Careers

The Alliance is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Congressional Relations Specialist
Research Associate, Homelessness Research Institute
Technical Assistance Associate

Congressional Relations Specialist

Full-time, regular, exempt | 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.

Job Description:

The Congressional Relations Specialist will work closely with Alliance Program and Policy staff and partners to develop and lead Congressional relations, legislative and appropriations strategy for key federal programs that advance the goal of ending homelessness. The Specialist will mobilize communities around key legislative initiatives.  The Specialist will build and maintain bi-partisan relationships with key Congressional staff, as well as partner organizations and stakeholder groups in order to achieve optimum federal policy for ending homelessness.

Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the development of the Alliance’s strategic goals and objectives, and the design of a federal policy agenda to achieve them.  
  • Work with other program and policy staff to articulate the potential impact of Alliance federal policy agenda.
  • Track and analyze relevant legislation and budget and appropriations processes and advise on congressional engagement and messaging.
  • Establish and maintain contacts and build relationships with Members of Congress and their personal and committee staff through outreach, one-on-one meetings, briefings and coalition meetings.
  • Educate policy makers about key policy issues related to homelessness.
  • Develop plan to cultivate new bi-partisan and bi-cameral champions for ending homelessness.
  • Organize Congressional Briefings and other events to focus attention on and build support for the Alliance’s policy agenda.
  • Develop messaging, talking points, policy briefs, and other advocacy and communication materials including letters, legislative proposals and statements.
  • Manage internet-based grassroots advocacy, including online outreach to grassroots network, monitoring network response to advocacy requests, and maintaining online tools.
  • Track and report on the goals and objectives for our federal policy work. 
  • Represent the Alliance in coalition and working group meetings, building and managing relationships with key stakeholders and coordinating activities with other advocates.
  • Work closely and strategically with the Alliance’s National Field Organizer to achieve policy goals.
  • Participate in other activities of the Program and Policy team. Tasks include but are not limited to the following.
    • Help lead the planning process for Alliance conferences and develop workshops at the conferences.
    • Contribute articles, blog posts and other written materials to the Alliance Online News, website, and social media outlets.

Qualifications:

  • Enthusiasm for working on efforts to end homelessness in the United States.
  • Bachelor’s degree in political science, public policy, or relevant field of study required; Master’s degree preferred.
  • 6+ years of relevant public policy experience.
  • Knowledge of homelessness, affordable housing, or related issues.
  • Strong knowledge of appropriations and legislative processes.
  • Experience working on Capitol Hill or in relevant U.S. Government agencies such as HUD and HHS preferred.
  • Excellent writing skills, particularly the ability to write in a simple, clear style for a non-specialist audience.
  • Excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to complete tasks according to deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to conceptualize, initiate, and implement tasks and initiatives.  Personal initiative is important.

What we can offer you:

The Alliance is a strong, flexible team of professionals that works collaboratively to achieve its mission of preventing and ending homelessness in the nation. We offer a supportive work environment in which staff has both the responsibility and opportunity to pursue and achieve solutions to a national social problem. In addition to an environment in which every member of the staff is valued and has the opportunity to contribute, the Alliance offers the following benefits.

  • Competitive salary
  • Employer supported health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance.
  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Paid vacation, personal, and sick leave and a generous holiday schedule.

How to Apply:

Email resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to jobs@naeh.org. Use Congressional Relations Specialist in subject line of email.

Research Associate, Homelessness Research Institute

Full-time, regular, exempt | Washington, DC

The National Alliance to End Homelessness (Alliance) is an influential national nonprofit devoted to finding and advancing solutions to homelessness. Our team is focused on making an impact.  We seek a Research Associate to join our Homelessness Research Institute (HRI), the knowledge development and education arm of the Alliance. Help us create intellectual capital around solutions to homelessness; produce actionable information for policymakers and practitioners; develop the best information about trends and emerging solutions; and engage the media to ensure the accurate reporting on the issue. If you are interested in using data and research to solve a social problem, consider joining the Alliance. 

Who we are looking for: 

The Alliance is looking for Research Associate for its Homelessness Research Institute.  We seek candidates who are committed to using data and evidence to find solutions to homelessness, and to building the knowledge base that will help policymakers and practitioners implement those solutions.  A successful Research Associate will execute the Alliance’s research agenda and work with the rest of the Alliance team to build the knowledge base around solutions to homelessness. 

What you will do: 

The Research Associate works with the HRI Director to answer key questions around homelessness and its solutions.   The Associate will utilize data and research from homelessness and related areas including housing, employment, behavioral health, corrections, child welfare, poverty and race.  They will examine data and research to identify and monitor trends in homelessness, and will maintain solid and accessible information on the prevalence and demographics of the problem, and the characteristics of homeless people. They will also develop information on solutions to homelessness.  The Associate will work closely with the Alliance staff. 

Specific tasks include:

  • 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, affordable housing and other related issues.
  • Co-author key 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.
  • Create and maintain interactive maps, charts, and other 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.

What a successful candidate will need:

  • Three to five years prior work experience.
  • Master’s degree or equivalent experience required.
  • A strong interest in homelessness, housing, and/or poverty.  Previous research experience in the areas of homelessness and housing issues a plus.
  • Strong writing and analytical skills, including the ability to conceptualize reports, papers, and short form information pieces; to draw policy and practice implications from data and research; and to summarize academic research. 
  • 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.
  • A strong interest in data visualization (required).  Experience using software and online services, such as GIS (ArcView, MapInfo), Google Maps/Visualizer, or Tableau, to visualize data, preferred.
  • 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 constant communication and collaboration with Alliance staff and others. 
  • Commitment to the goal of ending homelessness in the United States.

What we can offer you:

The Alliance is a strong, flexible team of professionals that works collaboratively to achieve its mission of preventing and ending homelessness in the nation. We offer a supportive work environment in which staff has both the responsibility and opportunity to pursue and achieve solutions to a national social problem. In addition to an environment in which every member of the staff is valued and has the opportunity to contribute, the Alliance offers the following benefits.

  • Competitive salary
  • Employer supported health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance.
  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Paid vacation, personal, and sick leave and a generous holiday schedule.

Reports to:

Director, Homelessness Research Institute 

How to Apply:

Email resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to jobs@naeh.org. Use Research Associate in subject line of email.

The Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.

Technical Assistance Associate

Full-time, regular, exempt | San Francisco, CA

The National Alliance to End Homelessness (Alliance) is an influential national nonprofit devoted to finding and advancing solutions to homelessness.  We are focused on making an impact, and seek an enthusiastic new team member to work with our Center for Capacity Building (Center).  The Center works with jurisdictions and organizations across the country to increase their capacity to achieve the goal of ending homelessness.  If you are committed to helping communities SOLVE the problem of homelessness, consider joining the Alliance. 

Who we are looking for:

The Alliance is looking for a talented Technical Assistance (TA) Associate to join our training and technical assistance team and help communities end homelessness.  We seek someone with high energy, excellent organizational and communications skills, and a grounding knowledge of homelessness and related issues, especially in the areas of housing and human services.  A successful TA Associate will value close collaboration with team members, but will also be self-motivated and able to work independently.  In particular, we are looking for someone who can grow in the job and progressively accept more responsibility in the future. 

What you will do:                                                                                                                                    

The TA Associate will tap a wide network of Alliance contacts in the field to understand and develop information around solutions to homelessness. They will then use that information to develop and support the delivery of training and technical assistance that helps communities implement solutions. 

The TA Associate will work with the Director of the Center for Capacity Building in the Alliance office in San Francisco; and with other members of the Center’s team in Washington DC and Pennsylvania.  In addition, the TA Associate will work with the rest of the Alliance staff located in the home office in Washington DC.

Tasks will include: 

  • Working with the Director of the Center to help design trainings, develop training modules, create support materials for training, and support the delivery of on-site training.
  • Researching and collecting information about best practices, evidence-based interventions, and data on the effectiveness of interventions.
  • Organizing and supporting the efforts of the team to deliver assistance.
  • Providing planning and logistical support for the Team, including monitoring contracts and invoices.
  • Drafting and dissemination of tools and reports on key interventions.
  • Support production of online content.
  • Helping design and implement methods to evaluate Alliance training and technical assistance.
  • Plan and develop content and workshops for the Alliance’s two annual conferences.
  • Contributing to the Alliance’s newsletter, website, and other communications efforts.
  • As other duties allow, tracking and analyzing homelessness policy developments in California.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Center Director and the President.

What a successful candidate will need:

Education and Experience                           

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 3-5 years of related experience
  • Writing and research experience and skills
  • Previous project experience, including undertaking multiple projects simultaneously                                                                

Knowledge and Skills

  • Demonstrated commitment to having an impact on homelessness, poverty or related issues
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate numerous project simultaneously
  • Some experience with training or technical assistance
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to work in a team and independently

What we can offer you:

The Alliance is a strong, flexible team of professionals that works collaboratively to achieve its mission of preventing and ending homelessness in the nation.  We offer a supportive work environment in which staff has both the responsibility and opportunity to pursue and achieve solutions to a national social problem.  In addition to an environment in which every member of the staff is valued and has the opportunity to contribute, the Alliance offers the following benefits.

  • Competitive salary
  • Employer supported health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance
  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Paid vacation, personal, and sick leave and a generous holiday schedule

Reports to:

Director, Center for Capacity Building

How to Apply:

Submit resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to jobs@naeh.org Use TA Associate in subject line of email. 

The Alliance is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.