Director, Federal Policy

08 Sep, 2019


Director, Federal Policy

Corporation for Supportive Housing
Washington, DC

Who we are:

For over 25 years CSH has been a game-changer for the most vulnerable people in our country

  • Helping communities create 300,000 homes for individuals and families who did not have one;
  • Bringing hope to thousands who thought they would live on the streets or reside in institutions; and
  • Ensuring not only a stable home for each, but access to the services that brought healthcare, recovery and training to their doorsteps.


Not only has CSH proven supportive housing works and changes the lives of individuals, families and communities, we have done so while creating a family of nationally recognized experts who stay committed to our organization and mission throughout their careers. We attract talented professionals, offer competitive salaries with benefits, generous family leave and PTO, and fully embrace the philosophy that a sustainable work-life balance is desirable and achievable. With the aim of attracting good people who possess the confidence and drive to get the job done, CSH is now accepting applications for a Federal Policy Director. This position is located in Washington, DC.


Why we need you:

CSH is seeking an enthusiastic, results-oriented, equity focused individual who has a passion for the CSH mission and possesses the leadership and management skills necessary to advance our work. You will play a central role in formulating and implementing our policy agenda, working collaboratively with internal and external partners and stakeholders to advance our work. Our agenda is driven by expanding housing and serving solutions for vulnerable populations, touching multiple public sectors including housing, justice, child welfare, behavioral health, mental health, physical health, veterans and aging. If you demonstrate these skills and have experience with housing and service models for vulnerable populations, CSH needs you.


What you will do:

  • Guide, in consultation with CSH leadership, CSH federal policy positions and proposals. Provide strategic advice to CSH leadership on federal policy matters. Distill experiences from direct advocacy and mobilizing to inform CSH strategy.
  • Analyze issues and propose federal policy solutions; track relevant legislation and funding issues; assess strategic opportunities; negotiate recommendations where appropriate; and prepare and draft issue briefs, testimonials, letters, summaries, public policy advisories and other materials to guide development of CSH’s positions and legislative and regulatory goals.
  • Lead CSH’s efforts to sustain and increase Congressional and Administration support for policy and funding initiatives that advance the development and operation of supportive housing.
  • Engage with key federal agencies and the Administration to identify and advocate for administrative and regulatory measures that improve coordination and increase efficiency across agencies.
  • Cultivate relationships with Members of Congress, top-level Congressional staff and Federal Agency leadership.
  • Identify and secure opportunities for high-level meetings, testimony and briefings before Congress, and presentations to partners and other influential bodies in public policy formation.
  • Work with CSH leadership to develop and strengthen strategic alliance and national partnerships from an array of sectors including housing, criminal justice, healthcare, and employment to promote CSH’s priorities in Washington and across the country.
  • Lead the National Supportive Housing Coalition and organize regular meetings and communications with partners engaged in it, ensuring discussion agendas are based on mutual federal priorities.
  • In full accordance with the law, be duly registered at all times as the CSH lobbyist on federal policies/matters with the Congress of the United States and all other applicable federal agencies, and file timely disclosures and reports directly related to registration so as to avoid any possible late filing notices or penalties associated with noncompliance being assessed against CSH.
  • Supervise intern(s) and consultant(s) engaged by CSH to conduct policy analysis, grassroots mobilizing and/or lobbying activities.
  • In collaboration with other CSH staff and partner organizations formulate and conduct advocacy trainings; prepare and deliver clear, compelling presentations on CSH’s federal policy agenda at key national and regional conferences and gatherings;
  • Manage various administrative aspects of CSH’s federal policy activities, including execution and management of contracts, and tracking/projecting policy budget.
  • Some national travel required (approximately once per month for short periods of 1-3 days).


How we work:

All CSH staff share a common competency framework. These guide our approach and in turn, help us create value. CSH staff are adaptable, entrepreneurial, creative, flexible, and problem solvers. We are strategic thinkers with a sense of humor, persistence, and a commitment to treating others with respect.

  • 5+ years leadership experience in a similar role with BA degree in policy or government. Equivalent experience may substitute for education.
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, presentation and written and verbal communication skills with the ability to present to and persuade diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically and socially diverse communities.
  • Experience incorporating the perspectives of multiple communities, including communities of color, in the consideration of impacts and outcomes of a decision-making process.
  • An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on underserved and underrepresented communities is preferred.
  • Skilled in developing and delivering cogent and compelling presentations and trainings to varied audiences.
  • Experience independently and effectively managing many projects simultaneously; including large multi-site, multi-year programs and ensuring program compliance are required.
  • Working knowledge of federal funding streams, particular mainstream affordable and housing programs, that can be used to finance operating and/or services in supportive housing, and skills and experience analyzing and drafting legislation are preferred. Knowledge and experience with the legislative process and demonstrated ability to move policy initiatives forward working with Congress, the Administration, and other stakeholders, a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with government agencies, national partners and associations, and community-based organizations.
  • Skilled in facilitation, team building, forging collaborative partnerships, and developing and maintaining strong relationships within the supportive housing community, and diverse groups and sectors.
  • Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint.
  • Candidates must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, exercise solid judgment on a range of issues, and be able to represent CSH in public forums with a high level of professionalism.



Interested in joining our team as a leader in the national supportive housing movement?

To Apply:

Candidates should apply by clicking on the link below. All candidates should attach their Resume, Cover Letter and Salary Expectations as one Microsoft Word or PDF document.

CSH is proud that it has been and always will be an Equal Opportunity Employer

Job posted: 2019-09-08