Policy Associate – U.S. Land and Housing

Washington, DC
Full Time
Future of Land and Housing
Entry Level

New America’s Future of Land and Housing Program (FLH) works to solve land, housing, and property rights challenges both domestically and internationally. Through research, writing, and convening, we strive to bring technologists, policymakers, advocates, and researchers into the same room to help find solutions to vexing challenges in the housing and land rights space. In our domestic work, we examine the causes and impacts of housing loss, affordable homeownership and the intersections between housing security and climate change, with a particular focus on the impact of structural factors like racism, poverty, and environmental injustice. We take a data-driven approach to understand where housing instability is most acute, who is most impacted, and why; and we communicate these findings to policymakers and advocates, helping to develop solutions. 

About the Position:

FLH is looking for a candidate to help advance its U.S. land and housing portfolio, which currently focuses on housing loss and insecurity, access to affordable homeownership, and the intersections between housing and climate change. The ideal candidate is passionate about housing and social policy with experience in writing and research. The candidate should be a self-starter and a good multi-tasker, and capable of working in a fast paced environment on a small, agile team. The candidate should also thrive on collaboration, as partnerships and multi-stakeholder approaches are essential to our work.


  • Contribute to the design and implementation of FLH’s domestic housing work, ranging from policy and communication projects to mixed-methods research;
  • Execute a wide range of qualitative data collection activities, including planning for and implementing site visits, focus groups, and interviews;
  • Conduct background research on a range of housing issues by collecting and analyzing quantitative and qualitative information;
  • Assist in drafting and copyediting policy briefs, reports, blog posts, and OpEds on domestic housing issues for various audiences;
  • Oversee external communications for FLH, including for a monthly newsletter, web page, social media, and other outlets;
  • Communicate our work with teams internal and external to New America, including housing policymakers, advocates, academics, funders, and technologists;
  • Oversee logistical tasks for proposal development and fundraising, and contribute to event and meeting planning and logistics;
  • Additional responsibilities and duties may be dictated by events and circumstances.


  • A bachelor’s degree or higher;
  • Minimum 2 years relevant experience, preferably in a U.S. housing, urban planning, public policy, sociology, or a related field;
  • Excellent writing, editing, and communication skills. Preference for experience with both research and editorial writing;
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously, strong organizational skills, time management, and attention to detail;
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm for finding creative and unique approaches and opportunities;
  • Demonstrated interest in or dedication to fostering equitable outcomes across society, and especially for lower-income communities, communities of color, and other historically marginalized constituencies;
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work as part of collaborative teams including both internal and external partners;
  • Curiosity, eagerness, and ability to develop new knowledge and skills.

Application Process:

Please submit a resume, a professionally written one-page cover letter, and a writing sample that is written solely by the applicant. The annual salary range for this position is $50,000 to $68,000 based on experience and competencies. New America offers a highly competitive benefits package that includes health care, dental, and vision coverage; a generous retirement plan; paid time off; observes all federal holidays; and an office-wide closure between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

The application deadline is October 6, 2023.


New America is an equal opportunity employer committed to hiring a diverse workforce at all levels of the organization thereby creating a culture that allows us to better serve our mission, our employees, and our communities. We value and encourage the contributions of our employees and strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and drive outstanding results. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, gender identity or expression, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. This policy applies with regard to all aspects of one’s employment, including hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, eligibility for benefits, and termination. This is a bargaining unit position.            


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