Job Opportunities

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

Program and Policy Analyst

Program and Policy Analyst

Job Description

The Program and Policy Analyst (“Analyst”) works to shape and implement aspects of the Alliance’s efforts to end homelessness.  In recent years there has been increased innovation and support for ending homelessness, using proven strategies and working across sectors.  Congress, the Administration, and many states and communities are committed to this work, and there is an on-going federal policy effort to ensure that the housing and services needed are available.  The Analyst will be a key part of the effort to achieve this goal.

In doing so, the Analyst will concentrate on the following:

Identify practices at the programmatic and local/state systems level that have the greatest potential for reducing homelessness. This is accomplished by becoming familiar with research, and developing relationships with people working on homelessness and related issues both at the national level and around the country.

Analyze these practices to determine their value, and the keys to their success. 

Promote the practices:

  1. Educate the field about the value of these practices. The Analyst will write descriptions and analyses of practices, participate in planning conferences where they are discussed, and otherwise educate particular constituencies and the general public.
  2. Build alliances around expansion of their use.  The Analyst will recruit partners who will support this work, concentrating on how solutions to homelessness are helpful to a range of interests.
  3. Identify opportunities for their expansion.  The Analyst will pay particular attention to how solutions to homelessness can help solve other emergent problems or fit in to others’ agendas.
  4. Promote federal policies that incentivize and support adoption of these practices.  The Analyst works with Congress and the Administration to develop and promote helpful policies. Priority policies are those that incentivize the use of good practices at the state and local level, and provide funding and other kinds of support for those practices. The Alliance works to keep homelessness a bipartisan issue.

The Analyst works within the Alliance’s Program and Policy division.  S/he works closely with other staff who focus on different aspects of homelessness.   

 The Analyst will have and/or develop expertise in specific topics related to homelessness. The Alliance will be hiring two people as Analysts over the coming months. The substantive specialties of the new Analysts will depend on their interests and backgrounds, and how they mesh with those of other people already on the Alliance’s staff.

Responsibilities:

  • Identify, disseminate information on, and promote effective local practices, state and local policies, and broader collaborative initiatives that are intended to prevent and end homelessness.
  • Develop and advance policy agendas with the goal of ending homelessness.
  • Represent the Alliance on public policy issues related to ending homelessness, working with Congress, the Administration and coalitions.  At least initially, the focus will be on homelessness among childless adults.
  • Participate in internal processes to develop and articulate Alliance positions on issues related to ending homelessness.
  • Contribute articles, blog posts and other written materials to the Alliance Online News, website, and social media outlets.
  • Develop workshops at the Alliance’s annual conference.
  • Participate in other activities of the Program and Policy team.

Qualifications:

  • 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, plus at least five years relevant experience.  Experience working with homeless people or on homelessness issues will be of particular relevance. Education requirement may be replaced by three or more years of additional relevant work experience. Graduate degree in a field related to this work is a plus.
  • Strongly preferred: experience/knowledge of one or more public systems related to homelessness, people with disabilities and/or poverty in the United States.

Reports to: Vice President for Programs and Policy

Classification: Full time, Regular, Exempt

To apply, please send cover letter, résumé, and two relevant writing samples to jobs@naeh.org and include Policy and Program Analyst in the subject line.

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