Director of Housing Policy

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a non-profit policy institute, is seeking a Director of Housing Policy.

The Center has a national reputation for its unique capacity to blend rigorous, timely analyses with activities designed to enable policymakers and the media to make use of its work. The Center works with federal policymakers, state and local housing agencies, and advocates to improve the effectiveness of federal low-income housing programs — particularly the Housing Choice Voucher Program. We also examine the role that well-designed housing assistance programs can play in advancing goals such as reducing the concentration of poverty, and have expanded our work in recent years to encompass a broader range of housing programs, including public housing and the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. Under the leadership of a new Director, the Center would consider extending its work to other promising areas of housing policy, as well.

The Director will provide leadership and strategic direction to the Center’s housing policy work and manage its skilled team of housing policy analysts. The Director will collaborate with staff to set priorities, supervise the development and writing of research projects and strategy papers, identify and assess new opportunities for housing policy work, and provide information and technical counsel to policymakers and other non-profits on legislative, regulatory, and administrative issues. The Director also may author papers and is directly involved with designing policy and programmatic options at the federal and state levels. As a principal spokesperson for the Center on housing issues, the Director will deliver speeches and testimony and provide information to the press. The Housing Director works closely with the communications, legislative, and other staff on developing and implementing strategies, and will ensure that housing strategy is incorporated into all Center work.

Candidates must demonstrate both in-depth knowledge of housing policy issues affecting low-income populations and experience working at a senior level to affect housing policy at the state or federal level. They must have excellent writing, oral communications, and analytical skills, experience developing and analyzing policy and programmatic options, and a demonstrated capacity to work with policymakers and non-profits. They also must demonstrate the ability to think strategically about opportunities to affect policy, to balance competing priorities, and to work collaboratively with colleagues. Candidates should have at least ten years of relevant experience; a graduate degree in a relevant field is desirable.

Compensation: salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits (including two health insurance options and dental coverage, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, MERP, and DCAP), and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

To apply, send a resume and cover letter to owens@cbpp.org.

Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

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The Center is an equal opportunity employer, and, as such, takes affirmative action to insure that discrimination does not occur against an employee or applicant on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, religious or political affiliation, disability, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.

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