Housing policy officer
Housing policy officers research and develop policies for local authorities and housing associations.
1. Entry requirements
You’ll usually need either a relevant degree, like housing studies, social policy or town planning, or a relevant professional qualification, like those offered by:
- The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH)
- Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
- Royal Town Planning Institute
You’ll need knowledge of housing and related government legislation. Experience of project management, or policy-related work in housing or social policy may give you an advantage.
You may also be able to move into policy work if you’ve experience of working as a housing officer.
2. Skills required
- analytical skills for working with complex statistical data
- communication skills
- the ability to prepare reports and make presentations
- IT skills
- project management skills and the ability to meet tight deadlines
- networking and negotiating skills to build and maintain professional relationships
3. What you'll do
You’ll work for a local authority or housing association, developing policies in areas like affordable housing, homelessness and tenant participation, to make sure the organisation responds to local housing needs and government policy.
Your day-to-day duties could include:
- researching housing issues, identifying good practice and recommending action
- collecting statistics relevant to housing, like health, employment and demographics
- representing housing services on corporate working groups
- gathering and presenting data and information
- producing publications like reports, policy briefings and factsheets
- suggesting changes as a result of government initiatives and new legislation
- giving presentations to groups, both inside your organisation and externally
You’ll work with other departments and external agencies like private landlords and community groups.
Starter: £22,000 to £25,000
Experienced: £27,000 to £35,000
Highly Experienced: Up to £40,000 (senior policy adviser)
These figures are a guide.
5. Working hours, patterns and environmentYou’ll usually work around 37 hours a week, Monday to Friday.
You’ll be based in an office, but might need to travel to attend meetings.
6. Career path and progressionWith experience, you could take on more complex work, or specialise in a particular area, like equalities issues, research or data collection.
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Last updated: 09 October 2018