Job Requisition Number: 23493. 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 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 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.?Academic background and recognized expertise in research relating to housing policy, land use, community development, and urban issues. ?Knowledge of current trends in the field, including relating to local, regional, state and federal policies and advances and developments in the private sector. ?Expert oral and written communication skills, including in writing research reports, articles, policy briefs and content intended for broader audiences and consumption (e.g. blog posts, news articles/opeds). ?Experienced leadership in an urban policy research institution, including management of junior staff and collaboration with senior leadership. ?Demonstrated expertise building collaborations between academia, industrial and/or governmental agencies. ?Demonstrated expertise with program building and management of administrative, budgetary, human resources and financial principles and practices. ?Expert ability to work with dynamic and diverse group of faculty, staff, students, partners and external stakeholders. ?Strong fundraising experience. ?Master?s degree or PhD in Planning, Public Policy/Administration, Urban Economics, or equivalent field. ?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. The Terner Center team is small and highly collaborative, and seeks an ambitious, thoughtful leader to contribute to its efforts. This is a full time position. The Center seeks candidates whose research has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.
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