Deputy Director or Director of State Housing Policy

    Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
    March 8, 2023
    1275 First Street Northeast, Suite 1200, Washington DC or Remote


    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) is a nonpartisan research and policy institute that advances federal and state policies to help build a nation where everyone — regardless of income, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ZIP code, immigration status, or disability status — has the resources they need to thrive and share in the nation’s prosperity.

    CBPP’s Housing and Income Security team brings together the organization’s housing and TANF policy staff to work collectively on improving housing affordability and cash assistance for families with low incomes. We are also expanding our housing policy focus to include state and local level policy actions, especially those actions that lead to increased state or local resources being used for rental assistance.

    The Deputy Director or Director of State Housing Policy will be the lead for our state and local level housing policy advocacy. This work will initially focus on California but will grow to be a nationwide effort with the goal of expanding state and local investment in tenant-based rental assistance, and other strategies to increase and improve housing stability and affordability for people with low incomes. This position will work collaboratively with the Housing and Income Security team to provide policy analysis, data, and technical assistance to an array of important stakeholders, including policymakers, journalists, and practitioners.


    • Develop, revise, and execute the Center’s strategy to increase state and local investments in rental assistance and other forms of affordable housing.
    • Manage staff and consultants dedicated to state housing policy work. We will soon be hiring for a Policy Analyst who will dedicate 50 percent of their time to this work.
    • Work with the Development team to write grant reports and applications to funders. May identify new funders and serve as lead point of contact for funders and regularly update them on projects.
    • Monitor and evaluate the impact of federal, state, and local policy proposals (including legislative and regulatory changes), focusing on how they will affect certain communities such as low-income renters, communities of color, people experiencing homelessness, and families with children.
    • Organize coalition meetings, consultations, briefings, and other major policy events with external partners, policy experts, advocates, academics, and practitioners — including people with lived expertise — to understand priorities, provide input into CBPP’s work, share CBPP recommendations, develop advocacy strategies, and advance policy goals.
    • Analyze federal, state, or local legislation/regulations to develop new policy ideas and program recommendations.
    • Contribute to or author critiques of housing budget and policy proposals, reports, memos, blogs, public comments, and other written products that translate complex policies and analyses into digestible information for different audiences.


    • Deputy Director: a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as Political Science, Public Policy, Economics, or Sociology, and at least seven years of relevant work experience. A relevant graduate degree or JD may be substituted for a portion of work experience.
    • Director: a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field, such as Political Science, Public Policy, Economics, or Sociology, and at least ten years of relevant work experience. A relevant graduate degree or JD may be substituted for a portion of work experience.
    • Commitment to achieving housing, economic, racial justice, and income stability for all people with low incomes so they can meet their basic needs, and a desire to deepen your knowledge of how federal, state, and local policies can address institutional and structural racism and racial and economic segregation.
    • Knowledge of affordable housing, housing development, rental assistance, income and/or homelessness programs and policy issues (which may include experience with local public housing authorities or nonprofit housing/homelessness organizations) is required.
    • Knowledge may include lived expertise of living in affordable housing and/or navigating homelessness assistance systems and working with people who have been marginalized due to race, disability, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or housing status.
    • General knowledge of state and local level government structures and non-governmental organizations, such as housing authorities, service providers, or policy institutes, engaged in housing policy and practice.
    • Ability to understand and analyze the impact of state legislative and regulatory language, including the effect on low-income renters, communities of color, people experiencing homelessness, families with children, and others.
    • Excellent research and communications skills, including an ability to clearly explain technical concepts and develop succinct, effective arguments using research and data for a range of audiences including policymakers, advocates, and the media.
    • Strong people manager who emphasizes collaboration, trusting relationships, professional development, reasonable work-life balance, and centers equity in their decision-making.
    • Experience working effectively and inclusively in partnership with other key organizations, including sharing power in the service of achieving shared goals.
    • Strong project management skills, including the ability to work independently and collaboratively, manage multiple projects, anticipate obstacles, and meet strict deadlines.

    The Center is operating on a hybrid work schedule that includes at least two days per week in-person at our Washington, D.C. office. We have a strong preference for candidates in the metro DMV area. There is potential for candidates outside of the DMV to work remotely with occasional visits to the D.C. office.

    This position reports to the Vice President for Housing and Income Security.

    Terms of Employment: Full-time, exempt. The position is contingent on grant funding, this is a three-year term position initially.
    Bargaining Unit Status: this is not a bargaining unit position.


    Salary and title commensurate with experience with a range of $100,000 to $140,000. 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 upload a cover letter and resume. In your cover letter, please include a discussion of what draws you to the mission of the Center. 

    Please submit your application here.

    The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values and welcomes diversity in the workplace and strongly encourages all qualified persons to apply regardless of race, color, age, sex, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, credit information, pregnancy or parental status, family responsibilities, personal appearance, creed, military or veteran status, religion, ancestry or national origin, union activities, disability, or other status protected by applicable law.

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