Associate Director, J. Ronald Terwilliger Center on Housing Policy

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The Bipartisan Policy Center is a Washington, DC-based think tank that actively fosters bipartisanship by combining the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. Our policy solutions are the product of informed deliberations by former elected and appointed officials, business and labor leaders, and academics and advocates who represent both sides of the political spectrum. BPC prioritizes one thing above all else: getting things done.

BPC works to reconcile the competing aims of highly interested advocates, corporations, and policy experts and design politically viable consensus solutions. We seek out individuals and organizations that are deeply vested in the outcome of its policy projects and ask that they check absolutely nothing at the door, bringing all their passion, political perspectives, and interests to the table. BPC believes that the fundamental strength of American democracy is unity forged amid diversity, and we endeavor to represent this pluralism in all of our policy negotiations.

BPC focuses on policy solutions to strengthen our democracy, promote economic growth, opportunity and inclusion, address climate change and create better health outcomes for all Americans.

BPC is currently seeking an Associate Director to join the J. Ronald Terwilliger Center on Housing Policy. The center reflects the deep commitment of both the BPC and philanthropist Ron Terwilliger to the idea that every American family deserves a decent, safe and affordable place to live. Believing that forging broad, bipartisan support offers the greatest opportunity to realize this goal, the center will work to advance federal policies that more effectively address our nation's critical housing affordability challenges. The Center is overseen by an Executive Director and Director and an Advisory Committee.

Additionally, BPC’s Housing Council works with the Center to advance racial equity and opportunity through housing—by addressing disproportionately high housing costs, entrenched segregation and concentrated poverty, and disparities in homeownership and family wealth.



  • Working with the Executive Director and Director to devise and execute a strategic plan for the Center, including identifying areas for policy work and engagement
  • Help to integrate the work of BPC’s Housing Council with the Center
  • Facilitating communication and collaboration among Housing Center’s Advisory Committee[DS1] members, Housing Council and BPC staff, and stakeholders
  • Managing and generating written products—including formal reports, white papers, issue briefs, blogs, and fact sheets—from conceptualization to publication
  • Devising and managing public events, such as panel discussions and workshops, to advance policy, education, and outreach goals
  • Managing BPC team members, consultants, and external experts


  • Evaluating the technical, economic, and political prospects for a broad range of policies related to housing policy
  • Developing recognized expertise on housing policy issues and representing the BPC and the Center with policymakers, stakeholders, and other external audiences


  • Represent the Center and serve as a spokesperson to key external audiences.
  • Leading outreach and communications activities, such as preparing testimony for hearings, briefings for policy makers, agendas for stakeholder workshops, and external communications through traditional and digital media
  • Building collegial relationships with Congressional and Administration staff that work on housing policy
  • Interfacing with Center Advisory Committee members and other high-level leaders
  • Developing and implementing strategies in coordination with BPC’s communications and advocacy staff to advance the housing goals


Basic Requirements

  • Advanced degree in economics, public policy, or a related discipline. Applicants with bachelor’s degrees and directly relevant work experience (e.g., Congress, HUD) will also be considered.
  • Associate Director - 4-7+ years in the fields of policy development or business related to housing.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills, as well as experience managing programs with multiple staff members.
  • Strong political skills and ability to work diplomatically with a wide spectrum of viewpoints.

Preferred Capabilities

  • Familiarity with Department of Housing and Urban Development programs and budgets is highly desired.
  • Proven critical thinking/problem-solving skills and ability to grasp “big picture” concepts as well as granular complexities.
  • Highly flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances, capable of working independently and in a team environment.
  • Strong ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks with often overlapping deadlines while maintaining a high degree of thoroughness and accuracy.

BPC offers a highly competitive salary and provides generous benefits. Individuals interested in this position should send resume, cover letter, and three references as soon as possible. Please submit materials as one file. Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States. BPC does not sponsor employment visas.

BPC is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace dedicated to pursuing and hiring a diverse workforce.

COVID Guidelines

The health and safety of our community is our highest priority. As such, the Bipartisan Policy Center is requiring all newly hired staff members to be fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. Requests for reasonable accommodation for medical, religious, or other reasons will be considered in accordance with applicable law.

This position is budgeted at 100k.

The Bipartisan Policy Center is a Washington, DC-based think tank that actively fosters bipartisanship by combining the best ideas from both parties to promote health, security, and opportunity for all Americans. Our policy solutions are…

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  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    4-Year Degree Required
  • Professional Level


Temporarily Remote
Work must be performed in or near Washington, DC
Associated Location
Washington, DC, USA

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