BI-LINGUAL HOUSING ADVOCATE – JOB DESCRIPTION
Position Title: Bi-Lingual Housing Advocate
Reports to: Executive Director
Classification: Regular Full-Time, Non-exempt
Compensation: $26,000 per year.
ORGANIZATION PROFILE: AIDS Housing Alliance/SF (AHA/SF) is founded, led and run by disabled people with HIV/AIDS. We are focused on removing employment barriers in our community by creating career opportunities at every level of the organization that are designed around our unique needs and experiences, especially those of us who are on SSDI and SSI benefits. We are proud that nearly all our workforce is comprised of people with HIV/AIDS, the majority of whom are working while receiving disability benefits.
AGENCY MISSION: We believe in a world where all people have a safe, decent, and affordable home. Toward this vision, we prevent homelessness for people with HIV/AIDS by protecting the housing we already have, providing resources to secure new housing, and promoting public policy to increase opportunity for all. Our goal is to become the largest housing services provider and largest employer for people with HIV/AIDS in San Francisco.
PROGRAMS SUMMARY: Our major programs include:
- Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing: case management, housing referrals, application assistance, tenant’s rights counseling & landlord mediation;
- Financial Services: emergency financial assistance with back rent or move in deposits, shallow rental subsidies linked to job training, Credit Wellness Clinic to assist members develop household budgets, repair credit, save toward goals, and achieve affordable homeownership
- Job Training & Supportive Employment: job training and supportive employment opportunities for people with HIV/AIDS, especially for those who are disabled and receive Social Security Disability Insurance; In addition to job creation, these efforts create revenue to support the overall mission of AHA/SF. We currently operate AHA Café on the campus of UC Hastings College of the Law.
- QTAY: Emergency housing financial services for LGBT youth aged 18 to 25.
- Simply Sandwiches: distributes 10,000 organic, vegetarian brown bag lunches per year to seniors, youth, people with HIV, and homeless people.
POSITION SUMMARY: Under the direction of the Executive Director, this position is primarily responsible for providing housing advocacy for members in our existing program, developing and implementing AHA/SF’s money management program and related administrative policies and procedures.
• Meet with members during Drop-In Clinic; conduct client intakes; create individualized housing plans using FileMaker database; ensure accurate completion of intake paperwork; conduct member assessment with a special emphasis on housing, psychiatric, family, employment, benefits, and recovery needs; refer members to area agencies; effectively communicate with members to support execution of their individualized Housing Plan.
• Prepare, process and approve applications for emergency assistance loans for back-rent or move-in deposits and process repayments.
• Collect, maintain and manage accurate documentation including client files, agency databases and outcomes reports.
• Participate in agency staff meetings and trainings; represent agency at community functions, town hall meetings, task forces, educational workshops, etc.; work occasional evenings and weekends as needed for program activities.
• Perform other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS & ABILITIES:
• Knowledgeable of San Francisco-specific services, including homeless, HIV/AIDS, substance use, mental health and LGBT services.
• Must be able to use Excel and Word.
• English and Spanish language proficiency required.
• Self-motivated and able to motivate others, detail-oriented, able to multi-task, and comfortable in a fast-paced social service environment responsive to people in crisis. Able to work independently, take initiative, prioritize duties and work closely with other AHA/SF staff; work under pressure and meet deadlines; identify key issues in problem solving; implement effective and creative solutions.
• Demonstrated ability to work in a courteous and professional manner in a diverse setting of clients, employees and volunteers, including homeless, poor, disabled, and other disenfranchised people; individuals with disabilities, mental health and/or substance use issues; and people from diverse ethnic, cultural, economic, sexual orientation and gender identification communities. A commitment to the goals of a growing and successful modern activist AIDS organization is a must.
• Bachelor’s degree in social work, business, accounting, or related field or at least 2 years’ work experience in operations or nonprofit administration.
PREFERRED EXPERIENCE AND KNOWLEDGE:
• Committed to activist principles to achieve social change and economic justice.
• Good knowledge of credit and disability issues.
• FileMaker Pro database skills.
Please send your resume and a letter of interest to the attention of Hiring Manager:
By fax, 415-561-9940.
No phone calls please. To find out more about the organization, please visit us at www.ahasf.org. AIDS Housing Alliance/SF is an equal opportunity employer committed to maintaining a culturally diverse work environment. Individuals with diverse personal experiences, people of color, bilingual English-Spanish speakers, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals, women, and people living with HIV/AIDS or other disability are particularly encouraged to apply.