NLIHC Seeking Director of Public Policy
Policy Development, Analysis, Monitoring, and Influencing
The National Low Income Housing Coalition is seeking a director of public policy to advance the Coalition’s policy-related programs and projects. The director will facilitate the Coalition’s public policy-setting process, assuring robust engagement of Coalition members, with particular emphasis on the participation of low income people. The director will work closely with members of the Administration and Congress to advance the Coalition’s priorities to assure people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.
Among the director of public policy’s duties and responsibilities:
- Policy Development, Analysis, Monitoring, and Influencing: Serving as the point person for selected policy projects and agenda items; tracking, analyzing, influencing, and reporting on them; and advocating Coalition positions to Members of Congress and the Administration through letters, visits, phone calls, and e-mails. Developing and maintaining relationships with legislative and executive branch offices and with other organizations and coalitions; coordinating member lobbying visits and planning and implementing Hill briefings. Staffing the Coalition’s policy advisory committee and assuring the committee’s timely consideration of and input into emerging policy issues. Identifying the need for field alerts and calls to action (CTAs) on policy issues and collaborating with the Communications and Field teams on alerts and CTAs’ content and outreach. Ensuring that the Coalition’s housing research work is integrated into policy development, monitoring, and influencing.
- Member Communication and Education: Preparing materials that translate proposals and actions into an understandable format for members and state coalition partners, including through our weekly newsletter Memo to Members, and responding to information requests. Working with communications and field teams to assist in developing content for resident newsletter and/or online resident forum; writing, reviewing and ensuring accuracy of policy-related articles in the annual Advocates’ Guide; and assuring timely, accessible, accurate, and engaging presentation of all policy content on the Coalition’s website. Planning and implementing webinars and other informational outreach on the Coalition’s policy agenda items. Representing the Coalition on boards, committees, task forces and work groups, and with media. Engaging in public speaking on NLIHC priorities at meetings and conferences. Coordinating and moderating policy-related sessions at NLIHC’s annual policy forum.
- Management and Administration: Supervising and coordinating the work of policy analyst(s) and policy intern. Assisting in policy-related portions of fund development.
Qualifications required for the position include proven outstanding written and verbal communication and policy analysis skills; expertise in federal housing policy, programs and finance; 5-10 years of direct experience with the legislative process at the federal or state level; and a proven commitment to housing and social justice. A Master’s degree or JD is required.
An equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, NLIHC offers a competitive salary and benefits package. The position is based in Washington, DC.
Interested candidates should forward a cover letter, salary requirements, resume, and two writing samples to Paul Kealey, Chief Operating Officer, NLIHC, 1000 Vermont Ave., NW, Suite 500, Washington DC 20005 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NLIHC accepts applications for internship positions for fall (Sept-Dec), winter/spring (Jan-April/May) and summer semesters (June-August) on an ongoing basis. Interns are highly valued and fully integrated into our staff work. We seek students who are passionate about social justice issues, with excellent writing and interpersonal skills.
The available positions are:
- Policy Intern. Tracks new legislation, attends and summarizes Congressional hearings for Memo to Members, participates in visits to Congressional offices, and develops materials for use in lobbying the House and Senate to accomplish NLIHC’s policy agenda. Updates the Congressional database.
- Organizing Intern. Assists with grassroots organizing efforts for the United for Homes campaign and other legislative efforts. Assists with membership recruitment/retention efforts and internal database upkeep.
- Research Intern. Assists in ongoing quantitative and qualitative research projects, writes weekly articles on current research for Memo to Members, attends briefings, and responds to research inquiries.
- Communications/Media Intern. Prepares and distributes press materials, assists with media research and outreach for publication releases, and works on social media projects. Maintains the media database and tracks press hits.
- Graphic Design Intern. Assists with sending out e-communications using MailChimp; updating collateral print material such as brochures, flyers, factsheets and a variety of other projects using the Adobe Creative Suite. The intern will also update content on the NLIHC website and will help update the Coalition’s Social Media sites and blog. Please provide 3-5 design samples and/or link to online portfolio for consideration.
A cover letter, resume, and writing sample are required for consideration. They should be included as attachments to your email. In your cover letter, please specify the position(s) and semester for which you applying.
Interested students should send their materials to: Paul Kealey, Chief Operating Officer, National Low Income Housing Coalition, 1000 Vermont Ave, Washington, DC 20005. at email@example.com.