Tennessee Housing Development Agency

Policy and Planning Administrator

Tennessee Housing Development Agency


Job Summary



Division:  Research and Planning
Reports to: Director of Research and Planning
Location:  Nashville, TN
Full-time/Part-time:  Full-time
Salary Grade: 120
Monthly Salary Range Minimum: $7,047
FLSA Classification:  Exempt (03)

Critical features of this job are described under the headings below. They may be subject to change due to changes in our business processes or other business-related reasons.

POSITION SUMMARY: Designs, develops, and manages the program evaluation and planning strategy for the agency; Serves as a team leader

Job Responsibilities


Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Design, manage, and execute a full program evaluation cycle including impact, outcomes, process, and cost-benefit evaluations.
  • Lead the preparation of the statewide comprehensive housing plans and reports in accordance with U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) regulations, including the Consolidated Plan and annual Action, Plan, Consolidated Annual Performance Evaluation Report and Substantial Amendments.
  • Identify and apply for external funding to conduct program evaluations.
  • Identify and build relationships with research partners to conduct program evaluations as needed.
  • Assist in the development of an agency-wide Data Use & Data Sharing agreement in partnership with the IT and Legal Divisions, and THDA leadership.
  • Build the agency’s investment and belief that program evaluation is critical to the ethical stewardship and business strategy of the agency.
  • Work with the team to develop systems to collect, clean, and analyze administrative data in a systematic manner.  
  • Synthesize findings for internal program evaluations and develop clear, well-written policy briefs for internal and external release as appropriate.
  • Supervises the conducting of and conducts quantitative analysis (e.g. descriptive analysis includes summary statistics, regression analysis, cross-tabulations, chi-square tests; quasi-experimental analysis includes matching estimators, difference-in-difference, propensity score weighting) for program evaluations as needed using Stata, R, or other statistical software.
  • Designs data collection instruments in service of program evaluation.
  • Builds and maintains relationships to collaborate with internal and external professional partners in housing and related fields in the accomplishment of program evaluation and planning.
  • Creates and gives multimedia presentations of research findings to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Monitors federal regulations for changes and impacts to programs and organizational planning.
  • Receives and responds to requests for information from other divisions, the general public, agency partners, private organizations, and other governmental agencies, in accordance with organizational customer service guidelines.



The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in the social sciences, business, or closely related field including at least one course in statistics and one upper-division or graduate course in discipline-specific research methodology required.
  • Master’s degree in a social science or planning field (Public Policy, Public Administration, Urban Planning or related field) preferred.
  • Five years of full-time experience in program planning, strategy development, and administration.
  • Experience supervising projects and team members in various capacities preferred.
  • Advanced coursework in program evaluation with expertise in statistical analysis methods preferred.

The above qualifications express the minimum standards of education and/or experience for this position. Other combinations of education and experience, if evaluated as equivalent, may be taken into consideration.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Competencies:

  • Ability to develop and execute vision, goals, and strategy associated with large strategic initiatives.
  • Ability to build engagement and investment in strategic priorities from internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ability to conduct and direct others in the complete program evaluation cycle including logic modeling, designing data collection instruments, results analysis, and developing interim and final progress evaluations.
  • Ability to conduct and/or manage execution of program evaluation methodologies including, but not limited to, quasi-experimental techniques (e.g. difference-in-difference, matching estimators, and propensity score weighting) and qualitative techniques (e.g. case studies, focus group analysis, and ethnographic studies).
  • In-depth knowledge of or demonstrated capacity to learn about housing issues, research, and policies.
  • Ability to communicate vision and strategy to internal and external stakeholders and inspire confidence in others.
  • Capacity to hypothesize, operationalize hypotheses, create a research design, collect and clean data, analyze results using appropriate methods, and present results effectively in both verbal and written form.
  • Ability to write professional and technical reports, involving combinations of maps, graphs, charts, tables and text, for diverse audiences.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities and meet established deadlines.
  • Builds and maintains positive relationships with internal and external constituents.
  • Proficient in public speaking and relationship-building.
  • Strong organizational skills; ability to handle multiple priorities and consistently meet established deadlines.
  • Ability to exercise good judgment in evaluating complex situations.
  • Ability to adjust to frequent procedural change.
  • Consistently documents communication and work products in an accurate and timely manner.
  • High level of attention to detail and accuracy.
  • Exercises good and consistently fair judgment, courtesy, and tact in dealing with the staff and public in giving and obtaining information.

Special Demands:

The special demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a staff member to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Current, valid driver’s license from domicile state and the ability to drive.
  • Occasional in-state and out-of-state travel, including overnight travel.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; stand; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and talk and hear.
  • The employee is occasionally required to walk; reach with hands and arms, and stoop, kneel, or crouch.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

State of Tennessee positions that may involve driving responsibilities require candidates to meet the following minimum driver qualifications:

  • A valid driver’s license
  • For the past five years, the candidate’s driving record must not have record of the following violations: driving under the influence (DUI), reckless driving, license suspension for moving violations, more than 4 moving violations

Additional Information


BENEFITS:  THDA offers an excellent benefits package:  medical, dental, vision, and life insurance options; disability insurance; retirement plans; flexible benefit pre-tax accounts for medical, dependent care, transportation, and parking; annual leave and sick leave that begin accruing after the first month of employment; and 11 paid holidays per year.  We also offer work-life balance opportunities through alternative work schedules, flexible schedules, and telecommuting.

How to Apply





  • Date Posted: August 2, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Other
  • Service Area: Government
  • Salary Range: $7,047