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Housing Services Coordinator (Full-time)

POSITION: Housing Services Coordinator (Full-time)
COMPENSATION RANGE: $70,000 – $90,000
BENEFITS: PTO; medical, dental and vision plans; retirement plan

Do you have a passion for serving your community and making an impact in the lives of others?

Do you have the ability to speak professionally with individuals, groups, or organizations to verify resources are viable and accessible?

The role of the Housing Services Coordinator is to assist our Southwest Florida community in navigating the many facets of housing as a topic, from resources to laws and best opportunities for access to affordable housing.

Collaboratory is looking to add a Housing Services Coordinator who will help to establish and maintain a system of housing connection services, making resources and programs more accessible and visible for those who need them. The navigator will also establish relationships with key stakeholders, including but not limited to landlords, municipal and nonprofit organizations, developers, and housing authorities, to understand their rules and needs to support the goals of keeping individuals and families in their homes and ensuring the region has attainable housing choices. To facilitate the development of attainable housing, the coordinator will also have an understanding of the different climates and policies for each of the municipalities in the five county region. Knowledge of tax incentives and subsidies for development will be helpful because the coordinator will act as a resource for developers to increase the stock of attainable and workforce housing in the region. Also, the Housing Services Coordinator will understand each county’s legal processes and build relationships with the Clerks of Courts and Civil Judges that handle eviction cases, to reduce evictions.

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION:

The Southwest Florida Home Coalition is working to ensure that 80% of people in Southwest Florida pay less than 45% of their income on housing and transportation by 2040.

The Home Coalition is driven to make our economy more sustainable by ensuring residents of all ages and abilities in Southwest Florida can live in safe and stable homes that are within their budgets. All five counties in Southwest Florda (Hendry, Glades, Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties) face a housing crisis. The cost of buying and renting a home has sky-rocketed over the last few years. This, combined with the expense of transportation, is making the cost of living here prohibitive.

We are a growing network of close to 100 cross-sector partners who work across sectors, including government, development, construction, real estate, and non-profits. Our coalition works collaboratively to create projects that work towards our shared goals. The Home Coalition is part of Collaboratory, which provides backbone support for the network. The Regional Housing Coalition’s goal and work are deeply embedded in Collaboratory’s commitment to coordinating the solving of the region’s social problems by 2040, recognizing, from experience, that any siloed approach on any single issue will fail.

POSITION DESCRIPTION:

The Housing Services Coordinator will help to establish and maintain a system of housing connection services, making resources and programs more accessible and visible for those who need them. The coordinator will also establish relationships with key stakeholders, including but not limited to landlords, municipal and nonprofit organizations, developers, and housing authorities, to understand their rules and needs to support the goals of keep individuals and families in their homes and ensuring the region has attainable housing choices. Also, the coordinator will understand each county’s legal processes and build relationships with the Clerks of Courts and Civil Judges that handle eviction cases, to reduce evictions.

KEY ROLES FOR THE POSITION:

  1. Inventory and maintain a comprehensive website and working knowledge of services that can be used by individuals and partners to identify and increase access to housing services in Southwest Florida.
  2. Inventory and maintain a comprehensive website and working knowledge of resources that are available to help developers interested in building attainable housing choices in Southwest Florida.
  3. Create and maintain relationships to expeditiously provide needed information to those facing eviction in Southwest Florida with the goal of preventing loss of housing.
  4. Partner with local organizations to understand available resources and supports (i.e. United Way, county government Departments of Human Services, legal services, etc.)
  5. Identify and collaborate with potential local housing stakeholders and community partners.
  6. Partner with local housing authorities to understand compliance issues that tenants face.
  7. Participate in community meetings regarding housing issues.
  8. Other duties as assigned.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  1. Experience with program administration and collaborative leadership is required for this position. With that in mind a bachelor’s degree and demonstrated experience, or transferable competencies in, project management, communication, database management, excellent customer service, or the equivalent combination of education and experience would be useful. However, if you have a unique combination of professional experience that you believe makes you perfect for this role, we would love to hear from you!
  2. Strong interest in and desire to support and grow an equity-focused, entrepreneurial, and complex collaborative initiative to change Southwest Florida’s housing systems.
  3. Knowledge of the Southwest Florida (Hendry, Glades, Charlotte, Lee, and Collier counties) region, community-based organizations, and organizations in the region related to housing is preferred.
  4. Commitment to promoting attainable housing choices in Southwest Florida.
  5. Self-directed and motivated starter with a positive attitude and ability to work independently while functioning well as part of a team.
  6. Ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment, manage, and meet multiple deadlines.
  7. Ability to read, analyze, and interpret various reports, and conduct basic research.
  8. Mastery of writing with attention to detail, i.e., grant proposals, reporting, emails, and correspondence.
  9. Ability to coordinate, synthesize, instruct, check, or verify the work of others.
  10. Outstanding communication skills regardless of setting, including in-person, virtual spaces, email, and text.
  11. Skilled in interpersonal relationships, especially with building and maintaining collaborative partnerships and making individuals feel welcomed and valued.
  12. Highly skilled in the utilization and functions of Microsoft Office Products and web platforms.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and use their hands. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, reach with hands and arms, drive, and communicate with others in writing and verbally. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise and light level in the work environment is usually moderate to low. The work environment is air conditioned and indoor the majority of the time with periods where work will be traveling to other locations where the environment cannot be determined. Daily physical presence at facility or alternate locations is required for the role.

GRANT FUNDED POSITION:

This position is currently grant funded for at least two years. While no assurances can be provided for future funding beyond this initial grant, the Home Coalition will routinely pursue and receive funding from grant and non-grant sources and will make every attempt to sustain this position beyond the term of existing grant funding.

AVAILABILITY:

Interviewing will start immediately and continue until the position is filled. Please email a cover letter and resume to hr@collaboratory.org.

Collaboratory provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, national origin, veteran status, and other classifications protected by applicable state and local non-discrimination laws. Collaboratory participates in the Federal E-Verify Program.