job: User Experience Director, Population Research Center

As Director of PRC, this position leads the research and outreach activities of the Center, including budgeting, supervision, and strategic planning. This will be a variable full-time equivalent (FTE) appointment starting at .75 FTE with the possibility of increase to 1.0 FTE, dependent on grant funding and/or possible teaching positions. This position is excluded from representation due to assigned management and supervisory responsibilities.
The anticipated start date for this position is 7/1/20, but an earlier start date is negotiable.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in applied demography, social geography, sociology, economics, or related field.
Two or more years progressively responsible experience managing a research team and research projects.
Evidence of knowledge of demographic analysis and forecasting methods.
Excellent communication skills.
Successful completion of a background check.

Preferred Qualifications

Ph.D. in applied demography, social geography, sociology, economics, or related field.
Five or more years of progressively responsible experience managing a research team.
Excellent communication sills.
Successful record of attracting funding.
Experience and ability to teach in the applied demography certificate.
Key Cultural Competencies
Create an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates differences.
Function and communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities, and cultural backgrounds.
Seek opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement.
Adhere to all of PSU’s policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.
Environmental Stewardship
Contributes to a culture of environmental stewardship, practices resource conservation, and actively works toward achieving long-term sustainability goals.

Seniority Level



  • Non-profit Organization Management
  • Higher Education
  • Education Management

Employment Type


Job Functions

  • Research
  • Analyst
  • Information Technology

CL Mighty Network Testimonials

The Career Linguist network has been enormously helpful as I transition from an academic position into consulting. It is inspiring to have a place to connect with people doing interesting and varied work outside academia. The Working Sessions have been particularly helpful and a great way for me to get to know others in our field as we work independently on a specific task for a set period of time. Anna is supportive, encouraging and the perfect facilitator. She has helped me understand the difference between a “task” and a “project” which has helped my work flow tremendously. I will definitely continue to attend when I can!

Kristy Cardellio, Ph.D.
St Petersburg, FL

I find the CL network a group of interesting and engaging career-minded individuals that are invested in not only working on their own area of expertise but also curious to hear about and provide support, if applicable, to their fellow members. The women who participate weekly in the work sessions I have attended act as a team of accountability partners that seem to keep me on track and allow me to mutually provide support for them. Anna Marie Trester, our host, is always engaging, providing a gentle guidance that allows us to focus on the work at hand in a structured group environment, using our stated intention to propel us effortlessly through our chosen assignment for each session. Because we are using the pomodoro method, of 20 minute intervals, it seems to take some of the pressure off, allowing me to concentrate on this chunk of work, rather than stressing over the full project. In the past few weeks of attending the CL work sessions, I have managed to accomplish more of my project than I have alone in a much longer time frame. I thoroughly enjoy this process and am grateful to Dr. Trester for creating such an inviting, congenial, interactive environment for peers to accomplish their goals.

job: people scientist

at Humu Mountain View, CA (Humu HQ)

Are you interested in championing a product that makes work better? The science is clear: happier employees are more productive and stay at companies longer—everyone wins!

Who we are

Humu sends intelligent nudges to every person within a company. These small, scientifically-backed suggestions help each person build better habits, work smarter, and connect with their colleagues—and are the most effective way to drive positive change throughout an organization. We are a behavioral change start-up founded by Laszlo Bock, Wayne Crosby, and Dr. Jessie Wisdom, and a growing team with diverse backgrounds and expertise in the People and Product space.

What you’ll get to work on

Humu’s Nudge Engine® deploys thousands of customized nudges—small, personal steps—throughout organizations to empower every employee, manager, team, and leader as a change agent. Over time, our nudges grow increasingly aware of the timing, messaging, and motivational techniques that inspire individual employees towards action.

Where you fit in

We are committed to change the working world for the better by bringing greater meaning and happiness into everyone’s working lives, everywhere. We are passionate about our mission, and excited to grow our school of fish with people who want to do the same – and people who will bring in their different perspectives to help us continue to shape our team and product. If this is you, we encourage you swim into our candidate pool!

The details

Role and responsibilities:

  • As a member of the People Science team, you will ensure that Humu is built upon solid science and research
  • You’ll use research and data to derive insights and drive behavior change within organizations
  • You’ll partner with Humu’s clients to deploy the product and ensure success alongside partners in Sales, Customer Success, and Product & Engineering


  • Advanced degree (PhD or Masters) in a field that uses analytics to understand human behavior (e.g., Organizational Behavior, Social/Personality Psychology, Behavioral Economics, Industrial/Organizational Psychology)
  • Passion for applying social science research to solve real-world organizational challenges
  • Experience analyzing data from surveys and experimental research in a business or academic context (applied experience is a plus, but not required)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of statistics and statistical software (e.g., R, SPSS, Stata)
  • Strong communication skills with a growth and learning mindset
  • Ability to translate data into insights for a non-technical audience
  • Ability to navigate ambiguity and solve problems in a fast-paced environment
  • Experience in text and/or social network analytics is a plus, but not required

Career Camp Testimonials

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I have no doubt that the work we did at Career Camp helped me to get some clarity regarding what I wanted to do in this post-teaching phase of my career, and your advice about interviews and cover letter writing was also invaluable. There were a lot of stages in this hiring process (seven stages in total, a combination of work tests and interviews), and I found myself telling plenty of stories in the interviews. Having done much of the groundwork around the campfire, I felt well prepared for the process. Thanks for helping me get to that place!

-participant in summer 2017 career camp

Thinking in terms of stories was transformative for me. I’m definitely a convert to the notion of seeing the world in stories.  Before Career Camp I’d been feeling stuck. I was uncomfortable and unsure about how to interact with LinkedIn. I didn’t enjoy researching organizations. This mini-course changed the way I look at those activities; when everything is a story, everything is data. Looking at data is fun, so looking at LinkedIn can be fun, too. I now feel less stressed and more productive as I explore and apply.  

  • Career Camp betatester

In the space of a month, with just a few hours of work each week, I learned as much useful information as I’ve learned in many a previous semester long class.  What surprised me most about Camp was how enjoyable it was to chat with other students (campers?) each week. How can a group video chat with strangers feel like a campfire with friends? I don’t know, but I liked it! I learned from other people’s stories, and felt supported in my career journey. I highly recommend this little digital bootcamp of career narratives to linguists and nonlinguistic alike!  Let Anna Marie introduce you to the wild world of stories! 

  • Career Camp betatester

Career Camp Reunion

<image courtesy of the Oklahoma Conference of the United Methodist Church>

Welcome to anyone who has participated in Career Camp over the years! Pop in, say hi, let us know what you have been up to these days and come and hear what everyone else is doing!

March 13th at 2pm PDT / 5pm EDT!!

Contact Career Linguist to RSVP to the Reunion

Feeling FOMO? You too can be a happy camper – the next career camp starts March 20th!

Virtual Community-Building

photo credit – Art24hrt

Let’s take the opportunity to virtually build community this week!

And use these #s to keep us in the loop: #graciousnote, #honortheask, #windowsandmirrors

  • send a gracious note to someone (whether you already know them or not – maybe it’s an expression of gratitude for an article that you recently enjoyed reading)
  • reach out to someone in your community with a well-defined “ask” (a.k.a. 5 minute favor), and if you were coming to this event to meet people, you can reach out to me ( and I will help connect your ask with someone who can honor it. Conversely, if you were coming to the event to share information or an opportunity, please share – again, you can send to me if you need help!! 
  • try out the networking activity we were going to have you do at the event by sharing a reflection (pun intended) on the idea of “mirrors and windows” in career conversations (TLDR: talking to others can show aspects of ourselves back to ourselves and/or reveal new possibilities). Share this reflection on social media or with someone who you know to be in the process of career transition!

Book Review: Taking the Work out of Networking

Taking the Work Out of Networking

As we gear up for next week’s networking meetup in San Francisco (am trying out the name Community Connection Events – would love to know your thoughts!) I thought I would share three tips from Karen Wickre’s excellent book.

THREE THINGS for you to do at a networking event:

  1. Find common ground quickly.

If you know someone in common – maybe the person who introduced you, start there!

Or can you find people or places that you know in common? (if you’re at a conference, their nametag may well have their institutional affiliation on it. Do you know anyone who works there/has been there? 

2. Another great strategy is to have little stories at the ready to share

Here at Career Linguist, I call these pocket examples, little things that exemplify how you work, what you are thinking about these days. Wicre’s example: “I was an army brat, and that’s what led me to real estate. I want to help people put down roots!”

3. Discover a future to-do.

Use the conversation to find something that you can connect around. Maybe it’s a subject they are interested in, so when you see an article or event, you could send them a link Wickre’s example: “I’m really looking forward to your presentation on user research next month. If you need to practice running through your deck, I’d be happy to help.”

AS you can see even within these three tips, Wickre’s excellent book is especially excellent because it reminds readers that most of the work of networking doesn’t happen at the event itself. There is work to be done beforehand, and the really important work comes AFTERWARDS. Read the book to learn more about how she suggests incorporating practices like a morning routine, gracious notes, keeping a running networking to-do list, and closing out the day with gratitude.

CL Mighty Network Open House

CL Mighty Network Open House

Join us to learn all about the CL Mighty Network

Fri, May 22 2020 at 1pm pst / 4pm est

on zoom here:

Experience the benefit of participation in a community of linguists who are all bringing linguistics to their work

Your professional network can be a tremendous source of support, inspiration, and knowledge.

Networks help you quickly get plugged in with resources for problem-solving as you tackle unanticipated professional challenges and questions.

They are also a powerful mechanism for creating and sharing opportunities.