Job Posting

Thank you for your interest in working for NCST. We currently have two open positions.

Senior Policy Associate/Policy Director (title dependent on experience)

Position Location – Washington, D.C.

General Description:
NCST’s policy team, headed by the Executive Vice President, develops and advocates for policy changes that will benefit communities harmed by distressed properties and blight. We seek someone with excellent research, analytical, speaking, and writing skills; experience working on legislative and regulatory issues, advocacy campaigns, and coalitions; ability to work independently and take initiative; and a demonstrated commitment to the organizational mission. The title will be either Senior Policy Associate or Policy Director, depending on experience. Salary is competitive with similar nonprofits and will depend on experience. Benefits include 401(k) contribution, health insurance, long- and short-term disability, flexible spending accounts, and generous leave policies.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Research, draft, review, and advocate for policies, including legislation and regulations, that stabilize neighborhoods, prevent vacancy and blight, increase the supply of affordable homeownership stock, and encourage homeownership for low to moderate income families.
  • Research and draft public policy materials, including public comments, reports, letters, issue briefs, fact sheets, op-eds, and other written products.
  • Represent NCST at external meetings and conferences.
  • Lead and participate in various coalitions and develop relationships with mission-focused developers, government agencies, lenders, policymakers, and others in the field.
  • Occasional travel for conferences, field work in the communities NCST serves, and staff engagement (NCST has offices in Minneapolis and Dallas).
  • Other responsibilities as assigned (note that NCST does not have administrative staff; all staff do their own administrative work).

Work Experience Requirements:

  • Strong writing, research and analytical skills.
  • Experience with the legislative and regulatory policymaking process at the federal, state and/or local level.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to relate effectively to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated capacity to work independently and take initiative.
  • Willingness to play a “utility infielder” role as needed in the very small DC office of a small nonprofit.
  • Bachelor’s or graduate degree or equivalent experience in public policy, political science, government, urban planning, law, or related fields preferred.

How to apply:
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and short writing sample (no more than 4 pages) responding specifically to the experience and qualifications required. Resume should be sent by email to Julia Gordon by May 18, 2018. Resumes will be accepted until position is filled, but interested individuals are encouraged to apply immediately.

Community Development Manager

Midwest Region (Michigan and Ohio)

General Description
In the geographic markets in which NCST has a focus, the organization seeks to achieve the following:

  • Property Disposition: Facilitate the transfer of foreclosed and vacant properties to pre-approved local housing developers
  • Capacity Building: Help our buyers locate flexible financing to support property acquisition and redevelopment strategies as well as provide support regarding effective single family rehab strategies
  • Technology: Use our customized online platform for sourcing and reporting, and provide data and spatial analysis tools to support local neighborhood stabilization efforts

The Community Development Manager (CDM) position is responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with public, nonprofit, and for-profit housing developers and other key community-based stakeholders to support the acquisition of vacant and/or abandoned properties from financial institutions for the purpose of returning these properties to productive use. NCST’s Community Development Managers are regionally focused and work closely with NCST’s Sponsor organizations in assigned regions. The specific assigned region for this posting will be based on the location of the applicant. For example, a Detroit-based regional assignment encompasses Michigan and Ohio. Salary is competitive with similar nonprofits and will depend on experience. Benefits include 401(k) contribution, health insurance, long- and short-term disability, flexible spending accounts, and generous leave policies.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Establish working relationships with state and local housing providers and manage their participation in NCST’s REO acquisition and rehabilitation programs.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of and maintain connectivity to the community development/housing development industry and important stakeholders in metro markets within the assigned region.
  • Deliver training on NCST programs and services to state and local housing providers interested in acquiring foreclosed and/or abandoned property from financial institutions.
  • Identify and recommend best practices and operational improvements to establish comprehensive and effective neighborhood stabilization strategies.
  • Serve as a primary contact for participating housing providers to resolve property conveyance and program execution issues.
  • Make recommendations on program enhancements or policy changes to NCST’s proceses and procedures and identify opportunities for program enhancements that better support participating housing providers.
  • Represent NCST at conferences, forums, and meetings, and regularly communicate opportunities and issues identified during external events to the senior management team.
  • Travel required, approximately 25-30 percent of work time.

Work Experience Requirements:

  • Seven or more years of experience in the housing and community development field, with at least five years of experience working for or with nonprofit community development corporations and state/local government agencies on housing and community development activities.
  • Experience with HUD Programs, including Community Development Block Grant, HOME, and/or 203(k).
  • Significant knowledge and experience of single-family housing finance or experience with direct management of single-family acquisition and rehabilitation work.
  • Experience working for/with mortgage lenders, loan servicers, mortgage insurers, GSEs, federal housing agencies, or other financial institutions is a plus.
  • Strong coalition building and relationship management skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Highly organized, analytical and task-oriented with an appreciation for developing and managing program processes.
  • Ability to diagnose problems and develop solutions.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral.
  • Experience working in Detroit, MI or in metropolitan areas in the state of Ohio (ex. Toledo, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, or Cincinnati).

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to

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We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.