Associate, Policy Development

  • Housing Partnership Network
  • Washington, DC
  • May 11, 2023
Full time Advocacy Public Policy

Job Description


The Associate, Policy Development is an important part of the Housing Partnership Network (“HPN”) policy team.  HPN advocates for legislative and regulatory changes that advance the nonprofit housing and community development sector and support the sustainability of HPN’s members’ organizations and social enterprises. HPN’s policy priorities are based on the experience and needs of our members.  The position will focus on research and writing related to the development of policy proposals.  The position will also assist the policy team in interacting with and gathering information from HPN members and other organizations and providing help to the Vice President for Policy and other policy staff as needed. The position reports to the Vice President for Policy.



  • Assist in the development, refinement, and advocacy for HPN’s policy priorities as decided by the membership and directed by HPN leadership and the HPN Policy Committee of the Board of Directors.
  • Conduct research and assist with knowledge sharing on a variety of policy topics, including state and local housing and community development policy initiatives, among others.
  • Draft, edit, and help distribute written communications, including white papers, policy analysis, regulatory comment letters, and fact sheets.
  • Attend industry events on behalf of the Network such as academic and research institution webinars and convenings; and track relevant presented papers and ideas.
  • Assist in planning and conducting peer exchange meetings on policy topics both virtual and in person.



  • Bachelor’s degree in public policy, economics, political science, or related area preferred.
  • 0-2 years’ work experience in related field, entry-level candidates will be considered.
  • Strong in both written and oral communications.
  • Excellent project manager.
  • Research experience and an interest in affordable housing and community development policy, the non-profit sector and advancing affordable housing in the Unites States.
  • Familiarity with federal housing policy, state/local housing policy, nonprofit housing developers and lenders or academic and applied policy research is a plus.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Outlook Office Suite and comfort using other computer programs.
  • A highly collaborative approach to work 



  • Position is located in Washington, DC—work from home flexibility.
  • HPN is a remote-first company. “Remote-first” is an organizational strategy that makes working remotely the primary option for most employees. The Associate, Policy Development will be required to be in-person in DC for job-related meetings and events.  All new employees will be required to be onsite at HPN headquarters or in the Boston area multiple days during weeks designated as All-Staff weeks. There may be additional times when teams are required to travel by their leadership based on scheduled events, team meetings, and business needs.
  • New employees need to either (1) provide proof that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or (2) granted an exemption prior to beginning work at HPN. At this time, HPN considers an employee “fully vaccinated” when they have completed their primary COVID-19 vaccination series and received a COVID-19 booster.  



Starting Salary: $65,000 to $81,000 commensurate with education and experience, with a bonus potential.



15 vacation days, 12 sick days, 12 paid holidays, paid personal day, medical, dental and vision insurance, health savings account, flexible spending account, dependent care flexible spending account, retirement and savings plan/401(k) match, group life insurance, short and long term disability, parental leave, sabbatical leave, professional development and much more! 



Please submit required documents; cover letter and resume


Housing Partnership Network (HPN) is an award-winning membership network of 100+ of the nation’s leading affordable housing and community development nonprofits. Through practitioner-driven peer exchange, policy and innovation, the Housing Partnership Network’s mission is to leverage the individual strengths and mobilize the collective power of our member organizations. Our vision is that all people live in vibrant and inclusive communities where access to affordable homes creates opportunity and economic mobility. We are deeply committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

Since our founding in 1992, HPN has collectively served over 12.8 million people; developed, rehabilitated, or preserved about 470,000 affordable homes; and launched 14 successful social enterprises. Our work has been recognized with honors including the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions and Wells Fargo NEXT Award for Opportunity Finance. Learn more at 


HPN is committed to creating a diverse and equitable environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. HPN recruits, employs, trains, compensates, and promotes regardless of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, veteran status and other protected status. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We aspire to build a diverse team, one that better reflects the people and communities we serve. Applicants who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply. 


Racial Equity - We are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion at HPN, and helping members advance initiatives that dismantle long-standing systemic racial biases and discrimination to achieve economic and social justice.

Collaboration - We are a true network. We believe in the power and benefits of broad engagement, empowerment and collaboration.

Connection - We actively build relationships that connect people, ideas, and organizations to forge new paths for improving communities.

Inclusion - We recognize our power comes from the collective and cooperative nature of our work, based on an environment that is inclusive of diverse experiences, backgrounds and perspectives.

Respect - We are open, honest, and respectful in all of our interactions which strengthens our relationships, our mission, our work with colleagues and members, and ultimately the lives of the people we all serve.

Transformation - We work with our members to transform our industry by creating systemic solutions to help people who live in our communities to thrive.


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