State Policy Director

Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) | Flexible, New York or Washington, DC


The Organization:

For over 25 years, CSH has been a game-changer for the most vulnerable people in our country:

>  Helping communities create 200,000 homes for individuals and families who did not have one;

>  Bringing hope to thousands who thought they would live on the streets or reside in institutions forever;

>  Ensuring not only a stable home for each, but access to the services that brought healthcare, recovery and training to their doorsteps;

Job Summary

Working for CSH:

If you have a desire to make a difference for people and families we have a place for you.  Not only has CSH proven supportive housing works and does change the lives of individuals facing acute disabilities, complex medical and mental conditions, substance use disorders and economic barriers, we have done so while creating a family of nationally recognized experts who stay committed to our organization and mission throughout their careers. CSH offers empowerment, development and growth to those we serve and to our workforce. We attract talented professionals, offer competitive salaries with benefits, generous family leave and PTO, and fully embrace the philosophy that a sustainable work-life balance is desirable and achievable. With the aim of attracting good people who possess the confidence and drive to get the job done, CSH is now accepting applications for a State Policy Director.


The Position:

CSH is seeking an enthusiastic, entrepreneurial and results-oriented individual for the State Policy Director position. The State Policy Director will work with staff in the field and with other state and local partners to identify, design, and advocate for state and local level policy reforms and system change. The Director will work with other partners to advance statutory and regulatory proposals and advocate for increased investments in supportive housing. The Director will spend roughly half of her/his time working closely with CSH’s Community Investment team to deepen CSH’s role as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), advancing policy and programmatic efforts to support the financing of supportive housing projects, including recommendations to refine Qualified Allocation Plans to more effectively direct Low Income Housing Tax Credit funding to supportive housing projects. Preference will be given to candidates based in Washington D.C. or New York City.


Lead state and local policy reforms and system change (approximately 50%)

  • Provide strategic vision and thought leadership for CSH’s state and local systems change and policy reform efforts.
  • Collaborate with internal leaders to identify jurisdictions outside of CSH’s footprint to engage and targeted policy initiatives.
  • Conduct assessment and environmental scans in CSH communities and other targeted jurisdictions to determine the feasibility and viability of pursuing policy and system reform initiatives.
  • Analyze, compile and disseminate research and data and develop materials to support CSH's policy priorities and advocacy efforts, including policy briefs and summaries, action alerts and blog posts.
  • Develop and manage relations with key national, regional and state organizations, such as National Governors Association and National Council of State Legislatures, to further CSH’s efforts.
  • Assist CSH’s Federal Policy Director in operations and management of the National Supportive Housing Coalition.
  • Lead and represent CSH in meetings on Capitol Hill and with the Administration to advocate for CSH's policy priorities, includes assisting CSH offices in developing site visits and relevant materials for congressional offices.
  • Assist CSH field offices, when requested to do so, with advocacy and meetings with policymakers in state capitals.
  • Conduct analysis of federal legislative and regulatory proposals/actions that related to supportive housing, affordable housing development, and service funding and relevant programs.
  • Collaborate with CSH program leaders, development team and leadership to advance CSH’s policy priorities and strategic mission

Lead CSH’s state policy efforts to deepen our role as a Community Development Financial Institution (approximately 50%)

  • Lead CSH’s Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) efforts, including updating CSH’s annual report, assisting Directors in providing comments on state draft QAPs, identify and pursue opportunities in key states to apply best practices and increased supportive housing prioritization and facilitating cross site sharing of best practices and innovations.
  • Prepare policy proposals to use CSH lending including CSH’s structured loan funds to create SH production pipelines connected to capital funding programs.
  • Maintain CSH’s annual supportive housing funding source survey and similar tools that help CSH staff advance policy recommendations; Help lending staff identify opportunities for using these tools to advance work.
  • Prepare project case studies that profile different types of projects that CSH lends to (different populations, development strategies, financing structures, etc.).
  • Participate in relevant national coalitions that CSH is a member of: including ACTION campaign, the CDFI Coalition, Opportunity Finance Network, the New Markets Tax Credits Lenders Coalition and others.
  • Participate in key housing finance & CDFI conferences.


Passion for the CSH mission and possess the leadership and management skills necessary to advance and realize CSH’s vision and further enhance the organization’s reputation in the communities  we serve.

  • 5+ years of management/leadership experience.
  • Bachelor degree preferred, equivalent experience may substitute for education.
  • Experience working in the CDFI sector or experience working with or for state government is a plus.
  • Relevant experience in supportive/affordable housing development and/or housing operations, housing-based supportive services, underwriting and financial analysis, funding of low-income and affordable housing programs, or community development activities; experience in the supportive housing field is preferred.
  • Extensive knowledge of the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program and other federally funded affordable housing financing programs.
  • Experience with state/local funding programs in one or more states highly desired.
  • Demonstrated experienced formally and/or informally managing staff in person and remotely desired; building high quality teams; building trusted relationships; setting and managing performance expectations; and a proven ability to present/train in the areas of development and housing finance issues.
  • Demonstrated experience at managing multiple assignments effectively.
  • Candidates must be able to take initiative and pursue program goals with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent computer skills including extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office applications including Word, Excel, Power Point and Outlook.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; Strong analytical, interpersonal, communication and presentation skills.
  • Experience with public speaking, engaging the press, and familiarity with social media as a communication platform.
  • Strong meeting facilitation skills with the ability to lead a community engagement process and move the group toward objectives.
  • Some statewide, regional and national travel required.

How to Apply

Interested in joining our team as a leader in the national supportive housing movement?

To Apply:  Candidates should apply by clicking on the link below. All candidates should attach their Resume, Cover Letter and Salary Expectations as one Microsoft Word or PDF document.    


CSH is proud that it always has been and always will be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations