NLIHC Seeks Housing Advocacy Organizer 

NLIHC seeks a housing advocacy organizer who will be responsible for maintaining and expanding NLIHC membership and mobilizing advocates on federal policy priorities to advance the Coalition’s mission. This position play a key role in designing and implementing field strategies for various campaign efforts such as the NLIHC HoUSed campaign for long-term solutions to homelessness and housing poverty, the Our Homes, Our Votes non-partisan civic engagement project, coronavirus emergency rental assistance, federal budget priorities, and other campaigns. The housing advocacy organizer supports outreach activities, develops materials for use by state and local advocates, and supports low-income renters with organizing guidance and tools. The housing advocacy organizer reports to the manager of field organizing. This is a one-year position, with the possibility of extension.

Responsibilities/Duties

Field and Campaign Organizing, Education, and Activation

  • Field and Campaign Organizing: Mobilize state partners, members, endorsers, and supporters on federal affordable housing policy issues. Generate letters and calls to legislative offices; assist organizations and constituents with meetings and media opportunities; generate resolutions, endorsements, and sign-ons; work with broad issue-based campaigns to raise the issue of housing.
  • Field Activity: Track field activity, including member participation in call-in days and e-mail actions; prepare reports on activities, as requested. Maintain and enhance member and contact database for organizational/field needs; expand its use to distribute congressional profile data and timely, targeted calls to action that advance NLIHC goals.
  • Education and Activation: Participate in meetings of national housing and other advocates to engage in strategy discussions, including HoUSed campaign policy group, Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition (DHRC), and others as necessary. Create, update, and distribute materials, as needed, including calls-to-action, postcards, fact sheets, endorsement forms, brochures, and stickers. Identify conference and other speaking opportunities for Coalition staff; exhibit and present, as needed.
  • Communications: Write (on a rotating basis among housing advocacy organizers) a weekly article for NLIHC’s e-newsletter, Memo to Members and Partners, highlighting the field work of state partners or other NLIHC members. Help maximize use of the NLIHC website and social media tools, including webinars, videos, and blogs, to engage members. Draft articles for the Tenant Talk publication produced for low-income renters. Assist communications staff in generating media ideas and opportunities for work happening in the field.

State Partners

  • NLIHC State Partner Meetings: Assist in the planning and convening of biannual NLIHC state partners’ meeting. Participate in state partner conference calls.
  • State Activities: Track all field activity in the assigned states, including member participation in call-in days, email actions, and prepare reports on activities as requested. Promote activities of state partners through social media and NLIHC communication platforms.
  • Growing the State Partner Coalition: Identify and cultivate potential new state partners in places where NLIHC is lacking a strong advocacy lead.

Membership

  • Membership Recruitment: Identify sources for prospective members and coordinate ongoing membership drives, including among workgroup call participants, budget letter signers, HoUSed campaign endorsers, and Disaster Housing Recovery Coalition members. Engage potential new members through video and e-mail; track effectiveness of contact. Undertake activities to achieve annual increases in membership. Reply to all inquiries from current members and potential new members. Use all other interactions as opportunities to secure new memberships.
  • Membership Engagement and Retention: Welcome new Coalition members and build relationships with members in assigned states through personal calls, e-mails, and other outreach. Provide prompt and accurate responses to all inquiries about membership concerns. Track status of all members, send renewal notices in timely manner, and follow up as needed. Undertake activities to achieve a 90% or higher member retention rate.
  • Resident Outreach: Support resident participation in NLIHC and partner organizations activities. Assist in developing content for Tenant Talk, NLIHC’s resident newsletter. Convene tenant groups, as determined by NLIHC management.
  • Administration: Coordinate or assist in mailings to members and other partners. Maintain hard copy files of member records. Produce membership reports and lists, as needed. Maintain and update databases and contact lists, ensure accuracy of all data. Perform data entry and data cleaning; run reports and queries as needed to support work of NLIHC. Assist in implementation of member survey.

Organizational Support

  • Meetings: Attend and participate at meetings with NLIHC Board of Directors; participate in staff meetings, state coalition meetings, trainings, and all Coalition events.
  • Interns: Assist with the recruitment and supervision of Field interns.
  • Other: Other duties as assigned to maximize organizational effectiveness toward achievement of NLIHC mission

Qualifications

Applicants must possess a bachelor's degree and preferably at least two years of work experience in policy campaigns, U.S. elections and/or direct assistance to low-income communities (additional years of experience preferred; exceptional candidates with fewer may be considered). Applicants should have a strong commitment to social justice. Candidates should have strong analytical, writing, and organizational skills, as well as a keen attention to detail. Applicants should also be proficient in the Microsoft Office suite. Familiarity with Salesforce CRM database would be plus.

An equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, NLIHC offers a competitive salary and a generous benefits package. This is a full-time position located in Washington, DC (with flexible telework). This is a one-year position, with the possibility of extension.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter with salary requirement, two writing samples, and three references (references will not be contacted before consulting with candidate), to Brooke Schipporeit, manager of field organizing, and Bairy Diakite, director of operations, at: [email protected] and [email protected] 


NLIHC Internship Opportunities

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) is a national nonprofit dedicated to achieving socially just public policy that ensures the lowest-income people in the U.S. have decent, affordable homes. Join NLIHC’s efforts to end homelessness and housing poverty in America!

NLIHC accepts applications for our internship positions on a continuous rolling basis. Interns are highly valued and fully integrated into our staff work. We seek students passionate about social justice issues, with excellent writing and interpersonal skills. 

The available positions are:

Fall (Sept. to Dec.) and Spring Semesters (Jan. to May).

Note: Summer Interns (June-Aug.) for Policy, Field, and Research will be considered only for students whose school or other program provides a stipend.

Policy Intern. Tracks new legislation, attends and summarizes congressional hearings for the Memo to Members newsletter, participates in visits to congressional offices, develops materials for use in lobbying the House and Senate to achieve NLIHC’s policy agenda, and updates the NLIHC Congressional database. 

Field Intern. Assists the NLIHC Field team in creating email campaigns focused on important federal policies, writing blogs, managing our database of membership records, mobilizing the field for the legislative efforts, and reaching out to new and existing members.

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.  Quantitative skills and experience with SPSS a plus.

Fund Development Intern. Supports NLIHC fund development activities and events that enable the Coalition to obtain the necessary resources to fulfill its mission of ending homelessness and housing poverty in America, including researching prospective funders, monitoring incoming donor data, coordinating mailing campaigns, maintaining client relations management data, and other fundraising activities. The individual will also support NLIHC with other key operational needs. The fund development intern will report to the NLIHC development coordinator. NLIHC seeks someone with strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and communications (oral, interpersonal, and written) skills, as well as a strong commitment to social justice. Experience using Salesforce is a plus.

Fall (Sept.-Dec.), Spring (Jan.-May), and Summer Semesters (June-Aug.)

Communications/Media/Graphic Design Intern. Assists with designing collateral material such as brochures, flyers, infographics, and social media imagery, and updating content on the NLIHC website. They also prepare and distribute press materials, assist with media research and outreach for publication releases, work on social media projects, maintain a media database, and track press hits. Some experience with graphic design and Adobe Creative Cloud (Illustrator, InDesign, and/or Photoshop) is needed. 

Summer, Fall, and Winter interns are expected to work 25 hours a week. Two-semester placements are possible. NLIHC provides modest stipends.

A cover letter, resume, and writing sample are required for consideration. In your cover letter, please specify the position(s)/semester for which you are applying. Communications/Media/Graphic Design interns should also submit three examples of graphic design work (attachments or online portfolio).

Interested students should send their materials to: Bairy Diakite, operations manager, National Low Income Housing Coalition, 1000 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005 via email to: [email protected]