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Community Action Agency of Somerville | Somerville, MA
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Community Action Agency of Somerville


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Published 10 days ago

At least $70,000

The Housing Department at the Community Action Agency of Somerville provides eviction prevention and housing stabilization services. The Director oversees three housing advocates and a benefits specialist

Position Responsibilities:


●      Hire, train and supervise HAP staff

●      Ensure that staff have current information regarding community trends, changes in benefits for low income residents, and legal developments (especially regarding housing law) affecting their clients

●      Conduct weekly case review with HAP Advocates to ensure quality control and that data requirements are being met

●      Build coalitions and work with existing ally organizations that address both individualized tenant issues and larger community-wide issues. Stay abreast of organizing efforts with local partners and act as liaison to the City of Somerville on housing issues. Manage relationship with Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services (CASLS).

●      Represent CAAS/HAP at community meetings and discussions.

●      Work with advocates to design and deliver workshops, trainings, meetings, or other events designed to inform the low-income community about CAAS’ services and community resources and the rights and responsibilities of both tenants and landlords.

●      Maintain a caseload of housing advocacy cases, assign other cases to HAP Advocates equitably, and assist Advocates with complex cases.

●      Oversee the receipt and disposition of funds used to provide direct client assistance (e.g., funds to cover rent arrears, moving costs, etc.), and participate in reviewing requests for such funds from clients

●      Participate in CAAS’ Management Team; attend team meetings to review organizational effectiveness, recommend changes, and make management level decisions affecting the organization.

●      Participate in fundraising efforts as necessary; generate outcomes reports, write sections of proposals, meet with potential funders.


Qualifications:


●      8-10 years of relevant experience, preferably with a focus on low income housing issues and tenants

●      Knowledge of relevant government agencies and regulations, including landlord/tenant law, as well as knowledge of the full range of social services focused on communities of poverty a plus

●      Prior supervisory experience required

●      Ability to travel to meetings and events in the greater metropolitan area

●      Proven ability to establish positive relationships across diverse cultures

●      Comfort with computers and database systems

●      Strong written and verbal communication skills

●      Fluency in another language (Spanish, Haitian Creole, Portuguese) a plus

The Housing Department at the Community Action Agency of Somerville provides eviction prevention and housing stabilization services. The Director oversees three housing advocates and a benefits specialist

Position…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule

Benefits

403b (company contributes)

3 weeks vacation

Sick and personal time

403b (company contributes)

3 weeks vacation

Sick and personal time

Level of Language Proficiency

Proficiency in Spanish, Haitian Creole, or Portuguese preferred.

Proficiency in Spanish, Haitian Creole, or Portuguese preferred.

How to Apply

Please send cover letters with resumes

Please send cover letters with resumes

Location

66 Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143

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