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Staff Researcher (7397U) (limited), Othering & Belonging Institute - 34919
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Apr. 29, 2022
Title Staff Researcher (7397U) (limited), Othering & Belonging Institute - 34919
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Research Scientist/Associate
  • Social Work
    Public Policy & Administration

Staff Researcher (7397U) (limited), Othering & Belonging Institute - 34919

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.

Departmental Overview

The Othering and Belonging Institute ("the Institute") 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 serves as a national hub of a vibrant network of researchers and community partners, and, as such, plays a leadership role in translating, communicating, and facilitating research, policy, and strategic engagement for societal good. The Institute advances research and policy related to marginalized groups and social cleavages including disability, LGBTQO citizenship, race, religion, economics, public health, education, democracy and the new emerging research on global north/global south relations. The Institute represents a tremendous opportunity to bring leading researchers and substantial resources across disciplines to bear on society's pressing and pivotal issues related to equity, inclusion, and diversity.

The Staff Researcher will be part of a team working on multiple research projects that involve stakeholder engagement, policy analysis, quantitative and qualitative analysis, and the development of reports and other communications materials for public distribution.

  • Coordinating and participating in interviews/meetings with practitioners, stakeholders, and advocates working on racial equity and housing issues. Documenting/transcribing interviews. Coding and analyzing interviews. Secondary research such as case study analysis and literature reviews related to housing finance programs, collective/community ownership models, equity indicators and metrics, and community engagement strategies. Summarizing research findings, writing research briefs for the project, partners, priority audiences, or other external audiences as requested. Attends and participates in research team meetings, staff meetings, and other meetings as required and other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
  • Familiarity with housing policy. Proficient in communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. Demonstrated ability to analyze large amounts of information and synthesize for clear and concise summary. Strong writing and editing skills and capacity to understand and translate academic findings for lay audiences. Proficient in ability to multi-task with demanding timeframes. Familiarity with and/or ability to learn conceptual frameworks central to the work of Othering and Belonging Institute, including targeted universalism, structural marginalization, and othering and belonging.

  • Master's degree in public policy or related area and/or equivalent experience/training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Previous experience with interview-based research, including coding and synthesizing qualitative data. Previous experience in policy research related to community-led development, shared equity housing, collective ownership models, and/or housing finance. Previous experience with equity evaluations and metrics for assessing outcomes of public policies and programs. Familiarity with the regional housing policy landscape and regional governance structures in the Bay Area. Familiarity with existing context and analysis of economic inequality within capitalism, across race, gender, and geography. Experience conducting empirical and applied research.

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How to Apply

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Other Information

This is a remote-friendly position, eligible for 100% remote capability.

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 see:
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