Policy Officer

Job Type

Full Time




1900 M Street Northwest
Suite 200
District of Columbia
United States



This position reports to the Managing Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs. The Policy Officer will be expected to devote up to one-quarter of his/her time to supporting state or local level policy and funding initiatives which are aligned with the Policy Officer’s skill set and subject matter expertise. Deployment to support such initiatives shall be determined by the Managing Director in consultation with the Senior Vice President for Strategy, Fundraising and Public and the Chief Operating Officer or her designee.

LIIF will focus its policy efforts on national legislation and programs central to its community development mission and program priorities, particularly in providing capital for housing, childcare, educational facilities, transit-oriented development, healthcare and other community facilities. In advocating for programs and policies that support its own activities, LIIF also supports the activity for all CDFIs as a nonprofit business model to provide capital for low income neighborhoods. 

With general supervision from the Managing Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, the Policy Officer will exercise significant discretion and judgement in implementing strategies to support a broad range of policy goals and activities to further LIIF’s mission of investing in low-income communities. The Policy Officer will monitor legislative and policy developments, and represent LIIF as needed.  Working with the Managing Director, the Policy Officer will draft correspondence and set up meetings with policy makers, and conduct research and analyze programmatic data in support of the policy goals of the organization. The Policy Officer will have supervisory responsibility for policy interns hired by LIIF.  Finally, the Policy Officer will: 1) support LIIF’s representation within the New Markets Tax Credit Coalition, either directly or through staffing other LIIF staff in their representative capacity; and 2) spearhead the on-going activities of the Charter School Lenders’ Coalition (CSLC) and/or other trade organizations as needed, including supervising any policy consultants engaged in work on behalf of the CSLC .


REPORTING RELATIONSHIP: This position reports to the Managing Director of Federal Policy & Government Affairs.


Internal Responsibilities:

  • Engage in advocacy in support of LIIF’s strategic policy goals;
  • Research legislation and policy areas important to LIIF’s programmatic priorities;
  • Draft talking points and brief LIIF staff on policy developments;
  • Collaborate with colleagues across LIIF to enhance effectiveness of LIIF’s policy program and assist with grant-writing and communication strategies
  • Monitor housing, charter school, early childhood education, fresh food, tax, and transit-oriented development related legislation as assigned within the Policy team;
  • Support the daily functions of the Charter School Lenders’ Coalition and supervise consultants engaged in CSLC or related work, including mapping of public charter school investment utilizing various federal subsidies;
  • Share with other LIIF employees Washington, DC office responsibility for providing or supervising dedicated LIIF employees, employees shared with other organizations, or consultants/temporary services personnel in providing general administrative support including:
  • Maintaining general organization of the office; ensure all supplies, reports and related materials are sufficiently stocked and updated;
  • Supporting the Director by preparing detailed travel plans, coordinate meeting logistics, and managing and submitting all expense related documents;
  • Composing routine correspondence and respond via phone or letter to job related inquiries, or requests for information from outside parties, using the general guidelines provided by supervisor;
  • Setting up special events, such as scheduling conference rooms and conference calls, tracking invitations, researching event sites, and assisting with organizing office events;
  • Completing special administrative projects;
  • Performing other duties as assigned.
  • Assist with other Federal Policy and Government Affairs activities as required.


External Responsibilities:

  • Represent LIIF in meetings with stakeholders and policymakers as needed;
  • Attend and summarize Congressional hearings and other policy-related events;
  • Support relationship-building meetings with public officials and participate in visits to Congressional offices;
  • Draft policy and advocacy materials that will educate stakeholders and policymaker


The ideal candidate for this position will have these key qualifications:

  • At least two years’ professional experience, preferably in government affairs
  • Familiarity with federal, state, and local government funding sources for capital and operating needs of charter schools, multi-family housing, special needs housing, and community facilities (e.g. child care centers, health and educational programs, etc.);
  • Excellent skills in managing multiple tasks requiring strong attention to detail;
  • Strong research, analytical and writing skills;
  • Strong computer skills with Windows-based programs; and
  • Ability to succeed in a fast paced environment.


Educational background should include degree work in a relevant area of study such as political science, public policy, urban planning, economics or finance. A bachelor's degree is required although an advanced degree is preferred.



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Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree