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Legislative and Policy Associate, HUD Rental Programs and Appropriations

Published on March 4, 2020
Organization: National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA)



Position Description 

Reporting relationship:  The legislative and policy associate reports to the director of tax and housing advocacy.

Key attributes:  Familiarity with affordable housing policy and legislation; solid understanding of Congress and congressional procedures, including the federal budget and appropriations processes; knowledge of federal agencies concerned with housing policy;  familiarity with HUD housing programs, including the HOME Investment Partnerships program, rental assistance, the Housing Trust Fund, homeless assistance and supportive housing programs; excellent writing and verbal communication skills; demonstrated initiative; detail-oriented, organized, thorough, flexible, and able to handle numerous assignments simultaneously; strong analytical ability; willing and able to work long hours; and good follow-through and ability to accomplish tasks with minimal reminders and supervision. 

Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Assist in the development and execution of NCSHA’s policy and legislative agenda, under the supervision of the director of tax and housing advocacy.
  • Responsibilities include communicating NCSHA’s agenda to Congress and the Administration; coordinating with and enlisting support from other industry groups; planning and  coordinating HFA intervention with Congress and the Administration; forming and maintaining relationships with relevant congressional and Administration members and staff; representing NCSHA in advocacy coalitions, including leading the HOME coalition; and providing support to NCSHA working groups related to legislation, policy, and HFA program implementation.  Primary issue areas include the HOME program, project-based rental assistance, homeless assistance, special needs and supportive housing, and federal budget and appropriations.
  • Monitor legislative, regulatory, and administrative matters related to issues assigned by the director of tax and housing advocacy.
  • Prepare congressional testimony and comment letters to Congress and federal agencies; represent NCSHA before Congress, the Administration, and industry groups; communicate relevant legislative, policy, and program developments in a timely fashion to NCSHA members; write for NCSHA’s publications, including NCSHA’s website, lobbying materials, reports, and other ad hoc efforts.
  • Help develop and execute NCSHA conference programs.
  • Provide staff support to various NCSHA working groups, as assigned by director of tax and housing advocacy.

Position Classification:  Full-time, exempt.

Travel:  Occasional travel required. 

Experience: 3-10 years of experience preferred

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to or fax to 202-624-5899.

NCSHA offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits.  NCSHA is an equal opportunity employer.