Under the direction of the Director of Advocacy, the Housing Policy Advocate will build-upon, develop, and implement SAGE’s housing policy advocacy agenda pursuant to our grant-driven deliverables. The housing policy agenda will include a primary focus on federal administrative policies and legislation with some work at the state level.
Our ideal candidate will have deep experience in federal housing policy and a proven record of advocating for housing policy change with an intersectional lens. This position will center the housing policy issues facing LGBTQ+ elders with a particular focus on LGBTQ+ older people of transgender experience, black LGBTQ+ elders, and LGBTQ+ elders of color. In addition to having a deep understanding of federal housing policy, the candidate will have a familiarity with state housing policy, and experience or expressed interest in LGBTQ+ and/or aging issues. The candidate will have excellent writing skills.
The Housing Policy Advocate will coordinate with staff across SAGE, including the staff in SAGE’s National LGBTQ+ Elder Housing Initiative, who will help to inform our housing policy goals.
The Housing Policy Advocate will also be responsible for administrative tasks inherent to the position.
Reports to: Director of Advocacy
Schedule: Generally 35 hours/week, Monday – Friday, 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM; schedule may vary in accordance with business necessity
Duties and Responsibilities:
- Under the direction of the Director of Advocacy, refine SAGE’s LGBTQ+/aging housing policy agenda and develop strategies to advance and advocate for this housing policy agenda by building and leveraging strategic alliances with organizational partners and coalitions across the housing, LGBTQ+, and aging advocacy communities. Similarly, develop a model state LGBTQ+ housing policy agenda to advance at the state level.
- Imbed a sustained focus on addressing the specific needs of LGBTQ+ older people with respect to housing within key federal agencies like HUD; similarly, cultivate champions for an LGBTQ+ aging housing agenda in both houses of Congress.
- Engage with and represent SAGE at housing and aging coalitions. Marshal support from these coalitions and individual organizations for SAGE’s housing and aging federal legislative and administrative policy agenda. Learn from the experiences of their constituents to inform the development of SAGE’s housing policy goals.
- Engage LGBTQ+ older people, especially BIPOC and TGNB older people, to inform the development of the LGBTQ+ housing/aging policy agenda.
- Empower LGBTQ+ older people living, especially BIPOC and trans older people, with the tools to advocate directly with Members of Congress and federal agencies to advance the federal housing policy agenda. This could include targeted in-person and/or virtual advocacy days; meetings with agency staff; Congressional briefings; and similar initiatives.
- Partner closely with SAGE’s communications team to maintain and develop content for SAGE around housing and aging, both online and in print.
- Develop policy papers, infographics, and public education documents on SAGE’s LGBTQ+/aging housing policy in coordination with SAGE’s communications staff.
- Attend and present at conferences, symposia and panel discussions across the country that focus on issues related to housing, LGBTQ+ issues, and/or aging.
- Meet funder requirements, track outcomes, and prepare necessary reports and updates for funder.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- At least 3 years of professional experience in housing policy.
- Deep experience working with or advocating for communities of color, LGBTQ+ communities, and/or aging communities; deep commitment to all required.
- Demonstrated experience in working with and in coalitions.
- Experience managing and meeting grant-funded deliverables.
- Strong organizational skills with an ability to manage and prioritize multiple tasks.
- Excellent written and oral presentation skills.
- Proven ability to work independently while being part of a team and representing an organization.
- Demonstrated commitment to SAGE’s values of diversity and equity.
- Ability to travel as necessary (when it is safe to do so).
How to Apply: Please email your cover letter and resume to: Careers@sageusa.org with “Housing Policy Advocate” in the subject line. Older people, people living with HIV, trans people, and people from traditionally under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
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