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Homes for Families is Hiring!!!
Job Posting: Community Organizer/Data and Communications Specialist
Homes for Families (HFF) is a social change organization dedicated to ending family homelessness. Since 1994, HFF has worked to bring together grassroots organizing and advocacy, policy and data analysis, and partnership, civic engagement, and best practices. Key to our success is engaging our members and those that have experienced housing instability with policy makers. The data and communications Community Organizer will serve as a liaison between the parent and provider engagement work; maximize the use of social media and data for advocacy engagement; and raise awareness about the family homelessness crisis in the Commonwealth.
Qualifications: Qualified candidates will have demonstrated a commitment to racial, social, and economic justice and community led and solution focused processes. We are seeking candidates with strong attention to detail and an ability to think critically and creatively. Candidates should have knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud, Excel, and RStudio and/or a willingness to learn, and have an ability to translate data and share information in a way that is accessible, informative, and aesthetic.
All employees of Homes for Families are expected to:
- Uphold and honor agency values
- Approach the work with an anti-racist and equity lens and strive for continued growth and cultural competency
- Represent Homes for Families and speak publicly on behalf of the agency
- Maintain awareness of new initiatives, issues, and policies impacting homelessness and low income families
- Field phone calls and provide appropriate information and referrals
- Track activities, outputs, and outcomes
- Strive to meet mutually agreed upon goals
- Contribute to short and long-term organizational planning and strategy
- Collaborate and coordinate with other staff members
- Other activities as needed
The following are responsibilities of the Community Organizer
- Lead in the planning and facilitation of monthly Community Meetings, including sharing of the information from the meeting through blog posts, social media, and other outlets
- Attend and document content of focus groups, meetings, and other convenings; partner with co-workers to package and communicate information to stakeholders
- Assist in the development of surveys, interview questions, and support staff members in soliciting information, ideas and perspectives from families facing homelessness and housing instability , shelter providers, and other stakeholders
- Lead in the convening and organizing of data staff from shelter agencies and develop mechanisms for collecting data and sharing information including the management of the Shelter Provider Data Use Cohort
- Synthesize and analyze data including data requests and reports from DHCD
- Use data, quotes and other materials to develop fact sheets, info graphics, social media posts, information documents and assist in the creation of longer briefs and reports
- Seek opportunities to promote intersectional connections to family homelessness with other organizations and sectors, and learn about innovative and promising practices, advocacy opportunities, and key updates to share with the family homelessness field
- Assist in the planning of events and actions
- Maintain distribution lists and assist in managing agency communication systems and strategies, including website, blog, social media, email blasts, and written promotional materials
- Assist in the recruitment of families and providers to attend meetings, events, legislative meetings, and focus groups
This is a full time salaried position; compensation commensurate with experience. To apply, please email a cover letter, resume to Nilaya Montalvo at email@example.com
Lynn Shelter Association is Hiring!
Program: Individual Emergency Shelter
Title: Housing Search Specialist
Reports to:Director of Clinical Services
Function of Work: Under the general direction of the Director of Clinical Services, the Housing Search Specialist focuses on activities aimed at securing affordable permanent housing to people living in the LSA emergency shelter for unaccompanied adults.
Educational Requirements: Bachelor’s degree preferred, Associates with relevant experience will be considered. Valid Massachusetts Driver’s License
Experience: minimum of 2 years of housing search experience with homeless or low income populations.
- Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Applications
- Ability to work independently and relate to all levels of the organization
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Knowledge of HUD and DHCD regulations
- Familiarity with Fair Housing Law
- Work with case managers at the ES and CSPECH to conduct thorough housing assessment for LSA clients.
- Maintain detailed data for all LSA clients and their housing related needs; including a record of all housing applications submitted, barriers to housing needing to be addressed, the plan for doing so and progress made.
- Attend staff meetings and case conferences to coordinate activities with case managers.
- Identify sources of funds to cover first, last month’s rent and security deposit for re-housing.
- Develop, maintain, and expand database of landlords, property management companies, regional lotteries for all affordable housing units through community outreach and networking.
- Serve as key point of contact with landlords, realtors and potential housing partners.
- Mediation between landlords and tenants as needed, negotiate leases on behalf of LSA clients.
- Offer training to clients and staff on fair housing, rights and responsibilities of tenancy in Massachusetts.
- Document housing plans and progress in client files.
The requirements described here are representative of what must be done to successfully perform the essential job functions. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job function.
- Regularly required to sit, walk, stand, bend, and stoop to access information and materials in file cabinets shelves and closets
- Normal range of hearing and vision is required in this position with or without correction
- Must be able to work with background distractions
- Frequently requires use of equipment such as telephone, copiers, computers and fax machine
- Ability to quickly walk up three flights of stairs
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with a culturally diverse population of clients, other care providers, family and community members
- Ability to work collaboratively as a member of a team
- Organized and detail oriented
- Ability to function under pressure
- Ability to be flexible, open and responsive to crisis management
If you are interested in working at Lynn Shelter Association, please contact us at HR@lsahome.org
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