Join FREED’s Team! We are currently recruiting to fill a full-time Housing Coordinator Position in the Grass Valley Office,  Information & Assistance Specialist in the Yuba City office and a part-time Information & Assistance Specialist in the Grass Valley office.

 


Housing Coordinator (Grass Valley)

FREED is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Housing Coordinator based in the Grass Valley office. This position will provide housing supportive services to individuals with disabilities living in Nevada County who are at risk of homelessness or experiencing homelessness. Housing coordination services including one-on-one housing coordination and advocacy; community education through workshops, housing related peer support groups, and connecting individuals to financial assistance for obtaining or maintaining housing. A key component of this position is coordination and collaboration with county, state, and local community partners. The Housing Coordinator works actively to increase housing opportunities for people with disabilities. EOE, Individuals with disabilities strongly encouraged to apply. 40 hours per week plus benefits.

Interested individuals should email, fax, or send cover letter and resume summarizing qualifications and experience to: Carly Pacheco email carly@FREED.org, fax at 530-477-8184 or send to 435 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

 

Housing Coordinator Job Description

DEFINITION

Under the direction of the supervisor named above and in cooperation with other members of FREED’s service team, the Housing Coordinator will carry out duties in support of FREED’s housing supportive services including provision of individual advocacy, enhanced information and assistance, peer support, personal assistant referrals, independent living skills training, benefits counseling, and systems advocacy service. The Housing Coordinator will provide housing coordination services including one-on-one housing coordination and advocacy; community education through workshops, housing related peer support groups, and will connect individuals to financial assistance for obtaining or maintaining housing. Coordinates all components of services related to FREED’s participation in housing/homeless specific services including but not limited to collaborating with county, state, and local partners; attending trainings and meetings related to grants and coordinated activities, maintaining data, and representing FREED at Continuum of Care meetings.  The Housing Coordinator works actively to increase housing opportunities for people with disabilities.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Become familiar with all aspects of the FREED program in order to assist consumers in understanding their level of independence on a continuum as well as their service needs.
  • Provide information, support and training to assist consumers in achieving stated housing independent living goals and/or make referrals to appropriate resources and agencies.
  • Obtain, evaluate, and document comprehensive information related to community based long-term care services and supports (LTSS) and develop a framework of possible options available that allow individuals to make informed choices.
  • Provide enhanced information and assistance by working with the consumer to identify the individual’s long and short term needs, identifying resources to meet those needs, providing referrals to identified resources, and, where appropriate, providing warm hand-offs, and following up to ensure that a consumer’s needs have been met.
  • Provide housing coordination services including support for housing search, eviction prevention, housing education, independent living skills training, and advocacy. Assist individuals in developing a transition plan for housing support through available sources within the local community and the coordinated entry system. Coordinate linkage to community-based services including health care, behavioral health care, transportation or other appropriate services to support housing goals.
  • Providing benefits counseling, advocacy, and guidance to consumers in benefit areas including Social Security, MediCal and other medical benefits, IHSS, housing programs such as Section 8, employee and other benefits programs for people with disabilities.
  • Provide and coordinate peer support groups and information related to housing/ homelessness
  • Participate in outreach events, educational workshops, and resource development trainings on various community based affordable and accessible housing solutions.
  • Attend county wide housing coordination meetings to participate in the Coordinated Entry System and connect with individuals who could benefit from disability specific resources to obtain/maintain housing.
  • Coordinate SSI/SSDI Outreach, Access, and Recovery (SOAR) trained counselors at multiple community locations to provide support for individuals who need benefits advocacy.
  • Obtain and maintain Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) license, in order to assist consumers participation in the coordinated entry list.
  • Coordinating and managing direct housing financial assistance by providing hotel vouchers, rental assistance, and/or needed home modifications etc. to assist eligible consumers in obtaining stable affordable and accessible housing.
  • Plan, organize and lead workshops utilizing identified curriculum to assist consumers in gaining needed skills to become educated and responsible tenants.
  • Participate in coordinated activities to develop relationships with landlords that may support reducing homelessness, innovative initiatives, or renting to tenants with barriers.
  • Prepare all required reports in a timely fashion.

 

ADDITIONAL DUTIES:

  • Maintaining accurate, comprehensive and confidential case records of services requested and provided utilizing FREED’s consumer service records policies and procedures, HMIS policies, and standards, indicators and assurances as required in Title VII of the Rehabilitation Act and corresponding regulations.
  • Submit all required records and reports in an accurate, legible and timely manner.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

 

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability desired.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

High School diploma, or GED, and three (3) years experience providing services to people with disabilities and individuals experiencing homelessness.

SKILLS

Ability to communicate clearly with consumers.

Ability to read, analyze and interpret written materials appropriate for the delivery of consumer services.  Ability to respond to inquiries from consumers, their families, staff, local organizations as well as the general public.  Ability to write and deliver speeches. Ability to effectively present information to consumers and their families, staff, and public groups.  Ability to coordinate groups of service providers across organizations. Ability to prepare written reports, letters and press releases.  Strong computer skills including Internet.

Familiarity with services and supports that can assist with housing needs in Nevada County.

STRESS LEVEL

High. This person is frequently expected to think clearly in emergencies, triage situations and complete work with deadlines.

OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Ability to visit consumers in the community or a location of their choosing.  Understand and convey the concepts of independent living. Ability to exercise initiative, ingenuity and sound judgment in providing consumer services and participating in community education, advocacy or awareness projects.  Ability to work effectively with community resource agencies and/or staff.

Bilingual in Spanish and English desirable.   Knowledge of ASL desirable.

Ability to become conversant in the Olmstead Decision, Americans with Disabilities Act, and Fair Housing Act.

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The noise level of the office working conditions is low to moderate.

Mostly indoors, occasionally outdoors.

Moderate amount of travel: local and regional.

FREED is a fragrance-free work environment.

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

FREED is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. FREED is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.

 

BACKGROUND CHECK

FREED strives to provide a safe environment for staff, consumers, and volunteers. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, FREED conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted may vary by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, and sex offender registry.  Successful applicants will have no felony criminal history.  Non-felony offenses may also result in disqualification for employment.

 


Information & Assistance Specialist – Yuba City Office

FREED is seeking qualified candidates for a full-time (40 hr/wk) Information & Referral Specialist based in the Yuba City office. Ideal candidate has strong writing and communication skills, is well organized, is experienced with Microsoft Office including Access, Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Publisher, and has experience with data entry. Candidates should have attention to detail, great customer service, and creativity. The candidate should have experience working with people with disabilities and older adults. Written/spoken fluency in Spanish or ASL a plus. EOE, Individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. This position includes health benefits. Non-exempt position, salary DOE.

Interested individuals should email, fax, or send a resume, and cover letter summarizing qualifications and experience to: Ana Ogren email anao@FREED.org, fax at 530-742-4476, or send to FREED, 1100 Butte House Road, Suite 120, Yuba City, CA 95991.


Information & Assistance Specialist – Grass Valley Office

FREED is seeking qualified candidates for a part-time (24 hr/wk) Information & Referral Specialist based in the Grass Valley office. Ideal candidate has strong writing and communication skills, is well organized, is experienced with Microsoft Office including Access, Excel, Word, Powerpoint and Publisher, and has experience with data entry. Candidates should have attention to detail, great customer service, and creativity. The candidate should have experience working with people with disabilities and older adults. Written/spoken fluency in Spanish or ASL a plus. EOE, Individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. This position does not include health benefits. Non-exempt position, salary DOE.

Interested individuals should email, fax, or send a resume, and cover letter summarizing qualifications and experience to: Carly Pacheco email carly@FREED.org, fax at 530-477-8184, or send to FREED, 435 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945.

Information & Assistance Specialist Job Description 

DEFINITION

This position will carry out information and referral services, assist the Executive Director, Deputy Director, Program Manager, and Financial Manager and other staff with clerical tasks, and act as lead receptionist for FREED.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as chief provider of enhanced Information and Referral (I&R) services to callers, and walk-ins, and record these services in consumer statistical database.
  • Carrying out walk-in and telephone reception, including taking telephone or counter messages and referring calls to the appropriate Service staff.
  • Performing clerical duties, such as filing, typing labels, and documents, making photocopies and faxing material binders and section dividers for staff as needed.
  • Assist Financial Manager with administrative tasks as needed.
  • Overseeing the receipt & delivery of incoming mail and the preparation of outgoing mail.
  • Under supervision of the Executive Assistant, maintain the FREED general donor database by entering and updating donation data, addresses, etc. and producing thank you letters to donors.
  • Receiving revenue checks and cash and recording them in the daily Cash Receipts Journal, and preparing bank deposits.
  • Placing and receiving supply orders, with authorization from Executive Director, Operations Manager, or Program Manager, verifying that the orders received are correct, and assisting in the storage of the supplies.  Travel to purchase supplies when necessary.
  • Filing purchase orders in appropriate vendor files.
  • Other related duties as assigned

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability desired.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE

High School graduate or GED.  Experience and knowledge in communicating with people with disabilities is preferred. The person should have knowledge of office procedures and clerical practices.  Experience with word processing, data base programs, and accounting principles is preferred.

  • SKILLS

Ability to read, write, spell, analyze and interpret written materials appropriate for the execution of this position.  Ability to respond to common inquiries from consumers, their families or the general public.  Ability to effectively present information to people entering or telephoning FREED’s office.  Ability to work cooperatively as a team member with other staff.

  • STRESS LEVEL

Moderate to high.  This person is expected to think clearly in emergencies and complete work with deadlines.

  • OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES

Understanding the concepts of independent living.  Confidentiality is a must.  Ability to exercise initiative, ingenuity and sound judgment in administrative, technical or personnel matters.  The position calls for basic computer skills in word processing and data base programs.

  • WORK ENVIRONMENT

The noise level of the office working conditions is low to moderate.

Mostly indoors.

Moderate amount of local travel.

  • EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

FREED is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. FREED is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action.

  • BACKGROUND CHECK

FREED strives to provide a safe environment for staff, consumers, and volunteers. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, FREED conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted may vary by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, and sex offender registry.