Policy Analyst, Housing Policy

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is a high-caliber strategic policy institute that informs and shapes public policies to reduce poverty, promote equity, and build opportunity, while also supporting efforts to ensure progressive fiscal policies that can support these investments. It has a national reputation for conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing evidence-based policy ideas and strategies, shaping a broad array of policy debates at the federal and state level, influencing policy outcomes on a range of critical issues, and advancing strong implementation through a variety of strategies. It focuses its efforts on improving the lives of people with low or moderate incomes and examines how policies affect particular groups, including people of color, immigrants, people with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ people. The Center is known for its unique capacity to blend rigorous, timely analysis with effective communications that enable policymakers and the media to make use of its work.

The Center’s Housing Policy team is a leading source of expertise on federal low-income housing programs. It has a strong record of advancing policies that improve their effectiveness and help drive the national conversation around affordable housing for low-income people, including people of color, people with disabilities, and other marginalized communities. In recent years, the team’s work has included:

  • Advancing federal housing policies that reduce poverty, inequality, housing instability and homelessness; expand families’ access to safe neighborhoods with good schools and other opportunities; and improve people’s health and upward mobility;
  • Developing and promoting innovative housing policies that address long-standing racial disparities in housing access and enable more low-income people to live in decent, affordable homes;
  • Ensuring that Housing Choice Vouchers and other federal housing programs for low-income people are adequately funded and effective;
  • Publishing timely and detailed analyses of policy proposals, including active legislation, to determine the impact on people with lived experience of homelessness/housing instability, racism and discrimination, poverty, and low-paid work; and
  • Providing written comment on materials released by the administration as part of the regulatory process, often focusing on how regulations will affect certain communities such as low-income renters, communities of color, people experiencing homelessness, people with disabilities, and families with children.

The Policy Analyst will work collaboratively with Housing team members to provide policy analysis, data, and technical assistance to an array of important stakeholders, including policymakers, journalists, and practitioners. This position is an exceptional foundational role for people seeking to build a career in public policy. The Policy Analyst will also participate in a skill and knowledge development program for early career Center staff.

Responsibilities

  • Monitors and evaluates the impact of policy proposals (including legislative and regulatory changes), often focusing on how they will affect certain communities such as low-income renters, communities of color, people experiencing homelessness, and families with children.
  • Conducts policy research on federal or state legislation or regulations to develop new policy ideas and program recommendations that improve federal rental assistance programs for low-income families.
  • Contributes to or leads on reports, memos, blogs, public comments, and other products, including critiques of housing budget and policy proposals, that translate complex policies and analyses into digestible information for different audiences.
  • Helps explain federal housing policy issues to non-housing experts, including other teams at the Center, partner organizations, state or local advocates, or important stakeholders from other policy areas, such as health care or tax and budget.
  • Coordinates with policy analysts in the Center’s State Priorities Partnership, a network of more than 40 state-level, independent, nonprofit research, and policy organizations.
  • Assists team members responding to information requests from policymakers, the media, and other national and local organizations, often on tight deadlines.
  • Attends coalition meetings, congressional briefings and hearings, and other events as needed.
  • Consults with policy experts, advocates, academics, and practitioners inside and outside the Center to help inform the team’s research and policy priorities and advance our policy goals.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned within the Housing Policy team.

Qualifications

  • Ability to understand and analyze the impact of federal and state legislative and regulatory language, including the effect on certain communities, such as low-income renters, communities of color, people experiencing homelessness, families with children, and others.
  • Strong writing skills, including the ability to explain technical concepts to a range of audiences including policymakers, advocates, and the media, and to synthesize data and research into clear, effective arguments.
  • Quantitative analysis skills, including the ability to work in Excel with a variety of data, such as housing program budget data, and an exemplary commitment to the accuracy and transparency of your analytic work.
  • Excellent research skills, including the ability to interpret and discern the quality and relevance of a wide range of sources, and clearly summarize the findings in writing.
  • Strong project management skills, including the ability to work independently and collaboratively, stay on top of multiple projects, anticipate obstacles, and meet strict deadlines.
  • A desire to develop or deepen your understanding of federal housing policy and racial equity, particularly institutional and structural racism and its impact on racial and economic segregation.
  • A commitment to the Center’s mission to improve the well-being of low- and moderate-income people and advance racial equity as part of the Center’s work.
  • Knowledge of affordable housing, housing development, rental assistance, and/or homeless programs and policy issues (which may include experience with local public housing authorities or non-profit housing/homelessness organizations) is highly desired. Knowledge may include lived expertise of affordable housing and/or homelessness assistance systems. Deep knowledge in all areas of housing policy is not expected.
  • A bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as public policy, economics, or sociology.
  • At least four years of relevant lived or work experience (as described above). A relevant graduate degree or JD may be substituted for work experience.

CBPP is currently operating on a hybrid work schedule. This position is based in our Washington, D.C. office during in-office days.

This position reports to the Senior Director for Housing Policy and Research.

Terms of Employment: Full-time
Bargaining Unit Status: This is a bargaining unit position.

Please upload a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center. 

Compensation

Salary and title commensurate with experience, excellent benefits (including health insurance, vision and dental coverage, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, MERP, and DCAP), and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

Please submit your application here.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of race, color, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, credit information, pregnancy or parental status, family responsibilities, personal appearance, creed, military or veteran status, religion, ancestry or national origin, union activities, disability, or other status protected by applicable law.