The Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley is seeking a full time Policy Director who will help to lead the Center’s engagement in local, state and federal housing policy. This exciting, recently 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 at UC Berkeley.
The Terner Center is focused on identifying bold, 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 research, ideas, 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 Policy Director will work with the Center’s Administrative Officer and under the Associate Director to support the Center’s communications, fundraising, grant management, and event planning efforts.
With this frame in mind, the Policy Director will:
- Contribute to the development of ideas and writing of policy analysis and proposals for the Center’s research publications, including papers, briefs, and blog posts.
- Working closely with the Faculty Director, monitor and strategically engage in relevant policy debates at the local, state, and national level, leveraging the Center’s research to inform them and thought leadership to help shape them.
- Facilitate collaboration and communication with relevant stakeholders - including advocacy organizations, private sector leaders, civic leaders, academics and policymakers - to advance specific policy proposals and ideas, and ensure the Terner Center is providing leadership on important housing policy dialogue.
- Represent the Center and its work at key convenings and events, as well as in the media through press interviews, op-eds, blogs and social media.
- Work closely with the senior leadership team of the Terner Center to ensure ongoing alignment of research efforts and policy priorities.
- Bachelor’s degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
- Minimum 5 years of experience working in housing policy and real estate development and finance.
- Master’s degree in Urban Planning or related field.
- Strong working knowledge of current policy debates in California and nationally.
- Demonstrated interest in policy development and implementation in other high-cost regions around the country.
- Demonstrated ability to understand and communicate the implications of research for policy, and policy challenges for further research, is essential.
- Real estate finance and development experience.
SALARY & BENEFITS
*The salary for this position is commensurate with experience.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html
HOW TO APPLY
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment HERE.
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: http://www.eeoc.gov/employers/upload/poster_screen_reader_optimized.pdf
For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct
The Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley is seeking a full-time, Associate Project Scientist or Project Scientist who will serve as Research Director to 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 and Faculty Research Advisor (senior staff) 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.
Basic qualifications (at the time of application): PhD or equivalent degree 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, 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: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.
Expected start date is mid-late April 2017, however, this position will be opened until filled. Early applications are encouraged. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Please direct any inquiries to: Nadya Abo-Shaeer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Curriculum Vitae
- Cover Letter
- Research Portfolio (piece 1 of 3) - 3 pieces or more of research for which you were the solo or principal person
- Research Portfolio (piece 2 of 3) - 3 pieces or more of research for which you were the solo or principal person
- Research Portfolio (piece 3 of 3) - 3 pieces or more of research for which you were the solo or principal person
- Research Portfolio (piece 4) (Optional)
- Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. (Optional)
- 3-5 references required (contact information only)
HOW TO APPLY
To apply, please submit application to this link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01294, including CV, cover letter, research portfolio which includes three or more pieces for which you were the soul or principal person, and contact information for three to five references.
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 (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.