Opportunities at NHLP

NHLP Communications Director

The National Housing Law Project (NHLP) is hiring an experienced professional to serve in the newly-created position of Communications Director. The ideal candidate will share our passion for housing justice and be committed to anti-poverty and racial equity initiatives. Having marked its 50th anniversary in 2018, NHLP seeks a communications leader with energy and vision, who will elevate our public profile and expand our networks to help write the next chapter of our organization’s accomplishments. Inspiring storyteller, strategic messenger, unifying organizer… We would like to hear from you.

About NHLP

NHLP’s mission is to advance housing justice for poor people and communities. We work at the crossroads of housing and community development advocacy, legal services for the poor, and civil rights and provide in-depth legal training and assistance, conduct high impact litigation and advocate for improved and strengthened housing policies.

NHLP was established in 1968 as an outgrowth of the War on Poverty and served as the primary legal resource center for housing attorneys recruited nationally for the nascent legal services program. Our staff is recognized as the nation’s legal experts on the federally assisted housing programs and as experts at the nexus of housing and access for immigrants, domestic violence survivors, people with disabilities, and people reentering the community from jail or prison.

About the Position:

Reporting to the Executive Director, the Communications Director will create and implement a comprehensive communications plan that includes strategies on multiple platforms aimed at advancing our advocacy priorities, providing public education on emergent issues, and deepening the support and engagement of donors, working partners, and others with NHLP.

As the institutional leader of NHLP’s communications, the Communications Director will develop content and oversee its distribution on various communications channels, including social media, website, email, and direct mail. The Director will serve as an in-house expert and mentor to other staff regarding best practices, messaging, and use of media to achieve the desired outcomes of the communications plan. As the lead media contact for the organization, the Communications Director will foster relationships with individuals and organizations working in mass media. The Director will be adept at communicating the work of NHLP and the issues we focus on, which are often entrenched in legal and policy terminology, in a compelling and relatable manner to the media and the public.

For a detailed job description, responsibilities, and preferred skills and experience, see the PDF.

How to Apply

Start date: Fall 2019
The position is based in San Francisco CA or Washington DC.

Salary range is $80,000-$100,000.
Generous employer-paid benefits package listed with the job description.

To apply: Email a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples illustrating your qualifications for this position to Shamus Roller, Executive Director at HR@nhlp.org. The position will be open until filled but review of applications will begin August 15.

The National Housing Law Project is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage candidates of all identities, experiences, and communities to apply.