Associate Director – Affordable Housing Supply

    Habitat for Humanity International
    January 19, 2023
    Anywhere in the United States


    Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) seeks to work across the U.S. network to build a strong outcomes evidence base, demonstrating through rigorous impact measurement and research the power of improved housing conditions and strong communities to create lasting change for those we serve. Moreover, Habitat seeks to invest in understanding and sharing evidence-based practices across its network. Through its investments in research and measurement, Habitat will be equipped with powerful data to better advocate and improve housing conditions for the communities we serve. HFHI’s U.S. Research and Measurement Team is seeking to hire an Associate Director, Affordable Housing Supply, who will report to the Director of Research and Learning.

    The Associate Director, Affordable Housing Supply will work with the US Research and Measurement team to surface and explore issues that strategically address gaps in the affordable housing sector to which Habitat can contribute, enabling Habitat to maximize affordable and safe housing opportunities for partner families. These gaps can potentially relate to the access to (e.g., down payment assistance, housing financing) and sustainability of homeownership (home repair, energy efficiency) as well as the supply of affordable housing (e.g., accessory dwelling units, shared equity/ long-term affordability). The Associate Director, Affordable Housing Supply will support the US Research and Learning Agenda to generate evidence that will be impactful in helping Habitat for Humanity prove and improve their impact on partner families. The Associate Director, Affordable Housing Supply will provide thought leadership to the US Research and Measurement team on issues related to affordable housing supply. This role will support learning and development efforts to assist affiliates, HFHI staff, and external stakeholders to put findings into action.


    Technical Leadership (50%)
    ** Develop and maintain strategic relationships with key external stakeholders, including policymakers, academics, and researchers, involved in affordable housing supply to cultivate new and emerging research priorities that lead to relevant and compelling research projects
    ** Identify emerging and critical issues and initiatives that will advance the US Research and Learning Agenda
    ** Serve as an information resource to US Research and Measurement team on affordable housing supply issues

    Analysis and Reporting (35%)
    ** Research, analyze and synthesize information and data into recommendations, presentations, and key issues.
    ** Prepare materials for reports, papers, and briefs independently or in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders
    ** Manage concurrent projects or tasks including timeline management and technical work

    Engagement and Coordination (15%)
    ** Facilitate evidence-based learning across the network
    ** Assist in managing external consultants, volunteer analysts, and advisory team(s)
    ** Communicate effectively with multiple internal and external stakeholders, not limited to affiliates, ASOs, HFHI staff, and research partners


    ** Master’s degree with 7-10 years' experience in housing sector or equivalent combination of education and experience
    ** PhD with 4-8 years of related experience preferred
    ** Demonstrated experience in the affordable homeownership space preferred
    ** Demonstrated expertise through prior thought leadership or research projects. Relevant topic areas include affordable housing, community development, energy efficiency, etc.
    ** Proficient in use of MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
    ** Experience in report-writing and other technical writing
    ** Strong critical thinking, problem-solving, analytical skills, and ability to synthesize data in a meaningful way.
    ** Comfortable working both independently and in team environments; strong ability to collaborate across areas of expertise
    ** Excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to write clear and concise documents that are accessible to stakeholders with various levels of technical expertise
    ** Strong organizational and interpersonal skills and superior attention to detail
    ** Strong interest in equitable housing and community development and applies an equity and inclusion lens to research
    ** Understanding of or experience with federated networks preferred
    ** Active support of HFHI Values
        Humility – We are part of something bigger than ourselves
        Courage – We do what’s right, even when it is difficult or unpopular
        Accountability – We take personal responsibility for Habitat’s mission

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