NLIHC Seeks Research Specialist–COVID Response

NLIHC seeks a research specialist to further the coalition’s research on housing-related responses to the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis. The research specialist will work with other members of the NLIHC research team to carry-out research, including data collection and analysis, on rental assistance and other housing policies intended to aid low-income renters. This is a one-year position.


  • Collect data on state and local housing-related responses to the coronavirus pandemic
  • Collect and analyze data about the design and implementation of emergency rental assistance programs
  • Collect and analyze federal housing-related expenditure data, including spending through FEMA, the CARES Act, Treasury Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA), and other federal programs
  • Participate in NLIHC working groups related to the coronavirus and other disasters
  • Disseminate NLIHC research to the general public, members, and partners through writing reports and blogs, creating visualizations, and other means
  • Participate in other research as assigned
  • Prepare materials for webinars, briefings, conferences, and similar events organized by NLIHC and other partner organizations
  • Contribute to NLIHC’s weekly e-newsletter Memo to Members & Partners by identifying and summarizing new research relevant to NLIHC members’ interests
  • Attend and participate in NLIHC staff meetings, events, Board meetings, and trainings
  • Other duties as assigned.


Applicants should possess at least a bachelor's degree, a commitment to social justice, knowledge of research methods, and some knowledge of affordable housing, homelessness, or fair housing policies. Candidates should have strong analytical, writing, and editing skills, oral and interpersonal communications, organizational skills, and attention to detail. Applicants should also be proficient in the Microsoft Office suite. Experience with statistical software and/or GIS also a plus.

An equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, NLIHC offers a competitive salary and benefits package. NLHIC is located in Washington, DC, but the analyst will work remotely, at least initially.  

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter with salary requirement, and two writing samples to Bairy Diakite, operations manager, and Andrew Aurand, vice president for research, at: [email protected] and [email protected]