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Innovation Team Lead, CA 100 Project (4330U) 17552
University of California, Berkeley

Date Posted Nov. 4, 2021
Title Innovation Team Lead, CA 100 Project (4330U) 17552
University University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA, United States
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Research/Technical/Laboratory

Innovation Team Lead, CA 100 Project (4330U) 17552

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 Berkeley People Lab aims to transform the public sector by producing cutting-edge research on the people in government and the communities they serve. Using insights from behavioral science and evidence from public management, we design and evaluate initiatives that can solve urgent public sector challenges. Projects range from: how to recruit and retain a diverse workforce, how to reduce burnout in front line workers, how to increase take-up of social programs, how to increase trust in government and how to improve government programs for vulnerable populations. The vast majority of studies involve a survey experiment or a randomized controlled trial (RCT), and direct collaboration with government agencies and other stakeholders.

Position Summary

This position involves working with a diverse team of scholars, led by Professors Elizabeth Linos and Amy Lerman, who are passionate about conducting applied, data-driven research on key priorities of government. The selected candidate will serve as the Innovation Team Lead for a new initiative, that seeks to engage and inspire residents and stakeholders within California. In particular, the Innovation Team Lead will oversee the implementation and evaluation of up to 6 large-scale innovation projects across the State, in collaboration with multiple government departments and academic partners. We expect that most evaluations will involve a randomized controlled trial (RCT). The Innovation Team Lead will be a senior member of the team and will be responsible for managing partner relationships, ensuring high quality research designs, and representing the Lab publicly. They will also play an integral role in creating protocols and reviewing research and coding for junior staff.

Application Review Date

The First Review Date for this job is: May 7, 2021

  • Ensures smooth implementation and evaluation of 6 large-scale innovation projects (in collaboration with research and practitioner teams)
  • Participates in grant writing, fundraising, program budgeting and accounting processes to support financial infrastructure of Lab.
  • Reviews evaluation design and data analysis of junior research team members.
  • Supports overall Lab functioning and research on a case-by-case basis as needed.
  • May require occasional evening and/or weekend work. Occasional travel may be required. Other duties as needed and as assigned.
  • Works with Lab leadership and communications team to share updates on projects with policymakers, funders, and research community.

Required Qualifications
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups to achieve results.
  • Strong ability to work collaboratively with internal and external peers and managers.
  • Advanced degree in related area and / or equivalent experience / training.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Academic background and experience in conducting randomized controlled trials (RCTs).
  • Ability to review quantitative data analytics and trouble-shoot solutions with junior staff.
  • Solid fundraising experience.
  • PhD in public policy, economics, political science or related field.

Salary & Benefits

This is a monthly paid (exempt) position. Salary range: $75,400.00 - $98,000.00

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.

Other Information

This is a full-time, one-year contract position. Renewal is possible with continued funding.

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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