Manufactured Housing Institute
Arlington, VA

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) has an opening in its Federal Government Affairs Department for the position of Regulatory Counsel. Reporting to the Senior Vice President of Government Affairs & Chief Lobbyist, the incumbent will help develop and implement MHI’s regulatory goals and objectives. The demands of the portfolio will include managing regulatory submissions; monitoring, reporting on, and influencing the regulatory environment on issues impacting the manufactured housing industry; and serving as staff liaison for MHI’s divisions and committees regarding federal regulatory policies that impact the construction and installation of manufactured homes.


Develop subject matter expertise in the HUD Code, land development policies, construction codes and standards (including impacts on manufacturers, installers, suppliers, and community owners), energy, environmental and other federal policies impacting the construction and installation of manufactured homes.

Analyze federal regulatory issues with the goal of developing MHI positions and communicating them effectively to regulators, legislators, and MHI members.

Monitor and participate in federal regulatory dialogue impacting the manufactured housing industry – including regulatory proposals and stakeholder/coalition meetings – to successfully formulate strategy for MHI positioning and advocacy to accomplish industry objectives.

Draft comment letters and other correspondence to federal regulatory agencies.

Develop, prioritize, and advocate for changes to federal statute and regulations impacting the construction and installation of manufactured housing, including ensuring timely updates to the HUD-Code.

Establish contacts with policymakers and staff at relevant regulatory agencies with the goal of advancing MHI’s goals and objectives.

Arrange, coordinate, and prepare materials for meetings at federal agencies between policymakers and MHI members/senior MHI leadership.

Draft communications related to regulatory matters, including letters, policy memos, reports, issue briefs, talking points, presentations, advocacy alerts, articles, and other content.

Serve as the MHI staff liaison to the Technical Activities Committee, Manufacturers Division, HUD’s Office of Manufactured Housing Programs, the Manufactured Housing Consensus Committee (MHCC), and the Systems Building Research Alliance (SBRA).

Provide guidance and support to MHI members serving on the MHCC and SBRA.

Make effective, compelling, and well-organized presentations during meetings and conferences that convey MHI’s effective advocacy on behalf of the industry.

Draft responses to inquiries from MHI members about technical aspects of the HUD code and other federal regulations.


Understanding and support of the Manufactured Housing Institute’s mission.

J.D. (admitted to practice law in the United States)

Experience working with a regulatory agency, trade association, law firm, or similar entity.

Comprehensive knowledge of the regulatory process, including knowledge of how to monitor and access information about ever changing rules, laws, legislative history, guidelines, and interpretive rulings.

Exceptional ability to persuade others of the merits of positions, including regulators, legislators, and other stakeholders is required. This includes excellent presentation skills and the ability to respond extemporaneously to questions with reasoned and thought-out answers that align with MHI positions and objectives.

Knowledge and expertise of HUD Code regulations and other construction codes and standards a plus.

Ability to make well-reasoned judgments, foresee and plan ahead for possible outcomes, and communicate (through written and oral communications) complicated issues to members, regulators and other audiences in an effective and easily understood manner.

It is essential that the individual holding this position have the capacity to initiate projects, handle multiple projects concurrently, excel within a structured department, and possess professional maturity and judgment. This includes the ability to handle sensitive information with discretion and be skilled at navigating potentially sensitive situations with tact and diplomacy.

Ability to travel approximately 15 days annually to attend MHI meetings and events.

About the Manufactured Housing Institute:

The Manufactured Housing Institute (MHI) is the national trade organization representing all segments of the factory-built housing industry. MHI members include home builders, lenders, home retailers, community owners, suppliers and others involved with the industry. MHI’s membership includes affiliated state organizations. MHI serves its members by providing industry research, advocacy, and education programs, and by building and facilitating consensus within the industry. For more information, visit

Manufactured homes are built almost entirely in a controlled manufacturing environment in accordance with a federal building code and companion regulations for federal enforcement and compliance, administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. (HUD). The HUD Code (“Code”), in place since 1976 pursuant to the National Manufactured Housing Construction and Safety Standards Act (MHCSS) of 1974, provides a single uniform regulatory framework for home design and construction of manufactured homes, including standards for health, safety, energy efficiency, and durability. This single Code has enabled manufacturers to ship homes across interstate lines and achieve economies of scale that have brought high quality affordable homes to millions of people.

Interested applicants should email resume and letter of interest to Dr. Lesli Gooch, MHI’s Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Chief Lobbyist, at


Job Posted: August 22, 2017