NLIHC seeks a housing campaign coordinator to join our Opportunity Starts at Home (OSAH) campaign. The housing campaign coordinator will work closely with the OSAH campaign director to build and maintain a cooperative, productive coalition structure, including by coordinating closely with the OSAH campaign’s core partners, the campaign Steering Committee, and a larger network of cooperating organizations.
Opportunity Starts at Home is a dynamic, long-term, multi-sector campaign that has built a movement of multi-sector partners to ensure that the nation’s historically marginalized households and those with the lowest incomes live in safe, accessible, affordable homes in neighborhoods that are free from discrimination and where everyone has equitable opportunities to thrive. NLIHC, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and Children’s HealthWatch launched the Opportunity Starts at Home campaign in 2018 to solve the nation’s housing crisis. The goals of the campaign are to advance federal policy solutions that:
- Expand rental assistance for every income-eligible household.
- Expand the stock of housing affordable to households with the lowest incomes.
- Stabilize households by providing emergency assistance to avert housing instability and homelessness.
The campaign is advised by a Steering Committee of leading multi-sector organizations and mobilizes a broader coalition of multi-sector partners through the campaign’s Roundtable. The campaign also supports state partners that parallel the work of the national campaign by building state-level multisector coalitions and leveraging those partnerships to advance federal housing policies.
The OSAH housing campaign coordinator will:
- Support the Campaign Director in building and maintaining a cooperative, productive coalition structure, including close coordination with the Campaign’s core partners, the Campaign Steering Committee, and a larger network of cooperating organizations on the campaign’s big table of partner organizations, the campaign’s Roundtable.
- Support the Campaign director in carrying out all aspects of the Campaign plan, including helping to develop and implement effective communications, outreach and advocacy plans.
- Support the Campaign director in advancing the campaign’s policy agenda in Congress by working closely with coalition partners and NLIHC’s broader policy team.
- Working closely with the NLIHC field team, provide and administer 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.
- Ensure that state-based coalitions in grant-receiving states have the materials, tools, and other supports needed to function as effectively as possible.
- Organize webinars and other training and technical assistance for key coalition members engaged in the campaign in all states.
- In partnership with NLIHC’s field team, stay in close contact with key organizational leaders in grant-receiving and other states to ensure that the Campaign and state efforts are best synchronized.
- Review plans and reports about state coalition efforts in grant-receiving states to determine ongoing effectiveness.
- Develop and implement a plan to ensure that state and local leaders are effectively engaged with and apprised of Campaign-related developments.
- Contribute to ongoing fundraising efforts to ensure sustainable funding for the campaign through existing and new funding opportunities.
- Contribute to periodic reports to the Campaign’s partners, Steering Committee members, donors, and relevant others about the Campaign’s progress; and other duties as assigned.
- 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 the alleviation of poverty (affordable housing experience a plus).
- Experience successfully building partnerships among organizations.
- Demonstrated excellence in organizational skills.
- Excellent communications skills, both orally and in writing.
- An ability to work in a diverse, fast-paced environment.
- Experience in grant management and in reporting to donors a plus.
Compensation and Benefits:
An equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, NLIHC offers a competitive salary and benefits package. This is a full-time position located in Washington, D.C.
Job Application Process:
Candidates for this position should send a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to: Lakesha Dawson, Director of Operations, 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 should 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.)