The Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), the parent office of the Office of University Partnerships at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), is pleased to announce the launch of a Sabbatical-in-Residence program in spring 2010. The program invites scholars and academics from institutions of higher education and other nonprofits to work within the Office to support staff in the advancement of current policy development in specific areas of priority.
The sabbatical opportunities are made under the authority of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program and are encumbered in a full-time capacity for a temporary period of 3 months to up to 1 year. Assignments will be provided by Headquarters staff; however, work may also take place in HUD's regional/field offices. Assignments are non-reimbursable and the applicants are responsible for all salary, travel, housing, and other related provisions.
The Department, with endorsement by the President, has identified several national challenges in the economic, social, and energy areas that will require a more expansive role for housing and community development. HUD is interested in engaging researchers with specific knowledge and expertise to advance policy development in each of the following areas:
Elderly Issues: With the aging of the baby boomers and the problems facing current seniors, the ability to identify adequate and affordable housing options has become a critical housing issue. Current projections indicate that 70 percent of people currently turning 65 will need long-term care or supportive services at some point during their remaining lifetime. In a recent survey of 1.21 million elderly households, health and housing issues related to growing older surfaced, thus indicating concerns where HUD could benefit from additional expertise. HUD seeks researchers with agendas on housing and elderly populations, including service provision and issues associated with aging in place.
Sustainability: HUD is interested in identifying researchers with an expertise regarding how the implementation of particular zoning, land use, and coordinated transportation/ housing planning strategies translate into behavioral changes among the citizenry. In addition, those with a background involving the study of how sustainable development and living principles affect social interactions and personal choices are encouraged to apply for this opportunity.
While these are currently of particular priority, candidates with expertise and interests in other areas may also be selected. Thus, scholars with interests relevant to HUD and its mission beyond those highlighted above are strongly encouraged to apply.
To receive full consideration for this opportunity, interested applicants must prepare and submit a brief statement outlining their specific skill and knowledge related to the current challenges facing the Department and to the applicable area of focus identified above and explain how your experience would be beneficial. Applicants must also detail their college/university sabbatical rules and regulations. PD&R will determine, at its discretion, the selection of program participants.
Once selected, the participant, in concert with the college/university, will sign the Assignment Agreement (OF-69) which constitutes the written record of the obligations and responsibilities of the parties to the assignment.
Completed application material should be submitted by March 1, 2010 via email to: PD&RIPASabbaticalprogram@hud.gov.
For any questions, please contact Ms. Jacqueline Buford, Director, Management and Administrative Services Division, (202) 402-5832.