The Social and Economic Policy Division helps guide development of the nation’s prominent policies and programs. Our contributions—at all government levels—have resulted in better programs on housing, community revitalization, education, workforce development, income security, food assistance, and in support of children, youth, and disadvantaged families. Our clients include the Departments of Housing and Urban Development, Education, Health and Human Services, Labor, Veterans Affairs, and the Food and Nutrition Service, among others.
Abt Associates seeks an Associate in our Social & Economic Policy Division to work on technical assistance (TA) projects related to homelessness, housing, and community development on the nation’s west coast.
Key Roles and Responsibilities
- Leading and coordinating components of a large TA engagement in Los Angeles, California, as well other communities throughout California and the western U.S. designed to help Continuums of Care (CoCs) improve their local crisis and housing responses to homelessness and achieve significant reductions in homelessness.
- Managing teams, budgets, project deliverables, relations with the TA recipient, and relations with HUD and other funders. Set priorities to ensure the completion of projects in an accurate, timely and cost efficient manner.
- Reviewing the work and providing technical guidance to less senior staff. Serve as a resource capable of applying advanced techniques, concepts, and methods related to a particular field of specialization.
- Designing tools and guidance to be applied within specific engagements and shared nationally to support local efforts to address specific challenges related to ending homelessness and developing long-term housing and community development solutions.
- Facilitating knowledge sharing to promote cross-learning within Abt and externally (e.g., communities, HUD, and with our colleagues at other firms) to ensure all of those working to end homelessness can cultivate and apply the most effective strategies possible.
- Exercising initiative and leading innovation in the field.
Preferred Skills / Prerequisites
- Candidates should have deep experience working to address homelessness within a community, preferably more than one, or experience within a community and experience from a different vantage point.
- Candidates must be able to navigate between program-level and systems-level strategies, and must be able to help a community diagnose its challenges and help communities build capacity to address deficiencies.
- Candidates should also have practical knowledge of McKinney Vento program regulations, including the Continuum of Care (CoC) program and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program.
- The ideal candidatewill have expertise working on one or more of the following:
- Targeted efforts to resolve unsheltered and chronic homelessness
- Targeted efforts to prevent and end youth homelessness
- Processes to design and implement a coordinated entry system that is well-integrated with the community’s overall response to homelessness
- Facilitating processes to analyze and optimize local crisis response and housing systems
- Facilitating a local process to use HMIS and other data to model system responses to ending homelessness for targeted groups
- Designing and implementing performance-oriented diversion, improving rapid exit from emergency shelters, and designing rapid re-housing strategies to serve a broad range of client profiles
- Formally integrating mainstream systems and developing linkages to prevent homelessness and help those who experience homelessness achieve long-term outcomes
The position also requires: building and maintaining relationships with government clients and contributing to sales and proposal efforts. Site travel is required.
- MA/MBA with 7years of experience OR PhD with 4years of experience OR the equivalent combination of education and experience.