Councilmember Elissa Silverman is an independent, at-large member of the Council of the District of Columbia. The councilmember chairs the Council’s Committee on Labor and Workforce Development, which primarily focuses on labor and employment policy. The councilmember is also an active member of the following committees: Housing and Neighborhood Revitalization, Government Operations, and Facilities and Procurement.
OVERALL POSITION DESCRIPTION
The Housing Policy Advisor is the subject-matter expert for all agencies and legislative issues that fall within the councilmember’s housing portfolio, as well as the primary advisor to the councilmember on housing legislation and policy. The councilmember expects the portfolio of the Housing Policy Advisor to focus on local housing policy in the District, including, but not limited to, issues such as affordable housing, public housing, housing vouchers, zoning, and the Comprehensive Plan. Additional policy assignments in line with the hire’s interests or expertise are possible, with previous examples including health policy, transportation policy, and education policy.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE HOUSING POLICY ADVISOR
Advise the councilmember and chief of staff on housing policy and strategy.
In collaboration with stakeholders, analyze and draft legislation on topics related to housing and other matters within the assigned portfolio.
Maintain relationships with District and federal agencies, interest groups, advocates, Council and Executive staff, constituents, and residents around the councilmember’s legislative priorities.
Monitor current events and best practices in local, state, and federal policy within the assigned portfolio.
Prepare the councilmember for hearings on housing and other assigned issue areas with briefing memos, talking points, and other materials.
Work with the Communications Director to develop communications strategies for housing issues.
Draft statements, questions, and/or speeches for the councilmember for relevant meetings and events as needed.
Staff the councilmember at relevant public events.
Help constituents on housing-related issues in conjunction with the councilmember’s Constituent Service Director.
Applications of this position must have experience in public policy development, research or advocacy. The strongest candidates will also have expertise or experience with housing policy, specifically local housing issues, or familiarity with the Council and the operations of the District government.
About Council of the District of Columbia
As the central and chief policy-making body for the District of Columbia, the Council’s mission is to provide strong, innovative and effective leadership for the benefit of residents across the city. The Council’s central role as a legislative body is to make laws. However, its responsibilities also include oversight of multiple agencies, commissions, boards and other instruments of District government. Led by the Council Chairman, the members of the Council are working to improve the quality of life in District neighborhoods by ensuring safer streets, furthering education reform, developing a vibrant economy, and implementing groundbreaking programs. Working with the Mayor and the executive branch, the Council also plays a critical role in maintaining a balanced budget and the fiscal health of the District of Columbia government.
The Council has instituted several measures to ensure that the city government works. Council committees review the performance of government programs and agencies to ensure they are serving their established purposes and operating under pertinent regulations and budget targets. The Council also holds annual budget oversight hea...rings in preparation for approving a city budget recommended by the Mayor. The law requires that the District operate with a balanced budget so expenditures do not exceed income.