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Housing Specialist – Homeownership

HOME is hiring a full-time Housing Specialist with our Homeownership team in our Housing Counseling and Education department. The Housing Specialist-Homeownership is expected to employ a variety of skills and methods and strategies, including group sessions, individual counseling sessions and community outreach efforts to maximize the benefit to the consumer. The Housing Specialist-Homeownership is responsible for facilitating strong, positive, and collaborative relationships internally as well as with community partners and stakeholders.
The Housing Specialist-Homeownership is responsible for assisting HOME in fulfilling its mission and strategic goals by providing high quality and comprehensive housing education and counseling services designed to help low- and moderate-income households build wealth and gain access to neighborhoods with good schools, good transportation, and access to jobs. The Housing Specialist-Homeownership is expected to employ a variety of skills and methods and strategies, including group sessions, individual counseling sessions and community outreach efforts in order to maximize the benefit to the consumer. Many of the incumbent’s job responsibilities will be carried out via cross-program teams and some functions will be matrix with other departments.

 
Duties & Responsibilities

  • Planning: Actively participates in strategic planning of the organization and the develop of departmental work plans.
  • Performance Planning: Actively participate in his or her own performance goals and helps to identify goals as well as areas of development. Actively participates in cross training programs. Takes responsibility for enhancing skills relative to the job.
  • Program Development: Participates in the development and implementation of new programs and services launched by HOME.
  • Provide Housing Counseling services to consumers: Provide comprehensive housing educational and counseling services. Provide one on one individual session with clients. Collect appropriate and comprehensive intake information to identify clients and their housing and/or financial need. Complete a comprehensive assessment of the client’s current situation.
  • Administer Financial Assistance: Screen and interview clients for eligibility for HOME’s financial assistance programs in accordance with required program regulations and procedures.
  • Coordination of loan closings: Coordinate all activities necessary to ensure timely loan closings for approved clients. Prepare files for processing after committee approval. Prepare project set up forms as required by program funders.
  • Education and outreach: Build collaborative relationships and provide comprehensive housing education and training to community. Conducts a variety of group education services, utilizing organization protocols designed to increase the financial literacy of consumers including: homebuyer education; credit and money management; bankruptcy recovery and rental education sessions for renting families.
  • Data management & record keeping: Responsible for keeping complete, accurate and detailed records of all counseling and other activities as required. The counselor is to be intricately involved in the development and tracking of measurable outcomes on service delivery.
  • Facilitates effective program operations and communication: Effectively plans and implements matrix program functions. Coordinates services and organizational activities across program lines.
  • Customer Service: Uphold and practice agency universal standards on delivery of services and is respectful to customers and maintains the dignity of all persons. Maintaining a professional demeanor and decorum at all times.

 
Qualifications
A bachelor’s degree and three or more years of experience providing direct case management and counseling experience is required. Experience in pre-purchasing counseling a plus. The ideal candidate must have demonstrated skills in the basic areas of counseling and case management and the ability to apply those skills in work with a variety of people including; demonstrates the ability to effectively facilitate group sessions on a variety of housing topics, demonstrated the skill and ability to effectively make necessary linkages and referrals to other community resources on behalf of clients.
The housing specialist must demonstrate the knowledge of and the ability to effectively utilize a variety of computer software programs, particularly, those programs that are a part of the day-to-day functions of the position. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Products, particularly Word, Excel and Access are required. Ability to apply other software applications is a plus. The incumbent must demonstrate the ability to work with diverse populations and form appropriate professional relationships with both clients and co-workers.
Bilingual professional is preferred. Excellent oral and written presentation skills in both English and Spanish or other native languages are a PLUS.
In addition, all employees of HOME are expected to meet these general qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to social justice
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to communicate complex issues, data and concepts clearly
  • The ability to function effectively within and/or high performance, cross-divisional work teams
  • The ability to coordinate key program activities across programs
  • Willingness to participate in fund development activities and effectively manage key constituent relationships and provide the necessary client data and information to HOME
  • The ability to act independently and proactively
  • The ability to adapt to changing circumstances
  • Exercise sound judgment and diplomacy
  • The ability to manage multiple projects
  • The ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism, confidentiality and substantial contact with the public

 
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. (HOME) is Virginia’s premier fair housing and housing counseling organization, offering a variety of programs and services designed to ensure equal access to housing for all Virginians. HOME is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and a HUD‐approved housing counseling agency. HOME enacts its mission to ensure equal housing access for all people through extensive research, housing counseling and education, fair housing advocacy, and housing policy.

HOME is focused on employee engagement and committed to a healthy, diverse inclusive work environment. We offer a competitive benefits package. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and their resume to [email protected] include Housing Specialist – Homeownership in the subject line. HOME is an equal opportunity employer with an accessible workplace.

This position will close on Friday, September 18, at 5:00 p.m.
 


Development Director

HOME is hiring a full-time Development Director. The Development Director plans for and executes all private development activities for HOME in close coordination with President and CEO, implements development activities and other work necessary to further HOME’s strategic plan. The Development Director provides leadership for development and program activities, coordinates materials and meetings with the Board and volunteers, event planning and execution and manages the database of donors. The position also works closely with the Executive Team, serves on the Strategic Implementation Team and undertakes other duties as assigned.
 
Duties & Responsibilities
HOME seeks a Development Director that can act as a generalist in helping us secure funds and resources in fulfilling our mission. This includes an emphasis on building our individual giving and private and national foundations. In support of that goal we expect that the duties of the Development Director will include:

  • Develops and executes annual and quarterly development plans that includes foundation, corporate, Board, individual giving, and events.
  • Staffs the Board Resources and Development Committee independently, with input and guidance from the CEO.
  • Develops new institutional and individual giving prospects
  • Plans and executes development and Board special events and projects.
  • Manages Sage and utilizes it as a tool to plan for development activities, ensures that timely entry of donations is made into the system and that timely acknowledgement of annual giving plans from Board members and follows up to ensure 100% participation in giving by Board members on an annual basis.
  • Works with senior staff to identify and prepare grant proposals.
  • Plans an effective communication plan for donors and works with CEO and Director of Communications to prepare and distribute appeal letters.
  • Organizes and maintains a logical, systematic and readily accessible filing system.

 
Qualifications
The Development Director will have excellent interpersonal skills and experience in making individual giving requests. They also will have high attention to detail, be extremely organized and enjoy connecting and building relationships with others. A bachelor’s degree and three to five plus years’ experience in a non-profit or for-profit organization specifically in fund development.

The ideal candidate will display a high level of professionalism: appropriate presentation in speech and manner and a responsible and discreet approach to confidential situations especially dealing with donors and Board of Directors. Excellent communication, writing and editing skills: ability to produce and edit documents and organize materials effectively. Exceptional interpersonal, communication, and diplomacy skills: the ability to interact effectively in person and in writing with a wide range of individuals from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Superb organizational and planning skills and a keen attention to detail: ability to effectively multi-task and manage a broad spectrum of detail-oriented responsibilities with the appropriate sense of urgency. Flexible, pro-active work style: ability to initiate and trouble-shoot. Ability to work productively in a team and independently. Excellent computer skills: Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office and experience in managing a donor database.

In addition, all employees of HOME are expected to meet these general qualifications:

  • Strong commitment to social justice
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • The ability to communicate complex issues, data and concepts clearly
  • The ability to function effectively within and/or high performance, cross-divisional work teams
  • The ability to coordinate key program activities across programs
  • Willingness to participate in fund development activities and effectively manage key constituent relationships and provide the necessary client data and information to HOME
  • The ability to act independently and proactively
  • The ability to adapt to changing circumstances
  • Exercise sound judgment and diplomacy
  • The ability to manage multiple projects
  • The ability to maintain a high degree of professionalism, confidentiality and substantial contact with the public

 
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, Inc. (HOME) is Virginia’s premier fair housing and housing counseling organization, offering a variety of programs and services designed to ensure equal access to housing for all Virginians. HOME is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and a HUD‐approved housing counseling agency. HOME enacts its mission to ensure equal housing access for all people through extensive research, housing counseling and education, fair housing advocacy, and housing policy.

HOME is focused on employee engagement and committed to a healthy, diverse inclusive work environment. We offer a competitive benefits package Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and their resume to [email protected] include Development Director in the subject line. HOME is an equal opportunity employer with an accessible workplace.

This position is open until filled.

 


 

HOME is an equal opportunity employer with an accessible workplace.

All HOME employees are expected to exemplify the following universal performance standards and principles:

Eliminating Racism: Exemplify HOME’s commitment to social justice and to the dismantling of racism in all activities.

Commitment to Fair Housing: Regardless of their position, cooperate fully in assisting the Center for Fair Housing in the investigation of housing discrimination when requested.

Commitment to Fund Development: Cooperate fully in appropriate fund development activities of the agency, including the appropriate management of key constituent relationships.

Leadership: Demonstrate integrity; take initiative; look for and accept responsibility; be a creative problem solver; recognize the contributions of others and help build consensus. Staff members are also expected to maintains a positive attitude and keep personal issues out of the workplace.

Teamwork: In recognition of the matrixed nature of HOME, demonstrate a commitment and ability to effectively work in a variety of work teams; establish and maintain effective working relationships; show respect for and support others and work cooperatively. Each staff member is expected to utilize a wide variety of skills across programmatic lines and appropriately and effectively coordinate activities with other departments.

Communication: Effectively and positively communicate with a variety of people in the workplace.

Professionalism: Adhere to established personnel policies and work standards. Maintain a professional demeanor; handle difficult situations with tact and diplomacy; listen to others; maintain excellent oral and written self expression; represent themselves and the organization well in public.

Customer Service: Demonstrate a commitment to, maintain high standards and practices of top quality customer service and adhere to the customer service standards established by the organization.

Knowledge and Skills: Demonstrate a high degree of technical knowledge relative to the position; maintains a high degree of knowledge about HOME and it programs and look for ways to enhance skills. Each staff member is expected to have a basic working knowledge about the use of technology including computers and voicemail.

Planning/Analysis/Decision Making: Demonstrate the ability to anticipate and solve problems, weigh consequences and make appropriate decisions.

Use of Time: Is punctual, makes good use of time while in the office and does not spend excessive work time on personal matters.

Flexibility: Demonstrate a willingness to try new approaches, able to compromise, responds to unscheduled requests.

Reliability: Can be relied upon by co-workers and supervisors to complete tasks well and on time, works independently.