Employment at HCS

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(Below are our current open positions.)

JOB ANNOUNCEMENTS

2022

HCS is a non-profit agency founded in 1972 to provide training, counseling and technical assistance to homebuyers, 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.

POSITION: TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM SOCIAL WORKER (Salary Range: $60,000 – $70,000)

Housing Counseling Services is seeking a licensed social worker (minimum LGSW licensure) to coordinate the delivery of services to individuals participating in our agency’s transitional housing programs. The social worker will assist program participants identify and implement strategies that support long term housing stability as well as provide assistance in their development and implementation of a plan to respond to presenting housing barriers. As appropriate, the social worker will assist clients access available community resources. We are seeking employees who are smart, high energy, committed to helping people to join our housing services delivery team.  The starting salary range for this position is $60k-$70k per year plus benefits.

PRIMARY DUTIES:

  • Coordinate the delivery of support services towards assisting transitional housing program participants move to stable long-term or permanent housing opportunities;
  • Assist program participants explore all viable stable housing options including renting, shared housing, and permanent supportive housing options;
  • Conduct regular assessment of participants’ needs and barriers. Connect program participants with needed support service including financial assistance, food, utilities, clothing, employment training and opportunities, education services, medical care, etc.
  • Advocate on the behalf of program participants with landlords, social service agencies, etc.
  • Complete housing plans with program participants to detail tasks to be accomplished to support transitioning to permanent housing and to prevent future housing crises;
  • Develop household budget and personal money management plan with program participants that support future housing independence;
  • Conduct regular home visits and follow-up with participants to evaluate implementation of housing plan and to provide appropriate technical assistance.
  • Maintain accurate written and computer-based files.
  • Assist other staff in meeting the needs of HCS clients.
  • Perform other HCS tasks as requested.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master of Social Work degree with LGSW or higher social work licensure;
  • Experience and demonstrated success delivering services to at risk populations;
  • 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;
  • Must demonstrate the ability to communicate with a variety of professionals including doctors, attorneys, and real estate professionals;
  • Must maintain and manage confidential information;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills as well as excellent computer skills;
  • Ability to translate technical information into layman’s terms; and
  • Sensitivity to the needs within the community and to individual clients.

Resumes and cover letters should be sent to employment@housingetc.org  . Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.

POSITION: TRANSITIONAL HOUSING PROGRAM CASE MANAGER (Salary Range: $52,000 – $65,000) Housing Counseling Services (HCS) is seeking qualified individuals for our STOP Program Transitional Housing Program Case Manager position. This position will provide intensive services to HIV+ individuals enrolled in our 12-18 month transitional housing program. The case manager will assist clients to identify and implement strategies to support long-term housing stability and provide assistance in their development and implementation of a plan to respond to presenting housing barriers. As appropriate, housing case managers will assist clients access available community resources. We are seeking a smart, high energy, committed and quick learner.

PRIMARY DUTIES:

  • Provide intensive case management services towards assisting transitional housing clients move to stable long-term/permanent housing opportunities;
  • Assist families explore all viable stable housing options including renting, shared housing, and permanent supportive housing options;
  • Conduct regular assessment of clients’ needs and barriers. Connect clients with support including financial assistance, food, utilities, clothing, employment training and opportunities, education services, medical care, etc.
  • Advocate on the behalf of clients with landlords, social service agencies, etc.
  • Complete housing plans with clients to detail specific tasks to be accomplished to transition to permanent housing and to prevent future housing crises;
  • Develop household budget and personal money management plan with clients to support housing independence;
  • Conduct regular home visits and follow-up with clients to evaluate implementation of housing plan and to provide appropriate technical assistance.
  • May require occasional flexed weekend and evening hours.
  • Maintain accurate written and computer-based files.
  • Assist other staff in meeting the needs of HCS clients.
  • Perform other HCS tasks as requested.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master of Social Work licensed at minimum at the LGSW level required;
  • Experience providing intensive case management and providing housing case management preferred;
  • Strong ability to work independently and as a team player exercising mature judgment;
  • Demonstrated success/effectiveness delivering direct services to at-risk populations;
  • 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 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 doctors, attorneys, and real estate professionals;
  • Must maintain and manage 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;
  • Fluency in Spanish a plus! Other language skills are appreciated.

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. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.

POSITION: TENANT ORGANIZER (Salary Range: $50,000 – $70,000)

Housing Counseling Services (HCS) seeks an energetic self-starter to provide outreach, training, and technical assistance to low and moderate-income District tenants. The Tenant Organizer will join a dynamic team of co-workers who seek to empower low and moderate-income tenants through education and outreach. The Tenant Organizer will provide technical assistance to tenants so that they understand their rights and opportunities and can make their own informed housing choices.
HCS is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1972 to provide comprehensive housing counseling, training, advocacy, and technical assistance to low and moderate-income tenants, homebuyers, homeowners, and the homeless. Our goal is to build sustainable communities through informed housing consumers.

PRIMARY DUTIES:
• Provide ongoing technical assistance to tenants and tenant associations who seek to preserve their rights, form tenant associations, purchase their buildings, partner with developers, improve housing conditions, preserve housing affordability and subsidies.
• Conduct outreach in buildings throughout DC where tenants are at risk for displacement.
• Provide trainings on tenant rights and responsibilities, forming a tenant association, the tenant purchase process, developing partnerships, selecting development partners and other topics.
• Engage partners including property owners, management companies, developers, attorneys, lenders, inspectors, and government officials;
• Flexible hours that require evening meetings at approximately four days a week.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Must be dynamic, flexible, self-directed, a capable multi-tasker, collaborative/team-focused, and have excellent analytical and public speaking skills;
• Commitment to affordable housing, social justice, and community education;
• 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;
• 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;
• Fluency in Spanish a plus! Other language skills are appreciated.

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. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.

POSITION: FAIR HOUSING SPECIALIST (Salary Range: $50,000 – $60,000)

Housing Counseling Services seeks an energetic self-starter Fair Housing Specialist.

PRIMARY DUTIES:

  • Develop outreach and education tools on fair housing. •Coordinate all fair housing activities including compliant intake and follow up, fair housing education & outreach, trainings, technical assistance on fair housing, distribution of fair housing materials. •Provide workshops and trainings on fair housing and fair housing related information to the public. • Conduct intake and analysis of client complaints; refer complaints to the proper enforcement agencies to ensure that complaints are addressed. •Engage partnerships with community organizations, management companies, developers, attorneys, lenders, real estate professionals, and government officials.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Logistics: Daily access to a car, local travel is required.
  • Relevant experience: Background in, or experience with, fair housing, marketing, community development, and/or real estate.
  • Personal attributes: must be dynamic, flexible, self-directed, a strong multi-tasker, collaborative/team-focused, and have excellent analytical and public speaking skills.
  • Knowledge of fair housing complaint procedures.
  • Communication skills: Ability to translate technical information into layman’s terms, ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people including: lenders, 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.
  • Fluency in Spanish or other languages a plus.
  • Must be able to pass HUD Housing Counseling exam within 30 days.
  • Nights and weekend work required.

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. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.

POSITION: HOUSING PRESERVATION SPECIALIST (Salary Range: $50,000 – $70,000)

The Housing Preservation Specialist will support tenants in preserving their housing, building skills, and benefit from enhanced opportunities. The Housing Preservation Specialist will establish and firm up partnerships with private and public entities in order to create and enhance a series of strategies to prevent the displacement of residents East of the River. This position will work closely with our Tenant Services Specialists as well as community stakeholders to support the redevelopment of affordable housing, prevent displacement and engage individuals and the community in efforts to benefit from new investments.

PRIMARY DUTIES:
• Conduct research of existing affordable housing strategies in other cities
• Provide direct service and outreach to tenants East of the River
• Identify housing conditions and necessities of residents East of the River through surveys and other means of collecting data
• Maintain a database of all buildings served, including activities, outcomes and expectations for preservation
• Establish policy initiatives to support small multifamily housing preservation strategies
• Participate in community events to engage the public on various housing issues at community meetings, community fairs and other opportunities to disseminate information.
• Engage community partners including: community leaders, government officials, developers, lenders, management companies.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Education: Minimum BA, Masters in Urban Planning, Housing Finance or related field Preferred
• Logistics: Daily access to transportation, extensive local travel is required.
• Relevant experience: Background in urban planning and research, community development, affordable housing.
• 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 capture data produce detailed maps, keep organized records and create detailed spreadsheets.

 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. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.

POSITION: HOUSING COUNSELOR/TRAINER ($48,000-$65,000)

Housing Counseling Service is looking for a Housing Counselor/Trainer to join our team. We are looking for a high energy, committed, and detail oriented person to help and support our diverse community to develop the skills necessary to take the steps towards long term homeownership.

PRIMARY DUTIES:

  • Support households seeking homeownership by providing individual counseling,
  • Income certifications,
  • Training and other support services,
  •  Assist individuals in completing applications for specialized homeownership programs, and
  • Some evening and weekend hours are required.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Ability to motivate individuals;
  • Attention to detail;
  • 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;
  • A minimum of combined higher education and/or professional experience related to real estate, finance, education, counseling, mortgage underwriting, or related field totaling at least 4 years to support the position requirements;
  • Bi-lingual individuals are encouraged to apply; and
  • The selected candidate must become HUD certified within 60 days of employment.

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 family status, sex, age, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law.

Resumes and cover letters should be sent to employment@housingetc.org. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.

POSITION: FORECLOSURE PREVENTION COUNSELOR / TRAINER (Salary Range: $48,000 – $58,000)

If you are looking for a challenging but yet gratifying opportunity to make a real difference on the front lines of home preservation, consider a career in Foreclosure Prevention. We are seeking a highly qualified Housing Counselor to engage homeowners at risk of foreclosure throughout the DC Metro area. Our counselors regularly work with homeowners, lenders, municipalities as well as the courts to prevent foreclosure on a daily basis. If you are highly motivated and want to be challenged, please apply.

PRIMARY DUTIES:
Provide counseling to homeowners on all housing issues in order to resolve problems and improve housing opportunities;

Evaluate homeowners’ eligibility for loss mitigation options and other alternatives to avert foreclosure;

Prepare mortgage relief applications with clients and follow-up with lenders to confirm completion;

Negotiate workout agreements with lenders on behalf of clients;

Prepare homeowners for foreclosure mediation and participate at mediation sessions to support client needs;

Follow-up with all clients to be assured that their needs are being met; and

Maintain accurate written and computer based files.

QUALIFICATIONS:
Excellent oral and written communication skills;

Must demonstrate the ability to communicate with a variety of people including lenders, realtors, and low and moderate income families from a variety of cultures;

Ability to translate technical information into layman’s terms;

Compassionate listener and firm educator;

Must demonstrate an ability to work with a minimum of supervision;

Must be versatile in order to handle a wide variety of duties;

Sensitivity to the needs within the community and to individual clients;

Computer skills; and

Bi-lingual preferred.

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 family status, sex, age, sexual orientation, or any other category protected by law.

Resumes and cover letters should be sent to employment@housingetc.org. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.

POSITION: FINANCIAL LITERACY COUNSELOR  (Salary Range: $50,000 – $60,000)

HCS is actively seeking a Financial Literacy Counselor to provide counseling to families on credit repair, budgeting, money management to improve housing stability. 

 

PRIMARY DUTIES

  • Schedule and facilitate financial planning workshops and provide one-on-one credit counseling
  • Analyze credit reports and make recommendations on resolving poor credit profiles
  • Assist in developing household budgets with a plan of action to resolve financial barriers.
  • Advocate on the behalf of clients with creditors, landlords, social service agencies, etc.
  • Provide ongoing support and actively engage clients to promote financial health
  • Follow-up with all clients to be assured that their needs are being met.
  • Maintain accurate written and computer based files.
  • Assist clients in meeting their housing goals.

 

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team player exercising mature judgment.
  • Must demonstrate the ability to communicate with a variety of people including creditors, landlords and low and moderate income families from a variety of cultures.
  • Ability to translate technical information into layman’s terms.
  • Must be able to pass the HUD Housing Counseling Certification exam within 30 days.
  • Ability to manage large case load.
  • Must demonstrate an ability to work with a minimum of supervision.
  • Must be versatile in order to handle a wide variety of duties.
  • Sensitivity to the needs within the community and to individual clients.
  • Computer skills.
  • Spanish or other non-English language fluency desirable but not essential.
  • Two years of specialized professional experience in social work, housing counseling, urban studies, or related fields (B.A. degree in a related field will be considered as one year of specialized experience).
  • Background in housing development, real estate practices, social service work, financial analysis and affordable housing principals helpful.

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. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.

POSITION: SUPPORT SPECIALIST (Salary Range: $40,000 – $48,000)

HCS is seeking dedicated, hardworking and team-oriented individual to join our staff. The Support Specialist  will provide customer service to agency clients and support services to HCS staff. The intake office is a very active and team centered environment that demands multi-tasking, energy, calm professionalism and quick action. The Support Specialist must become knowledgeable about all housing issues so as to best serve low and moderate income families seeking to improve housing opportunities and/or resolve a housing crisis. The duties of this position include: triage clients to identify housing needs, provide information about available HCS and community housing services/programs, process program applications, communicate with various community agencies, maintain and update agency database, and collect program data to complete monthly reports.

 

PRIMARY DUTIES:

  • Conduct client interviews to determine needs;
  • Schedule appointments;
  • Make appropriate referrals within HCS and to outside sources;
  • Receive and welcome clients;
  • Answer calls, manage multi-line telephone system;
  • Input client data and navigate through client database;
  • Ensure that individuals are warmly served through our one-stop-shop for all housing services;
  • Work effectively as part of a team with minimal supervision;
  • Operate a multi-line telephone system, computer and database software;
  • Communicate effectively with multi-lingual, multicultural clients about our services in a challenging environment;
  • Manage difficult calls and in-person contacts in a calm, courteous, efficient and professional manner;
  • Assess confidential information provided by clients and provide appropriate and accurate information, materials and/or referrals;
  • Join a staff of forty in a team environment to identify challenges and suggest new and creative ways to meet our client needs and agency goals; and
  • Other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor and Program Directors.

 

QUALIFICATIONS: 

  • High School Diploma;
  • Multi-tasking skills are required to meet the high energy office needs;
  • Ability to communicate effectively over the telephone and in person;
  • Ability to analyze information and provide logical solutions;
  • Creativity, energy and personal stamina;
  • Ability to perform under pressure and handle a high volume of work;
  • Ability to enter complete and accurate data under the pressure of deadlines;
  • Ability to learn different programs and present information regarding each program efficiently and in layman’s terms;
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team; and
  • HCS targets limited English Proficient clients and always seeks staff with language skills.

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. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.

POSITION: ERAP CASE MANAGER (Salary Range: $50,000 – $55,000)

Housing Counseling Services, Inc. seeks an energetic self-starter to provide case management services to low-income individuals and families who are currently homeless or who are at-risk for homelessness residing in the D.C. Metropolitan region. Case Managers are expected to provide support services to clients and to conduct follow-up for up to 90 days or as needed.

PRIMARY DUTIES:

  • Provide case management services to individuals and families on all housing and social service issues in order to resolve problems and improve their  housing/financial situation;
  • Determine client eligibility for ERAP;
  • Communicate with client and case managers regarding status of ERAP applications via written and oral communication;
  • Complete appropriate comprehensive housing assessments for applicants applying for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program;
  • Develop housing plans in collaboration with the applicant, identifying specific housing related tasks to be accomplish that support short and long term housing stability;
  • Access appropriate support services and programs that will assist the applicant stabilize their housing situation;
  • Connect applicants with on-going community based case management services to support long term self-sufficiency;
  • Advocate on the behalf of applicants with landlords, social service agencies, etc.;
  • Conduct follow-up with applicants to ensure their housing situation remains stable and to assess for  additional service needs; and
  • Provide accurate and complete monthly reports detailing service activities and outcomes.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least two years of specialized professional experience in case management / social work (MSW with field placements may count towards professional experience.);
  • HUD Housing Counselor Certification or ability to pass the national HUD Housing Counseling Certification exam within six months of employment;
  • Experience providing supportive services to at-risk populations;
  • Experience working with homeless individuals and households experiencing barriers to stable housing;
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to respond to multiple emergency needs with patience and diligence;
  • Must demonstrate the ability to communicate with variety of professionals including doctors, social workers, attorneys, and real estate professionals as well as low- and moderate-income families of varying ethnic backgrounds;
  • Ability to translate technical information into layman’s terms;
  • Must demonstrate an ability to work with minimum supervision;
  • Must be versatile in order to handle a wide variety of duties;
  • Knowledge of confidentiality and ethical issues when working with specific at-risk populations;

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. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.

POSITION: ERAP ELIGIBILITY SPECIALIST (Salary Range: $45,000 – $52,000)

Housing Counseling Services, Inc. seeks an energetic self-starter to conduct eligibility determination activities and provide support and referral services to individuals and families who are currently homeless or who are at-risk for homelessness residing in the D.C. Metropolitan region.

PRIMARY DUTIES:

  • Complete applications with individuals and families who apply to HCS for services through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP);
  • Determine applicant eligibility for the ERAP program;
  • Communicate with applicants regarding the status of their ERAP application via written and oral communication;
  • Advocate on the behalf of applicants with landlords, social service agencies, lawyers and legal systems, etc.;
  • Assist Program Director with monthly reports and database maintenance;
  • Respond to client questions and comments regarding their applications;
  • Respond to emergency needs of clients;
  • Refer applicants to appropriate services to address their various needs such as food, utility assistance, clothing, medical care, etc. within HCS and to outside resources;
  • Input data in an extensive database;
  • Maintain accurate written and computer based files;
  • Provide accurate and complete monthly reports;
  • Perform other HCS tasks as requested.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • At least two years of specialized professional experience in case management, housing, urban studies, or other related fields (BA degree in a related field will be considered as two years of specialized experience);
  • Strong oral and written communication skills;
  • Ability to respond to multiple emergency needs with patience and diligence;
  • Must demonstrate the ability to communicate with variety of professionals including case managers, real estate, medical, and attorneys as well as with low and moderate income families from a variety of cultures;
  • Ability to translate technical information into layman’s terms;
  • Must demonstrate an ability to work with minimum supervision;
  • Must be versatile in order to handle a wide variety of duties;
  • Sensitive to the needs within the community and to individual clients;
  • Knowledge of housing law or capacity to learn;
  • Strong computer skills.

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. Resumes without cover letters will not be considered.