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Senior Program Officer

Program and Policy Analyst

 

Position: Senior Program Officer

Location: Washington, DC                                         

The National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance) is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization committed to preventing and 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.

Job Description

The Senior Program Officer(PO) is responsible for managing projects, initiatives and programs within the Alliance that involve multiple staff members; as well as for individual training, education and writing projects that s/he is assigned.  A major responsibility will be leading the Alliance Rapid Re-Housing Initiative focused on creating a solid policy and practice framework for, and increasing the use of, rapid rehousing.  This project is expected to last until the end of 2016.  Rapid re-housing is an emerging intervention that quickly houses homeless veterans, families, and individuals and links them with services.

The PO will work closely with the Alliance’s Program and Policy team, the Alliance’s Homelessness Research Institute, and Alliance Center for Capacity Building. The PO will be responsible for articulating and advancing support for the implementation of rapid re-housing, and for working with the rest of the Alliance staff to place rapid re-housing in the context of the organization’s effort to end homelessness overall.  Managing the Rapid Re-Housing Initiative is a hands-on as well as a management position. 

In addition to managing the Rapid Re-Housing Initiative, the PO will also be responsible for conducting capacity-building training, preparing toolkits, identifying and writing up best practices, conducting webinars, and other tasks that support and further the mission of the Alliance.

Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a lead Alliance expert on rapid re-housing and the role it plays in a solution to homelessness in the United States.
  • Work closely with other staff to create and advance a clear vision of the role of rapid re-housing. 
  • Develop and work with Alliance staff to implement a strategy for building knowledge and a common understanding of what rapid re-housing is and its impact in reducing homelessness.
  • Develop and work with Alliance staff to implement a strategy for improving a federal policy infrastructure that supports rapid re-housing.
  • Develop and work with Alliance staff to implement a strategy for increasing communities’ capacity to utilize rapid re-housing.
  • Monitor progress on the project, including performance under grants that fund the project, and report on this progress.
  • Conduct training and provide technical assistance to local communities, as needed and available.
  • Prepare best practice and other reports on issues that further the mission of the Alliance.
  • Conduct or assist in webinars, briefings, or other events that communicate information on solutions to homelessness.
  • Develop workshops for the Alliance’s annual conferences.
  • Other duties as determined by the President of the Alliance.

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.
  • Ability to inspire and lead others, both within and outside of the organization.
  • Working knowledge of federal and Congressional procedures, knowledge of federal poverty programs (particularly those related to homelessness).
  • Masters Degree or equivalent, plus at least ten years relevant experience.  Experience working with homeless people or on homelessness issues will be of particular relevance.
  • 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 jobs@naeh.org

 

Program and Policy Analyst

The National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance) is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization committed to preventing and 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.

Job Description

The Alliance is active in the national policy debate on ways to end homelessness, and homeless assistance.  It works with the Administration, Congress, and partner organizations on federal policy.  It is also a national voice on programs that provide support to low income people more generally, including housing, employment, income, benefits, child welfare, veteran support, education, healthcare, and more.  The Program and Policy Analyst (Analyst) works with the Alliance staff to frame the best policy solutions to homelessness.  S/he then works with national and local partners to educate Congress and the Administration on these solutions with the goal of creating strong federal policy and resources to support them. 

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 substantive focus areas of the new Analyst will depend upon the needs of the organization and upon his/her knowledge and background, and may change depending upon developments.  There is likely to be one major area of focus, as well as coverage of some additional issues.  Examples include homeless programs, including those for youth, veterans, children, disabled adults and others; mainstream programs including housing, TANF, child welfare, veterans assistance, employment, and education.  Work will include coverage of appropriations, authorization and agency policy. 

Responsibilities:

  • Identify what works.  Become familiar with best practices at the program, local and state levels.  Understand where homelessness is being reduced and why.  Examine research and data and build relationships with leaders in the field to identify the most successful strategies for reducing homelessness. 
  • Assess federal policy implications.  Once solutions are identified, develop federal policy recommendations to expand their implementation.  This involves a thorough understanding of current federal homeless and mainstream programs and the federal administrative and legislative processes.    
  • Promote solutions through federal policy.  Advance the Alliance’s federal policy recommendations, and those of other organizations that it supports.  This involves several tasks.
  • Develop relationships with other national organizations that advance solutions to homelessness or have related interests.  Work together with these organizations to advance policy goals.
  • Develop relationships with local nonprofit assistance providers, housing organizations, faith-based organizations and local and state government partners to understand their needs, and to advance policy goals. 
  • Work with members of the Administration and Congress to educate them on the nature of homelessness and its solutions.
  • Create information and communications vehicles that inform all parties about the nature of homelessness and its policy solutions, and update them on federal policy developments and impacts. 
  • Maintain nonpartisanship at all time, and work on a bipartisan basis. 
  • Participate in other activities of the Program and Policy team. Tasks include but are not limited to the following.
  • Develop workshops at the Alliance’s annual conference.
  • Contribute articles, blog posts and other written materials to the Alliance Online News, website, and social media outlets.
  • Other duties as determined by the Alliance President or Vice President for Programs and Policy.

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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