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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. We strongly encourage and seek applications from people with diverse backgrounds of all kinds including in race, ethnicity, gender (including gender identity or expression), sexual orientation, citizenship, disability, veteran status, ideology, and lived experience of housing challenges.

Benefits

  • 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.

CURRENT OPENINGS

Terner Center Open Positions:

Research Director

The Terner Center seeks an accomplished, thoughtful Research Director to lead its efforts to produce timely, evidence-driven and policy-relevant research. The Research Director oversees Terner Center’s research team including providing direct supervision to the Associate Research Directors, who are each responsible for a specific area of housing policy research, while supporting their supervision of research staff and graduate students. As part of the Leadership Team, the Research Director works collaboratively with Terner Center’s senior leadership to grow the organization’s scope and reach in line with the Terner Center’s mission, while working to align research and organizational priorities with available resources.

The Research Director brings a broad set of research design skills to this role, along with an orientation toward staff development and strong supervisory skills. We are particularly interested in candidates that have a record of policy research in areas such as affordable housing and/or real estate development, land use, poverty and welfare, or urban policy and planning, and who have conducted research for both academic and policy audiences. The ideal candidate is curious and engaged with all things housing, and their work is aligned with the Terner Center’s ethos of pursuing both transformative and pragmatic solutions to the nation’s housing crisis. For this leadership position, candidates must have a strategic perspective, the ability to collaborate within the leadership team to foster alignment on organizational goals, and the ability to represent the organization externally. The Research Director will be expected to oversee the research team’s budget and participate in fundraising activities.

The Terner Center is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity. Terner Center seeks candidates with the skills and experience to contribute to our goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion in our internal management practices and to produce research and policy work that furthers equity goals. 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 for hybrid work. Salary will be between $175,150 – 209,900 annually, commensurate with experience.

Position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin March 1st, 2023.

For external candidates, please apply via the link here.

For internal UCB candidates, please apply via the link here.

Associate Research Director

The Terner Center seeks talented Associate Research Directors to join our research team. These positions will oversee a research portfolio and staff and will help advance a specific portfolio of housing-related work. The Associate Research Director’s primary responsibility is to lead a research portfolio in support of the Terner Center’s work to address the multiple, layered crises of housing affordability, entrenched inequities, and climate change.  Reporting to the Research Director, the Associate Research Director identifies, designs and leads both short-term and long-term research projects, provides supervision to staff researchers and graduate students, and assists in managing the budget and funding relationships relevant to the assigned research portfolio.

The Terner Center is prioritizing candidates who bring expertise in either of two areas: 1) land use and housing supply, including issues related to zoning, regulations, and the costs of development;  and 2) housing topics related to climate change and environmental sustainability. The Associate Research Director will maintain focus on a particular subject area, staying current on research literature and leading research projects that speak to urgent policy needs, while still being able to cover other housing related topics depending on need and capacity.

The Associate Research Director will have research expertise in one of the areas mentioned above, as well as a broad set of qualitative and quantitative research skills capable of executing impactful work in a fast-paced environment. The ability to understand research as a lever for policy change, along with the ability to collaborate across the Terner Center’s Research & Policy team and with other external research partners and stakeholders, is critically important.

Terner Center seeks candidates with the skills and experience to contribute to our goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion in our internal management practices and to produce research and policy work that furthers equity goals. 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 on a hybrid basis. Salary will be between $138,250 – 164,400 annually, commensurate with experience.

Position is open until filled. Review of applications will begin March 1st, 2023.

For external candidates, please apply via the link here.

For internal UCB candidates, please apply via the link here.

 

New to applying for jobs at UC Berkeley?

Here are a few tips:

Because the Terner Center is part of UC Berkeley, it is important that all candidates follow the same process. Please understand that we are not able to accept resumes and cover letters directly (i.e., applications that don’t go through the UC Berkeley system).

It may feel like a lot of steps, but we hope you will take the time! We are looking forward to considering your application.

Terner Labs Open Positions:

Data Scientist, Housing Affordability Data Lab

The Housing Affordability Data Lab at Terner Housing Innovation Labs (Terner Labs) is hiring a Data Scientist to help us build and implement innovative housing policy data tools. We’re seeking an entrepreneurial and dynamic individual to utilize their data management and analysis expertise, policy knowledge, and strong project management skills to work directly with policy leaders and help shape the future of data-backed evidence in housing policy decisions.

As a partner organization of the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley, Terner Labs transforms innovative research and policy expertise into actionable tools, programs, and partnerships with the public and private sector. The Data Lab program creates data tools and metrics to inform decision-making around housing and land use policy in order to expand access to quality, affordable homes.

Among other projects, the Data Scientist will play a crucial role in the expansion of the Terner Housing Policy Dashboard, our policy simulation tool that allows policymakers to understand how specific housing policy changes or market forces might affect housing development patterns across a city or region.

If interested, please view the full job description and qualifications, then click the link to apply.

Student Opportunities

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.