Vice President for Housing Policy

    Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
    February 26, 2019


    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is a high-caliber strategic policy institute that informs and shapes public policies to reduce poverty, promote equity, and build opportunity. It has a national reputation for conducting rigorous research and analysis, developing evidence-based policy ideas and strategies, shaping a broad array of policy debates at the federal and state levels, and influencing policy outcomes on a range of critical issues affecting low- and moderate-income people. The Center is known for its unique capacity to blend rigorous, timely analyses with effective communications that enable policymakers and the media to make use of its work.

    The Center’s Housing Policy team is a leading source of expertise on federal low-income housing programs with a strong record of advancing policies that improve the effectiveness of federal rental assistance and helping to drive the national conversation around affordable housing for low-income people. We believe well-designed housing assistance programs can reduce poverty and racial inequality, improve mental and physical health, and promote upward economic mobility for low-income people. The Housing Policy team undertakes extensive work on a range of issues including:

    • Ensuring that Housing Choice Vouchers and other federal housing programs for low-income people are adequately funded and effective;
    • Advancing federal housing policies that reduce housing instability and homelessness, expand families’ access to safe neighborhoods with good schools and other opportunities, and improve people’s health; and
    • Expanding federal aid to enable more low-income people to live in decent, affordable homes.

    The Vice President for Housing Policy provides leadership and strategic direction for the Housing Policy team at CBPP, working collaboratively with team members to develop and execute a policy agenda on a wide range of issues affecting low-income people.  The Vice President also works in close collaboration with the Center’s President, staff on the Communications and Government Affairs teams, and policy experts on other teams (such as Health, Federal Fiscal Policy, and Family Income Support) to develop and implement policy-related goals and strategies. The Vice President is a principal spokesperson for the Center on housing issues and elevates the profile of the team’s other experts to maximize the Center’s impact.  The Vice President and team members provide information, data, and technical assistance to an array of important stakeholders concerned about low-income housing, including policymakers, journalists, and other organizations. The Vice President also works closely with the Center’s Development team to ensure financial support for CBPP’s housing policy work and serves as a member of the Center’s leadership team which helps set direction for the organization as a whole.


    Policy Development, Analysis, and Strategy

    • Develops research and policy agenda in collaboration with Housing team members and other policy experts inside and outside the Center.
    • Draws on the latest research to develop new policy ideas and program recommendations that improve federal rental assistance for low-income families.
    • Serves as a key thought leader to the President, Government Affairs team, and policy experts on other teams to implement policy agenda-related goals and strategies.
    • Works closely with the Communications team to develop strategies that help shape policy debates.
    • Serves as a nationally recognized spokesperson for the Center on housing issues for the media and at conferences, events, and other speaking engagements.
    • Along with other Housing team staff, responds to media inquiries on housing, analyzes legislation and regulations, and educates policymakers, including legislators, Housing and Urban Development officials, advocates, and others on federal rental assistance programs.
    • Elevates the profile of the team’s other experts to maximize the Center’s impact.

    Research, Writing, and Editing

    • Directs the written products of the housing team, including policy and research reports, regulatory comments, legislation, blogs, and commentary.
    • Reviews and edits most written materials to ensure that all products further the policy objectives of the Housing team; authors or co-authors written products.
    • Consults with academic and policy experts inside and outside the Center to help inform the team’s research and policy priorities.

    Management and Supervision

    • Supervises team operations, including developing and maintaining systems and practices for effective project and staff management, such as weekly team meetings and work plans.
    • Guides team members’ professional growth and development.
    • Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with Housing team and staff across the Center.
    • Ensures that the Housing team’s work is integrated with and supports the organization’s overall policy agenda.


    • Works closely with the President and Development team to identify and cultivate funders to support policy and research activities.
    • Helps conceive, draft, and review new funding proposals, reports, and other funder communications in collaboration with development writers.



    Candidates must demonstrate broad knowledge of housing policy issues for low-income populations, in-depth expertise on the implementation of one or more rental housing programs, and experience working at a senior level to affect housing policy outcomes at the federal or state level.  They must demonstrate exceptional leadership skills, a highly collaborative management style, and the ability to draw on and develop the expertise of people from diverse backgrounds and experiences.  They must have extensive experience developing and analyzing policy and programmatic options, the ability to think strategically about opportunities to affect policy, and the ability to balance competing priorities and interests. They must have excellent writing and public speaking skills, particularly the ability to effectively relay messages to policymakers and members of the media. In addition, candidates must demonstrate a sophisticated understanding of the role that racial inequity and discrimination play in housing policy, and a commitment to advancing race equity in the Center’s housing work.

    Successful candidates will possess exceptional ability to respond to multiple demands in a complex, fast-paced, and rapidly changing policy environment.  Demonstrated ability to develop relationships with policymakers and government officials is important.  Proven effectiveness at fundraising and working collaboratively with other partner organizations and stakeholders is highly desirable. Candidates should have at least ten years of experience; a graduate degree in a relevant field is highly desirable. 



    Salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits (including health insurance, vision and dental coverage, life and long-term disability insurance, retirement, MERP, and DCAP), and generous vacation, sick leave, and holiday schedules.

    Please submit your application here.

    Please submit a cover letter with your application.


    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of any protected status under federal or local law including Minorities/Women/Disabilities/Veterans.