The National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) seeks a project coordinator for its ERASE (End Rental Arears to Stop Evictions) project.

End Rental Arrears to Stop Evictions (ERASE) is the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s (NLIHC) national effort designed to ensure that the historic $46.6 billion in emergency rental assistance enacted by Congress reaches the lowest-income and most marginalized renters it is intended to help. The project seeks to eliminate rental indebtedness caused by the pandemic and set the stage for permanent solutions to promote housing stability, advance equity, and prevent evictions for the long term 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 remaining needs to inform advocacy for long-term investments and tenant protections 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 sustain both progress made and create permanent state and local emergency rental assistance programs and to enact tenant protections.

The Job Description: 

The ERASE project coordinator will 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 and have the following responsibilities:

Ensure effective grants management and support to the ERASE grantees to achieve program goals

  • Working closely with the senior director, administer and support grants to state partners and ensure effective partner grants management: ensure grantees are carrying out the terms of their grants and are effectively and appropriately using the grants provided to achieve intended outcomes;
  • Review grantee project plans and reports to determine ongoing effectiveness and course correct as needed;
  • Provide technical assistance and support to assist grantees in engaging in robust advocacy at the state and local level needed to achieve project goals;
  • Ensure that state and local grantees have the materials, tools, best practices, and other supports needed to support the ERASE goals.
  • Virtually convene grantees, plan and facilitate webinars to facilitate for peer learning, problem solving, and strategy-sharing.
  • Track and share the impact of ERASE through data collection, storytelling and other methods.

Support Local, State, and National Efforts to Scale and Sustain Emergency Rental Assistance

  • Track and highlight developing trends related to sustaining emergency rental assistance, and the advancement of tenant protections,
  • Assist with the development and dissemination of toolkits, policy papers, and case studies to support jurisdictions in sustaining emergency rental assistance and advancing tenant protections.
  • Identify, document, and share best practices, lessons learned, challenges and success related to emergency rental assistance with a specific lens towards equity.
  • Assist in the development of a blueprint for scaling and sustaining emergency rental assistance including recommendations for funding, program design and policy reform.

Support Advancing State, Local, and National Tenant Protections

  • Support the enactment of state and local tenant protections and the development of national model tenant protections.
  • Conduct research and monitor state and local enactment of tenant protections and maintain NLIHC’s Tenant Protection Database.

Other Activities

  • 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 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]