1518 K Street NW, Second Floor
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
Minimum Education Required