Housing Accelerator Program Coordinator

The Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley is seeking a Program Coordinator to ensure the operational excellence of the Housing Lab’s pilot cohort, launching in Fall 2019. 

This role will be instrumental in supporting the Program Director (PD) in planning and executing the day-to-day communications, logistics, and administration of the program. 

Background of Terner Center for Housing Innovation

The Terner Center, established in 2015, 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 Haas School of Business. 

The Terner Center is focused on identifying bold, 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.

Background on the Housing Lab

The Housing Lab is a groundbreaking initiative to unite the best minds of real estate, technology, and social innovation to support the most promising ideas to address our nation’s housing crisis. It will invest directly in a small group of companies and advise entrepreneurs through a 6 month remote & in-person program to refine their business models, navigate the policy environment, and find the right investors to help them scale. 

Position Description

The Program Coordinator (PC) will work closely with the Program Director (PD) to manage the recruitment and selection of companies for the program; develop and implement educational and social events for the participating companies, program mentors, and funders; communicate professionally with all external constituencies; track and summarize data from the program on an ongoing basis; and manage administrative tasks related to operation, including scheduling meetings and tracking organizational expenses. The PC’s job will be to ensure the program runs smoothly and achieves its desired aims, which include developing a community of like-minded investors and entrepreneurs supporting housing innovation; showcasing the Housing Lab to potential participants and mentors; and developing a candid, supportive, and committed culture within the program.

The position will continue through the end of the pilot cohort in spring 2020, including data collection and documentation of program outcomes. If it is decided the program should continue, the Program Coordinator will be considered for an extension of the position. 

Basic qualifications (at the time of application): 

  • Bachelor's degree in related area and/or equivalent experience/training  

Preferred qualifications: 

  • Proactive relationship-builder: You are skilled at building and maintaining relationships in a warm, genuine way. You are extremely persistent in your efforts to maintain relationships and secure partnerships.
  • Strong organizational skills​: Your success is built upon a foundation of methodical, personal organization that gives you the confidence to reach deadlines and achieve outcomes even when there are numerous other priorities and distractions
  • Mission fit: You are committed to the mission of the Housing Lab to support innovative, yet pragmatic approaches to our national housing crisis that address racial and economic inequities. You are a culture-creator, and you believe in the power of creating environments where people can belong and thrive.   
  • Thorough knowledge of event planning, event design principles, and project management practices
  • Thorough written, verbal and interpersonal communications, tact and political acumen to effectively represent the UC Berkeley campus and the Housing Lab
  • Thorough research, analytical and critical thinking skills, including sound judgment and decision-making skills and ability to correctly identify real and potential problems, advise management as required, and propose effective strategic resolutions.
  • Proficiency in excel for basic budgeting and expense reporting
  • Knowledge of the UC Berkeley campus, its mission, goals, objectives, programs, achievements, technological infrastructure and issues of concern (desired, but not required)

The Terner Center team is small and highly collaborative, and seeks an ambitious, organized, and thoughtful professional to join the team. This is a full-time position. 

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:

Expected start date is July 15th, 2019. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

For application instructions and to submit please visit (Job #27159 )