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Associate Director (0652U) Job 56898

Society for Conservation Biology
Berkeley, California, US
Closing date
Sep 20, 2023

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Academic / Research, Nonprofit
Conservation science
Climate Change
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
About Berkeley

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Departmental Overview

The Terner Center formulates bold strategies to house families from all walks of life in vibrant, sustainable, and affordable homes and communities. Established in 2015, the Terner Center has quickly become a leading voice in identifying, developing, and advancing innovative public and private sector solutions to achieve broader housing affordability for American communities. The Terner Center is named after Don Terner, a housing pioneer whose ambitious, "no limits" spirit lives on in the ethos and approach to our work.

The Terner Center is focused on identifying ambitious, 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 ideas, research, 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 Terner Center for Housing Innovation is seeking an Associate Director to advance our strategic priorities and assist with sustainably growing our capacity, impact, and reputation. The Associate Director will report to the Managing Director and collaborate closely with the Terner Center's leadership team to identify new opportunities for funding and impact, build strategic relationships, and develop and improve operational, managerial and administrative procedures, to ensure the organization is on a sustainable growth trajectory. The incumbent will supervise an operations team including communications, fundraising, and administrative managers. The Associate Director will also be expected to represent the Terner Center within the university and at external industry conferences and events.

The ideal candidate will bring a strong track record of operational and change management work in a leadership capacity and will have some familiarity with affordable housing, land use, real estate, and/or a related field. Knowledge or experience working with housing-related and research/policy organizations is a plus. The candidate must have a passion for identifying innovative housing solutions and an understanding of the history and current realities of racial inequity in the housing landscape and the skill and dedication to apply this lens to their work.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: 8/10/23 - Opened Until Filled


35% Applies advanced organizational development concepts to perform highly complex technical analysis to understand past performance and determine present and future performance and / or resource allocations.

25% Provides collaborative leadership and consultation, strategic planning, design and facilitation, and project management on complex problems to achieve strategically aligned solutions. May lead cross-functional teams to solve complex organizational issues.

15% Exercises wide judgment in selecting and developing methods, techniques and evaluation criteria for obtaining appropriate results and resolution of organizational effectiveness issues.

15% Understands business needs and ensures that systems, both technical and non-technical, can support those needs.

5% Assesses complex situations, identifies desired improvements, works with clients to address issues and implement solutions in alignment with strategic goals.

5% Professional development, required trainings and other duties as assigned.

Essential Functions
  • Steering and coordinating the implementation of long and short term strategic and operational plans.
  • Ensuring schedules and plans are established, parties are informed and prepared, and any barriers (that is, resource allocation, training, staffing, etc.) are addressed.
  • Providing organization-wide influence on the identification and framing of systemic issues, and the formulation and advancement of approaches to address them.
  • Representing the organization with authority to make decisions on key operational matters.
  • Managing communications, including social media, content development and dissemination and oversight of research deliverables.
  • Managing event planning and coordination, including internal and external meetings, speaking engagements, and conferences.
  • Acculturating new staff in organizational protocols, overall operations within areas of responsibility, and initiative and program planning and management.
  • Overseeing or managing the recruitment process for key management positions.
  • Providing strategic oversight for the development of annual budget; determining expense priorities, recommending and implementing changes to methods, unit planning, staffing, programs and other financial activities.
  • Identifying new funding sources and stewarding existing individual and institutional relationships to support ongoing growth of the organization.
  • Providing a framework for policy and administrative change, involved with change management, developing strategies to remove barriers to goal achievement.
  • Directs, analyzes, and prepares recommendations for resource plans having critical, organization-wide impact.

Required Qualifications

  • Expert knowledge of organizational processes, protocols and procedures including working knowledge of organization and system-wide reporting structure, as well as an understanding of the interactive roles of management throughout the organization.
  • Demonstrates advanced strategic thinking and consulting skills in guiding the organization toward workable strategies and solutions.
  • Advanced analytical, problem-solving, project planning and implementation skills.
  • Skills to effectively lead highly significant engagements from inception to conclusion.
  • Advanced written, verbal and presentation skills for influencing and facilitating sustained change.
  • Working knowledge of California and national housing policies, organizations, and actors.
  • Working knowledge of financial analysis and reporting techniques, human resources policies and procedures for staff and academic employees.
  • Working knowledge of a variety of administrative operations activities such as events planning, basic fundraising processes, website design and content development, accounting, contracts and grants regulations and guidelines.
  • Advanced interpersonal communication skills to include verbal and written, active listening, critical thinking, persuasiveness, advising and counseling skills.
  • Advanced skills in grant writing and relationship management of donors with a focus on housing, community development, sustainability/climate change and equity interests
  • Min. 5-8 years of relevant experience working in related field.
  • Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree preferred.

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 $105,500 - 192,300.

Conviction History Background

This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.

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. #J-18808-Ljbffr

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