National Policy Director, Grounded Solutions Network

Full Time
Washington. DC
Posted 1 month ago

About the Position

The National Policy Director will help to design and lead the short-term and long-term policy agenda for the organization’s priorities for federal legislation, regulations, policies, and programs, as well as strategies to increase access to real estate and mortgage financing. Additionally—but secondarily—this position will identify emerging state legislative opportunities that could result in scaling permanently affordable housing and provide support for coalitions and campaigns. The ideal candidate will bring deep experience and a commitment to centering a racial equity lens in strategically advancing innovative housing policy and advocacy solutions that reverse disparities and improve outcomes for communities of color.

Core Components

  • Conducting federal and state legislative, regulatory, and policy analysis.
  • Communicating with and mobilizing members and stakeholders on advocacy efforts, including writing policy briefs and support materials for effective advocacy.
  • Acting as the representative of Grounded Solutions in coalitions and cultivating strategic partnerships.
  • Meeting with Congressional offices, federal agencies, public officials, and financial institutions for education and advocacy.
  • Promoting public awareness of the affordable housing models and solutions the organization represents and the challenges faced by the shared equity housing field.

The National Policy Director must be able to work independently and collaboratively, have discerning judgement about what should be raised to executive leadership, and—most of all—be driven to accomplish major policy wins for the field, especially at the federal level. This position will work collaboratively with staff, our network members, partners, consultants, and external stakeholders to foster relationships and lead effective partnerships focused on new and improved policies that will increase access to resources at local, state, and national levels. The National Policy Director will foster a positive organizational culture and be excellent at cross-department coordination. This position reports to the VP of National Strategy and is a part of the organization’s senior leadership team. The Director will not supervise internal staff, but they will be responsible for managing projects and consultants with minimal oversight.

Key Responsibilities

Program and Strategy Development

  • Establish short-term and long-term policy priorities and a multi-year policy agenda in consultation with executive leadership and key stakeholders.
  • Create and manage elements of the annual workplan and budget.
  • Track congressional activity, partner communications, and media related to shared equity housing expansion goals and federal policy priorities.
  • Strategically build and maintain relationships with partners, Congress, federal agencies, etc. to advance legislation and rule-making that scales the field.
  • Design and implement strategies to increase effective member and stakeholder engagement in advocacy.
  • Identify solutions and work in partnership and coalitions for issues impacting the permanently affordable housing field and the broader affordable housing field related to federal programs, funding, and financing.
  • Foster new opportunities and strategies to scale housing with lasting affordability, especially those that serve people of color, and confer with the Senior Leadership Team and Executive Leadership about strategy and priorities

Program Implementation

  • Track and analyze emerging legislation, proposed rules, regulations, and institutional policies to evaluate impact and potential points of intervention and draft appropriate written products (e.g., draft bill proposals, public comments, Congressional meeting protocols, policy briefs).
  • Collect targeted data in coordination with the Research Department to meet requests of Congress, federal agencies, and financial institutions.
  • Meet with, present to, and establish relationships in Congressional offices and committees, federal agencies, financial institutions, and other strategic partnerships to advance program agenda.
  • Oversee of the content planning and implementation of organization’s Congressional Conference and other Congressional office meetings (when applicable).
  • Support members and field to engage in local and national advocacy; draft supportive materials, such as talking points, fact sheets, and other resources. 
  • Partner with national organizations and participate in coalitions that advance our policy agenda and recommend what the organization will endorse and what our members should be asked to participate in.
  • Coordinate partnerships with the Government Sponsored Enterprises, lending institutions, and trade associations to increase access to sound and competitive financing for shared equity homebuyers and for nonprofits to obtain needed financing and funding.
  • Support executive leadership in the pursuit or implementation of special projects aimed at scaling the field.
  • Coordinate and collaborate across the organization to maximize the impact of policy work and the goals and priorities of other departments. 
  • Contribute to thought leadership in the field through presentations, articles, reports, and media coverage.
  • Measure and critically evaluate implementation activities and make recommendations for improvements.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The ideal candidate will have 8+ years’ experience, preferably in affordable housing and federal programs, policy, and/or government relations. This position is best suited to a person with excellent organizational, project, and time management skills who is also a highly skilled writer, speaker, and presenter.

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Public Policy, Government Affairs, or a related field.
  • Strong knowledge of many HUD programs, especially HOME and CDBG, and the housing finance system (e.g., FHA, VA, USDA, FHFA and the GSEs).
  • Deep understanding of how systemic racism has shaped and continues to shape local, state, and federal housing policy and community development.
  • Experience with both federal legislative and rule-making processes; Congressional staff experience preferred.
  • Basic knowledge of shared equity homeownership or community land trusts.
  • Highly organized, structured and detail oriented. Able to self-manage with minimal supervision.
  • Strong analytic and strategic oral and written communication skills, including (but not limited to) the ability to shape bipartisan messages, balance evidence- and advocacy-based rationales, and craft tone, style, and content for various audiences.
  • Proven ability to analyze, and formulate implications of/responses to federal legislation, rules, policies, etc.
  • Strong ability to build relationships and trust amongst various audiences and stakeholders.
  • Proven ability to work successfully in self-directed environments to strategically advance policy goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively project manage and manage independent consultants.
  • Proven ability to prioritize and concurrently make progress on detail-oriented work, large-scale projects, team-based assignments, and long-term objectives.
  • Ability to work and communicate in diverse communities.
  • Proficiency in MS Office Suite & tech friendly.


  • Approximately 4-8 trips per year (post-COVID) of domestic out-of-state, as needed to attend conferences, events, and company meetings.


  • This is a full-time position based in the Washington, DC office. Incumbent may work a hybrid schedule that allows flexibility to work in-office and remote.
  • Must have direct local access to a major airport. All staff are expected to demonstrate the ability to work remotely while maintaining high levels of efficiency and productivity and communicating effectively with their direct supervisor and colleagues.

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement

  • Grounded Solutions Network is requiring all staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by January 1, 2022.  All candidates must be fully vaccinated or plan to be fully vaccinated by their start date or by January 1, 2022, whichever comes later.  ‘Fully vaccinated’ means that two weeks have passed since a second dose of the 2-dose series for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine. Offers of employment will be contingent on compliance with Grounded Solutions Network’s COVID-19 vaccination policy.  A current employee or applicant (i) who has a disability or qualifying medical condition that contraindicates a COVID-19 vaccination, (ii) whose sincerely held religious belief, observance or practice conflicts with the vaccination requirement, or (iii) who qualifies for an exemption under applicable state or local law may request an exemption from this vaccination policy.

Grounded Solutions Network Offers:

  • Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, matching 401k, and paid time off.
  • Supportive, stimulating, and collaborative environment with passionate colleagues dedicated to building community and equity.
  • Opportunities for professional growth and development.

Starting Salary Range

  • $105-125K annually, commensurate with experience.

Job Features

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