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Our Values

With a small but dynamic core staff, team members at the Terner Center take on a variety of different roles on many projects in a fast-paced, data-driven environment. We hold our work and each other to high standards through constructive feedback and iterative review. Most of all, we are committed to the success and growth of each member of our team. We encourage staff to share their knowledge, time, and perspectives, and to seek out opportunities for professional and educational development.

A key aim of our work is to guide and elevate the scholarship and leadership of students at UC Berkeley on issues in housing policy, development, and design. We regularly hire UC Berkeley graduate and undergraduate students from a variety of programs for semester appointments. Please check below for opportunities for students.

Our Culture

  • We strive to foster collaboration and team engagement. Impactful research and policy development are rooted in exchange, both within our team and with external partners and organizations.
  • We expect our staff to value research that is independent, based in evidence, and rigorous. We look for team members who are committed to producing high-quality and impactful work that advances the Terner Center’s mission. 
  • We believe our work is stronger when it engages a broad set of stakeholders. We look for team members who are always thinking about new ways to amplify our work and reach new audiences. 
  • We are family-friendly. With several working parents on our team, we offer flexibility in scheduling and enjoy when kids of all ages visit our office or pop up on video calls. 
  • We are committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace where every team member is welcomed, valued, and supported. The quality of our ideas, analysis, and execution is improved by learning from and supporting the diverse perspectives and experiences of our staff and partners, particularly those from groups who have experienced marginalization and oppression.
  • We are an equal opportunity employer and seek applications from people with diverse backgrounds of all kinds. We strongly encourage Black people, indigenous people, and people of color; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer+ people; women; people with disabilities; veterans; formerly incarcerated people; and people with lived experience of homelessness or housing challenges to apply.


  • Comprehensive medical insurance, including health, dental, and vision coverage through UC Berkeley. Click here to learn more.
  • Retirement savings or pension opportunities as well as retirement counseling and education through UC Berkeley. Click here to learn more.
  • Paid vacation, sick time, and holiday leave.
  • Access to the educational and professional development benefits of a world-class academic institution.


Terner Center Administrative Manager

The Terner Center seeks a dynamic, team-oriented, and detail-oriented Administrative Manager to join our growing team. This role will provide essential support and management across various functions of the organization, working closely with the Associate Director to ensure the smooth operation of day-to-day activities, financial planning and budgeting, HR and student services, office management, and overall organizational effectiveness and planning.

Key responsibilities will include developing, preparing, and managing contracts, budgets, and financial reports, with particular attention to the complex funding sources. The role will involve planning and administering a wide range of administrative operations and office management, including IT management, facilities, supplies, student services, and property management, as well as hiring, payroll, and other human resources activities. Additionally, the role will serve as the main point of contact and Terner Center coordinator of these operational functions in collaborating and liaising with relevant UC Berkeley offices. The role will include working closely with the fund development and marketing and communications staff under the leadership of the Associate Director.

Strong skills in budget and fund management, financial analysis, strategic planning, problem-solving, and customer service are essential, along with excellent interpersonal communication skills. The ability to gather, analyze, and summarize financial reports is crucial, as is the capacity to support short- and long-term organizational planning. Knowledge of university policies (or applicable knowledge and experience) around financial and personnel management are also strongly preferred.

Preferred qualifications include knowledge of UC Berkeley-specific purchasing, HR, and financial management portals and systems, or comparable technical skills or knowledge.

The Terner Center is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. We welcome and encourage applications that reflect a variety of backgrounds based on race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, ideology, lived experience of housing challenges, and other statuses protected by law.

This position will be located at the Terner Center’s offices in Oakland, California but flexibility may be available to work remotely 1-2 days per week. Salary will be between $93,000 – $105,000 annually, commensurate with experience.

Position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin June 11, 2024.

Please apply via the link here (Administrative Manager (7377U) Job #69505 – Terner Center/CED).


Terner Center Student Roles

The Terner Center regularly recruits Graduate and Undergraduate students to assist in a range of projects and roles each semester and over the summer break. We are not currently soliciting applications for GSRs. Please check back soon for future opportunities.