Program Officer, Housing Partnerships – United States of America

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The Program Officer, Housing Partnerships assists IRC Headquarters and US field offices to expand housing options by establishing housing partnerships. The Program Officer, Housing Partnerships works within the HQ Relocation 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 collaboratively with the Program Officer, Affordable Housing Solutions to administer housing programs.

Main responsibilities

Housing partnerships and development

  • Support IRC field offices in developing and building partnerships to expand housing options. Housing partners include, but are not limited to, landlords, public and private housing developers, housing advocacy organizations, property 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, evaluate and implement real estate projects from IRC HQ or local offices.
  • Assess the feasibility of HQ or local real estate projects and prepare budget, reports, concept notes and other relevant written materials.
  • Provide technical assistance and training to the IRC network and, as needed, other resettlement partners, in the creation of housing partnerships and the development of real estate development projects.
  • Develop technical assistance, training materials and program guidance related to housing partnerships and real estate projects to be implemented in all IRC offices.
  • Participate in the IRC Housing and Logistics Community of Practice, regional Resettlement Partners Community of Practice meetings and other inter-agency housing meetings as required.

Research and evaluation:

  • Monitor housing outcomes of housing partnerships and development projects at Headquarters and Field Offices.
  • Conduct periodic evaluations 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 housing data at IRC US sites.

Program Administration:

  • Administer the IRC Headquarters Landlord Outreach Initiative and other assigned housing programs or projects.
  • Identify other sources of housing finance and participate in grant writing for housing finance assistance.


  • Bachelor’s degree required, master’s degree in urban planning, social work, public policy and administration, or related field, an asset
  • Minimum of 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
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to juggle multiple tasks, set priorities, manage time effectively 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 manage change proactively and positively

COVID-19 vaccination requirements: Consistent with IRC’s obligation to provide and maintain a workplace free from known hazards and our commitment to protect the health of our employees, customers and communities, The IRC requires that candidates selected for an interview provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 in order to be considered for this position.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusiveness: The IRC is committed to building a diverse organization and a climate of inclusiveness. 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 in our business. 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 people with disabilities are provided with reasonable accommodations to participate in the application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and to receive other employment-related benefits and privileges. Please contact us to request accommodation.

American Benefits: We offer a comprehensive and highly competitive set of benefits. In the US, these include: 10 sick days, 10 US statutory holidays, 20-25 paid vacation days depending on role and tenure, medical insurance starting at $120 per month, health care dental starting at $7 per month and vision starting at $5 per month. , FSA for health care and transportation costs, a 403b retirement savings plan with immediately vested consideration, disability and life insurance, and an employee assistance program that is available to our staff and their families to support counseling and care in times of mental health crisis and struggles.

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