NLIHC seeks a project coordinator for its ERASE (End Rental Arrears to Stop Evictions) project. The ERASE project coordinator will work with the senior director and ERASE team to support the activities of a group of NLIHC staff and consultants dedicated to the ERASE project. This is a one-year position.
End Rental Arrears to Stop Evictions (ERASE) is NLIHC’s 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, and 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 the ERASE project is developing and nurturing a cohort of state partners working to sustain progress, create permanent state and local emergency rental assistance programs, and enact tenant protections.
Ensuring effective grant management and support to ERASE grantees to achieve program goals:
- Working closely with the senior director to administer and support grants to state partners and ensure effective partner grants management: ensuring grantees are carrying out the terms of their grants and are effectively and appropriately using the grants provided to achieve intended outcomes.
- Reviewing grantee project plans and reports to determine ongoing effectiveness and course correct as needed.
- Providing technical assistance and support to assist grantees in engaging in robust advocacy at the state and local levels to achieve project goals.
- Ensuring that state and local grantees have the materials, tools, best practices, and other supports needed to support ERASE goals.
- Virtually convening grantees and planning webinars to facilitate peer learning, problem solving, and strategy-sharing.
- Tracking and sharing the impact of ERASE through data collection, storytelling, and other methods.
Supporting Local, State, and National Efforts to Scale and Sustain Emergency Rental Assistance
- Tracking and highlighting developing trends related to sustaining emergency rental assistance and the advancement of tenant protections.
- Assisting with the development and dissemination of toolkits, policy papers, and case studies to support jurisdictions in sustaining emergency rental assistance and advancing tenant protections.
- Identifying, documenting, and sharing best practices, lessons learned, challenges, and successes related to emergency rental assistance with a specific focus on equity.
- Assisting in the development of a blueprint for scaling and sustaining emergency rental assistance including recommendations for funding, program design, and policy reform.
Supporting Efforts to Advance State, Local, and National Tenant Protections
- Supporting the enactment of state and local tenant protections and the development of national model tenant protections.
- Conducting research and monitoring state and local enactment of tenant protections and maintaining NLIHC’s Tenant Protection Database.
- Coordinating 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.
- Supporting 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.
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 two to three 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 racial 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.
- 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. The letter should also include salary requirements and the names and contact information for at least three people serving as candidate references, two of whom should be current or former supervisors. (NLIHC will not contact references before consulting with the candidate.)