Housing Analyst

Housing codes are the backbone of an effective healthy homes program. The codes set the minimum standards that must be met by all housing – whether existing or new – to protect the health of the residents.

Are you intrigued by the idea of drawing upon your education and experience in architecture, engineering, construction management, public health, public policy, or urban planning to proactively manage conditions in designated districts to maintain positive, clean, and safe neighborhoods?

If so, we invite you to join the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) as our Housing Analyst. In this role, you will work under the guidance of senior technical staff and be responsible for the day-to-day work on a project that will provide state and local governments with best practices and procedural considerations for creating public-facing housing code violation databases. This important work will also include the creation of a uniform data standard and taxonomy of housing code violations.

Benefits

In this role, you will:

  • Increase your leadership potential. You will be part of NCHH’s research team, working with and learning from leading technical experts in the field of healthy housing. You will have input on the design of this project at the beginning and will have the opportunity to present your findings at its conclusion.
  • Impact lives. This isn’t an academic exercise. Your policy research will be translated into action. You will directly and positively impact the health of thousands of residents at the national level.
  • Receive mentorship opportunities. At NCHH, you will have the opportunity to work with the nation’s top professionals with decades of experience in environmental health, public health, housing, policy, epidemiology, industrial health, and more. The diversity of staff backgrounds and expertise offers excellent opportunities for peer learning, personal growth, and development.

Responsibilities

As NCHH’s housing analyst, you will:

  • Assist with the development of a study design plan that will serve as a blueprint for the project.
  • Assess the housing code data available in three jurisdictions by reviewing documents, conducting web research, reviewing and analyzing publicly available data and data portals, and gathering additional insights from stakeholders in each jurisdiction through interviews, meetings, and correspondence.
  • Synthesize findings of each project stage into a report.
  • Assist with drafting and finalizing a standardized set of definitions (a library) of housing code violations and other standard fields (e.g., building or parcel characteristics, details about inspection activities).
  • Assist with developing and finalizing a protocol that details steps communities will need to consider in developing and implementing a publicly available housing code database.
  • Assist with defining criteria to select a cohort of pilot communities.
  • Assist with recruiting communities to participate in providing feedback on the protocol.
  • Collect and summarize baseline data about the pilot communities (e.g., describing their current infrastructure and capacity related to housing code violation data).
  • Gather feedback from pilot communities about their capacity to implement a protocol to launch a publicly facing housing code violation database (may require travel for site visits for up to nine communities).
  • Synthesize findings from pilot communities and other aspects of the project into a final report and a guide that other communities can use in planning the development and launch of a publicly facing housing code violation database.
  • Assist with developing a dissemination plan for products developed under the project.
  • Participate (and lead a part of) the final briefing to the funder about project findings, lessons learned, and next steps.
  • Participate in team meetings with NCHH staff and the funder.
  • Document and package all files and data used in the project for NCHH to provide to the funder at the conclusion of the project.

Skills and Experience

Our Ideal candidates will have:

  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Ability to learn quickly.
  • Interest in talking with public health professionals across the country.
  • Experience in project coordination.
  • Strong verbal and writing skills, including the ability to write clearly and quickly for general and technical audiences.
  • Ability to self-manage. Working remotely, with access to a virtual team, is your ideal work environment.
  • Possess the ability to analyze and synthesize data and information from a variety of sources.
  • Have a background, experience, and familiarity with housing codes. Educational experience can include relevant bachelor’s degree and three-plus years of experience, a master’s degree, or five to seven years of relevant work experience.

This position may require limited travel (as COVID restrictions allow).

This is a full-time position with access to the full benefit plan as outlined by NCHH’s employee handbook. The salary range is $65,000-$70,000 per year, depending on experience.

Apply

To apply, send your résumé and cover letter to mharvey@nchh.org.no later than October 16, 2022.

About NCHH

The National Center for Healthy Housing was founded in September 1992 (as the National Center for Lead-Safe Housing), to bring the public health, housing, and environmental communities together to combat our nation’s epidemic of childhood lead poisoning. Today, NCHH’s mission is to secure safe and healthy housing for all. NCHH conducts research on methods to assess hazards in the home and on measures to reduce those hazards. NCHH designs practical strategies to incorporate healthy housing practices into the work of the public health and affordable housing communities. NCHH promotes these strategies through education and outreach, partnership programs, and governmental initiatives.

NCHH offers a rewarding work environment for individuals interested in science, policy, and the transformation of communities. NCHH’s staff of 15 is comprised of seasoned professionals with experience in environmental health, public health, housing, policy, industrial hygiene, engineering, and marketing. The diversity of staff backgrounds and expertise offers excellent opportunities for peer learning, personal growth, and development.

The National Center for Healthy Housing is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, sex, ancestry, citizenship status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, veteran status, or military status.

 

Latest page update: October 4, 2022.