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Director of Health and Housing Lutheran Services in America

Washington, DC
Posted: May 21, 2024


Lutheran Services in America in Washington, D.C.—a national network of 300 innovative health and human services organizations working in 1,400 U.S. communities—seeks a program and practice leader with a strong background in health and housing. The ideal candidate will have at least five years of subject matter expertise in health and housing issues, director-level experience and be skilled at developing partnerships, advancing innovation and leading collaborative learning. Preference for candidates with a strong understanding and passion for addressing social determinants of health.

To apply, please send a brief cover letter with salary requirements and a resume to Kent Mitchell, VP of Strategy and Innovation (kmitchell@lutheranservices.org). No calls, please.

Position Description

The Director of Health and Housing is a critical driver of the goals of the Lutheran Services in America (LSA) Health and Housing portfolio, reporting to the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives who oversees the portfolio. The role will immediately engage with LSA members to advance collaborative learning and targeted initiatives, foster peer leadership and build national partnerships. The role sits on the Member Engagement team—a five-person team which leads impact and innovation leadership efforts across a wide variety of issues of member interest and national importance through LSA’s proven Collaborative Learning Model. The role would support or lead LSA’s Housing Solutions Collaborative, Strengthening Families Collaborative and other initiatives.

Key Responsibilities

  • Direct or support Collaboratives and related initiatives.
    • In alignment with the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, provide input on project direction.
    • Provide staff leadership or support for all project activities and related member engagement work.
    • Build relationships with members interested in/or currently offering health and housing solutions, serving as the organization’s subject matter expert and connection to work in member communities.
    • Coordinate and facilitate monthly Collaborative meetings, training and other learning and action opportunities.
    • Communicate effectively with members to foster collaboration, information exchange and peer connections in a trusted environment.
  • Lead Project Management
    • Coordinate internal resources and third parties/vendors for the flawless execution of projects.
    • Ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget.
    • Developing project scopes and objectives, involving all relevant stakeholders and
    • ensuring technical feasibility.
    • Develop project timelines and ensure resource availability and allocation to execute against the timeline.
    • Facilitate cross-departmental collaboration, ensuring efforts align with plan and timely execution.
  • Contribute to strategic national partnerships with stakeholders in government, philanthropy, finance and lending, the business community, academia and nonprofit organizations.
    • Engage partners in the provision of advice, training, technical assistance and other support for the Collaborative.
    • Work with senior staff to secure strategic investment in member housing solutions.
    • Access partner data and expertise to understand the understand and reflect the context of housing insecurity in U.S. communities.
  • Elevate Collaborative voice and influence.
    • Develop case studies, convenings and other public-facing opportunities.
    • Working in partnership with senior staff, advance a supportive health and housing federal policy agenda.
  • Manage and oversee the Collaborative budget and impact reporting.
    • Develop budgets; plan and track expenses; reconcile invoices; ensure expenses stay within approved budgeted funds.
    • Collect data and report on impact quarterly.

Key Qualifications

  • At least five years of subject matter expertise in health and housing policy and/or practice. Preference for candidates with experience and understanding of housing as a driver of health.
  • Previous Director-level experience with significant leadership responsibilities.
  • Experience leading learning collaboratives or coalitions.
  • Experience with developing and facilitating highly interactive virtual and in-person gatherings.
  • Knowledge of the major issues and concerns in U.S. housing.
  • Entrepreneurial mindset with experience starting-up new projects, thinking strategically and initiating creative solutions with high levels of independence and autonomy.
  • Inclusive and welcoming facilitation and communication style that demonstrates superior interpersonal and public speaking skills to engage and inspire diverse stakeholders.
  • Comfortability with gathering, analyzing and using data to prepare reports, monitor progress and evaluate impact.
  • Willingness and ability to travel, as needed, to meet objectives (estimated 4-6 trips per year).


5-10 years of relevant experience, with at least 2 years of Director-level experience.


Candidates with degrees in public policy, nonprofit management, politics, social policy, social work, community development or other related fields are encouraged to apply. All candidates are encouraged to reference education and training beyond degrees, including credentials, professional development and life experiences.

About Lutheran Services in America

Lutheran Services in America is a national network of 300 health and human services organizations that reaches one in 50 people in America each year. Recognized by The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Forbes as one of the nation’s top nonprofit organizations, the Lutheran Services in America network operates with more than $23 billion in combined annual revenue. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Lutheran Services in America leads innovative collaborations with its member organizations and partners in philanthropy, academia, healthcare and business to address the most critical challenges in our communities and advance health and opportunity for all. Together, we create pathways to keep families together, champion solutions that empower older adults to age with independence, dignity and purpose and advocate for policies that expand access to services, improve quality of life and provide greater independence for people with disabilities. We are committed to equity and to dismantling the impact of systemic bias. Learn more at lutheranservices.org.

To Apply

To apply, please send a brief cover letter with salary requirements and a resume to Kent Mitchell, VP of Strategy and Innovation (kmitchell@lutheranservices.org). Anticipated salary range is $90,000 – $105,000, depending on qualifications. No calls, please.