Senior Housing Policy Advocate

10 May, 2022


Senior Housing Policy Advocate

National Resource Defense Council
Washington, DC | New York, NY | Chicago, IL | San Francisco, CA | Santa Monica, CA


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet’s wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America’s bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our staff of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and internationally from our offices in New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Santa Monica; San Francisco; Bozeman, Montana; and Beijing.

Position Summary:

NRDC is seeking a Senior Housing Advocate to work with the People and Communities National Policy team in our Washington, D.C. office. The position will advocate policies and programs to support equitable housing and housing decarbonization in NRDC’s priority states as well as at the federal level, with a particular focus on federal housing advocacy and policy implementation across various scales. This work will be focused on building relationships with housing justice and housing decarbonization advocates at the federal level, and in a set of priority states, and require coordination with state-based and national policy advocates in the People and Communities, Climate and Clean Energy, Government Affairs and Center for Policy Advocacy teams.  The position will report to the People and Communities Senior Director for Policy and Partnerships.


  • Lead federal housing advocacy for People and Communities – including legislative and administrative efforts.
  • Coordinate with housing, energy, tenants’ rights, equity, environmental justice, health and labor coalition partners to align advocacy efforts, campaigns and outreach.
  • Work with national policy team to develop implementation strategies for federal housing funding packages.  In the near term, this would include supporting local and state implementation of the Biden Administration’sInfrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and, if passed, the Build Back Better legislation.
  • Identify opportunities to improve the design and implementation of federal resources that serve the housing sector.
  • Support local governments and community partners on how to best access funding, identify projects in cities and states that produce strong climate and equity outcomes.
  • Advise federal and state agency staff how they can accelerate local climate and equity action through funding criteria and mechanisms.  In the long term, this could include work on other federal funding authorization bills, administrative rulemakings and other policies to consider how best to facilitate implementation in local communities to reach climate and equity goals.
  • Coordinate with national housing, tenants’ rights, and equity partners to design and launch multi-scale effort to support successful implementation of infrastructure and other federal funding sources.
  • Support information sharing and coordination of staff among the People and Communities, Climate and Clean Energy, Center for Policy Advocacy, and Government Affairs programs.
  • Work with city climate team and state advocates to develop processes and integrate city-state-federal coordination responsibilities
  • Advise city, state, and national policy staff on policy and funding mechanisms that enable and accelerate state and local climate and equity action in the housing sector.
  • Support special assignments and/or project as needed for the Resilient Communities division.


  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required, advanced degree in public policy, planning, public administration or equivalent experience preferred.
  • At least 7-10 years of experience working on housing-related policies, programs or campaigns.
  • At least 7-10 years of experience partnering with state, regional or city officials and/or communities to design and implement housing-related policies and programs.
  • Experience working on state, regulatory, and federal policies.
  • Experience designing or implementing equity policy frameworks or working with partners and communities to ensure equitable outcomes of policies and programs.
  • Management experience – could include staff, consultants, fellows, interns.
  • Experience working in matrixed management systems a plus.
  • Experience working on a multi-city and/or multi-state initiatives to advance policy and programs
  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational skills to manage a large number of tasks, work with different staff members across programs, set priorities, follow institutional procedures and perform undirected work; attention to detail.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated professionalism
  • Ability to work accurately and with composure under deadline pressure
  • Thrives in an environment where multiple activities are on-going and shift quickly
  • Commitment to NRDC’svalues and mission.


NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming diverse voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet’s most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement.


We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.


We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based

on a nonprofit scale and is commensurate with skills and experience. For this position is Advocacy-S4, the salary is $125,000 to $140,000 per year.


Since March 2020, NRDC’s offices have been closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You will be associated with one of our offices, but until circumstances allow us to re-open, we will continue to support NRDCers with remote working arrangements.


To apply, visit and upload your résumé and cover letter. Please mention where you saw this posting and upload any additional materials that showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of applications, we will contact only those candidates we would like to interview. Please no phone calls, emails, or in-person résumé drop-offs.


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Job posted: 2022-05-10