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The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities seeks a Housing Policy Analyst to conduct analyses and design policy proposals across a range of federal housing policy issues.
The Center is a non-profit research organization with a mission to improve the well-being of low- and moderate-income people. The Center has a national reputation for rigorous analysis of fiscal policies and an ability to influence policy debates. A core team of seven people works on housing policy at the Center.
The Center’s housing policy work covers a range of issues. Broadly, the Housing policy team works to:
- Ensure that Housing Choice Vouchers and other federal housing programs for low-income people are adequately funded and effective;
- Advance federal housing policies that reduce housing instability and homelessness, expand families’ access to safe neighborhoods with good schools and other opportunities, and improve people’s health; and
- Expand federal aid to enable more people to live in decent, affordable homes.
The Center is highly collaborative and collegial. We work in and across teams to conduct research and co-author reports, and partner with allies at the national and state levels to advance our recommendations.
Most of the Housing Policy Analyst’s work will be highly relevant to current legislative developments – including annual appropriations for housing programs, as well as efforts to reform them – so the role offers a unique insight into federal policymaking processes and an opportunity to help influence major policy decisions. Center analyses and experts are quoted frequently in the press and relied upon heavily by policymakers.
- Conduct and write accessible yet rigorous budget and policy analyses, including critiques of housing budget and policy proposals.
- Conceive of and plan new housing policy analyses and other products.
- Organize and lead collaborative research processes within the Housing policy team.
- Respond to information and speaking requests from policymakers, the media, and other national and local organizations, often on tight deadlines.
- Engage with allied organizations as needed.
- Keep up to speed with relevant new research in housing policy and other relevant academic disciplines, as well as new developments in the Administration, Congress, and media.
- A deep commitment to the Center’s mission of improving the well-being of low- and moderate-income people, and a strong conviction about the importance of stable, affordable, and well-located housing to achieving that goal.
- A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as public policy, economics, or sociology. Relevant graduate degree strongly preferred.
- Senior Policy Analyst: At least seven years’ experience working on local, state, or federal housing or related poverty program budget or policy issues as legislative staff, executive branch, or non-profit agency staff, or as a researcher or advocate. Policy Analyst: At least four years’ relevant work experience (as described above). A relevant graduate degree may be substituted for two years’ work experience.
- Strong writing skills, including the ability to explain technical concepts to a range of audiences that includes policymakers, advocates, and the media, and to synthesize data and research into clear, effective arguments.
- Solid quantitative analysis skills, including the ability to work in Excel with a variety of data, such as housing program budget and administrative data, and national survey data from Census.
- Strong research skills, including the ability to use and interpret a wide range of sources, such as legislation, regulations, and academic work relevant to housing and anti-poverty policy.
- Highly organized, with an exemplary commitment to accuracy.
- Ability to prioritize and manage multiple responsibilities under time pressure.
- Ability to both show initiative and develop analyses independently, and to work as part of a highly collaborative team.
- A graduate degree in a relevant field (including but not limited to public policy or law) is preferred.
- Knowledge of housing programs and policy issues, especially federal rental assistance programs and policies, is highly desired. However, deep knowledge in all areas of housing policy is not expected. More important is a passion for addressing poverty along with an ability to quickly and thoroughly investigate an unfamiliar policy area, and then help to analyze and develop policies in that area.
- Proficiency with using Stata or other statistical packages – or the interest and ability to learn such software – is desirable.
- Experience in state or federal policymaking, program regulation, or program administration — as a legislative staffer, agency employee, or advocate, for instance — is desirable.
Compensation: Salary and title commensurate with experience; excellent benefits, including three health insurance options; dental and vision care; life and long-term disability insurance; retirement; flexible spending and dependent child care account; and generous vacation leave, sick leave, and holiday schedules.
To apply, please submit your resume, cover letter, and writing samples of policy analysis to email@example.com and include “Policy Analyst – Housing” in the subject line.
In your cover letter, please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center and the Center’s housing policy program.
The Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer regardless of Race/Gender/Physical Ability/or Veteran status. The Center values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of any protected status under federal or local law.