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The Policy and Systems Department of the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority advocates for effective policies and increased resources at the federal, state, and local levels and facilitates local planning and systems change efforts to reduce and end homelessness in Greater Los Angeles. Under the direction of a Policy Supervisor, the Policy Analyst will be responsible for a broad range of activities related to federal, state, and local policy and legislation pertaining to homeless persons and the programs that serve them.
Essential Job Functions
Conduct research of homelessness housing and service programming trends, best practices, and legislation aimed at reducing homelessness most effectively. Translate this research into polished written material and presentations for internal and external audiences.
Provide guidance and technical assistance to internal staff and external partners on policy, legislative, and budget issues impacting homelessness in the Greater Los Angeles CoC.
Act as a liaison between the community, policymakers, and community partners on policy and legislative issues related to homelessness.
Represent LAHSA at policy-related meetings, including, but not limited to, long-term planning for services for homeless persons and interagency networking.
Prepare reports to the LAHSA Commission and other governing bodies as needed.
Identification and analysis of system gaps and opportunities to support alignment across service systems.
Other related duties assigned by the Policy Supervisor.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Demonstrated ability to generate policy memos, briefs, and reports.
Demonstrated meeting facilitation skills.
Knowledge of systems and programs that impact homeless persons and homeless program funding sources, regulations, requirements, and procedures.
Experience with program development, implementation, and evaluation processes.
Ability to think creatively and strategically to solve complex problems, with the ability to quickly grasp concepts and apply them in problem solving.
Strong knowledge in how to track legislative and budget activities using a variety of online resources.
Highly analytical, detail-oriented, thoughtful, and intellectually curious.
Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to communicate technical information clearly and effectively to non-policy oriented audiences both in writing and through public speaking.
Excellent and demonstrated proofreading skills.
Well-organized, detail-oriented, and excellent analytical skills.
Demonstrated ability to work independently while managing multiple tasks/projects.
Experience in documenting, analyzing, and synthesizing information, including meeting notes to track action items and generate reports.
Training & Experience
A master’s degree in Public Policy or a related degree is strongly preferred, but additional excellent experience may be substituted.
The successful candidate is required to have strong knowledge of the social services field and/or programs in the non-profit, government, or private sector.
A bachelor’s Degree in public policy, public administration, communications, urban planning, business, or related field with at least two years of relevant experience working in the public or nonprofit sector.
Ability to quickly learn new software platforms and familiarity with standard programs such as Microsoft Office.
Overview of LAHSA
In December of 1993, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Los Angeles mayor and City Council created the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) as an independent, joint powers authority. LAHSA is the lead agency in the Los Angeles Continuum of Care, which is the regional planning body that coordinates housing and services for homeless families and individuals in Los Angeles County. LAHSA coordinates and manages over $300 million annually in federal, state, county, and city funds for programs that provide shelter, housing, and services to people experiencing homelessness.
Through LAHSA, funding, program design, outcomes assessment, and technical assistance are provided to more than 100 nonprofit partner agencies that assist people experiencing homelessness achieve independence and stability in permanent housing. Our partner agencies provide a continuum of programs ranging from outreach, access centers, emergency shelters, safe havens, transitional and permanent housing, and prevention, along with the necessary supportive services designed to provide the tools and skills required to attain a stable housing environment.
Ad...ditionally, LAHSA partners with both the city and county of Los Angeles to integrate services and housing opportunities to ensure wide distribution of service and housing options throughout the Los Angeles Continuum of Care.