Senior Associate, Innovation

Company: Housing Partnership Network

Location: Boston, MA

Job Function: Other


Housing Partnership Network (HPN) is an award-winning membership network of 100 of the nation’s leading affordable housing and community development nonprofits.  Through practitioner-driven peer exchange, policy and innovation, the Housing Partnership Network’s mission is to leverage the individual strengths and mobilize the collective power of our member organizations. Our vision is that all people live in vibrant and inclusive communities where access to affordable homes creates opportunity and economic mobility.

Since our founding in 1992, HPN has collectively served over 12.8 million people; developed, rehabilitated, or preserved about 470,000 affordable homes; and launched 14 successful social enterprises. Our work has been recognized with honors including the MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Institutions and Wells Fargo NEXT Award for Opportunity Finance. Learn more at


Reporting to Vice President, Innovation the Senior Associate is responsible for working with HPN staff to advance new business and program concepts that strategically address gaps in the affordable housing and community development marketplace or fulfill a collective HPN member need. With a focus on research and design, the Senior Associate will work with HPN business line, program leaders, and internal staff to explore, pilot and incubate new member initiatives and ventures that stem from peer engagement. A critical element to success in this role is listening to HPN members and facilitating a constructive, collaborative process that involves addressing and reconciling the wide range of stakeholder needs for a new business or program.  A significant focus of this work will be exploring and executing on program and business opportunities that benefit people and communities of color.


Project Management / Advance Business Development Through Member-Driven Feedback – 45%

  • Implement and execute systems to mine membership materials, data and input to inform new business explorations, and analyze market needs and opportunities.
  • Assist in developing and coordinating an efficient and effective process for exploring and evaluating new business and program concepts emerging from members, strategic partners, and existing business lines. Focus on internal evaluation and critical review. Develop and manage the process for cataloging new potential ideas and maintaining pipeline database.
  • Facilitate the planning and execution of an effective end-to-end project management process to guide innovations through an iterative continuum of stages, to include: explore and evaluate new program or social enterprise or program concepts; test ideas to assess viability; launch and pilot new initiatives; and further develop, drive strategic growth for, and monitor innovations – with the ultimate goal of successful project delivery on time and within budgets.
  • Working closely with the VP, the Senior Associate will help perform an initial analysis of conceptual ideas – providing insights and commentary to evaluate viability, sector impact and member value using established metrics and considerations.
  • For advanced explorations, the Senior Associate will work with the VP, finance department, consultants, members and/or business line leads to develop preliminary financial statements and business models and conduct stress testing.
  • Assist VP in soliciting member input, forming and facilitating design/working groups, vetting concepts with members through individual and small group calls, developing budgets, and meeting with content experts to advance social enterprises and programs.
  • Monitor funded explorations’ progress and financial expenditures against authorized research and exploratory efforts.

Research Development / Other – 25%

  • Conduct qualitative and quantitative market research and analyze data from a variety of sources to produce or evaluate ideas for innovation including but not limited to market sizing, growth forecasting, financial viability, and competitive analysis.
  • Assist with business model development and scenario modeling. Considering the synergy and integration of new businesses with existing lines of business, align overall HPN mission, risks, and resources to ensure prioritization.
  • Provide support and market research to staff content experts working on HPN explorations to help accelerate the progression of their initiatives.
  • Support the Philanthropy Team with relevant data and innovation materials needed to update funders and / or apply for grant opportunities.

Organizational / Administrative — 20%

  • Develop feedback loops to explore, learn from and integrate current and past HPN business successes, setbacks, and best practices into HPN’s peer learning and innovations process.
  • Participate in peer exchange sessions to curate themes, identify potential innovations and memorialize discussions and opportunities.
  • Co-facilitate and prepare the agenda and materials for the monthly Internal Innovation meetings.
  • Assist with preparation of quarterly board committee reports on innovation activity. Create other regular and ad-hoc reports.
  • Coordinate utilization of third-party resources as needed

Data Collection — 10%

  • Utilize existing systems (e.g., Salesforce) to enter, collect, and maintain information/updates on member engagement and new and current business lines lead by the Innovation team.
  • Support virtual tools and platforms to source member information and update HPN’s strategic goals related to innovation.
  • Assist with collecting data that help HPN, member leadership, funders, and partners to quickly view progress, challenges, and trends.



  • Master’s degree and a minimum 2 – 4 years of relevant work experience; bachelor’s degree acceptable with commensurate additional experience.
  • Evidence of commitment to social and environmental justice and a passion for public service.
  • Ability to sympathize and empathize with populations from a variety of cultures, backgrounds, and lived experiences.
  • Strong research and analytical skills to assess market opportunities and business viability using both quantitative and qualitative data with the ability to generate insights, draw meaningful conclusions and implications from data.
  • Ability to work independently in a remote work environment and collaborate effectively with cross-functional teams across multiple offices.
  • Detail oriented self- starter with the ability to take initiative, manage and prioritize multiple tasks in a dynamic and entrepreneurial environment.
  • Creativity, intellectual curiosity, and an ability to be flexible and adapt effectively to change.
  • Solid critical thinker, understanding of business research and analysis.
  • Excellent project management and creative problem-solving skills to lead collaborative projects with remote team members working under multiple competing deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and professional presentation skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and networking skills for interacting with HPN members, third party partners and HPN Corporate Staff.
  • Strong command of Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook) with the ability to lead and manage data collection, storage, and analysis.
  • Comfortable with the use of technology tools, and the ability to quickly learn new tools and systems.
  • Experience with Design Thinking and other innovations frameworks is a bonus.
  • Interest in housing and community development and the non-profit sector in advancing affordable housing in the United States.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Salary: $74,400-$111,600. Commensurate with education and experience with a bonus potential.


How to Apply

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