Homelessness Prevention Services Manager


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Way Finders
1780 Main Street
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Company Description:
Everyone deserves a home.
Way Finders confronts homelessness head on in communities throughout western Massachusetts, including Hampden and Hampshire counties. We have developed targeted services that help people lift themselves up and out of homelessness with a focus on Housing, Real Estate, Employment Support and Community Services.
Homelessness Prevention Services Manager
$55,000-$66,000 Per Year
Full Time
Human Services
Associate Degree
Nice to have

Homelessness Prevention Services Manager

At Way Finders, we are passionately invested in lifting up the region’s people, places, and systems. Though our team performs a wide variety of functions, we are united by our shared mission: to build and advocate for a thriving and equitable region; to improve the stability and economic mobility of families and individuals; and to develop and manage a robust range of safe, affordable housing options.

Interested in joining our team of dedicated professionals? Way Finders is currently seeking a full-time Homelessness Prevention Services Manager. The HPS Manager furthers our mission through the successful administration and supervision of housing center teams whose overall goal is to assess and support clients with housing needs in our regions served.  The HPS Manager will lead teams in several locations in providing exceptional customer service, support, and guidance in navigating services.

A successful candidate will have a combination of social/housing services and fast-paced customer service experience with at least one of those roles being in a supervisory capacity.

The candidate will work onsite in our Springfield, Holyoke, and Northampton Housing Centers.  Weekly commuting to locations is required (mileage reimbursement applies).

Responsibilities include:
•    Supervise staff in several housing centers that are tasked with the following, in a manner that continually ensures high-quality outcomes:  face-to-face customer service, answering calls and emails in busy call centers, initiating applications, and educating clients and appropriate staff on programs
•    Conduct regular, focused team and 1:1 meetings with staff; if assigned to multiple locations, work out of each location on a rotating basis and as needed
•    Maintain positive relationships with customer base as appropriate to managed program(s), including clients, landlords, and those in the provider community
•    Monitor, audit, and analyze services data to ensure real-time data entry, accuracy, contractual compliance, goal setting, and program compliance; submit reports, including suggestions for improvements, to Director on a scheduled and as-needed basis
•    Assist the Director in monitoring funding sources awarded to the department
•    Proactively identify and inform management/leadership of any issues that may adversely affect the department or the organization
•    Establish and maintain strong, collaborative relationships with internal staff and departments, owners, landlords, community groups, funding sources, and other stakeholders
•    Represent the organization in the community and social services meetings, events, and outreach presentations as assigned 
•    Remain knowledgeable of current and developing trends within homelessness prevention and related areas

Supervisory responsibilities include:
•    Hire new/replacement staff in an efficient and equitable manner, following recruiting process guidelines 
•    Set effective and achievable training plans for new staff members; evaluate and make process improvements based on feedback 
•    Evaluate and provide timely feedback to staff on performance-related matters; assess staff members’ strengths and developmental needs; implement performance plans to ensure the development and/or maintenance of necessary skills 
•    Those directly and indirectly supervised may include Housing Resource Advisors, Homelessness Prevention Advisors, other program staff, and temporary workers

Requirements include:
•    5 years' progressively responsible experience in housing, social services, or a related role; a combination of experience plus an Associate degree may be a substitute
•    1 year in a supervisory or lead role
•    Prior management in a customer service environment preferred
•    Adept at Microsoft Suite, including Excel, complex databases, and basic data analysis; comfort learning new technologies
•    Ability to organize and prioritize; write policies and procedures and other written documents and interpret program regulations
•    Able to effectively communicate with all levels of internal staff and external clients and constituents
•    Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred
•    Driver’s license with acceptable driving record, plus reliable vehicle
•    CORI, as per grant requirement

Benefits include:  Generous paid time-off | 15+ holidays annually | Health, dental, and vision insurance options FROM DAY ONE | Educational assistance | Medical Reimbursement Account | Dependent Care Account | 403(b) retirement plan with employer match | Life insurance | Short-term and long-term disability insurance | Transportation benefits | Employee Assistance Program | Annual staff picnic!

Wage starts between $55,000 and $66,000 per year depending on equivalent qualifications. Interested applicants must submit a resume and cover letter; applications will be accepted until the position is filled. CORI/MVR.
Way Finders is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks a diverse staff in order to reflect our community and those we serve. Qualified individuals from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. This position is available to all without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, political affiliation, or veteran status. We provide reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals.

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