Job Opportunities

The Alliance is currently seeking candidates to fill the following positions:

Federal Policy Internship

Program and Policy Associate


Federal Policy Internship

Start Date: May 2014

About the National Alliance to End Homelessness:  The National Alliance to End Homelessness is a leading voice on the issue of homelessness. The Alliance analyzes policy and develops proven, sensible policy solutions. We work collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity, leading to stronger programs which help homeless individuals and families make positive changes in their lives. We provide data and research to policymakers and advocate for improved policy.

Job Description:  The Alliance approaches advocacy and policy from a practical perspective with the intent of obtaining more resources for local programs which prevent and end homelessness.  In the coming year, the Alliance will continue working with local programs and partner organizations to educate members of Congress.

The Federal Policy Intern will gain an understanding of how to impact federal policy, research and disseminate best practices, develop strategy and message development for effective policy and programs that successfully end homelessness, and the root causes of and solutions to homelessness. 

It is an exciting time at the Alliance and in Washington, DC that will afford an intern a whirlwind of opportunities.

Responsibilities: Work with the Policy Outreach Coordinator and other Alliance staff to:  

  • Analyze proposed legislation affecting homelessness;
  • Help articulate Alliance position and talking points on legislation;
  • Participate in strategy discussions;
  • Work on outreach to policymakers;
  • Research effective programs and community practices on homelessness and articulate arguments in support of funding these programs;
  • Attend regular staff meetings and external meetings and hearings as a representative of the Alliance;
  • Assist the Policy Team in its focus on the Alliance’s jumpstart priorities (non-chronic singles and reentry);
  • Attend, participate in, and assist at the Alliance’s National Conference on Ending Homelessness (including particular assistance with pre-conferences focused on Medicaid/health care);
  • Act, in-part, as a liaison to Alliance partners; and
  • Research, review, and summarize pertinent literature for Alliance staff.  

Qualifications:  The successful candidate will:

  • Be pursuing at least BA or BS (responsibilities and title may vary depending on experience);  
  • Be a self-starter, willing and able to pursue his/her own projects;
  • Be interested in federal policy and the policymaking process as well as issues related to social services and poverty;
  • Be outgoing with excellent communication skills in writing and speaking;
  • Have excellent organizational skills, and an ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Have research and writing experience; and
  • Have experience with the Microsoft Office Suite (especially Word and Excel).

Availability: We are preferably looking for someone to commit to full-time during the summer (May to August), though we are very flexible.

Compensation: This position will be unpaid; however, the Alliance is willing to work with your program for class credit, if applicable. In addition, the Alliance is willing to negotiate titles based on level of education.

To apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to Kate Seif, preferably by email.

Kate Seif, Policy Outreach Coordinator, National Alliance to End Homelessness
Phone: 202-942-8256
Fax: 202-638-4664


Program and Policy Associate

Location: Washington, DC

The National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance) is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization committed to ending homelessness in the United States.  The Alliance advances knowledge and educates opinion leaders about solutions to homelessness; works collaboratively with public, private, and nonprofit partners to develop and advance policy solutions to homelessness; and builds the capacity of communities across the country to achieve their goal of preventing and ending homelessness.

The Associate will become familiar with various programs around the country that assist homeless people utilizing a variety of models.  S/he will understand how federal programs are best used by local jurisdictions and programs, and will share this information with communities.  S/he will also learn from local best practices, and share this information with federal policy makers.

The Associate will be familiar with research on homelessness, and will use this research to help improve federal policy, as well as practice in the field. 

The Associate works within the Alliance’s Program and Policy division.  S/he works closely with other staff who focus on homeless programs and policy.  The Associate is responsible for working with the rest of the Alliance staff to articulate and implement a strategy for ending homelessness.


  • Work closely with other staff to create and advance a clear vision of the nature of the problem of homelessness and its solutions.
  • Maintain a thorough familiarity with federal policy relating to homelessness.
  • Maintain a thorough familiarity with models of assisting homeless people throughout the nation.
  • Participate in internal processes to develop and articulate overall Alliance positions on issues related to ending homelessness.
  • Identify, disseminate information on, and promote:  effective local practices to assist homeless people; state and local policies that affect homeless people; and broader collaborative initiatives at the local, state or national level that are intended to prevent and end homelessness.
  • Assist in developing and advancing policy agendas for Congress and the federal Administration with the goal of preventing and ending homelessness.
  • Contribute articles to the Alliance Online News.
  • Develop workshops at the Alliance’s annual conference.
  • Participate in other activities of the Program and Policy team.


  • Demonstrated commitment to and interest in issues related to homelessness and/or poverty.
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, initiate, and implement tasks. Personal initiative is important.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Working knowledge of federal and Congressional procedures, knowledge of federal poverty programs (particularly those related to homelessness).
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent.  Education requirement may be replaced by three or more years of relevant work experience.
  • Strongly preferred: experience/knowledge of one or more public systems related to homelessness and/or poverty in the United States.

Classification: Full time, Regular, Exempt

To apply, please send your résumé, cover letter and two writing samples to


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