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(Below are our current open positions.)

JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS

July 2019

Housing Counseling Services (HCS) is looking for partners to join our teams! HCS is a non-profit agency founded in 1972 to provide training, counseling and technical assistance to home buyers, homeowners, tenants and the homeless. HCS works to build the capacity of individuals and groups to preserve their homes, seek their highest level of housing independence and support the economic and social development of their neighborhoods. Employing a bottom-up approach to community services, HCS believes that by training and educating clients, they will be better equipped to gain control over their lives. HCS places additional emphasis on removing barriers for groups without adequate access to services, such as language minority, immigrant, disabled, homeless and elderly populations.

HCS is looking for committed individuals to work in a variety of positions (see below). We are a collaborative, team oriented organization that values high standards, creativity and partnership. HCS is an equal opportunity employer and affirmatively seeks diversity in its workforce. HCS recruits qualified applicants and advances in employment its employees without regard to race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, marital or familiar status, sex, age, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law. Language and cultural competency skills for all of these positions are a plus!

The following is a summary of our open positions. Resumes and cover letters should be sent to employment@housingetc.org. We want to hear from you, but resumes without cover letters will not be considered.

OPEN POSITIONS

− COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST ($42,000-55,000)

Position Summary: The Community Engagement Specialists support tenants in preserving their housing, building skills, and benefit from enhanced opportunities. The Community Engagement Specialist will establish and firm up partnerships with private and public entities in order to create and enhance a series of programs to support tenants. This position will work closely with our Tenant Services Specialists to help to form tenant associations, support the redevelopment of affordable housing, prevent displacement and engage individuals and the community in efforts to benefit from new investments. The Community Engagement Specialist will also build programs and services to support financial and asset building skills.

  • Conduct outreach to tenants
  • Provide workshops on housing related issues.
  • Develop educational materials on credit/budget/asset building/ housing topics.
  • Coordinate and moderate training workshops and courses, etc.
  • Participate in community events to engage the public on various housing issues.
  • Engage community partners including: community leaders, community meetings, community fairs, management companies, and other opportunities to disseminate information.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Logistics: Daily access to transportation, extensive local travel is required.

  • Relevant experience: Background in, or experience with outreach, organizing, community development, and/or social services.
  • Personal attributes: must be dynamic, flexible, self-directed, a strong multi-tasker, collaborative/team-focused, and have excellent analytical and public speaking skills.
  • Communication skills: Ability to translate technical information into layman’s terms, ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people including: community groups, real estate professionals, landlords, attorneys, public officials, and low-income families from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
  • Commitment to affordable housing, social justice and community education.
  • Nights and weekend work required
  • Ability to keep organized records and create detailed spreadsheets.

 

− CASE MANAGER ($50,000-60,000)

Housing Counseling Services, Inc. (HCS) seeks an energetic self-starter to provide comprehensive case management services to Persons Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), and their households in the D.C. Metropolitan region.  

 RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Provide case management services to PLWHA on housing, employment, financial, and social service issues in order to address and improve their overall stability;
  • Provide comprehensive and timely housing navigation services to PLWHA who are experiencing homelessness and at risk of homelessness;
  • Provide comprehensive employment services to PLWHA who are experiencing unemployment and/or are seeking increased employment opportunities;
  • Develop housing and employment plans in collaboration with the client, identifying barriers and specific related tasks to be accomplished that support short and long term stability;
  • Conduct regular follow-up with clients to ensure their housing and employment situation remains stable and to assess for additional support services needed;
  • Advocate on behalf of clients with landlords, housing providers, utility service providers, social service agencies, etc;
  • Conduct outreach to community based organizations, housing resources, and service providers to identify new and existing housing and employment support opportunities;
  • Identify and connect clients with appropriate support services and programs that can further assist the client stabilize their housing situation;
  • Build relationships with landlords and property owners to encourage landlord participation in leasing to HCS participants;
  • Input and update client data into HCS and jurisdictional computer databases;
  • Maintain accurate written and computer based client files;
  • Provide accurate and complete monthly reports detailing service activities and outcomes;
  • Perform other HCS tasks as requested;

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • A bachelor’s degree with specialized professional experience in case management/social work (Field placements may count towards professional experience);
  • Strong ability to work independently and as a team player exercising mature judgment;
  • Highly motivated self-starter with an ability to complete multiple tasks in timely manner;
  • Must have excellent problem solving skills and able to develop innovate solutions;
  • Experience providing supportive services to PLWHA or at-risk populations;
  • Ability to respond to multiple emergency needs with patience and diligence;
  • Must demonstrate the ability to communicate with a variety of professionals including bankers, realtors, contractors, landlords;
  • Must maintain and execute confidential information;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills as well as excellent computer skills;
  • Ability to translate technical information into layman’s terms;
  • Sensitivity to the needs within the community and to individual clients;

 

− TENANT ORGANIZER ($46,000-$55,000)

We are seeking an energetic self-starter to provide outreach, training, counseling, and technical assistance to low- and moderate-income District tenants. The Tenant Services division seeks to empower low- and moderate-income tenants through education and outreach; assisting tenants so that they understand their rights, opportunities, and responsibilities and can make their own informed housing choices.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Conduct outreach in buildings throughout DC where tenants are at risk for displacement.
  • Provide training to tenants on tenant rights, forming a tenant association, the purchase process, developing partnerships, running good meetings, selecting development partners, understanding rental subsidies and other topics.
  • Provide ongoing technical assistance to tenants and tenant associations who seek to pursue actions to preserve their rights, form tenant associations, purchase their homes, partner with developers, improve housing conditions, preserve housing affordability and subsidies, etc.
  • Engage partners including: property owners, management companies, developers, attorneys, lenders, inspectors and government officials.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Background in, or experience with, community development, affordable housing, at-risk populations, organizing and/or anti-poverty work;
  • Experience in providing direct services to low-income individuals and families;
  • Sensitivity to needs within the community and to individual clients;
  • Must be dynamic, flexible, self-directed, a capable multi-tasker, collaborative/team-focused, and have excellent analytical and public speaking skills;
  • Flexible hours that require evening meetings at least four days a week;
  • Ability to translate technical information into layman’s terms;
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people including: lenders, developers, landlords, attorneys, public officials, and low-income individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds;
  • Comfortable working in conflict situations and being out of the office in neighborhoods throughout DC including evening hours;
  • Commitment to affordable housing, social justice and community education;
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus! Other language skills appreciated;
  • Daily access to a car or other transportation to travel throughout the city.

– Housing Counselor / Trainer ($42,000 – $55,000)

Support households seeking home ownership by providing individual counseling, income certifications, training and other support services. Help and support individuals to develop the skills necessary to take the steps towards long-term home ownership. Assist individuals in completing applications and conduct income certifications for specialized home ownership programs. Participate in workshops and outreach efforts to support all programs.  Some evening and weekend hours are required. Special Skills:  A minimum of four years of combined education/professional experience related to real estate, finance, education, counseling or related field, ability to motivate individuals and translate complicated information into layman’s terms, attention to detail, and public speaking skills.

– HOUSING SUPPORT SPECIALIST ($34,000 – $42,000)

Provide administrative support to Case Management teams and Program Directors. Client intake, reception, copying, filing, appointment scheduling, data input, etc. Special skills: ability to multitask, attention to detail, professional experience.

 

ALL POSITION REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to work independently and as a team player exercising mature judgment;
  • Highly motivated self-starter with an ability to multi-task and meet deadlines;
  • Must have excellent problem solving skills and able to develop innovative solutions;
  • Experience providing supportive services to at-risk populations;
  • Ability to respond to multiple needs with patience and diligence;
  • Must demonstrate the ability to communicate with a variety of professionals including bankers, realtors, contractors, landlords;
  • Must maintain and execute confidential information;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills as well as excellent computer skills;
  • Ability to translate technical information into layman’s terms;
  • Sensitivity to the needs within the community and to individual clients.

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HCS is an equal opportunity employer and affirmatively seeks diversity in its workforce. HCS recruits qualified applicants and advances in employment its employees without regard to race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical or mental disability, marital or familiar status, sex, age, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law. Resumes and cover letters should be sent to employment@housingetc.org. We want to hear from you, but resumes without cover letters will not be considered.