Director of Policy Advocacy

Background on the National Housing Conference
The National Housing Conference has been defending the American Home since 1931. Everyone in America should have equal opportunity to live in a quality, affordable home in a thriving community. NHC convenes and collaborates with our diverse membership and the broader housing and community development sectors to advance our policy, research and communications initiatives to effect positive change at the federal, state and local levels. Politically diverse and nonpartisan, NHC is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Position Summary
NHC is seeking a full-time policy and advocacy director. We seek a mission-focused, self-motivated team member with experience working in a performance culture among a group of diverse, talented individuals.
The policy and advocacy director will help NHC pursue our policy priorities, serve our members, and grow as an organization. This position will report directly to the president and CEO and work closely with all members of the NHC team.

Responsibilities
• Representing NHC on public policy issues related to affordable housing and focusing on building strong relationships with Congressional offices where legislators see NHC as their top resource on affordable housing
• Working with coalitions, communicating with Administration officials and meeting with member organizations.
• Writing, editing, and producing NHC’s policy materials including the Member Brief, NHC’s weekly update on the status of housings issues and legislation of particular interest to its members, coalition statements and blog posts
• Monitoring and reporting on legislative and regulatory activity related to affordable housing and community development.
• Coordinating NHC policy events such as conferences and legislative events.

Qualifications
• At least five years professional experience in housing and community development policy.
• At least three years professional experience working for a member of Congress or committee staff;
• Experience in and strong commitment to the affordable housing field preferred;
• Sound judgment and decision making skills.
• Strong public speaking and persuasive communication skills with great attention to detail, and the ability to explain complex ideas in a simple way.
• Strategic and critical thinker with the ability to focus on diverse internal and external stakeholders.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
• A self-starter who is well-organized and capable of managing multiple projects simultaneously and independently.
• Ability to work efficiently and adapt to rapidly evolving climates with limited oversight.
• Strong project management skills.
• A demonstrated commitment to meeting a high bar and a history of getting things done even in the face of obstacles.
• Dynamic comprehension skills with a keen ability to analyze, summarize, draw conclusions, and problem solve.
• Flexible, goal-oriented, able to travel and work long hours when necessary.
• Bachelor’s degree required, advanced degree preferred; comparable professional experience will be considered.

To Apply: 

How to Apply
To apply for this position, please submit the following materials:
• Cover letter and salary requirements
• Resume

Email materials with subject line “Director of Policy Advocacy – [Your Name]” to:

Amanda Mitchell

Director of Operations

National Housing Conference

amitchell@nhc.org

NHC is an equal opportunity employer.