Founded in 1933, the IRC is a leading nonsectarian, voluntary organization providing relief, protection and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. One aspect of the IRC is to provide assistance to refugees resettling in the United States. The Seattle office resettles over 600 refugees per year and provides numerous program services to assist the refugee from their arrival through citizenship.
SCOPE OF WORK:
The Housing Specialist works to build and maintain positive relationships between the IRC and housing providers for refugee families. They are responsible for locating and reserving initial housing for all new arrivals to Seattle IRC in order to maximize the clients’ choices for housing. The Housing specialist reports to Logistics Manager.
Research and contact potential new housing providers, including follow-up with promotional materials and site visits, as needed
Research among existing providers all open units needed for newly arriving refugees, looking for most appropriate matches on the basis of cost, location, number of bedrooms, family size, willingness to rent to people with no established credit
Follow IRC and fair housing rules in identification of potential housing opportunities
Propose available unit opportunities to families
Complete housing applications, voucher requests, touch points (case notes) and ledger entries for tracking client Resettlement and Placement (R&P) expenditures.
Coordinate with listed sponsors of arriving cases to determine housing and supply needs
Coordinate with apartment set up volunteers, including keeping them informed of precise move-in times and unique needs of particular families
Supervise volunteers and assist with in-home housing orientation and counseling clients on home care issues to help them become successful renters
Maintain positive relationships with existing housing providers by regularly communicating with them in the manner they each prefer (visits, emails, phone calls)
Respond thoughtfully and quickly to concerns raised by refugee tenants and landlords. Where there is sufficient time, coordinate mediations between refugees, landlords and other stakeholders. Where there is insufficient time, notify Supervisor of needed communications to be managed by other IRC staff.
Attend local housing meetings; monitor and identify appropriate housing opportunities
Develop and/or update housing orientation materials
Follow case note rules with IRC software; support supervisor with reports as needed, for example monthly averages for length of time from arrival to lease signing
Participate in all program meetings, staff development activities and fully engage as a member of the team
Comply with all policies, procedures and protocols of the agency
Other related duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree (4 year advanced education); equivalent years of related work experience may be substituted
2+ years of related professional experience (in addition to the above); preferably in a field such as logistics, social services, casework, etc.
Knowledge of the housing market and the economy in Seattle, SeaTac and surrounding areas
Be reliable, enthusiastic and flexible
Ability to be self-motivated but also work effectively with the case management team
Ability to conduct research through various information channels, including the Internet and personal contacts within the refugee resettlement community
Excellent communication skills (both oral and written)
Valid driver’s license and current insurance and access to a reliable personal vehicle
Standard office setting combined with travel and responsibilities performed in and around the service delivery area
IRC- leading the way from harm to home
IRC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. IRC considers all applicants on the basis of merit without regard to race, sex, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by applicable law
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