Policy Director

The U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) is hiring a Policy Director. The position will have involvement in policy work within USICH, with our Federal partners, and in support of work happening across the country. We are seeking a candidate who has subject matter expertise in homelessness and in the respective portfolios of our Federal agencies, especially the work of HUD, HHS, Education, Labor, and other agencies on the Council. We are seeking a candidate who has expertise in populations such as families with children, veterans, chronic homelessness, and/or youth, and expertise in best practices and evidence based solutions for ending homelessness. We are also seeking a candidate who brings specific skills and experience in performance management, project management, policy development, and research.

The Policy Director will work as part of USICH’s policy team. Led by the Senior Policy Director and ultimately by the Executive Director, the policy team is responsible for the implementation and any amendments to Opening Doors: Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, reporting on progress, and measuring performance within USICH and for the Council as a whole. The policy team manages the convening of the Council and its subgroups. In addition to managing relationships with the agencies that belong to the Council, the policy team manages work with Congress, and strategic partnerships with national advocates and nonprofits. The policy team has responsibility for managing USICH communications, including publication of all major documents, the website and social media, speeches, and media. We manage a clearinghouse for research and information about solutions to homelessness.

The Policy Director must be passionate about the mission of the USICH and be committed to achieving the goal of ending homelessness. The Policy Director must be a recognized leader in their current position and demonstrate excellent writing and presentation skills, strategic planning and implementation skills, ability to build collaborative relationships, and ability to execute in a complex, high energy environment. The Policy Director should have proven experience working on and building effective teams as well as supervising staff. S/he must be able to foster innovation and create change within government. S/he must have the professional experience to work effectively with senior officials in the highest levels of government and be comfortable working at both a high policy level and a deep level of detail.

In addition to the Senior Policy Director, the policy team includes another policy director, a program assistant, 2.5 management and policy analysts, and possible graduate level interns. The policy team works very closely with the Communications/External Affairs team; the National Initiatives team, which includes Regional Coordinators that represent USICH in communities across the country; the Finance and Administration Team; who are all led by the Executive Director.


How to Apply

Please email a cover letter which includes your availability, your resume and salary history to jobs@usich.gov.

Additionally, in your cover letter, please outline:

1. Your subject matter expertise as it relates USICH member agencies and Opening Doors;
2. Expertise as it relates to areas of homeless policy; and,
3. Your skills and experience in at least one of the following three areas: data analysis and performance management; project management; communications.

Announcement is open until position(s) filled, but initial review of applications will occur on/about May 30, 2014.

Position duty station is Washington, DC.

USICH is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer.

You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.

This position requires a background check; must be able to successfully pass and maintain clearance.
All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have Federal payments made by Direct Deposit.

Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do under the Selective Service Law.

This is a federal government, excepted service (Schedule A) position, open to all candidates with or without prior federal government experience.
Position includes a 1 year probationary period in which incumbent can be terminated without cause.
Relocation expenses are not authorized. Full-time position with federal government benefits.

The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees including health benefits, life insurance, annual and sick leave, flexible spending accounts, long term care insurance, retirement and thrift savings plan, and family friendly flexibilities.

This position is exempt from the Fair Labor Standards Act and not in a bargaining unit.