Vermont Housing Finance Agency
Housing Policy & Engagement Specialist | Full Time
Location: 164 Saint Paul Street, Burlington, VT, USA
Vermont Housing Finance Agency (VHFA), located in Burlington VT, is recruiting for a Housing Policy & Engagement Specialist. Named one of the “Best Small/Medium Places to Work in Vermont” the last few years, VHFA is looking for an individual with strong communication skills who will help us to promote our priorities and positions, maintain our great reputation, and advance our social justice goals.
The focus of this position is on the Agency’s housing policy work, specifically responsible for outreach and engagement, charged with presenting VHFA’s priorities as they relate to current federal and state legislative proposals, in partnership with the Executive Director. This will require attending state and regional housing policy meetings, fully understanding and articulating the Agency’s public policy positions, and helping to strategize the research and communications tasks in support of those. Much of the focus of this role will be on external partners: engaging them in VHFA’s work and understanding the impacts of VHFA’s policies on their work. Finally, this position will work with the Agency’s JEDI (Justice Equity Diversity Inclusion) Committee to ensure VHFA’s equity, diversity and inclusionary goals are achieved.
A Bachelor’s Degree is required. Focused studies in political science, public policy/administration or related subject is preferred, as is at least two years’ experience in community or public relations, politics, communications, or policy analysis. A demonstrated commitment to social justice, equity, diversity and inclusion, and understanding of the national and local political environment, is desired. Familiarity with affordable housing policy and or government housing programs a plus.
In addition, candidates must demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, a high level of cultural awareness, attentiveness, and interpersonal skills, plus a keen understanding of a fast-changing social and cultural landscape. Must work well independently and as a team member, able to manage multiple priorities, proficient in Microsoft Office products. An aptitude for graphic design or visual arts a plus. Candidates must also possess a valid Driver’s License and be willing to travel throughout Vermont and to out-of-state conference and training events as opportunities present themselves.
The salary range for this position is $52,000-$65,000 with an excellent benefits package. For a detailed job description and benefits overview, please see the Careers section of VHFA.org. To apply, send cover letter (required), resume, and references to the Human Resources Department at HR@vhfa.org. Position will be open until filled.
VHFA is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workplace. We highly encourage women, persons with disabilities, and people from diverse racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds to apply.