Up for Growth Action – Director of Policy and Research

Up for Growth Action – Director of Policy and Research

Up for Growth Action (“UFGA”) is seeking a Director of Policy and Research to join its growing team. This position will be responsible for collaborating with internal and external stakeholders to develop and deliver a program of policy, economic and housing related research that aligns with the strategic priorities of UFGA and its members. Identifies and works closely with external vendors to produce high quality and impactful research that supports UFGA’s policy and housing initiatives.

Up for Growth engages in policy analysis and development at the federal level, and at the state levels in states where it maintains state projects and has strategic partnerships. The Director of Policy and Research will have responsibility for analyzing existing policy proposals and working with UFG’s Executive Director, member-driven work groups, and third-party consultants to craft, analyze, and draft new policy proposals.

The ideal candidate will possess intellectual curiosity, embrace open collaboration and take an energetic and flexible approach to fulfilling our mission.

Essential Functions

  • Manages UFGA's policy and housing market related research, develops and produces outputs which support key UFGA strategic priorities.
  • Partners with Executive Director to identify methodologies and produce research and statistics that inform innovative policy approaches to addressing our housing underproduction.
  • Collaborates with UFGA departments to ensure all research undertaken produces outcomes that support broader organizational objectives.
  • Manages research projects; plans and implements research strategy and supervises consultants/contractors to ensure deliverables are met according to specified timelines and budgetary resources.
  • Engages with Executive Director, member-driven policy support work groups, and general membership to develop and calibrate new policy proposals Up for Growth Action and its state projects and strategic partners lead.
  • Reviews legislative proposals and proposed regulatory action that intersects with UFGA’s areas of focus in land use, housing and transportation policy.
  • Manages, analyzes and disseminates data on the housing sector collected from a range of sources including government statistical bureaus.
  • Partners with stakeholders and proactively engages sources in the analysis and discussion of research methodologies and findings.
  • Participates in internal and external industry focused events and meetings to deliver research data and findings.
  • Serves as a resource for UFGA staff and associate members, policymakers and journalists on UFGA research data and findings.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s Degree in economics, real estate, urban planning, political science, or similar discipline(s) preferred; Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • A minimum of 3-5 years of experience in policy development, economic and market research, and/or analysis.
  • Deep familiarity with both housing market and housing policy issues preferred.
  • Previous responsibility managing staff – specifically contractors, consultants, and/or outside vendors – and a budget.
  • Experience with and understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods, including survey design, statistical analysis, data collection, and management.
  • Familiarity with government data and statistics, particularly related to housing but also including economic data series.
  • Proven experience in writing summaries and analyses of research findings in a variety of formats.
  • Ability to design surveys to accomplish research goals, analyze raw data, and identify components of research of value to target audiences.
  • High-level of professionalism and ability to work well with all levels of internal management and staff, as well as outside partners and executives.
  • Detail-oriented, self-starter with ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and people simultaneously and follow through on issues in a timely manner.
  • Exceptional interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to adapt quickly and readily to change.

To apply, please email Adele Borbee, Recruiter, Careers in Nonprofits, your résumé.