Senior Analyst, Digital Equity Program

THE PRACTICE | Over the next decade, the federal government, states, localities, philanthropies, and private businesses are projected to spend $200 billion on new Broadband and Digital Equity programs. HR&A’s Broadband and Digital Equity practice is built to provide a full suite of strategic planning, staffing, program management, and implementation services to maximize the impact of this historic funding.

Whether we’re helping State Broadband Offices deliver their Broadband and Digital Equity plans, supporting municipalities to structure public-private partnerships and digital inclusion services, or building capacity in community anchor institutions and nonprofits, our work is focused on designing and delivering sustainable programs and partnerships that close the digital divide and promote economic opportunity for all.

THE OPPORTUNITY |  The Federal Government will spend at least $2.75 billion over the next six years to design, develop, and deliver Statewide Digital Equity Plans as well as municipal and community-based programs to ensure that historic investments in universal, affordable broadband access build more inclusive, dynamic, and equitable economies, education and healthcare systems, and government services. Our team is leading or supporting several such efforts for states, counties, cities, and nonprofits across the country, and we are seeking exceptional talent at all levels to help conduct research, advise on, develop, produce, and manage digital equity plans and programs that make measurable impact to close the digital divide in these communities.

The planning process includes assessing needs, including through robust interagency, intergovernmental, and community engagement, developing measurable goals and objectives, quantitative and qualitative analysis on how digital equity impacts a jurisdiction’s priorities in other areas such as economic development, education, healthcare, workforce development, delivering essential services, and engaging stakeholders.

The Senior Analyst, Digital Equity Programs will support the design, development, and delivery of Statewide Digital Equity Plans as well as state, municipal, and community-based programs. Senior Analysts are ambitious mid-level professionals with at least 5-8 years of professional experience who own the substance of our client work products and will establish themselves as experts in the field.  The Senior Analyst, Digital Equity Programs will be dedicated to HR&A’s Broadband & Digital Equity Practice, with a passion for delivering equitable outcomes of internet access in communities across the country. Primary tasks may include, but will not be limited to:

  • Assessing digital equity needs, including through robust interagency, intergovernmental, and community engagement processes, and collaborating with the firm’s digital equity data team
  • Developing measurable goals and objectives for successful, equitable program design, investment prioritization, and implementation tracking
  • Quantitative and qualitative analysis on how digital equity impacts a jurisdiction’s priorities in other areas such as economic development or education
  • Drafting digital equity plans and designing effective programs and policies for closing the digital divide, tailored to the distinct dynamics of the communities they are designed to serve
  • Developing relationships and partnerships with digital inclusion service providers, including libraries, schools, community-based organizations, and national nonprofits
  • Supporting the management of direct service delivery by digital inclusion service providers
  • Scoping, structuring, creating, and reviewing client deliverables, and producing high-quality on-time results
  • Promulgating best practices for digital equity program design in communities across the country, including supporting new business development pursuits

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A clear passion for and experience in digital equity policy and programs
  • Experience with promoting systems change in government and economic empowerment, as well as capacity-building in community anchor institutions and community-based organizations
  • At least five to eight years of experience in government service, management consulting or comparable client-facing functions in professional services, or a combination of professional services and other relevant experience in the broadband or economic and community development industries
  • Bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) with a focus on public policy, economics, business, or other closely related fields
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated capacity for leadership, critical thinking, and creativity
  • Experience managing fast-paced, collaborative teams and projects, including scoping, structuring, creating, and reviewing deliverables
  • Ability to work across assignments, including managing multiple project workstreams and deadlines
  • Exceptional ability to engage with and earn the trust of local leaders, community leaders, and businesses on complex broadband issues
  • Desire to help build the Broadband & Digital Equity team’s consulting and program management business, improving the quality of our work and expanding our impact

COMPENSATION | The annual salary range for this position is $101,000 to $114,500.  Where an offer falls inside the pay range is dependent on experience.  This position is a full-time temporary contractor role for a maximum of three years that works alongside HR&A teams, where employment is via HR&A’s employment partner, Magnit.  Magnit benefits include health and wellness benefits, paid sick days and paid holidays.

HOW TO APPLY | HR&A is committed to attracting and retaining a talented, diverse, competitive team of professionals dedicated to solving the challenges of urban life. Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please submit a cover letter and resume as a single PDF document at https://hraadvisors.applytojob.com/apply/. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications without a cover lever will not be reviewed. 

We ask that you submit a version of your resume that has your school information removed. There is no need to reformat your resume, and you should leave your degree (e.g. “B.A. Economics”). But please remove all undergraduate and graduate school name references. This request is part of our ongoing work to build a hiring system that is free from bias and based on candidate merit and performance in the hiring process.

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, medical condition, veteran status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.

Learn more at https://www.hraadvisors.com/broadband-and-digital-equity/.

For more information, please contact us at jobs@hraadvisors.com.

 

Program Associate, State Government Programs

THE PRACTICE | Over the next decade, the federal government, states, localities, philanthropies, and private businesses are projected to spend $200 billion on new Broadband and Digital Equity programs. HR&A’s Broadband and Digital Equity practice is built to provide a full suite of strategic planning, staffing, program management, and implementation services to maximize the impact of this historic funding.

Whether we’re helping State Broadband Offices deliver their Broadband and Digital Equity plans, supporting municipalities to structure public-private partnerships and digital inclusion services, or building capacity in community anchor institutions and nonprofits, our work is focused on designing and delivering sustainable programs and partnerships that close the digital divide and promote economic opportunity for all.

THE OPPORTUNITY | We are currently seeking Program Associates to support Program Management Offices (PMOs) in the States of California, New York, and Texas; selected candidates may be dedicated to one of these states, while also collaborating with our program management teams across other geographies to advance continuous improvement of our program management systems and processes.

Ideal candidates have exceptional attention to detail, project management skills, including engaging in multiple workstreams, and experience working closely with government agencies. While a preference will be given to candidates with experience in broadband or digital equity programs, many members of our PMOs do not have such backgrounds and instead are impact-driven former management consultants or employees of government agencies, nonprofits, and mission-oriented businesses with a drive for making government more effective for historically marginalized communities.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • At least two to five years of experience in government service, management consulting or comparable client-facing functions in professional services, or a combination of professional services and other relevant experience in the broadband or economic and community development industries
  • Exceptional organization skills, attention to detail, and an ability to work as a team player to ensure that program operations run smoothly and exceed expectations
  • A clear passion for and experience with digital inclusion, broadband, systems change in government, education, or economic empowerment, or large-scale infrastructure programs
  • Bachelor’s degree (master’s preferred) with a focus on public policy, economics, business administration, or other closely related fields
  • Strong quantitative and qualitative skills; excellent written and verbal communication skills; proficiency with PowerPoint, Excel, and Word; and the ability to manage multiple assignments at once
  • Demonstrated capacity for leadership, critical thinking, and creativity
  • Ability to engage with and earn the trust of government leaders and diverse program stakeholders

COMPENSATION | The annual salary range for this position is $80,000 to $92,000. Where an offer falls inside the pay range is dependent on experience.  This position is a full-time temporary contractor role for a maximum of three years that works alongside HR&A teams, where employment is via HR&A’s employment partner, Magnit.  Magnit benefits include health and wellness benefits, paid sick days and paid holidays.

HOW TO APPLY | HR&A is committed to attracting and retaining a talented, diverse, competitive team of professionals dedicated to solving the challenges of urban life. Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Please submit a cover letter and resume as a single PDF document at https://hraadvisors.applytojob.com/apply/. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications without a cover lever will not be reviewed. 

We ask that you submit a version of your resume that has your school information removed. There is no need to reformat your resume, and you should leave your degree (e.g. “B.A. Economics”). But please remove all undergraduate and graduate school name references. This request is part of our ongoing work to build a hiring system that is free from bias and based on candidate merit and performance in the hiring process.

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, medical condition, veteran status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.

Learn more at https://www.hraadvisors.com/broadband-and-digital-equity/.

For more information, please contact us at jobs@hraadvisors.com.

 

Senior Analyst, Housing Finance Transactions

ABOUT US |   HR&A Advisors, Inc. (HR&A) is an employee-owned company advising public, private, non-profit, and philanthropic clients on how to increase opportunity and advance quality of life in cities.     

We believe in creating vital places, building more equitable and resilient communities, and improving people’s lives.      

From Brooklyn to Los Angeles, we have guided hundreds of clients in transforming real estate and economic development concepts, and public infrastructure, first into actionable plans then into job-producing, community-strengthening assets.    

Our clients include real estate owners and investors, hospitals and universities, cultural institutions and philanthropies, community development organizations and governments.    

HR&A has offices in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Raleigh, and Washington D.C. We come from diverse backgrounds, have a breadth of lived experience, and share a passion for cities. We are former city officials, executive directors, planners, lawyers, architects, and economists.   

Hear more about the HR&A experience from our Staff.   

Learn more about careers at HR&A on our website.    

THE OPPORTUNITY | HR&A’s Housing Practice is rapidly growing its housing fund and transaction work, which involves helping clients structure funds, develop investment strategies, identify partners and execute transactions. Over the past two years, HR&A has facilitated the deployment of over $1 billion in housing investments from local governments and impact investors across the county.  This position will primarily support the design and implementation of affordable housing funds sponsored by local governments and impact investors including Amazon’s Housing Equity Fund, as well as structuring individual transactions on behalf of landowners and developers. 

THE PRACTICE | HR&A’s Housing Practice works at all levels of the housing ecosystem. We create housing plans and strategies based on local needs and priorities. We design and implement solutions, from inclusionary zoning policies to affordable housing investment funds. And we underwrite and close housing transactions on behalf of public and private sector clients.  This range of work, from planning to deal making, makes us better at designing policies and local housing plans that achieve their goals in practice and at integrating public incentives into individual projects. We enjoy understanding and working with the complexities of the housing market to advance the interests of all community members. 

 THE ROLE | HR&A’s Housing Practice is seeking a Senior Analyst to assist with the structuring, underwriting, and closing of loans and investments in mixed-income and affordable housing developments. This role can be based in our New York City, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Dallas, Atlanta, or Raleigh office. The Senior Analyst will work closely with Partners, Principals, Directors and Analytic staff in the Housing Practice across all of HR&A’s offices. Most work will be organized into small teams of three to five members. Teams are comprised of colleagues from across our offices. Day-to-day tasks will include: 

Transaction Management 

  • With minimal supervision from Project Managers, screen, underwrite, and close loans, grants, and investments in mixed-income and affordable housing developments. 
  • Evaluate requests for funding according to funders’ public policy, social impact, and financial feasibility guidelines. Make recommendations to Project Managers and clients on decision to advance, decline, or negotiate with applicants. 
  • Draft screening memos, underwriting memos, and financial models for client review. Conduct market research to evaluate the feasibility of proposed rents and the difference between prevailing market rents and proposed affordable rents. 
  • Work with clients and development teams to optimally structure affordable housing transactions.  
  • With minimal supervision, conduct due diligence, review third-party reports, and analyze business terms in legal documents.  
  • Coordinate the closing process by working with project sponsors, lenders, and other stakeholders such as public agencies and subsidy providers. 

 Product Development 

  • Conduct market research to identify and size gaps in the existing affordable housing finance ecosystem in specific markets.
  • Structure innovative housing investment vehicles that enable solutions identified in policy and planning processes. 
  • Work with current and potential clients to establish investment terms that balance financial return thresholds, risk tolerance and mission investing objectives. 
  • Support the negotiation of partnerships with other investors and public sector partners. 
  • Evaluate the feasibility of implementing and monitoring new investment vehicles. 
  • Lead workshops and outreach events with community, public sector, nonprofit and for-profit investors. 
  • Run request for proposal processes to select development partners. 
  • Support new business development opportunities through writing proposals and outreach to potential clients. 

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED | Successful candidates will bring strong analytical, project management and relationship management capabilities aligned with the roles and responsibilities described above, including: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate, Finance, Planning or another related field. 
  • Master’s in Real Estate Development (MRED) or a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) a plus. 
  • 4-5 years of experience in Real Estate Development or Finance, including 2+ years of real estate underwriting experience, preferably with affordable multifamily. 
  • Knowledge of common underwriting practices and procedures. 
  • Knowledge of housing and affordable housing related market forces including general real estate principles, supply and demand economics and other multifamily demand drivers. 
  • Proficiency in real estate financial modeling, experience with affordable housing finance is a plus. 
  • Experience synthesizing data and crafting a compelling narrative. 
  • Experience presenting to internal senior leadership and external clients. 

COMPENSATION | The annual salary range for this position is $101,000 to $114,500 plus opportunity for year-end bonus. Where an offer falls inside the pay range is dependent on experience. We offer competitive compensation packages, based on qualifications and experience. We are an employee-owned company, meaning you will have the opportunity to benefit from the firm’s growth over time through participation in our Employee Stock Options Plan. Each year, the firm will contribute funds to this long-term wealth-building account and may make contributions to other retirement accounts. We also provide a comprehensive benefits package that goes well beyond coverage of 90-95% of healthcare premiums, dental and vision coverage.  

HOW TO APPLY | HR&A is committed to attracting and retaining a talented, diverse, competitive team of professionals dedicated to solving the challenges of urban life. Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Please submit a cover letter and resume as a single PDF document at  https://hraadvisors.applytojob.com/apply/. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applications without a cover lever will not be reviewed. 

We ask that you submit a version of your resume that has your school information removed. There is no need to reformat your resume, and you should leave your degree (e.g. “B.A. Economics”). But please remove all undergraduate and graduate school name references. This request is part of our ongoing work to build a hiring system that is free from bias and based on candidate merit and performance in the hiring process. 

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, medical condition, veteran status or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law. 

For more information, please contact us at jobs@hraadvisors.com. Please do not call regarding this position. 

 

Communications Coordinator

ABOUT US |  HR&A Advisors, Inc. (HR&A) is an employee-owned company advising public, private, non-profit, and philanthropic clients on how to increase opportunity and advance quality of life in cities.   

We believe in creating vital places, building more equitable and resilient communities, and improving people’s lives.    

From Brooklyn to London, Medellin to Hong Kong, we have guided hundreds of clients in transforming real estate and economic development concepts, and public infrastructure, first into actionable plans then into job-producing, community-strengthening assets.  

Our clients include real estate owners and investors, hospitals and universities, cultural institutions and philanthropies, community development organizations and governments.  

HR&A has offices in Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York, Raleigh, and Washington D.C. We come from diverse backgrounds, have a breadth of lived experience, and share a passion for cities. We are former city officials, executive directors, planners, lawyers, architects, and economists.   

Hear more about the HR&A experience from our staff. 

Learn more about careers at HR&A on our website here 

Who Are We Looking For? 

THE ROLE | HR&A is seeking a full-time Communications Coordinator. This position can be based in our Washington, DC or Dallas, TX offices.  

This new role will report to the Communications Manager, who leads the firm’s approach to Communications and Marketing. As part of HR&A’s Growth Team, this role is critical for supporting the growth of the firm’s business and brand with purpose. This dynamic team is focused on the firm’s current and future approach to business and brand development, including strategy, operations, and how we promote our impact through storytelling and thought leadership.  

This candidate needs to have experience developing multi-media content, planning and executing large events, and writing high quality communications material.  

This person knows how to tell persuasive stories and synthesize multiple perspectives into a cohesive narrative. We’re seeking someone tech-savvy that’s sharp with social media and understands the type of content that works best on different channels. This person should thrive on creative problem solving and a collaborative approach to building HR&A’s brand. Finally, while they don’t need formal training in urban planning or community development, the Communications Coordinator should share our passion for improving the lives of people in cities and the social impact of HR&A’s work.   

What You Will Work On 

In this role, you can specifically expect to:  

  • Manage all social media channels and the company website (built on WordPress).  
  • HR&A plans to make significant updates to our website in 2023, and the Communications Coordinator will be heavily involved in this project.  
  • Write newsletters, website copy, and brochures with a consistent branded tone and narrative style.    
  • Monitor analytics and create reports detailing the successes and failures of communications campaigns and strategies. Contribute to strategic planning that incorporates these lessons.   
  • Stay up to date on industry trends and make recommendations for adjustments to communications strategies and practices.  
  • Coordinate in-person and virtual programming for events, conferences and other gatherings.   
  • Collaborate with an agency to create and coordinate content to support media strategies for various business lines including source pitches, op eds, and press releases.  
  • Support the creation of consistent communication standards, tools, and ways of working to ensure brand cohesion and efficient collaboration with consulting staff.  
  • Work with Business Development Coordinator to create new templates, tools, and narratives to build out our library of branded collateral for communications and business development needs.   
  • Perform communications-related special projects. 

 What You Bring 

  • Excellent analytical, written, and verbal communication and interpersonal skills to effectively articulate ideas to staff, clients, and other stakeholders.  
  • Strong organizational skills to manage time effectively and strategically. A strong eye for detail and experience working with a style guide and/or Chicago Manual of Style.   
  • Three or more years of communications experience at an agency, company, nonprofit, government, media organization. Working in or around social impact, public policy, or advocacy is preferred but not required.  
  • Bachelor’s degree in English, PR, marketing, design, communications, business, or related field — or equivalent combination of education and experience and training.  
  • Strong collaborating skills, including some experience in leading a team and/or managing larger projects, as well as working effectively both independently and as part of a team. 
  • Capacity to analyze and interpret data to support decision making and communications strategy.  
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment with frequent deadlines; high energy, self-motivated and proactive.   
  • An inquisitive, collaborative, resourceful, multi-tasker who can set priorities, keep calm and solutions-oriented under pressure, and embrace ambiguity. Proficiency in WordPress, InDesign, Mailchimp, LinkedIn, Microsoft Tools, and Zoom are required.  

TRAVEL | In this role you will travel 10% of the time visiting HR&A offices and projects across the country.  

COMPENSATION | The base salary range for this position is $57,000 – $65,000. Where an offer falls inside the pay range is dependent on experience. We offer competitive compensation packages, based on qualifications and experience. We are an employee-owned company, meaning you will have the opportunity to benefit from the firm’s growth over time through participation in our Employee Stock Ownership Plan. Each year, the firm will contribute funds to this long-term wealth-building account and may make contributions to other retirement accounts. We also provide a comprehensive benefits package that goes well beyond coverage of 90-95% of healthcare premiums, dental and vision coverage.   

HOW TO APPLY | HR&A is committed to attracting and retaining a talented, diverse, competitive team of professionals dedicated to solving the challenges of urban life. Women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Please submit a cover letter and resume as a single PDF document (maximum of 2 pages) hereIf you have a digital portfolio, include a link within your cover letter. Applications without a cover lever will not be reviewed.  

We ask that you submit a version of your resume that has your school information removed. There is no need to reformat your resume, and you should leave your degree (e.g. “B.A. Communications”). But please remove all undergraduate and graduate school name references. This request is part of our ongoing work to build a hiring system that is free from bias and based on candidate merit and performance in the hiring process.  

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, medical condition, veteran status, or any other basis as protected by federal, state, or local law.  

For more information, please contact us at jobs@hraadvisors.com.