About the RAD Collaborative. The RAD (Rental Assistance Demonstration) Collaborative was organized in Fall 2015 to continue to advance the success of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s path-breaking RAD initiative that helps preserve and revitalize the nation’s stock of public and affordable housing. Initiated in the Obama Administration under Secretary Shaun Donovan in 2012, RAD has already generated nearly $7 billion in new public-private investment for this purpose. Having amply demonstrated proof-of-concept, RAD is arguably the most important policy innovation for at-risk affordable housing in decades. One industry leader has said that, “RAD is nothing short of revolutionary...” and a model “…for stealth reformers seeking to make constructive change in our otherwise sclerotic government.”
The RAD Collaborative is convened by the widely-respected Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA) with strategic advice from the Reno & Cavanaugh law firm and a former Senior Advisor to Secretary Donovan who was responsible for launching RAD within HUD.
The Collaborative serves as an industry forum to support RAD’s implementation by offering development and organizational supports to Housing Authorities and their partners, convening conferences, briefings and forums on the latest RAD practice matters, devising new financial products and program ideas, working to expand RAD on Capitol Hill, working closely with HUD as it administers RAD, and more. An overview of the Collaborative’s recent activities is attached.
Position Description. The Policy-Program Assistant (PPA) will work with the Collaborative team in carrying out its day-to-day work, including:
- Supporting communications with participants including helping maintain and manage the Collaborative’s web site and designing new interactive components for the web site and other media;
- Helping design and maintain organizational, program and policy-related databases and files;
- Helping research and write policy and program briefs and other materials;
- Helping organize briefings, forums and conferences with public and private industry leaders.
- Assisting with sponsor cultivation and fund development.
- Occasional travel to Collaborative convenings and conferences as feasible.
Supervising Principal. The PPA will be supervised by the Collaborative’s Strategic Advisor, Patrick Costigan, and have the opportunity to work directly with the CLPHA and Reno & Cavanaugh senior team in advancing the Collaborative’s agenda. The PPA will be expected to meet with the supervising principal weekly in the Collaborative’s office. The Collaborative team will be available for career guidance and networking support to the PPA as interested.
Qualifications. Recent graduate level studies or pursuing an advanced degree in public policy/administration, law, business, or real estate/community development. Strong facility with MS Office products, web page interfaces, contemporary media communications and writing/materials production under reasonable deadlines.
Contact: Patrick Costigan, Strategic Advisor, RAD Collaborative: firstname.lastname@example.org