Mid/Senior Policy Associate – Development & Preservation

Company: Association For Neighborhood & Housing Development, Inc.

Location: New York, NY

Job Function: Research and Analytics


ANHD builds community power to win affordable housing and thriving, equitable neighborhoods for all New Yorkers. As a member organization of community groups across New York City, we use research, advocacy, and grassroots organizing to support our members in their work to build equity and justice in their neighborhoods and city-wide. We believe housing justice is economic justice is racial justice.

ANHD values justice, equity and opportunity. We believe in the importance of movement-building that centers marginalized communities in our work.

Since our founding in 1974, ANHD has been helping to make New York City’s community development and grassroots neighborhood-based groups among the most effective in the country by providing comprehensive training, robust capacity-building and apprenticeship programs, and high-impact policy research.

ANHD’s non-profit members have built over 123,000 units of affordable housing in our city’s most distressed neighborhoods; worked directly with tenants and homeowners to save thousands of at-risk affordable apartments and homes; and consistently shaped the housing and economic development policy landscape to better meet the needs of low- and moderate-income New Yorkers.

Today, ANHD is committed to serving our member organizations and the causes they fight for, as they work in some of New York City’s most marginalized, distressed, and struggling neighborhoods, directly touching the lives of approximately 450,000 low- and middle-income New Yorkers annually.


ANHD is seeking a Mid or Senior level Preservation & Development Policy Associate to support ANHD’s policy and analysis in the areas of affordable housing and economic development and preservation.

Are you interested in the policies that shape NY’s affordable housing development and preservation landscape? Do you want to work on shaping the finances, incentives, reg agreements, and marketing for NY’s housing and economic development? Are you interested in working on the policy side of development?

ANHD’s Housing & Development Associate position is an exciting opportunity that will place you at the center of NYC’s fast-moving community development sector. Join us to help shape and influence some of NYC and NY State’s policies, regulations, and programs on affordable housing development, preservation, and economic development.


The selected candidate will join ANHD’s Policy team and will work closely with members of the Organizing/Advocacy and Capacity Building teams. The position’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Have primary responsibility for the research, analysis, and drafting of ANHD’s affordable housing production and preservation efforts.
    • Research, analyze, and write on NY’s affordable housing development and/or preservation programs.
    • Provide policy expertise on affordable housing finance, underwriting, development, preservation, management, and/or economic development efforts and proposals.
    • Work to ensure that city- and state- sponsored housing programs ensure deep-, and permanent-affordability, and institute policies to better meet the needs of low-income communities.
    • Monitor city, state, and federal programs, legislation and regulations on housing production and finance.
    • Provide underwriting analysis on current City and State programs.
    • Attend and speak on behalf of ANHD and our member organizations at relevant stakeholder and or government, roundtables, taskforces, hearings, etc. as needed.
    • Work with ANHD’s communications staff to synthesize policy and program ideas into materials and visualizations for diverse audiences, including member groups, elected officials, policymakers/experts, and other issue stakeholders.
    • Convene external facing panels and conversations of relevant Community Development sector people, including for ANHD’s annual conference event.
  • ANHD’s efforts to build the capacity of the community development sector, including:
    • Maintain relationships with and understand needs and opportunities of ANHD’s constituency of neighborhood-based, not-for-profit affordable housing developers, located throughout the five boroughs.
    • Support ANHD’s ongoing Community Development Corporation Advocacy Committee to identify and pursue improvements and develop proposals in collaboration with ANHD organizing staff.
    • Collaborate with Capacity Building staff to support ANHD’s Community Development Fellowship Program, Affordable Housing Institute trainings, and Sustainability programming for nonprofit developers.


  • A strong working knowledge of affordable housing finance and underwriting.
  • A minimum of three years of professional experience in policy, advocacy, finance, or government role related to affordable housing and/ or community development finance, underwriting, asset management or preservation.
  • A strong understanding of and interest in, City, State, and Federal housing development, preservation, and /or asset management issues.
  • Comfort liaising with government stakeholders, elected officials, and policy advocates.
  • Familiarity with and interest in equitable economic development issues will be considered but is not required.
  • Commitment to New York City’s neighborhoods, and respect for not-for-profit community development corporations, community organizing, and grassroots organizations.
  • Comfort working directly with community organizations and/or community-based campaigns.
  • Experience writing in a variety of formats, ranging from contributing to major policy reports to short blog posts.
  • Strong analytical skills, communications skills, and strategic thinking are required.
  • Commitment to racial equity, and comfort applying a racial equity lens to policy and advocacy work as well as to interpersonal professional interactions and relationships.

Location Requirements:

This position is Hybrid. Applicants will need to work from ANHD’s office in Lower Manhattan at least two days a week.

Please note that ANHD has adopted a COVID-19 vaccination policy to safeguard the health and well-being of our employees. As a condition of employment, all ANHD employees are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. ANHD will consider requests for reasonable accommodations from the vaccine requirement for employees who request them because of disability, pregnancy, childbirth, religious beliefs or observances, or other accommodations as required by law.

Compensation and Benefits

Mid to Senior Level — $60,000 to $80,000 / $70,000 to $90,000.  Compensation depending on experience.

As a full-time ANHD employee, you will enjoy our comprehensive benefits package. This includes Medical and Dental Benefits, 403(b) plan and Financial Security, Retirement Plans, Paid Time Off and other Benefits as listed here. It also includes annual staff professional development support, attendance at ANHD member events, and office-wide wellness and team building activities, dependent on funding availability.

At ANHD, we also work to ensure an inclusive work environment committed to diversity & dignity, work/life balance, professional development opportunities, and a culture that values our staff team, members, and broader community. We have a deep commitment to the work, a community of collaboration, and spaces that value laughter and joy.

ANHD is an equal-opportunity employer, and actively works to bring the same commitment to racial and economic justice we fight for in our communities to our staffing practices. We encourage and welcome a diverse audience to apply. People of color, immigrants, LGBTQIA+ individuals, women, gender non-conforming individuals, the justice involved, and others who may contribute to a rich diversity of perspectives and ideas are especially encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

To be considered for the position, applicants must complete the following in the online form

  • Application questionnaire
  • Upload a resume
  • Upload a cover letter
  • Submit a sample of work product
  • As part of the hiring process, applicants may be asked to complete a policy analysis  or review simulation.

Applicants will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis.

Only applicants selected for interviews will receive a response. No calls or emails please.