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Analyst in Housing Policy

  • Opportunity Posted On:

    02.08.2024

  • Company / Organization:

    Library of Congress

  • Location:

    Washington, D.C.

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  • Opportunity Description

    JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

     

    The Congressional Research Service (CRS), Domestic Social Policy Division (DSP), seeks an Analyst in Housing Policy to work primarily on issues related to housing affordability. This analyst’s subject matter portfolio will include the development of affordable housing, certain flexible federal grant programs administered by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and issues and programs related to housing on tribal lands. Other topics may be included in the analyst’s research portfolio to address evolving congressional needs. The analyst also will work collaboratively with CRS colleagues, sometimes as part of teams or seminars that address multi-disciplinary and cross-cutting topics such as HUD appropriations and tribal issues.

    The Analyst in Housing Policy will provide objective public policy analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members of Congress, and their staff, in response to and anticipation of their requests. CRS analysts prepare objective, non-partisan, analytical, descriptive, and background reports on public policy issues of national significance, and personally consult with and assist congressional committees, Members of Congress, and their staff on public policy issues throughout the legislative process. Over time, and with mentorship, the Analyst in Housing Policy is expected to develop the skills necessary to provide increasingly sophisticated levels of legislative analysis and consultation with respect to housing policy.

    The applicant should be able to demonstrate their proficiency through relevant coursework or experience.  Applicants earning an advanced degree in public policy, economics, and/or urban and regional planning, and applicants with experience in housing or community development, are especially encouraged to apply. Strong writing, research, analytical, communication, and presentation skills are essential. Applicants should be able to synthesize complex analyses into easy-to-understand language for a non-technical audience and to be responsive under time pressure. The ability to apply quantitative and qualitative methods and data visualization techniques is valued.

     

    QUALIFICATIONS:

     

    Who may be considered

    Graduate students and Library of Congress employees who meet all of the following eligibility requirements:

    1. U.S. Citizenship
    1. Current enrollment in or anticipated graduation from an appropriate, accredited advanced degree program recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. (Library of Congress employees who already possess a graduate degree may be considered for appointment under the CRS Graduate Recruit Program).
    1. General education requirements for a GS-09 or GS-11 appointment (see table below).

     

    GS-09 Grade Level GS-11 Grade Level
    Two years of progressively higher level appropriate graduate education leading to a master’s degree, OR Master’s or equivalent graduate degree, OR

    One year of specialized experience at the GS-07 grade level in the federal service or at a comparable level of difficulty outside the federal service.

    Three years of progressively higher appropriate graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree, OR

    A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree, OR One year of specialized experience at the GS-09 grade level in the federal service or at a comparable level of difficulty outside the federal service.

     

     

    ADDITIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

     

    Degree: behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

    or

    Combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

    or

    Four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

    Transcripts (official or unofficial) of all completed graduate courses or a self-prepared course list showing grades and the number of credits received must be attached to your online application. Graduate transcripts/course list are mandatory; undergraduate transcripts are optional.

     

    KNOWLEDGE, SKILL, AND ABILITY REQUIREMENTS:

     

    The critical knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs), gained through education, experience, and/or training, needed to successfully perform the duties of the position:

     

    GS-09 Grade Level GS-11 Grade Level
    Knowledge of federal housing policy and related issues and programs

    To provide objective background information and limited public policy analysis on housing policy issues for Members, committees, and staff of the U.S. Congress.

    Knowledge of federal housing policy and related issues

    To provide objective, in-depth public policy analysis and background information on housing policy, including issues related to housing information for Members, committees, and staff of the U.S. Congress.

    Ability to design and utilize research and analytical methods and techniques

    To assemble, analyze, and interpret information to identify and evaluate public policy issues and options.

    Ability to design and utilize research and analytical methods and techniques

    To research, analyze, and synthesize complex information and evaluate implications of various policy alternatives.

    Ability to write on issues related to housing policy

    To write descriptive and background reports, memoranda, and other documents with limited analysis for Congress.

    Ability to write on issues related to housing policy 

    To write analytical and descriptive reports, memoranda, and other products supported by appropriate background research for Congress.