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Research Analyst

The Homelessness Research Institute (HRI), the research and education arm of the National Alliance to End Homelessness, is seeking a highly motivated, creative, well-organized and self-confident Research Analyst. The person in this position will assist in fulfilling HRI’s mission to end homelessness by building and disseminating actionable knowledge about solutions to homelessness.

Working under the direction of the Director of the Homelessness Research Institute, the Research Analyst’s main responsibilities are to:

  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data for inclusion in research reports and best practice profiles/case studies. This includes manipulation of large datasets, including Census and other federal data.
  • In partnership with HRI staff, draft and edit research reports, policy briefs, best practice profiles, and other educational materials on homelessness, populations at-risk of homelessness, and affordable housing. The incumbent co-authored seminal HRI publications including The State of Homelessness in America.
  • Review current and related research and policy literature to stay abreast of emerging studies, reports, and promising practices focused on homelessness.
  • Work with HRI and Alliance staff to disseminate research and data to the media, the public, and a broader audience of opinion leaders using methods such as blog posts and email newsletters.
  • Work with HRI, Alliance staff, public agencies and partner organizations to identify the practice and policy  implications of research findings.
  • Assist with the management of the Alliance’s Research Council and collaborate with the Council to implement a national research agenda on homelessness.
  • Maintain interactive maps, charts, and other policy tools for the Alliance website that communicate important concepts regarding homelessness and its solutions.
  • Assist with Alliance conference preparation, including speaker identification and workshop planning.

Requirements and qualifications:

  • Three to five years prior work experience.
  • Master’s degree, preferably in public policy, public administration, sociology, geography, urban planning, economics, or other social science field, or equivalent experience required.
  • A strong interest in homelessness, housing, and poverty.  Previous research experience in the areas of homelessness and housing issues a plus.
  • Strong writing and analytical skills, including the ability to conceptualize paper outlines, to draw policy and practice implications from data and research, and to summarize technical research projects. 
  • Experience using statistical packages (e.g., SAS, SPSS) and Microsoft Excel to conduct quantitative analysis required.
  • Experience analyzing large datasets, such as Census or other national data.
  • Experience using software and online services, such as GIS (ArcView, MapInfo), Google Maps/Visualizer, or Tableau, to visualize data preferred. Interest in data visualization required.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail and ability to lead projects, work on multiple projects at once, and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills – this position requires communicating and collaborating with other staff people sometimes under stressful circumstances.
  • Enthusiasm about working on the project of ending homelessness in the United States.

Supervised by: Director, Homelessness Research Institute.

Supervises: N/A

Classification: Full-time, regular exempt

To Apply: Send résumé, detailed cover letter, and two relevant writing samples to:


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