and facilitation).
• Two years of experience with labor unions or other workers’ organizations

Professional Competencies
• Demonstrated understanding of the complex leadership and membership structure of labor unions and related organizations.
• Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communications skills.
• Competency using Microsoft Office programs or their Mac equivalent.
• Demonstrated cultural competency and ability to work effectively with a diverse range of constituents on work and employment issues; a commitment to supporting and enhancing an inclusive learning and working environment.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience teaching, or developing curriculum for, on-line education.
• Fluency in a language other than English that could be used for teaching classes for Oregon workers.
• Experience with technologies that can be used to create or disseminate LERC programs and projects, e.g, videography, web design, use of on-line learning tools, etc.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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