NLIHC Seeks Writer/Editor

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.


  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 Benefits:  An 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 Process:  Send 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.)