The Advocacy and Engagement Coordinator is responsible for developing and implementing HDC’s new advocacy program. This person will set short- and long-term goals for the program based upon policy priorities and the advocacy agenda established by Executive Leadership and the Board of Directors. The Coordinator will:
- Ensure HDC residents are engaged in opportunities to set advocacy agenda and to speak with policymakers and legislators about their lived experiences;
- Establish HDC as a go-to resource for legislators and policymakers in the organization’s footprint on affordable housing and issues impacting the quality of life for lower income households; and
- Increase resources and deepen support to help advance HDC’s mission and expand affordable housing solutions whether through existing or new programs at the local, state, and federal levels.
The Coordinator must be high-performing and results-oriented, and passionate about affordable housing with a commitment to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion (REDI). Primary responsibilities include: advocating for policymaking that advances affordable housing; community engagement to amplify residents’ voices and build cross-sector support for affordable housing; and policies that improve the quality of life for lower-income households and housing stability with a racial equity, diversity, and inclusion lens. The position is further responsible for engaging cross-section stakeholders, including HDC residents, in setting and advancing advocacy priorities; cultivating relationships with local, state and federal legislative offices across a three-state footprint; and connecting advocacy work with the HDC’s broader communications strategy to increase organizational visibility, expand and strengthen partnerships, and communicate impact.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The following statements reflect the general duties, responsibilities and competencies considered necessary to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the job and should not be considered as a detailed description of all the work requirements of the position. HDC may change the specific job duties with or without prior notice based on the needs of the organization.
- Implement annual process for setting policy and advocacy goals and priorities for the organization that involves residents, staff, board of directors, and external stakeholders.
- Work with the Resident Services staff to engage residents as leaders in setting and advancing advocacy priorities.
- Develop annual action plan that positions residents as advocacy leaders, with opportunities to engage staff, board of directors, and general public in initiatives that advance advocacy and policy priorities.
- Create and maintain contacts with local, state and federal legislators across the organization’s three-state footprint, and plan opportunities for HDC stakeholders, including residents, to meet regularly with elected officials at all levels.
- Actively participate in HDC Racial, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (REDI) initiatives, and represent HDC in public opportunities to share about the organization’s commitment to equity and its REDI initiatives.
- Monitor and analyze relevant legislation and policy initiatives, report on relevant initiatives to the Leadership Team, and prepare HDC’s response and positions where appropriate.
- Represent HDC with advocacy-related member organizations such as National NeighborWorks Association, National Low Income Housing Coalition, the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania, etc.
- Work with Community Relations to ensure HDC’s policy positions and advocacy successes are effectively communicated to internal and external stakeholders, to media, and within the affordable housing industry, and to establish HDC as a thought leader in affordable housing.
- Support Real Estate Development on engagement with public officials where needed for specific development projects.
- Work with Community Relations team to document HDC’s impact, and participate in the team’s core work to strengthen and expand partnerships, attract new resources, and advance HDC’s communication strategy.
- Other duties as assigned.
EDUCATION AND RELATED WORK EXPERIENCE
Education level: (Minimum & preferred educational experience necessary to perform this job successfully)
Bachelor’s degree in human services (social work, social sciences, etc.), public policy, communications, or related field.
Years of Related Work Experience:
(Minimum & preferred related work experience necessary to perform this job successfully)
Minimum five years social service, affordable housing, public policy, or community advocacy experience required. Experience with local nonprofit or community-based organizations preferred.
SKILLS & KNOWLEDGE
Advanced critical thinking skills, exhibited by the ability to take information from a wide variety of sources and synthesize/analyze the information in the context of HDC’s mission and priorities.
Ability to develop and steward relationships with elected and public officials and their staffs in all levels of government.
Ability to innovate and create within established and complex organizational structures.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, and an ability to use storytelling to inspire action.
Highly organized and proficient at planning and implementing projects with minimal supervision.
Strong interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively and collegially within a multi-faceted organization, effecting and leading change where needed.
Working knowledge of affordable housing industry and government funding sources for housing, such as LIHTC, CDBG, HOME, etc.
Competent in interacting with a wide variety of persons, cultures and organizations under various conditions and situations.
Competent proficiency in Microsoft Office products such as Word, Excel, and Outlook.
TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS (List as a 25% of total work time)
Occasional travel to HDC communities throughout organizational footprint, and for meetings with residents, organizational stakeholders, and legislative offices.
WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
(Describe any specific work place conditions and/or physical abilities that are related to and/or required by this job)
- Sitting for extended periods, occasional walking, standing, reaching with hands and arms, use of hands and fingers for phone and keyboard.
- Regular personal computer usage.
- Regular talking and hearing.
- Frequent lifting and/or moving up to 5 pounds and occasionally up to 25 pounds.
- Visual acuity (with or without corrective lenses); close vision, distance vision, and ability to adjust focus.
- Working conditions are generally indoors with occasional exposure to weather to travel to meetings or HDC locations.
HIGH PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
- Collaborative, values-based leader who has a proven track record of achieving results
Diversity & Inclusion
- Capacity to respect, understand and positively engage persons of other cultures and backgrounds.
- Ability to demonstrate empathy and compassion in decision-making and communications.
- Commitment to improving the overall quality of life for residents and building healthy communities through the provision of high-quality affordable housing.