Director of Policy & Advocacy

09 Jul, 2022


Director of Policy & Advocacy

Neighborhood Partnerships
Portland, OR

• Full-time exempt position: 40 hours/week with flexibility in scheduling those hours
• Salary range: $80,000 – $90,000 annually
• This position is open until filled.
Neighborhood Partnerships is a forward-thinking economic and housing justice organization. We are human-centered
and approach our work with love, compassion, commitment, and integrity. We strive to be an intersectional, anti-racist
organization and seek folks who want to take this work further. As part of our internal work around economic justice, we
provide great benefits:
• Equitable and generous employer paid 401k contributions (not dependent on employee contributions) with
immediate vesting.
• Employer pays 100% of employee premium for health, vision, and dental insurance for the employee; Optional
Flexible Spending Account.
• Employer pays 100% of long-term disability and Life Insurance premiums for the employee.
• Annual professional development budget.
• Work flexibility (location and hours); Generous sick leave time and policy.
• Two weeks/year of vacation leave the first year of employment; increases to 3 weeks/year in year two.
• 9 holidays and 2 personal choice holidays; One paid week off with a full office closure at the end of the year.
Neighborhood Partnerships is a mission-driven organization committed to equity and inclusion. New hires participate in
equity specific onboarding training, and all staff participate in ongoing professional and personal development related to
equity and inclusion.
Please read our Racial Equity Statement:
Neighborhood Partnerships seeks a passionate leader to provide policy development and direction. This person will
implement our work to build direct and trusting relationships with communities impacted by housing and economic
injustice and inform our organizing and advocacy.
The Director of P&A will collaborate with the Executive Director and other directors; lead and manage NP’s housing
justice work alongside a team of organizers and advocates; and support the convening and collaborative work of the
Housing Alliance. This will include intentional work to integrate race equity into the composition, organization, and
policy of the alliance.
The Director of P&A provides supervisory and mission support to housing justice staff and supports the work of
Residents Organizing for Change (ROC), which brings the voices of people directly impacted by housing instability to the
Housing Alliance and to the Oregon Legislature. The Director of P&A will provide strategic direction for the advocacy and
organizing work of NP, including sharing NP’s vision with funders and other stakeholders for support. The Director of
P&A will work to build and maintain our partnerships with the many organizations, community leaders, and government
agencies critical to making housing and economic justice a reality in Oregon.

Leadership (25%)
• Actively participate in leadership responsibilities of NP Directors:
o Support the Executive Director and Board toward organizational thriving.
o Be a member of Leadership Team, with ED, Director of Operations and Finance, and Director of
Economic Opportunity to maintain focus and direction around mission and goals, and to identify
opportunities and risks for the organization in policy and advocacy work areas.
o Participate in strategic and organizational growth and capacity planning.
• Resource Development/Oversight of Program Budget:
o Develop and maintain relationships with existing and new funding partners. Write grant proposals and
report on programmatic progress.
o Support annual Housing Alliance membership dues appeals.
o With the support of the Operations and Finance Director, manage program expenditures within the
approved budget and available resources.
• Work to power narrative change in collaboration with those most impacted by racial, housing and economic
injustice. With our community, work to identify harmful narratives about race, poverty, and housing instability
and co-develop new liberatory narratives that supports belonging and universal thriving.
Housing Alliance Convening & Coordination; NP Lobbying (50%)
• Coordination and convening of the Housing Alliance, a coalition of more than ninety organizations who believe
everyone deserves a safe, stable, and affordable place to call home and who have come together to advance
housing justice in Oregon with policy and resource allocation responsive to community needs.
o Convene workgroups and support coalition processes to co-develop legislative priorities and agenda.
o Provide support to workgroups by collaboratively developing agendas, supporting co-chairs, and sharing
o Model and support leadership development among directly impacted people, ROC members and
Housing Alliance members, particularly new culturally specific direct service providers and emerging
leaders working to advance housing justice.
o Provide equitable coalition facilitation for gatherings.
o Lead communications with key stakeholders including Housing Alliance members, Legislators and the
o Work closely and manage the relationship with the Housing Alliance contract lobbyist to advance policy
• Identify, Develop, and Maintain Key Policy and Advocacy Relationships for Neighborhood Partnerships policy
o Develop and maintain trusting relationships with legislators, existing and future partners, key state
leadership, agencies, national leaders and thought partners in our housing justice work.
• Continue to engage membership of the Housing Alliance toward an equity- and community-centered design
process to shift its work on racial equity and continue to center the voices of people most impacted by housing
• Over the next 6-12 months design, fundraise and hire for additional advocacy position, whose primary
responsibilities are to advocate and lobby for the Housing Opportunity agenda. This will be in coordination with
HA members and lobbyist. Support NP’s advocacy work (including economic justice) through the development

of strong relationships with Legislators, assisting with legislative strategy as needed. Until filled the Director of
P&A will support these responsibilities with the Legislative and Communications Manager.
Residents Organizing for Change (Support) (5%)
• Support the development and growth of Residents Organizing for Change by:
o Providing supervision for lead organizer and policy support for ROC’s two organizers
o Support for deepening race equity integration into ROC organizing and outreach
• Coordinate with Community Change and the networks of resident advocates in other states.
• Facilitate integration of ROC members and leaders into the leadership of the Housing Alliance.
Organizational Responsibilities (20%)
• Equity work: Support ongoing anti-racist work to integrate equity perspectives and structures into all aspects of
organizational operations, planning, and work. Contribute to development and hold yourself and others
accountable to annual NP equity goals and the organizational Agreements of NP.
• Participate in shared support roles for staff meetings, staff retreats, Board communication, community building
and supporting practices, biannual two-day RE: Conference, and other organizational projects. Occasionally
assist with hiring and onboarding of new NP employees; help advance the mission of the organization where
• 5+ years’ experience in working to advance policy agendas, support advocacy coalitions, design campaigns, or
staff for an elected official, particularly in the Legislature. Deep knowledge of the processes of policy
development, and successfully navigating legislative and state decision making bodies. Understanding of local,
state, and federal affordable housing policy.
• Strong relationships and reputation in advocacy realm, including among BIPOC leaders and organizations. Ability
to, and excitement about, bringing more people with lived experience with housing instability to decision
making tables.
• Strong facilitation and collaboration skills to craft and support a shared vision of housing justice in Oregon.
Understanding of organizing and movement building to build and share power with the people most impacted
by housing injustice toward our collective vision.
• Confidence working in the pace and rapidly changing environment of the legislative session, with an ability to
keep stakeholders in the conversation and up to date. This requires the ability to communicate complex ideas in
a compelling and approachable way to coalition partners, decision makers, the media, and people with lived
experience with housing instability and poverty.
• A demonstrated commitment to racial justice and antiracist work.
• Courage and willingness to engage in constructive and direct conflict with stakeholders in positions of power to
move forward necessary but challenging conversations and policies, and demand space for people with lived
experience to bring their concerns and needs directly to this conversation.
• Experience with and commitment to power sharing, and to the slow work of a collaborative coalition process.
• Supervisory experience.
• Experience working with funders and managing a budget.
• Strong writing skills and ability to write for different requirements—grant-writing, press release, policy,
advocacy outreach, email, and social media.
• Organized, detail oriented, and have a track record for follow through.

• Lived experience with housing instability
• Bi-lingual, bi-cultural experience, and/or experience working with people experiencing disabilities
• Experience with equity integration
• Grant writing
• Experience in narrative change work
• Grassroots or grass tops organizing
• Working with media
• Experience with planning conferences/conference sessions
This person currently supervises the Lead Housing Justice Organizer and the Legislative and Communications Manager
and will supervise the future legislative staff person. This position supports and leads the Housing Justice Team. This
person is a part of the Neighborhood Partnerships’ Leadership Team and supports the success of all of NP’s endeavors.
Neighborhood Partnerships’ mission is to create a better Oregon in which everyone has access to opportunity, stability,
and what we need to thrive. For us, this begins with financial well-being and a stable, affordable place to call home.
In addition to the IDA Initiative, NP convenes the statewide Oregon Housing Alliance, a legislative advocacy coalition,
which works to advance housing opportunity at our state capitol in Salem and at the federal level. NP staff also organize
Residents Organizing for Change (ROC), a critical part of our work to engage people most impacted by housing policy
We dedicate time and resources at every level of the organization to address disparities based on identity and to apply
an equity lens to all decisions, programs, and policies.
• Background check: Due to fiduciary responsibilities of our work managing grant monies, a post-offer criminal
background check is required.
• Location, schedule, and transportation:
o This position is based in Portland, but staff currently work full-time from home. This position is required
to live in Oregon or Southwest Washington by their start date.
o NP is transitioning back to an office with a hybrid work model, where some in-office time will be
necessary to support training and community building.
o This position is required to have a current driver’s license for travel to grantee organizations, but own
vehicle is not required.
o Neighborhood Partnerships’ culture strives to center work-life balance. This includes flexibility around
how you work—work can be done remotely and time can be scheduled outside traditional work hours if
• Physical abilities: The position requires physical abilities related to working in a typical office environment,
communicating with people internally and externally, and meeting in various locations throughout the state of
Oregon. Accommodations may be requested.

NP is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, women, and
people with disabilities. The Board and staff believe they can meet the organization’s mission only with a diverse Board
and staff who cultivate a culture of equity and inclusion.
Please submit your resume and cover letter through this form. This position is open until filled.
In your cover letter, please respond to the following questions:
1. Neighborhood Partnerships has a commitment to building a more equitable Oregon. What does equity and
inclusion mean to you?
2. Please share your perspective on the role of people with lived experience in movements for change, policymaking, and decision-making.
3. Please share your vision for housing justice in Oregon. How can legislative advocacy help achieve that vision?

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Job posted: 2022-07-09