ERASE PROJECT COORDINATOR

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) seeks a project coordinator for its ERASE (End Rental Arears to Stop Evictions) project to ensure that the historic emergency rental assistance ($46 billion) appropriated by Congress reaches the lowest-income and most marginalized renters it is intended to help. This is a one-year position (with the possibility of extension depending on funding) reporting to the ERASE senior project director.

Project Summary

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused two unprecedented developments affecting low-income renters. The first is ominous and potentially catastrophic: it has caused many millions of people to fall behind in their rent, placing them at risk of ultimate eviction. The second is more promising: unprecedented emergency rental assistance to eliminate and avoid rental arrears. 

This project, led and coordinated by NLIHC, is designed to ensure that the historic aid enacted by Congress reaches the lowest-income and most marginalized renters in need. The project – which would End Rental Arrears to Stop Evictions (ERASE) – seeks to eliminate rental indebtedness caused by the pandemic and to prevent evictions by: tracking and analyzing emergency rental assistance utilization; documenting and sharing best practices and toolkits; influencing and shaping program design at federal, state, local levels; developing key partnerships for outreach and education; and assessing the remaining needs to inform advocacy for long-term investments to end housing instability and homelessness in the United States. A key part of ERASE will be to develop and nurture a cohort of state partners working to ensure equitable ERA programs.

The Job Description: 

The ERASE project coordinator, working closely with the senior project director, will have the following responsibilities:

  • Work with the senior director and ERASE team to support the activities of a team of NLIHC staff and consultants dedicated to the ERASE project.
    • Work with the senior director to develop and implement all aspects of the ERASE project plan.
    • Support the senior director in the coordination of an ERASE study to assess ERA impact on tenant outcomes.
  • Work with and support the NLIHC ERASE team to build upon and advance the ERASE Research and Learning Network:
    • Translate research into action base tools to support program implementation. 
    • Prepare and broadly disseminate materials designed to ensure that ERA advances racial equity and reaches the lowest-income and most marginalized renters.
    • Track and highlight developing trends related to landlord participation, self-attestation (of need, income, rental payments, etc.), and direct-to-tenant assistance, and ensure language translation and other accessibility features.
    • Assist with the development and dissemination of toolkits, model forms, model programs and case studies to support jurisdictions in implementing key features in their ERA programs.
    • Identify, document, and share best practices, lessons learned, challenges and success related to emergency rental assistance with a specific lens towards equity.
  • Support the engagement of ERA Program Administrators in the implementation of ERA and in developing efforts to sustain ERA long term.
    • Provide technical assistance and support to assist state and local program administrators to ensure ERA funds are utilized effectively and efficiently and assist the lowest-income people in need.
    • Ensure that program administrators have the materials, tools, best practices, and other supports needed to support ERA implementation.
    • Support opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, through a listserv, peer calls, and other mechanisms, to allow for program administrators to share lessons learned and useful tools/information with each other.
  • Assist in the development of a blueprint for scaling and sustaining emergency rental assistance including recommendations for funding, program design and policy reform.
  • Coordinate with the senior director and policy team to identify areas for national advocacy and to ensure effective integration of state and local efforts into national efforts.
  • Support the senior director in preparing reports for NLIHC donors on activities, outputs, and outcomes of ERASE, including summaries of activities undertaken by state and local grantees, the project steering committee, and other relevant progress.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: To receive serious consideration for this position, an applicant should have the following attributes and background:

  • A bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred). Relevant life experience may be substituted for years of education.
  • A minimum of 2 to 3 years previous experience working in, coordinating, or leading multi-faceted projects, national initiatives, or campaigns. Exceptional candidates with fewer years of such experience may be considered.
  • A demonstrated, clear commitment to race equity, affordable housing, and the alleviation of poverty;
  • Experience successfully building working, collaborative partnerships among organizations;
  • Demonstrated excellence in project management and organizational skills;
  • Excellent communications skills, both orally and in writing;
  • Experience providing technical assistance, coordinating research, policy analysis, and systems change; and
  • An ability to work in a diverse, fast-paced environment.

Compensation and Benefits:  An equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, NLIHC offers a competitive salary and benefits package. This is a full-time position which can be remote or located in Washington, DC. 

Status:  Full-time (exempt)

Reports To:  ERASE Senior Project Director

Job Application Process:  Candidates for this position should send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to: Sarah Gallagher, ERASE senior project director at [email protected]. The cover letter should describe the candidate’s interest in, and relevant experiences for, the position, and it should include salary requirements and the names and contact information for at least three people serving as candidate references, two of which should be current or former supervisors. (NLIHC will not contact references before consulting with the candidate.)

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 is a one–year position (with the possibility of extension) that will 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 director of field organizing.

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 temporary full-time position located in Washington, DC, but NLIHC will be flexible about location (depending on the pandemic).

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter with salary requirement, and one writing sample, to Joey Lindstrom, director of field organizing, and Bairy Diakite, operations manager at: [email protected] and [email protected] 

NLIHC Seeks Writer/Editor

The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) seeks a skilled writer/editor who will support the Coalition’s publications, internal and external communications, website, social media, and development efforts. Close collaboration across multiple teams will be required to create and revise clear and concise written materials, while ensuring that all content is consistent with the Coalition’s brand, voice, and style. The writer/editor will also help update, maintain, and promote high standards for editing, formatting, writing, and producing content. This individual will be both a technical writer (on affordable housing policy and research) and a storyteller, supporting the Coalition’s mission of advancing socially just public policy to ensure the lowest-income people in America have decent, accessible, and affordable homes.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  1. Provide proficient technical writing/editing support for president/CEO and other Coalition staff and members as appropriate.
  2. Prepare and edit press releases, statements, and media alerts; coordinate co-branded press materials for NLIHC and state partners.
  3. Draft, edit, and/or proof eblasts, call to actions, reports, development proposals and other external communication materials for president/CEO and other Coalition staff and members as appropriate.
  4. Assist in content development, writing, and editing of all major publications, weekly publications, and other external communication materials.
  5. Assist in writing scripts, storyboards, and other promotional content as appropriate.
  6. Assist in implementing a comprehensive strategy for use of social media, including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and blogs. Assist staff in implementing Twitter strategy.
  7. Assist in writing and editing content for NLIHC websites and blog.
  8. Monitor print, broadcast, online, and social media for coverage of NLIHC, NLIHC campaigns, and NLIHC policy priorities; reach out to sources to correct as needed.
  9. Stay informed of NLIHC policy developments to inform content of written materials.
  10. Stay abreast of new developments in social media and recommend advances and changes to NLIHC platforms.
  11. Assist NLIHC state partners in creating co-branded external communication materials.
  12. Develop written materials to aid NLIHC members in use of social media and digital media.
  13. Assist in implementing NLIHC brand and style guidelines in all written and external communication materials.
  14. Attend all meetings of NLIHC Board of Directors.
  15.  Participate in staff meetings, retreats, training, and all NLIHC events.
  16. Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: To receive serious consideration for this position, an applicant should have the following attributes and background:

  1. Exceptional demonstrated writing and editing skills; minimum of three years of experience in writing, editing and communications.
  2. Minimum of bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree preferred. Degree in Communications, English, Journalism, Creative Writing, or related field a plus, but other degrees will be considered.
  3. Knowledge and ability to adhere to style guidelines.
  4. Must provide two writing samples and complete a writing exercise.
  5. Commitment to social justice.
  6. Knowledge of the fundamentals of housing poverty, homelessness, affordable housing policy, affordable housing development, or social service delivery as strong plus.
  7. Ability to work in diverse high-paced environment.
  8. Strong oral and interpersonal communications skills.
  9. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  10. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.
  11. Proficiency in social media platforms.

Compensation and BenefitsAn equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, NLIHC offers a competitive salary and benefits package. This is a full-time position located in Washington, DC, though candidates residing outside the DC area may be considered, and telework is being implemented during the pandemic.  

Job Application ProcessSend a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to: Bairy Diakite, Operations Manager, NLIHC, 1000 Vermont Avenue, N.W., Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20005 at [email protected]. The cover letter should describe the candidate’s interest in and relevant experiences for the position and include salary requirements and the names and contact information for at least three people serving as candidate references. (NLIHC will not contact references before consulting with the candidate.)

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. 

Fall and Winter interns are expected to work 25 hours a week. The summer intern works 40 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]