Associate/Full Specialist - Berkeley, CA

Center for Cities + Schools

Institute of Urban and Regional Development

University of California, Berkeley


Department Overview:


Through collaborative, interdisciplinary research and practice, IURD supports students, faculty, and visiting scholars to critically investigate and help improve processes and outcomes that shape urban equity around the world.


Research Group Overview:


The Center for Cities + Schools, located at the Institute of Urban and Regional Development at UC Berkeley conducts high-quality, non-partisan policy research, engages youth in urban planning, and cultivates collaboration between city and school leaders to strengthen all communities. CC+S works to advance policies and practices that create opportunity-rich places where young people can be successful in and out of school.


Additional information on Center for Cities + Schools can be found at the following website:

The Y-PLAN Educational Initiative Y-PLAN (Youth – Plan, Learn, Act, Now) is an award-winning educational strategy and action research initiative that empowers young people to tackle real-world problems in their communities through project-based civic learning experiences.

Created by Deborah McKoy, founder of the Center for Cities + School at UC Berkeley in 2000, Y-PLAN has engaged thousands of young people and dozens of schools, teachers, and civic partners across the United States and around the world.

The Center for Cities + Schools seeks applications for an Associate/Full Specialist position. Primary responsibilities are listed below:


•Under minimal supervision from the Executive Director and other senior research personnel, independently and collaboratively coordinate all aspects of the National Y-PLAN research initiative and serve as a key player in building this research moving forward.

•The successful candidate is expected to conduct research implementing the current Y-PLAN research design and implementing a national initiative, focused on two large regions including (a) San Francisco Bay Area; and (b) New York City that builds on the previous Y PLAN pilot initiatives.

•Lead and participate in all research meetings on campus and at Y-PLAN partnership city sites

•Conduct extensive site visits to local research partnership sites

•Write research and policy briefs on the National Y-PLAN Initiative and assist in preparation of peer-reviewed journal articles.

•Develop database system for collection of qualitative and quantitative data

•Participate in investigating additional funding opportunities, e.g., National Science Foundation, US Department of Education, to deepen and expand the Y-PLAN National research

•Present research findings at conferences.


Basic Qualifications (required at time of application):

•A Masters or equivalent degree in City Planning or a related field is required at the time of application.

Additional Qualifications (required by start date):

•Five years of experience teaching in public schools, preferably secondary education social sciences and/or English

•Database and computer skills

•Demonstrated knowledge of urban planning, and community development in particular

•Demonstrated proficiency in quantitative and qualitative research skills

•Demonstrated written and communication skills for presentation of results to city planning and urban planning professionals

•Project management experience, especially coordinating teachers

•Proven ability to work both independently and effectively within a cross disciplinary team

•Enjoys working in a dynamic team


Preferred Qualifications:

•Ten or more years of experience teaching in public schools, preferably secondary education social sciences and/or English.



This is a full-time (100%) position for 2 years, with the possibility of renewal based on performance.


Salary and Benefits:

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work. UC Berkeley offers excellent health and welfare packages. It also has a number of policies and programs in place to support employees as they balance work and family. Information on available plans and eligibility can be found at


To apply:

Please submit applications electronically at

Applicants should submit a cover letter, their most recently updated Curriculum Vitae, a statement of research interests, and contact information for three references.


This position will be open until filled. The anticipated start date of this position is early 2017. Please address inquiries to Rachel Cosca, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , CC+S operations consultant.


Letters of reference are not required at this time. We will seek your permission before contacting your references. All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality, ( prior to submitting their letters.


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, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see


The Department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.