NLIHC Seeks Housing Policy Analyst/Senior Housing Policy Analyst

NLIHC seeks a housing policy analyst/senior housing policy analyst (depending on experience) responsible for identifying, analyzing, advocating, and engaging the Coalition’s membership and network in action on federal policy and regulatory activities related to the Coalition’s mission and priorities. The policy analyst will report to the NLIHC senior director for public policy.

The policy analyst/senior analyst will:

  1. Monitor legislative, regulatory, and administrative developments, as well as other activities or events of interest on Capitol Hill and at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other relevant agencies.
  2. Help develop policy strategies and advocate Coalition positions before members of Congress and the Administration by drafting letters, scheduling and participating in meetings, and leading coalitions, and preparing and sending communications to Congress, Administration officials, and their staff. 
  3. Develop advocacy materials that translate pending proposals and actions into an accessible and understandable format, including factsheets, briefs, white papers, testimony, and other resources.
  4. Complete other policy projects, as assigned.
  5. Represent the Coalition before selected national partners.
  6. Coordinate and facilitate working group and coalition meetings, prepare materials, and make presentations. Attend meetings and events of other coalitions.
  7. Work together with NLIHC field staff and NLIHC partners and allies in impacted communities to stay abreast of housing concerns.
  8. Research and prepare articles for NLIHC’s Memo to Members and Partners e-newsletter, including updates on Capitol Hill, HUD, and other federal agencies, through web-based and other research and attendance at hearings and briefings.
  9. Develop advocacy communications for a wide variety of Coalition members and partners.
  10. Plan and implement briefings, dialogues, and other informational forums on issues related to Coalition priorities and initiatives.
  11. Monitor, and provide updates for, the Coalition website.
  12. Participate in the planning and implementation of all aspects of Coalition’s annual policy conference, including speaker recruitment.
  13. Attend and report at all meetings of Board of Directors; participate in staff meetings, trainings, and all Coalition events.  Other duties as assigned.


A bachelor's degree (master's degree or law degree preferred). A degree in Public Policy, Public Administration, Humanitarian Emergency Management or related area is a plus.  Applicants should have at least two years of experience in public policy or legislative affairs for the policy analyst position and at least five years of experience for the senior policy analyst position. Applicants should have a commitment to social justice and knowledge of affordable housing, homelessness, or social service delivery.  Candidates should be able to work in a diverse, high-paced environment and have strong writing and editing skills, oral and interpersonal communications, organizational skills, and attention to detail. Applicants should also be proficient in the Microsoft Office suite and social media platforms.

An equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, NLIHC offers a competitive salary and benefits package. This is a full-time position located in Washington, DC.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter with salary requirement, and two writing samples to Paul Kealey, chief operating officer, and Sarah Mickelson, senior director of public policy, at: and

Updated May 21, 2019


Internship Opportunities

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) is accepting applications for a Interns. 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:

  • 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 write weekly articles on current research for NLIHC’s weekly Memo to Members newsletter, attends briefings, and responds to research inquiries. Quantitative skills and experience with SPSS a plus.
  • Policy Intern.  Assists the NLIHC policy team by tracking new legislation, attending and summarizing Congressional hearings for the Memo to Members newsletter, participating in visits to Congressional offices, updating the Congressional database, and developing materials for use in lobbying the House and Senate to accomplish NLIHC's mission. Experience or classwork in policy, advocacy, or government affairs a plus.
  • Graphic Design/Communications Intern. Assists with designing collateral print material such as brochures, flyers, infographics, and social media imagery, and updating content on the NLIHC website. Also prepares and distributes press materials, assists with media research and outreach for publication releases work on social media projects, maintains a media database, and tracks press hits. Graphic design and Adobe Creative Cloud (Illustrator, InDesign, and/or Photoshop) experience needed. Please provide 3 design samples and/or link to an online portfolio in addition to a writing sample.

Spring and Fall interns are expected to work 25 hours a week beginning and Summer Interns are expected to work 40 hours a week. Two-semester placements are possible. NLIHC provides modest stipends and flexible working hours for interns that are taking classes. A cover letter, resume, and writing sample are required for consideration. In your cover letter, please specify the position(s) for which you applying and that you are interested in the Spring, Summer, or Fall internship.

Interested students should send their materials to Paul Kealey, chief operating officer, National Low Income Housing Coalition, 1000 Vermont Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20005 via email to