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Senior Program Associate, Health and Housing Lutheran Services in America

Washington, DC
Posted: November 3, 2023


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 well-rounded early career candidate to play a key role in advancing practice, policy and innovation work in our health and housing portfolio. The Senior Program Associate, Health and Housing, will support a variety of work from virtual and in-person member engagement activities, data collection and analysis, policy research and development, budget management and operations. The ideal candidate will bring at least 3-5 years of experience in a nonprofit, a public sector setting or Congress. 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 Senior Program Associate, Health and Housing, is a critical role on the Lutheran Services in America (LSA) Member Engagement (ME) team. The ME team is responsible for leading a wide range of member engagement work to advance collaborative, member-driven solutions across issues as diverse as housing security, race equity, expanding social care and empowering rural aging. A core member engagement tool is our Collaborative Learning Model, which brings together members for peer exchange, technical assistance, convenings, policy work and other collective action to advance practice, policy and outcomes. The Senior Program Associate will help ensure LSA Collaboratives in health and housing are successful through partnership with senior LSA staff and independent leadership opportunities.

Salary range: $80,000–90,000, dependent on experience.

Key Responsibilities

  • Support quality member engagement interactions across LSA’s health and housing Collaboratives by supporting both virtual and in-person Collaborative meetings and experiences, including member recruitment, content development, execution and follow-up. 
  • Partner with senior staff to steward or cultivate national partnerships. 
  • Lead or support policy research and development, case studies and other efforts to raise the visibility and profile of LSA work.  
  • Lead or support data collection and analysis of member engagement activities.  
  • Support the creation and management of grant budgets and program operations.  
  • Partner with LSA staff to write program related content and messaging for newsletters, social media and other outlets and grow our stakeholder audience.   
  • Contribute to the strengthening of LSA’s diversity, equity and inclusion practices and outcomes.  
  • Assist the CEO and C-Suite with member outreach, dues collection and other cross-cutting work.  
  • Willingness and ability to travel, as needed, to meet objectives. 

Key Qualifications

  • Excellent and inclusive relationship-building skills across diverse communities. 
  • Experience supporting a community of practice or policy. 
  • Experience or understanding of nonprofits providing health and human services. 
  • Strong interest or experience in health and housing issues, such as affordable housing, social determinants of health and long-term care for older adults. 
  • Project management experience. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with attention to detail. 
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to manage competing priorities.   
  • Comfortability and interest in data collection, analysis and visualization.  
  • Proficient in Microsoft Outlook tools (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.) 
  • Collaborative communicator with strong team spirit. 
  • Candidates who reflect the diversity of the full LSA community are strongly encouraged to apply. 


3-5 years of relevant experience in a nonprofit, public sector setting and/or Congress.  


Candidates with a bachelor’s degree in nonprofit management, public policy, project management or other related fields are encouraged to apply. Lutheran Services in America values forms of education beyond degrees, including lived experience, internships, entrepreneurial ventures and other non-formal training. 

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 $26 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 cultivate caring 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