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Associate Research Director (6083U) Job 47770 - CED
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Jan. 12, 2023
Title Associate Research Director (6083U) Job 47770 - CED
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate/Assistant Director
  • Research

Associate Research Director (6083U) Job 47770 - CED

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

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.

At UC Berkeley, we believe that learning is a fundamental part of working, and our goal is for everyone on the Berkeley campus to feel supported and equipped to realize their full potential. We actively support this by providing all of our staff employees with at least 80 hours (10 days) of paid time per year to engage in professional development activities. To find out more about how you can grow your career at UC Berkeley, visit

Departmental Overview

The Terner Center formulates bold strategies to house families from all walks of life in vibrant, sustainable, and affordable homes and communities. Established in 2015, the Terner Center has quickly become a leading voice in identifying, developing, and advancing innovative public and private sector solutions to achieve broader housing affordability for American communities. The Terner Center is named after Don Terner, a housing pioneer whose ambitious, "no limits" spirit lives on in the ethos and approach to our work.

The Terner Center is focused on identifying ambitious, yet pragmatic solutions to today's most pressing housing challenges, supported by rigorous, action-oriented research. Our success is measured in part by the extent to which our ideas, research, and solutions influence dialogue, decision-making, and practice among policymakers and private sector leaders. With a focus on high-cost regions and solutions that can help address their unique challenges, the Terner Center pursues ideas that can help expand the supply of housing and lower the cost of production; increase access to homes and opportunity-rich communities for people across the income spectrum; align housing and climate change priorities; and improve the outcomes of major housing policies and programs through rigorous impact assessment.

The Terner Center for Housing Innovation is seeking a talented Associate Research Director to join our small, but growing research team and help advance the understanding of U.S. housing markets, specifically as it relates to expanding the supply and affordability of housing through land use and zoning policies with a concern for climate implications. The Associate Research Director will collaborate closely with the Terner Center's leadership team, including the Center's Research Director, to identify new research opportunities, develop research design and conceptual frameworks for understanding the links between policies and housing supply, and produce evidence-driven research that can help to inform housing policy debates in California and at the federal level. The Associate Research Director will supervise and review data
collection, data analysis, and report production processes among Research Team staff and graduate student researchers, as well as conduct and publish their own research studies. The Associate Research Director will also be expected to represent the Terner Center at various industry conferences to present and share research.
The ideal candidate will bring a strong track record of research work in affordable housing, land use, real estate, or a related field.

The Terner Center seeks candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion, both in our internal management practices as well as in shaping the direction of our research agenda. They will also bring an understanding of the history and current realities of racial inequity in housing markets and the skill and dedication to apply this lens to their work.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 1/25/23 - Open Until Filled


Essential Functions:
Manages the design and development of major research or academic program components and oversees execution of funded programs.
Develops proposals for research design with input from the leadership team, including identifying quantitative and qualitative data sources, statistical methods, and project
Disseminates research findings through the publication of independent or co-authored publications. Collaborates with the communications team to adapt research papers to reach various audiences through summaries, blog posts, and other methods.
Supervises and reviews the data collection, data analysis, and report production processes among subordinate staff as needed. Ensures quality of data analysis and
statistical programming. Responsible for statistical integrity, adequacy and accuracy of the data.
Performs supervisory functions including recruitment of research analysts, and graduate student researchers, and is responsible for training and handling disciplinary issues.
according to UC Berkeley and Center's HR policies.
Identifies and develops continuance of funding from multiple external sources.
Develops and executes strategic plan for financing program activities and ensuring ongoing sustainability of the program.
Plans, directs and controls program budget and manages financial, HR, technical and other supporting resources.

Participates in developing and monitoring operational and budget processes, staff FTE, finance, and human resources
Tracks and monitors relevant current events, policy analysis papers, and government activities.
Participates and presents research in relevant conferences, seminars, and meetings.
Responds to requests from media, external stakeholders and regional partners for data analysis and research implications.

Required Qualifications

Exceptional organizational, project management, communication, interpersonal and writing skills, including the ability to effectively communicate quantitative and qualitative
findings to non-academic audiences.
Academic or research background and recognized expertise in housing and land use policy.
Expert oral and written communication skills.
Leadership experience in academic and / or government agencies.
Demonstrated expertise in building collaborations between academia, industry and / or governmental agencies.
Demonstrated expertise with program building within a leading academic institution and administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices.
Expert ability to work with a dynamic and diverse group of faculty, staff and students.
Managerial experience and proven success in managing a complex research or academic program(s).
Strong fundraising experience.
Strong negotiation skills and verbal and written communication skills; ability to influence / persuade all levels of staff.
Skills in organization and customer service to effectively manage multiple important priorities.
Experience working with an array of data sources such as Census data, PUMS data, HMDA data.
Ability to manipulate and analyze large datasets with SAS, STATA, Python, and/or R, as well as a working knowledge of GIS.
Experience in designing and implementing qualitative research methods, including interviews, literature reviews, and case studies.
Knowledge of federal, state, and municipal housing programs or land use regulations strongly preferred.
Experience overseeing teams, mentoring professional colleagues, and/or directly managing staff or students.
Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with an interdisciplinary team.
Ability to manage multiple simultaneous projects and deadlines.
Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
Advanced degree in a related field (e.g., Planning, Public Policy/Administration, Urban Economics, Law).
Min. 4 - 5 years of relevant experience working in urban policy, affordable housing, land use, or real estate, such as research experience in academia, government, or a public policy or research organization.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit this UCOP link.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is 138,250 - 164,400.

Diversity Statement

Please include, as part of your application a brief (1-2 paragraph) statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in your professional experience.

Advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion are fundamental to our UC Berkeley Principles of Community, which states that "every member of the UC Berkeley community has a role in sustaining a safe, caring, and humane environment in which these values can thrive."

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

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 the EEOC poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see the UC policy.

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