Housing Specialist

Organization: 
SELF
Position Details
Opening Date: 
Fri, 08/25/2017
Position Summary: 

The Housing Specialist performs a variety of program related activities to implement and support the SELF/UAC commitment to “Housing First.” The Housing Specialist must demonstrate, understand, and be able to address the complex issues and challenges persons experiencing homelessness encounter when seeking permanent housing.

The Housing Specialist will work closely close with the SELF/UAC personnel to ensure housing applications are submitted in a timely manner and be responsible for keeping all team members involved in securing housing advised of available housing programs, program updates, and requirements for submissions. Additionally, the Housing Specialist will cultivate cooperative relationships with external partner programs; research affordable housing opportunities available to program participants; assist with the facilitation of participant orientation; assist case management with developing individualized housing goals and program objectives for program participants.

The Housing Specialist will ensure that an active and up-to-date data base of housing providers and house services providers is available and accessible to the SELF/UAC personnel including actual housing inventory.  The Housing Specialist will develop and provide a Train-the-Trainers on the Housing First model for SELF/UAC personnel, partner organizations, potential funders, and program participants (this list is not exhaustive).

 

Key Duties & Responsibilities: 
  • The Housing Specialist is responsible for communicating the Office of Homeless Services “Housing First” initiative in a clear and compelling manner to potential landlords, property management companies, SELF/UAC personnel, partner organizations, potential funders, and program participants (this list is not exhaustive).
  • The Housing Specialist will work closely with the SELF/UAC case management team and external partners to ensure housing applications are submitted in accordance with OHS and SELF/UAC standards;
  • The Housing Specialist will cultivate cooperative relationships with external housing related programs to ensure and increase the availability and access to affordable housing/housing assistance opportunities for program participants;
  • The Housing Specialist will research and develop a database detailing affordable housing and housing assistance opportunities to be available to SELF/UAC personnel and program participants;
  • The Housing Specialist will assist SELF/UAC personnel with the facilitation of program participant orientation on a regularly scheduled basis to ensure that new program participates receive information in a timely manner;
  • The Housing Specialist will assist SELF/UAC personnel with developing individualized housing goals and program objectives for program participants;
  • The Housing Specialist will develop, maintain, and make available to the SELF/UAC personnel an active and up-to-date data base of housing providers, housing assistance opportunities, subsidized programs and city-wide housing inventory.
Education, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: 

EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A Bachelor degree in a relevant field of study from accredited university or college;
  • 1-3 years of acceptable training/experience in homeless related services, housing related services and/or human services;
  • A fundamental understanding of the social determinants related to homelessness;
  • Must have valid driver’s license and clear motor vehicle record;
  • Criminal and Child Abuse clearance will be required.

 

KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS:

  • Knowledge of the local, state and federal housing and homeless regulations, guidelines, procedures, requirements and services;
  • Exceptional communication skills, both written and verbal. Ability to effectively communicate verbally with a variety of people, one-on-one, in small groups, and with larger groups in a briefing situation;
  • High degree of professionalism and ability to represent the agency in the in high community;
  • Ability to contribute positively and consistently with SELF/UAC personnel, while maintaining a level of independence;
  • Ability to cultivate relationships with SELF/UAC personnel, partner organizations, potential funders, program participants including housing providers, providers of housing assistance services,  and other supportive services;
  • Demonstrate strong administrative abilities and attention to detail;
  • Demonstrate strong research, writing, public speaking, and presentation skills;
  • Strong computer skills, including but not limited to Microsoft Office Software, and data base analysis software;
  • Ability to mitigate conflicts and negotiate successful resolutions to disputes among clients, housing providers and housing service providers when necessary;
  • Knowledge of and ability to execute organizational and program planning skills necessary to support and accomplish program and participant goals towards permanent housing;
  • Possess analytical skills necessary to: research policies, procedures, and guidance in response to specific questions or issues; make recommendations regarding what guidance is applicable to the specific situation and what course of action should be taken;
  • Creative problem solving skills for use when there is no directly applicable guidance;
  • Interviewing, negotiating techniques;
  • Ability to operate a variety of standard office machines, including a computer, fax machine, copier, multi-line telephone, and calculator;
  • Knowledge and execution of basic office procedures.
More Details: 
Disclaimer: Nothing in this job description restricts the organization’s right to assign other related duties or responsibilities to this job as needed.
Contact Info
Contact Info: 
Send cover letter and resume along with salary requirements to: Michael Hinson, Executive Director of SELF at: hinsonm@selfincorp.org
Additional Application Info: 
SELF/UAC is an Equal Opportunity Employer