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research director


The Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley is seeking a full-time Research Director  who will help define and guide the research agenda and portfolio of research activities for the Center. This exciting, newly established Center formulates bold strategies to house families from all walks of life in vibrant, sustainable and affordable homes and communities. It is a collaborative effort between the College of Environmental Design (CED) and the Fisher Center for Real Estate and Urban Economics at the Haas School of Business.

The Research Director will serve as a member of the Terner Center’s leadership team, working closely with the Center’s Faculty Director, Faculty Research Advisor, Policy Director and Associate Director to develop and carry out the Center’s research agenda, including: identifying new research opportunities, developing research designs and conceptual frameworks, and formulating policy proposals. The Director will conduct independent research; produce policy papers and briefs with limited oversight; and manage and support a small research team in conducting research projects including: supervising and reviewing the data collection, data analysis, and report production processes. He/She will collaborate with senior staff to generate funding for research projects, and assist with developing grant proposals and other development efforts. The position will lead and manage external research partnerships, including working with senior staff to establish new research collaborations. The Director will work with the communications team to translate academic research into materials intended for non-academic audiences.


  1. Provides strategic leadership for the Terner Center’s research agenda, including ensuring a balance of focus areas and priorities, and alignment with the Center’s mission. Identifies research opportunities and oversees the development of research questions, implementation of research projects and production of research reports, in collaboration with other Terner Center senior staff, and with support from junior staff and graduate student researchers. 
  2. Identifies and develops funding, partnership and collaboration opportunities with external funders and organizations. In the Bay Area, across California, and nationally. This involves the development of research proposals, applications for research grant funding, relationship building and management with funders of research efforts (philanthropic, government, private sector and otherwise) as well as peer institutions who may be collaborators on specific research projects, partners in advancing specific organizational initiatives.
  3. Provide public relations support by representing the Terner Center at both internal and external events, including local and national speaking engagements, private and public roundtable and stakeholder convenings, conferences, and fielding media inquiries as needed.
  4. Work with Terner Center operations, communications, and organizational development teams to ensure research agenda and efforts are well integrated into broad organizational goals, and that internal communications and collaboration are transparent, efficient, and well-functioning.

Basic qualifications (at the time of application): Masters degree or PhD in Planning, Public Policy/Administration, Urban Economics, or equivalent field and a minimum of 3 years of relevant research experience, with a focus in at least one of the following areas: urban policy, affordable housing, land use, or real estate.

Preferred qualifications: Experience working with data sources such as the Census/ACS, PUMS, and HMDA. Experience with manipulating and analyzing datasets with SAS, STATA, or R, as well as a working knowledge of GIS is expected. Knowledge of federal, state, and municipal housing programs or land use regulations is strongly preferred. The ideal candidate will possess strong writing and communication skills; strong organizational, analytical, and project management abilities; strong fundraising experience; and be comfortable working on a team. Management experience is desirable.

The Center seeks candidates whose research has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.

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, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Please direct any inquiries to: Nadya Abo-Shaeer at



  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter


  • 3-5 references required (contact information only)

To apply, please submit application through this page, including CV and cover letter.

Letter of reference are not needed at this time. If the search committee requests them at a later date, all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.


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