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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.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: February 17, 2021
The Othering & Belonging Institute (the “Institute”) at UC Berkeley brings together diverse stakeholders to identify and challenge the barriers to an inclusive, just, and sustainable society in order 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 Institute's California Community Partnerships program partners with community-based organizations to advance strategies through which all members of marginalized communities have the resources, tools, and power to be meaningfully involved in transforming the structures that shape community wellbeing. We facilitate and advise our partners facilitating participatory processes in which residents most impacted by issues of concern lead transformative change. This involves rigorous research, trainings, and communications tools that are integrated with our partners' grassroots organizing and leadership development strategies. This produces analysis, policy, and strategies that reflect the direct experience and vision of affected community members and the insights of scientific and technical analysis. We choose partnerships based on shared values and interests, and the potentially transformative nature of the partnership's impact.
The Community-based Equitable Transportation Planning project is a new multi-year project supporting nonprofit and public leaders with training, technical assistance, and evaluation to further efforts to engage marginalized communities in transportation planning that addresses the climate crisis and transit inequities.
- Collaboratively work with community partners to identify issues and questions, provide relevant guidance documents and tools, and facilitate strategy development.
- Provide logistical and administrative support including scheduling, note taking, and email correspondence.
- Conduct research related to transportation planning, community engagement strategies and metrics, and structural and multi-disciplinary analyses of transportation issues.
- Write reports, memos, and other materials as appropriate to communicate research and recommendations to priority audiences.
- Attend and participate in Institute team meetings and other organizational events.
- Research duties related to other Institute programs as assigned.
- Excellent understanding of community engagement in planning and policy, including strategies for community organizing, popular education, participatory planning, and community-based advocacy.
- Excellent understanding of the application of social equity, environmental justice, and just transition frameworks to transportation policy.
- Strong cultural competence with communities affected by transportation inequities.
- Ability to design and carry out relevant research methodologies such as literature reviews, transportation network analysis, policy analysis, and demographic analysis.
- Strong facilitation skills and ability to design and facilitate interactive workshops and planning sessions.
- Strong familiarity with datasets commonly used to analyze transportation and climate change issues.
- Familiarity with or the ability to quickly develop an understanding of conceptual frameworks central to the work of Othering and Belonging Institute, including targeted universalism, structural marginalization, and othering and belonging.
- Excellent writing skills and ability to develop communications for academic, policy, and popular audiences.
- Solid communication and interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with all levels of staff, both verbally and in writing.
- Solid ability to multi-task and work independently.
- Bachelor's degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.
- Masters degree in Urban Planning, Transportation Studies, Public Policy, Geography or relevant field, and/or equivalent experience/training.
Salary & Benefits
This is a non-exempt, biweekly paid position. Hourly salary is commensurate with experience up to $34.87.
For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:
How to Apply
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.
This is a two years contract position.
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