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Staff Researcher (7397U), Othering & Belonging Institute - 33121

Berkeley, CA 94720

Job Type

Full Time

About the Role


Conducts original research on pressing issues or novel questions that may arise or are otherwise assigned by Institute Director. This includes finding or locating sources or references or compiling or synthesizing existing research into a summary memo. It may also include reviewing documents, files, or books.
Conducts research for the Research Director, including searching for sources and materials on critical subject matter or topical areas relating to Institute research. This also includes looking for citations or sources, compiling data or figures, and formatting as needed into either correct citations or tables and charts as desired.
Draft or compose reports or briefs for partners, priority audiences, or other external audiences as requested.
Supports the speaking engagements team with primary and secondary research on assigned speaking engagements, including communications with hosts and support staff as needed.
Attends and participates in research team meetings, staff meetings, and other meetings as required.


Familiarity with research databases, repositories, and methods.
Demonstrated ability in locating sources, citations, data or figures. Experience with citation formatting.
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.
Excellent 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 conceptual frameworks central to the work of Othering and Belonging Institute, including targeted universalism, structural marginalization, and othering and belonging.

Master degree in public policy or related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
Preferred Qualifications

Familiarity with Chicago style manual for citation.
Demonstrated political acumen, tact and follow-through when working with high-level faculty, staff and partners.
Salary & Benefits

This position is a non-exempt, bi-weekly paid position. Hourly pay for this role is commensurate with experience within the range of $29.84 - $35.78 and informed by our organizational equity-based salary scale.

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About the Company

Staff Researcher (7397U), Othering & Belonging Institute - 33121 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 serves as an important member of the Institute research team, providing, developing and coordinating research on multiple projects on behalf of the Institute's Director as well as its Research Director. The Staff Researcher will provide policy research, data analysis and project support to advance Institute program activities and agendas. The Staff Researcher will provide research assistance on external speaking engagements, conduct data analysis, write and otherwise develop reports, research memos, blogs, and other media that communicate the institute's research and analysis. The Staff Researcher may also be asked to carry out assignments with other Institute programs as needed or assigned. This position will report to the Research Director.

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