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Director, Housing Initiative

About SAGE:

Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in New York City, SAGE is a national organization that offers supportive services and consumer resources to LGBT older adults and their caregivers, advocates for public policy changes that address the needs of LGBT older people, provides education and technical assistance for aging providers and LGBT organizations through its National Resource Center on LGBT Aging, and cultural competence training through SAGECare. With offices in New York City, Washington, DC and Chicago, SAGE coordinates a growing network of 30 SAGE affiliates in 20 states and the District of Columbia.

About SAGE’s National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative:

SAGE’s National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative is designed to reshape the housing landscape across the U.S. to become more welcoming to LGBT seniors.  The Initiative’s primary objective is to raise awareness and increase the availability of LGBT-inclusive and safe elder housing to LGBT older adults across the country. The Initiative is comprised of five interlocking strategies to assist the nation’s existing senior housing stock to become safe and welcoming to LGBT older adults while simultaneously accelerating the development of housing specifically designed for them. The five strategies are as follows:

  • Capacity-building resources to aid those interested in developing LGBT-inclusive elder housing;
  • Consumer education;
  • Policy advocacy;
  • Cultural competence training for providers working in residential settings; and,
  • Building model LGBT elder housing.

SAGE recently unveiled a dramatic step forward in achieving the fifth strategy when formally announcing the creation of New York City’s first affordable LGBT-welcoming senior housing developments: Ingersoll Senior Residences in Brooklyn and Crotona Senior Residences in the Bronx. Building these two senior housing developments enables SAGE to create models for LGBT-welcoming elder housing for use by providers across the country.

Essential Job Functions:  

The Director of SAGE’s Housing Initiative is responsible for creating, strategizing, executing and monitoring SAGE’s National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative in the following ways:

  • overall oversight of the first four strategies of the Initiative;
  • matrix managing several people across SAGE’s departments, linking the Initiative’s five strategies;
  • developing systems for collecting and tracking data to gauge overall program success across all of the Initiative’s strategies;
  • deepening SAGE’s relationships with existing housing partners, and creating new high-value and high-visibility partnerships in affordable and other residential sectors.

While the DHI will not have any direct supervisory responsibilities, the DHI will be responsible for project managing with people working on the Initiatives from three different departments (National Projects, Communications, and Policy) in a matrix management structure. The DHI will report directly the Chief Enterprise and Innovation Officer.

By the end of the first year, the DHI will have created the architecture to coordinate work across all five strategies of the Initiative; provided a unifying lens and process for cross-departmental collaboration; and solidified a strategy to elevate SAGE’s successes nationally. The work products created will plant the seeds for a transfer of institutional knowledge on building inclusive and inclusionary housing to the broader housing sector, LGBT and other community organizations serving marginalized and at-risk populations, local legislators, advocates and consumers.

This position is currently funded by Citi Community Development for one year, though SAGE remains committed to raising funds to support the position beyond the first year.

Key Responsibilities:

1. Capacity-building for local LGBT elder housing - DHI will have primary responsibility for this strategy. 

A. Manage the outreach, research, collecting and disseminating best practices needed to create more LGBT-inclusive affordable housing and other residential options, to inform replication in high-risk and high-cost housing markets through the following means:

  • Interview key stakeholders in the LGBT housing and community advocacy networks.
  • Interview relevant staff to compile SAGE’s knowledge gleaned in creating SAGE’s own LGBT-focused senior housing projects.
  • Disseminate useful best practices and recommendations gleaned from aforementioned research through a technical assistance “road map” for use by varied stakeholders nationwide.

B. Engage relevant providers nationally via survey and in dialogue about their specific interests in LGBT elder housing needs and their abilities to properly serve the community.

C. Provide linkages between providers and relevant SAGE resources.

2. Consumer Education – DHI will work with the Communications Department on this strategy.

A. Audit mainstream online portals and mechanisms that consumers use to search for affordable housing.

B. Conduct outreach to these portals to make them LGBT inclusive.

C. Work with appropriate staff to develop a marketing strategy about SAGE’s affordable housing developments targeting LGBT communities. 

3. Policy Advocacy – DHI will work with the Policy Department on this strategy.

A. Partner with appropriate staff to change public policy to create LGBT-inclusive housing supports, both at the federal level and at the state level.

B. Identify barriers that diminish housing options for LGBT older people in their communities.

4. Cultural competence training for providers working in residential settings – DHI will work with the National Projects Department on this strategy.

A. Assess the network of national and key regional residential conferences (affordable and other) to shortlist conference attendance.

B. Facilitate workshops and/or trainings to housing providers and/or residential conferences.

Required Skills/Qualifications: 

  • Extensive experience and connections in housing sectors, including affordable housing
  • Experienced in scaling initiatives and bringing national focus to critical issues
  • Experienced in matrix management
  • Effective multi-tasking skills and ability to function in fast-paced environment
  • Extremely detail oriented, organized and analytical
  • Ability to be “public facing” and establish solid working relationships with broad cross-sections of the community
  • Strong writing skills/acumen
  • Self-motivated problem solver
  • Clear and open communicator
  • Superb time management skills
  • Positive and professional demeanor
  • Strong commitment to SAGE’s mission

Strongly Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree preferred but not required
  • Experience working with and/or on behalf of LGBT older adults
  • Track record of strong nonprofit management
  • Familiarity with affordable housing network in New York City

Job Location:  New York, NY

Compensation:  Depending on experience.  SAGE offers a competitive benefits package as well as an exciting and unique work environment. Currently this position is funded for one year.

Application Deadline: Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

To apply, please email your cover letter and resume, to Hilary Meyer at, with "Director, Housing Initiative" in the subject line.

EOE Employer: SAGE believes in equal opportunity in employment. We are committed to providing equal employment opportunity without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, citizenship status, marital status, HIV serostatus, sexual orientation, veteran status, height, weight or disability. People of color, women, transgender and gender non-conforming people, older adults, poor and low-income people, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Position Type: Full-time, one-year

Application Deadline: Open

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