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Housing Stability Specialist
Job Code:21-10031
Reports to:Housing Services Program Manager
Position Status:Temporary Full Time
Home Site:Willows
Location:3800 South Myrtle St. Seattle, WA 98118
  
Summary:

The primary responsibility of the Temporary Housing Stability Specialist is to work closely with families residing in Seattle and King County who are experiencing instability and at risk of losing their housing. This short-term housing intervention is intended to connect program participants in crisis situations to supportive services to help ensure success in maintaining permanent housing.  Services provided include, but are not limited to landlord liaison activities, financial coaching, and housing counseling. This position will work closely with the Housing Program Manager to implement new housing and employment strategies aimed at linking housing case management and employment services with the goal of making progress toward living-wage employment and housing stability. This is a grant funded position and is not expected to last for more than nine months.

In accordance with COVID-19 safety practices, YWCA has a COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, and all new hires need to be fully vaccinated prior to their first day of employment.  YWCA considers a new hire “fully vaccinated” when at least two weeks have passed after the date the employee received: 
 

  • A second dose in a two-dose vaccine series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines; or   

  • A single-dose vaccine, such as the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. 


This position has a social justice component that requires critical thinking through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Knowing the core principles of antiracism and grounding those principles in everyday work are required job skills and core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply


Responsibilities:
  • Provide links to housing and housing stability resources
  • Meet with applicants as needed to assist with the program eligibility, application process, housing search or other resources as related to establishing housing stability (e.g. TANF, unemployment benefits, etc.)
  • Assess the strengths and challenges of the family and assist them with developing housing stability goals and individual goal plans, and action steps
  • Working closely with property management and/or landlords to prevent evictions
  • Provide or ensure provision of support services, as needed
  • Provide referral and connection to supportive services, such as chemical dependency treatment, mental health counseling, domestic violence advocacy, etc.
  •  Accurately and thoroughly document performance of all of the tasks above
  • Help with administrative support of the program through regular reporting and record keeping as directed
  • Actively engages in agency-wide Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI), and strives for racially equitable outcomes; takes responsibility for creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming community by making room for people of color, trans and gender-non-conforming folks, and other populations who routinely encounter systemic oppressions 
  • Adhere to all Volunteer Services protocol relative to volunteer usage, recognition and monitoring 
  • Attend required safety trainings and meetings; follow all safety and health guidelines, standards, practices, policies and procedures; and actively participate in the agency’s Emergency Preparedness program and activities 
  • This position description generally describes the principle functions of the position, the level of knowledge and skills typically required and the general scope of responsibility. It is not intended as a complete list of specific duties and responsibilities and should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. Individuals will perform other duties as assigned

     

Qualifications & Core Competencies:

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA in social services or related field and/or 3 years related experience working with persons with disabilities, first time support service seekers and low-income individuals and families
  • Comfortable working knowledge of and experience with computers
  • Ability and willingness to work as part of team and independently
  • Values diversity and provides cultural competent services
  • Experience working with communities of color and people from different cultures than your own
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Prefer one-year experience working in crises intervention and/or the public/nonprofit-housing sector

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and organizational and record keeping skills
  • Knowledge of barrier elimination strategies and maintaining housing stability for families and individuals
  • Experience advocating for persons with housing needs, chemical dependency, physical and /or mental health issues, domestic violence and criminal history
  • Knowledge of housing resources in Seattle and King County, Landlord/Tenant Laws and Fair Housing Regulations in Seattle and King County
  • Valid Washington state driver’s license, reliable vehicle and insurance for travel throughout Seattle
  • Core Competencies: Attention to Detail, Fostering Diversity, Customer Service, Discernment/Judgment, Problem Solving, Planning and Organizing, Finance, Technical Expertise, Race and Social Justice Advocacy

Physical Demands:

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

  • All positions at YWCA Seattle | King | Snohomish are exposed to clients who have experienced or are experiencing trauma in various forms including but not limited to: domestic violence, sexual violence, homelessness, unemployment, financial hardship, etc. As a result, staff are at risk of secondary trauma. Employees are encouraged to seek external support and maintain self-care when working indirectly or directly with clients
  • Continuously exchanges information through listening and talking with clients, agency staff, volunteers and individuals in the community
  • Frequently stands, walks, sits and climbs in performing duties and in traveling to off-site meetings
  • Frequently reaches and grasps in using telephones, computers, and in general operations
  • Frequently lifts and carries up to 5 lbs. of paperwork, files and materials
  • Frequently to occasionally performs close work while updating files, reading program information and using computer

*Continuously requires this activity or exposure over 80% of the time, frequently: 20%-80%, occasionally: under 20%.



Hours, Rate & Benefits:
• Hourly rate: $30/hour
• Temporary Full-Time, Hours per week: 40 hrs/wk
• FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
• At the time of hire, employees may choose to voluntarily enroll in the Fidelity 403b Plan. Typically after two years of employment, employees are eligible to participate in the YWCA Retirement Fund.




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