Senior Policy Analyst – U.S. Land and Housing, Future of Property Rights

26 Aug, 2020


Senior Policy Analyst – U.S. Land and Housing, Future of Property Rights

New America
Washington, DC

New America’s Future of Property Rights Program (FPR) works to solve land, housing, and property rights challenges both domestically and internationally. Through research, writing, and convening, we strive to bring technologists, policymakers, advocates, and researchers into the same room to help find solutions to vexing challenges in the housing and land rights space. In our domestic work we examine the causes and impacts of housing loss, with a particular focus on the impact of structural factors like racism, poverty, and environmental injustice. We take a data-driven approach to understand where housing instability is most acute, who is most impacted, and why; and we communicate these findings to policymakers and advocates, helping to develop solutions.

About the Position:

FPR is looking for a candidate to help lead its U.S. portfolio, which is currently focused on housing insecurity but could expand to include land rights, the property rights implications of climate change, and other related work. The ideal candidate is a thought leader with experience in housing policy, exhibiting an ability to work with data and a love for research and writing. The candidate should be a self-starter and a good multi-tasker, capable of working in a fast paced environment on a small, agile team. The candidate should also thrive on collaboration, as partnerships and multi-stakeholder approaches are essential to our work.

The candidate will build on our program’s “Property Loss in America” initiative to expand and deepen U.S. housing work. This will include mapping property loss across multiple U.S. cities, in partnership with data science partners; leading multi-stakeholder efforts to improve housing loss data; producing research and policy reports; writing OpEds; speaking at events and other convenings; and fundraising as needed.


  • Help set a cohesive U.S. property rights strategy and research agenda;
  • Lead U.S. housing research projects, with a focus on mixed methods and data-driven approaches;
  • Author OpEds, policy briefs, memos, and other documents for the general public, policymakers, the media, and other stakeholders.
  • Provide an authoritative voice on the COVID-19 related housing crisis and avenues for recovery;
  • Establish and maintain strategic relationships with U.S. housing and property rights policymakers, advocates, academics, funders, and technologists;
  • Survey the U.S. housing and property rights space for emerging research and policy topics that may be strategic for FPR to develop expertise in;
  • Develop, pitch, and help fundraise for research and projects in the U.S. property rights space;
  • Be a public representative for New America at external events, including panels, conferences, and symposia,
  • Additional responsibilities and duties may be dictated by events and circumstances.


  • A bachelor’s degree or higher;
  • Minimum 6 years relevant experience in a U.S. housing, urban planning, or a related field;
  • Strong writing and editing skills. Preference for experience with both research and editorial writing;
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills, and comfort working with large datasets;
  • Experience working with federal, state, and/or city government is a plus;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, strong organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail;
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm for finding creative and unique approaches and opportunities;
  • Demonstrated interest in or dedication to fostering equitable outcomes across society, and especially for lower-income communities, communities of color, and other historically marginalized constituencies;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of collaborative teams including both internal and external partners;
  • Curiosity, eagerness, and ability to develop new knowledge and skills.

Application Process:

Please submit a resume, a professionally written one-page cover letter, and a brief work sample. Compensation is commensurate with experience and is competitive.

The application deadline is September 18, 2020, with an anticipated start date of October, 2020.


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Job posted: 2020-08-26