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Research Associate - Blueprint for Belonging (7397U), Othering & Belonging Institute - 58635
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Sep. 14, 2023
Title Research Associate - Blueprint for Belonging (7397U), Othering & Belonging Institute - 58635
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Department Othering and Belonging Institute
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Social Sciences - General

Research Associate - Blueprint for Belonging (7397U), Othering & Belonging Institute - 58635

About Berkeley

At the University of California, Berkeley, we are committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome and included. Our culture of openness, freedom and belonging make it a special place for students, faculty and staff.

The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world's leading institutions of higher education, distinguished by its combination of internationally recognized academic and research excellence; the transformative opportunity it provides to a large and diverse student body; its public mission and commitment to equity and social justice; and its roots in the California experience, animated by such values as innovation, questioning the status quo, and respect for the environment and nature. Since its founding in 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world.

We are looking for equity-minded applicants who represent the full diversity of California and who demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community. When you join the team at Berkeley, you can expect to be part of an inclusive, innovative and equity-focused community that approaches higher education as a matter of social justice that requires broad collaboration among faculty, staff, students and community partners. In deciding whether to apply for a position at Berkeley, you are strongly encouraged to consider whether your values align with our Guiding Values and Principles, our Principles of Community, and our Strategic Plan.

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Departmental Overview

The Othering and Belonging Institute ("the Institute") at UC Berkeley brings together researchers, stakeholders, policymakers, and communicators to identify and challenge the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society and to create transformative change. The Institute is a vibrant hub of researchers, community leaders, policymakers, artists, and communicators that advances research, policy, and work related to marginalized communities. We engage in innovative narrative, communications, and cultural strategies that attempt to re-frame the public discourse around marginality and inclusion and respond to issues that require immediate and long-term action. Our work is informed by understanding how structures and systems work to create or exacerbate othering and exclusion.

The Network for Transformative Change comprises multiple projects that aim to leverage the expertise and power of a cross-sector network to bring about innovations, knowledge, and strategies towards a society based on belonging. The Network looks both inward at the ways our social justice movements operate to help shape their work and outward at the population level to develop empirically grounded knowledge that can be translated into actionable interventions. Both domains strive to shape capacity, strategy, and innovations that will ultimately impact the infrastructure that sustains progress along the lines of our vision and values.

The Blueprint for Belonging (B4B) is a project of the Network and partners with community-based organizing and civic engagement groups to develop research based interventions that promote bridging across divides in an effort to expand belonging through greater civic engagement and power building. The B4B Research Associate position supports program across several strategies including qualitative research, trainings, research application, and partnership development. In addition to carrying out qualitative research such as facilitating focus groups and interviews, the position is responsible for managing projects and coordinating partnerships. This position relies on experience in social change movements and the public sector; judgement within parameters set by the Program Director and/or project specifics; ability to manage multiple workflows; and strong communication and analysis skills.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: September 26, 2023


  • Carries out qualitative research and analysis; coordinates research activities with partners or vendors; and supports project management from scope setting to dissemination.
  • Develops and carries out case studies and trainings informed by OBI research and analysis.
  • Prepares, edits and modifies documents including slides, memorandums, reports, and social media posts.
  • Support partnership development through speaking engagements or carrying out field scans; and maintains communications to coordinate B4B team and partners.
  • Maintains Network database, administrative duties, and/or OBI-wide initiatives and meetings.

Required Qualifications

  • Three years social change movement building experience in civic engagement or community organizing fields within the social justice sector.
  • Solid communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, both verbally and in writing for events, reports, presentations, and social media.
  • Ability carry out appropriate mixed methods research methodologies including facilitating focus groups, conducting interviews, conducting literature reviews, and synthesizing quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Project planning and management skills to support multiple projects at once.
  • Ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes while remaining flexible to rapidly changing priorities.
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to develop communications for academic and popular audiences including reports, briefs, concept papers, curriculum, or presentation slides.
  • Strong degree of political acumen, tact and follow-through when working with staff and community partners, including within projects designed to cross geographic, political, social, or economic divides.
  • Understanding of the social justice movement sector including prevailing analyses shaping the field.
  • Ability to travel across California and nationally.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with digital dissemination and production strategies.
  • Digital strategy development and content creation.
  • Bilingual in Spanish/English.

Salary & Benefits

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University, please visit the University of California's Compensation & Benefits website.

Under California law, the University of California, Berkeley is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role and should not offer a salary outside of the range posted in this job announcement. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, analysis of internal equity, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience.

The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position is $28.30 - $38.51.

  • This is a 24-month, 100% full-time (40 hours per week), contract position that is eligible for full UC benefits with the possibility of extension.
  • This position is non-exempt and bi-weekly.
  • This is a remote-friendly position, eligible for 100% remote capability.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter.

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, please see the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission poster.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, please see the University of California Discrimination, Harassment, and Affirmative Action in the Workplace policy.


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