HOUSING SPECIALIST/COMMUNITY ORGANIZER (RUSSIAN)

Post date: 

August 27, 2018

We are seeking a qualified Housing Specialist/Community Organizer with a strong commitment to social justice to work in our Housing and Neighborhood Preservation Program in Forest Hills. Our Housing and Neighborhood Preservation Program assists hundreds of tenants each year in applying for rental assistance, mediating harassment and repair issues and preventing homelessness via eviction prevention services.  We do this through educational workshops, one on one assistance, community outreach and building wide organizing.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide a variety of office and field activities, and direct client service to manage and monitor a housing and transition program for individuals and families.
  • Conduct assessment of apartments by: Inspections of unit, review of property registrations with the Department of Buildings, Housing Preservation and Development, and the Department of Finance.
  • Explain, interpret, and apply Housing policies, procedures, and regulations in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations.
  • Manage housing assistance case load to facilitate effective, efficient, and timely service delivery; conduct intakes and assessments.
  • Establish and maintain professional relationships with interested or participating landlords, rental agencies, community organizations, service agencies, and charitable groups.
  • Act as a liaison to provide information on leads and needed resources.
  • Negotiate and prepare contracts between participants, landlords, and other housing agencies.
  • Provide participant support by developing goals and service plans, mediating participant issues and conducting home and shelter visits.
  • Enter collected data into an HMIS information system.
  • Raise organizational profile in communities of Jackson Heights, Corona and Elmhurst.
  • Respond to inquiries from outside organizations seeking to host a workshop.
  • Follow-up on opportunities for tenant / building organizing, sharing information with colleagues in the housing unit and deciding on appropriate level of intervention in the building.
  • Establish relationships with various key stakeholders and community members. 
  • Participate in meetings, training and staff development activities.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Human Services, or related field preferred.
  • Minimum of two (2) years' of experience working in similar setting providing direct client service and engaging in field activities.
  • Strong interest in community organizing as well as a basic understanding of Community Organizing theory. 
  • Knowledge of NYC housing practices, court regulations and actions.
  • Familiarity with general casework management principles as they apply to low income housing assistance programs and socioeconomic issues.
  • Demonstrated attendance and punctuality in meeting required schedule.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, multi-tasking and communication skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and use appropriate discretion.
  • Ability to work with diverse populations and to speak comfortably with people you may not know. 
  • Bilingual (Russian) is required.

Additional Details:

STATUS: Full Time, Non-Exempt

SALARY: $37,000 w/ Comprehensive Benefits Package

SCHEDULE: 35 hours per week; M-F

This position is available immediately. Queens Community House offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package. The benefits package varies by position and may include medical/dental/vision offerings, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, generous time off and a 403b plan. We value health and wellness too and as such Staff can earn annual leave days, sick days and enjoy most federal holidays. Staff can also take advantage of an array of professional development opportunities, including trainings and learning bits.

Application Method:

We are a passion-led, mission-driven organization – one that looks to continually enrich the lives of our diverse member community. If you would like to join our team, please forward your cover letter and resume, with subject line “Housing Specialist/Community Organizer” to Marilyn Sotomayor at msotomayor@qchnyc.org. Only qualified candidates will be reviewed.

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