Program Officer, Housing Partnerships

Job overview

The Program Officer, Housing Partnerships supports the IRC HQ and U.S. field offices in expanding housing options through building housing partnerships. The Program Officer, Housing Partnerships works within the HQ Resettlement Team and reports to the Senior Program Officer, Affordable Housing Solutions. In addition to building partnerships, the Program Officer will engage in research, evaluation, and work in conjunction with the Program Officer, Affordable Housing Solutions to administer housing programs.

Major Responsibilities

Housing Partnerships and Development

  • Support IRC field offices in developing and building partnerships to expand housing options. Housing partners include but not limited to landlords, public and private housing developers, housing advocacy organizations, housing developers, property management companies, and colleges.
  • Participate in cross team collaboration with IRC Legal, Global Real Estate and Workforce Solutions, Business Operations, and Development teams to develop, review, assess, and implement IRC HQ or local office real estate projects.
  • Assess the feasibility of HQ or local real estate projects and prepare relevant budget, reports, concept notes, and other written documents.
  • Provide technical assistance and training to the IRC’s network, and as needed, other resettlement partners, in building housing partnerships and developing real estate development projects.
  • Develop technical assistance, training materials, and program guidance as related to housing partnerships and real estate projects for implementation across IRC offices.
  • Participate in IRC’s Housing and Logistics Community of Practice, resettlement partners’ regional community of practice meetings, and other inter-agency housing meetings as needed.

Research and Evaluation:

  • Track housing outcomes of HQ and field office housing partnerships and development projects.
  • Conduct periodic assessments with field offices, such as questionnaires and surveys on the effectiveness of housing partnerships and development projects.
  • Produce periodic housing data reports on local housing conditions and IRC’s housing data in IRC’s U.S. locations.

Program Administration:

  • Administer IRC HQ’s landlord outreach initiative and other housing programs or projects as assigned.
  • Identify other funding sources for housing and participate in grant writing to seek housing funding assistance.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Social Work, Public Policy and Administration, or related field a plus
  • Minimum 2 years of relevant experience in affordable housing programs and services, residential real estate development experiences preferred
  • Knowledge of low income, immigrant and/or refugee populations preferred
  • Strong critical thinking, research, and analytical skills
  • Solid organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple tasks, set priorities, effectively manage time, and meet deadlines
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate effectively with colleagues and partners
  • Ability to work both independently and in a dynamic, cross-functional global team structure
  • Ability to manage and work through change in a proactive and positive manner

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement: In accordance with IRC’s duty to provide and maintain a workplace that is free of known hazards and our commitment to safeguard the health of our employees, clients, and communities, IRC requires candidates who are selected for interview to furnish proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusivity: IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusivity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate that they can contribute to this goal.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other benefits and privileges of employment. Please contact us to request accommodation.

US Benefits: We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US holidays, 20-25 paid time off days depending on role and tenure, medical insurance starting at $120 per month, dental starting at $7 per month, and vision starting at $5 per month, FSA for healthcare and commuter costs, a 403b retirement savings plans with immediately vested matching, disability & life insurance, and an Employee Assistance Program which is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of crisis and mental health struggles.

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