The Alliance is currently accepting applications for the following positions:

Director, Homelessness Research Institute

Washington, DC | Full-time, regular, exempt

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 dynamic Director for our Homelessness Research Institute (HRI), the research and education arm of the Alliance. Help us create intellectual capital around solutions to homelessness; make sure policymakers, practitioners, and the caring public have the best information about trends and emerging solutions; and engage the media to ensure the best 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 an experienced Director for its Homelessness Research Institute. We seek a Director who will collaborate closely with senior staff of this mission-driven, education and advocacy organization, working on the forward end of efforts to end homelessness. A successful Director will develop and implement the Alliance’s research agenda, and engage with external stakeholders on research messages.

What you will do:

The HRI Director coordinates the use of national data and research on a variety of topics that relate to homelessness including housing, employment, behavioral health, corrections, child welfare, poverty, and race. S/he maintains a solid and accessible base of information on the prevalence and demographics of homelessness, and the characteristics of homeless people. The Director ensures that knowledge about homelessness and its solutions is responsive to active policy and practice questions, and that information is readily available to the media.

Specific tasks include:

  • Develop and implement an Alliance research agenda that addresses current issues in the field.
  • Analyze local and national data to assist the Alliance staff to understand local-, state-, and national-level trends and developments.
  • Assume a leadership role in the homelessness research community, including leading the Alliance’s Research Advisory Council of leading academics and researchers on the issue. This includes periodic development of a national research agenda.
  • Work with the research offices of relevant federal agencies including HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research and HHS’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy and Evaluation.
  • Develop, with other Alliance staff, funding proposals that align with Alliance goals.
  • Serve as a thought leader within the Alliance and in the field, helping to assess trends, develop Alliance positions, and work with policymakers and practitioners.
  • Participate fully with the Communications Department of the Alliance to ensure that all knowledge developed by HRI is broadly communicated to stakeholders through summaries, infographics, and other means.
  • Oversee or supervise relevant Alliance and contracted staff.
  • Present Alliance research and views at conferences and to external stakeholders.
  • Participate in the organization of Alliance conferences, communications, and other responsibilities as determined by the President.

What a successful candidate will need:

Education and Experience

  • Master’s degree in relevant field (PhD a plus)
  • Graduate training in statistics and research methods
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in relevant field
  • Federal government or national nonprofit experience preferred

Knowledge and Skills

  • Knowledge of social science research methods
  • Experience with SPSS and/or other statistical software programs
  • Familiarity with research on homelessness, poverty, housing, etc.
  • Demonstrated personal initiative
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Commitment to the goal of ending homelessness

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.

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

Reports to:

The President and CEO.

How to Apply:

Email resume, cover letter, and two writing samples to Use Director of Homeless Research Institute in subject line of email.

Summer Internships

Time Commitment: Full-time (35 hours/week), from approx. June 4 through August 17, 2018

Description: The National Alliance to End Homelessness (the Alliance) is a leading voice on the issue of homelessness. The Alliance analyzes policy and develops pragmatic, cost-effective policy solutions. The Alliance works collaboratively with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to build state and local capacity, leading to stronger programs and policies that help communities achieve their goal of ending homelessness. We provide data and research to policymakers and elected officials in order to inform policy debates and educate the public and opinion leaders nationwide.

The Alliance will be hiring 2-3 full-time interns for Summer 2018 at its offices in Washington, DC. Prospective candidates should be pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in a relevant area of study. Interns will assist in projects across the communications, development, and policy teams, as well as support efforts around the Alliance’s National Conference and Capitol Hill day in July. Candidates should indicate which of those areas are of most interest to them and should describe the experience and skills they would bring to projects in those interest areas.

Responsibilities will vary depending on team assignments and may include:

  1. Communications drafting and content generation: This may include assisting in drafting and editing policy briefs and blogs, newsletters, donor and other communications, and website, conference, and social media content.
  2. Capitol Hill Day: Assist Alliance Advocacy Team in coordinating the logistics, correspondence, and execution of annual Capitol Hill Day
  3. Conducting research: This may include research into existing or proposed legislation or policies, research into prospective foundations, or research on media placements or media tracking tasks.
  4. Conducting and compiling interviews: This may include interviewing local or national stakeholders for policy or communications purposes and conducting interviews with consumers who have experienced homelessness.
  5. Supporting staff projects: This may include administrative tasks on projects developed by the communications, development, or policy teams like drafting documents and spreadsheets, data entry and database organizing, helping to arrange conference workshops, and attending (with and without Alliance staff) various opportunities for professional development, including policy forums, Congressional briefings, community meetings, and others.


  • Strong analytical skills, ability to synthesize and summarize information;
  • Well-organized, focused, and detail-oriented multi-tasker;
  • Self-starter, willing and able to pursue own projects, and ability to meet deadlines;
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Proficiency with digital technologies (for interns on communications projects), including video editing and graphic editing is a plus;
  • Strong professional verbal and written communication skills;
  • Interest in public policy analysis, communications, and relationship building with individuals and groups, all focused on homelessness and poverty issues;
  • Experience on political or issue campaigns, or with community and field organizing is a plus;
  • Candidates with prior life experience or work experience in homeless or low-income communities, communities of color, and/or LGBTQ communities are encouraged to apply.

Compensation: These positions will be compensated at $13.25/hour in addition to a $100/month transportation stipend.

How to Apply: Please send a cover letter explaining your interest in an Alliance internship, a current resume outlining your relevant experience, and a short writing sample (no more than three pages, can be an excerpt from a larger work) that demonstrates your communication and/or research ability to Applications will be accepted through March 30, 2018, and interviews will be granted on a rolling basis. While there is some flexibility on start and end dates, internships are expected to begin the week of June 4, 2018.