Opportunities at NHLP

Government Affairs Director (OPEN)

The mission of the National Housing Law Project (NHLP) is to advance housing justice for low‐income people and communities. We achieve this by strengthening and enforcing the rights of tenants and homeowners and increasing housing opportunities for underserved communities.

NHLP advances its mission through policy advocacy, impact litigation and by improving the capacity of housing advocates and attorneys through trainings, publications and technical assistance. For 50 years, NHLP’s policy work in D.C. has led to groundbreaking rights for tenants in the federal housing programs and the preservation of millions of affordable housing units. The organization works on a range of issue areas from the federal housing programs and federal housing law to cross sector issues including housing and domestic violence, access to housing for people with criminal records and housing and health.

NHLP has offices in San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Richmond, Virginia. NHLP also hosts the Housing Justice Network, which is comprised over 1,400 attorneys, advocates and organizers working on housing rights issues around the country.

NHLP is seeking a senior-level staff member to lead and coordinate our federal advocacy, legislative efforts, and work with the media in Washington D.C. The ideal candidate should have a background in housing policy and experience as a legislative advocate in D.C. The position is available as either full-time or part-time depending on the candidate.


  • Lead NHLP’s effort to influence federal policy including lobbying on legislation and with administrative agencies
  • Monitor and analyze federal legislation and administrative policy actions and inform NHLP staff and the Housing Justice Network of key developments
  • Assist NHLP in meeting legislative goals by creating policy proposals and working with government agencies and legislators
  • Work closely with NHLP’s network of local tenants’ rights advocates to shape the organization’s policy approach
  • Serve as a liaison between policymakers and the organization, and connect NHLP attorneys with policymakers working on relevant issues
  • Maintains and nurtures relationships with policymakers and staff in the federal government
  • Develop and execute creative strategies to reach policymakers including trainings, briefings, media events and campaigns
  • Work with the Executive Director and senior management to set the organization’s long-term goals and strategy
  • Assist in the development and drafting of manuals, reports and articles developed by NHLP
  • Conduct trainings and presentations to inform and engage our constituents and partners
  • Assist the Executive Director and development staff in fundraising efforts


  • Knowledge of the substantive work of the organization and commitment to its mission
  • At least five years working on housing and related issues
  • Leadership abilities and the ability to work in a collaborative work environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to produce written content for newsletters and resources for advocates
  • Strong commitment to the advancement of the housing rights of low-income persons and households and other vulnerable groups
  • Capacity to effectively represent NHLP and its work in external communications and public settings
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Willingness to travel including several trips per year to San Francisco


  • License to practice law
  • Working knowledge of federal public and multi-family assisted housing programs and/or issues relating to the preservation of federal affordable housing stock
  • Understanding of Washington D.C.’s political environment and prior experience working with
    legislative and administrative bodies
  • Experience working with the media


Executive Director


This is an exempt position located in Washington D.C. The salary is commensurate with experience and competitive with other national nonprofit organizations. NHLP provides full medical, dental, vision and other benefits to the employee and covers 50% of the cost for dependents. Employees receive 4 weeks of paid vacation, 12 holiday days and paid parental leave.


Persons interested in the position should send a cover letter, resume, three professional references to Shamus Roller, Executive Director, National Housing Law Project, 1663 Mission St. Suite 460, San Francisco, CA 94103. Applications may be sent by e-mail to hr@nhlp.org.

The position is open until filled. The posting date is August 14, 2018.

NHLP is an equal opportunity employer. Applications invited without regard to race, gender, gender
identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, age or disability.