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Homes for Families Executive Director
The Homes for Families Board of Directors is excited to announce the search for our next Executive Director (ED) who will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for staff, program implementation, and the execution of HFF’s mission to end family homelessness in Massachusetts. Our board is comprised of 50% members who have experienced homelessness and 50% providers in the family shelter system. The ideal candidate should be able to lead, organize, and motivate a small, passionate, and endlessly committed team to improve the lives of children and families experiencing housing instability and homelessness. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for Homes for Families’ staff, programs, and execution of its ambitious mission. This candidate will also have experience engaging in advocacy and public policy, community organizing, and approaching complex, structural issues from an equity and anti-racist lens. If we’re being honest, having a sense of humor won’t hurt either.
Who We Are:
Homes for Families is a statewide advocacy organization committed to ending family homelessness through permanent and emergency solutions. We are a collaborative of families who have experienced homelessness, service providers, and advocates. Together we educate, organize, and advocate for improved public policies to address the root causes of family homelessness with holistic and community-based solutions.
We understand that the best way forward is collaboratively, through family and provider driven, ground-up organizing, advocacy, and policy making. Our philosophy is guided by a set of Core Values:
- We respect every human being;
- We are driven by families’ experiences, insights, and voices;
- We provide a foundation for learning, a platform for sharing, and we create opportunities for leadership; and
- We work to reduce inequality through collaboration, advocacy, and community.
Homes for Families leads a membership network of 46 emergency shelter, housing, and human services providers from across Massachusetts to develop a unified voice on behalf of those working on the front line to help address issues of family homelessness, poverty, and economic development.
We partner with deeply housing-unstable families (both in shelter and doubled up) in order to have an accurate understanding of the barriers, challenges and true solutions to ending homelessness. Our partnership with families is the core of our ability to affect change and shift culture towards one where housing needs are met.
The Ideal Candidate:
The ideal candidate will have the ability to:
- Lead, motivate, and partner with a highly skilled and dedicated staff;
- Raise private and public funds and cultivate new funding opportunities;
- Oversee the progress of strategic plans and help guide in a clear vision for the future to the staff, the Board, and members of Homes for Families’ broader networks.
Leadership & Management:
Staff & Board
- Lead and develop staff; actively seek out opportunities for staff to grow skills and engage in appropriate professional development opportunities;
- Engage and energize Homes for Families’ staff, board members, organizational and family partners, and funders.
- Develop, maintain, and support a strong and active Board of Directors; seek and build board involvement with strategic direction;
- Partner with Deputy Director to monitor and evaluate programs and ensure integrity across all levels of implementation;
- Oversee fiscal management; monitor, develop and implement organization’s annual budget and personnel benefits program;
- Prepare and submit all appropriate reports to Board, state auditing agency, and funders in a timely manner;
- Oversee fundraising efforts to ensure organization is able to cover existing programming and agency overhead;
- Develop and implement strategies to diversify and grow funding sources
Stakeholder Engagement and Advocacy
- Represent Homes for Families publicly; develop and maintain relationships with public and private agencies and advocacy organizations;
- Build and maintain relationships with key policymakers and influencers across the state
- Represent Homes for Families in statewide collaborations and initiatives
- Serve as the organization’s lead policy and advocacy staff person; lead both legislative and administrative advocacy; engage in direct lobbying to carry out family/provider-generated public policy agenda;
- Oversee communication and media strategy, leveraging social media and other platforms such as HFF’s blog, advocacy actions via constituent database, and collateral.
Desired Skills and Abilities:
- Persons with lived experience are strongly encouraged to apply;
- Commitment to leading through teamwork and fostering a culture of mutual respect and shared accountability;
- Ability to prioritize workload and delegate as necessary;
- Passion for grassroots advocacy with a holistic, anti-racist lens;
- Experience working with state and local government;
- An ability to foster the fun and bring humor and positivity into the work setting;
- A genuine commitment to lifting up those around you; and
- Promote a culture that is shaped, driven and centered by family voice, expertise and experience
To apply: please submit resume and cover letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Homes for Families Community Organizer
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, partners, and those that have experienced housing instability with policymakers. 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 engagement in advocacy and raising 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 processes. We are seeking candidates with strong attention to detail and an ability to think critically and creatively. Candidates should be skilled in the areas of family homelessness and the impacts of economic instability as well as community building and facilitation.
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
- Facilitate and document content of focus groups, meetings and events with an emphasis on frontline staff; 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
- Seek ongoing input from front line staff and community members in order to contribute to overall HFF direction, social media and blog, data collection efforts and advocacy agenda
- 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
- Assist in the recruitment of providers with an emphasis on front line staff, to attend meetings, events, legislative meetings, hearings and focus groups
- Share information and update the HFF community via social media and communications outlets.
- Respond to and track general voice mail box calls.
- Assist in other areas as requested by supervisor.
To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to Nilaya Montalvo: email@example.com.
Homes for Families 2019-2020 Public Policy Internship
Intern Responsibilities (can vary depending on level of experience and number of available hours):
- Help draft and/or edit member, advocacy and event materials
- Produce, draft, and or edit blog posts, policy briefs, fact sheets, graphs and other information for policy makers and HFF constituents
- Assist with communication efforts to raise provider and family voices
- Assist with the planning and executing of events
- Support data maintenance and updates to our tracking and communications systems
- Research on housing, homelessness and economic development
- Assist with the logistical management of the Housing Solutions Campaign, a campaign focused on advocacy in support of the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program
- Represent Homes for Families on relative coalitions
- Supporting team members in other ways as requested
Preferred skills/experience of intern:
- Experience and/or passion around issues of social justice, housing stability, and racial justice
- Personal experience with homelessness a plus
- Past experience working in an office setting
- Strong work ethic
- Good writing and editing skills
- Computer skills including Microsoft Excel and the Microsoft office suite, and social media platforms
- Ability to take notes, share information
Stipends and Scheduling:
We do not currently have funding budgeted for a stipend, but would be willing to consider a stipend if the intern has experienced homelessness or has economic barriers.
We can be flexible with dates and scheduling, and depending on the candidate, consider full academic year, fall, spring, and summer internships placements, typically 2-3 days a week.
Submit resume and cover letter to Elizabeth Peck, Director of Operations and Member Engagement: firstname.lastname@example.org
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