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Voices for Florida Seeks Housing Liaison — Remote Position

 

Founded in 1976, Voices for Florida is a statewide non-profit with a long history of teaming with others to create transformational change for vulnerable children. The organization specializes in advancing innovative service models based on promising practices and insight from people most affected.

To improve care for sex trafficked children and young adults upon identification, Voices for Florida developed the Open Doors Outreach Network. This 24/7/365 network of care was launched in July 2017 and, to date, has served over 1,300 trafficked individuals ages 10-24 throughout Florida.

The Open Doors Outreach Network is comprised of selected direct service providers throughout Florida who employ highly trained Outreach Teams consisting of Survivor-Mentors, Clinicians, Regional Advocates and Victim Services Coordinators. Working together, Outreach Teams build trusting relationships with victims to meet their individual needs. Services provided include crisis intervention, counseling, mentoring, court advocacy, information and referrals, personal advocacy, and more. With the support of the Open Doors Outreach Network, victims are pursuing education, finding employment, and successfully overcoming their trauma.

To ensure direct service providers are focused on providing care to victims, Voices for Florida oversees administrative and financial duties of the Open Doors Outreach Network. One of its functions is to assure the successful implementation of the Voices for Florida Housing Assistance Services. To that end, we are seeking to hire a Housing Liaison who will act as liaison between Open Doors Outreach Network and allied professionals in the housing and consulting fields.

Specifically, this position will execute the statewide administrative, programmatic, and operational structure that supports the provision transitional housing assistance to survivors of sex trafficking that are identified by the Open Doors Outreach Network.

 

Housing Liaison

Full Time Equivalency/Exempt: 40 Hours Per Week Reports to: Education and Training Director, Voices for Florida

Location

Remote. Applicants must reside or be willing to reside in the major metropolitan areas of Orlando, Miami, Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa/St. Petersburg, or Jacksonville. No relocation funds are available for this position.

How to Apply

Should you be interested in applying for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to dfoote@voicesforflorida.org by January 14, 2022. 

Position Summary

This position will be accountable for and lead the planning, executing, and ensuring compliance by all parties related to the successful implementation of the Voices for Florida Housing Assistance Services. The Housing Liaison will act as liaison between Open Doors Outreach Network (ODON) and allied professionals in the housing and consulting fields. Specifically, this position will execute the statewide administrative, programmatic, and operational structure that supports the provision transitional housing assistance to eligible clients. Voices Housing Assistance Services will provide transitional housing assistance to survivors of sex trafficking that are identified by the Open Doors Outreach Network.

Duties for Housing Liaison

Duties encompass all systems and processes to ensure contract compliance with use of project funds; vendor oversight and monitoring; coordination with the training protocol for personnel, contractors, and community organizations associated with the project; tracking and recording of services provided; and generally managing the ongoing implementation and continual improvement of the Voices Housing Assistance Network.

Specific Responsibilities

Outreach

  • Ensure that stakeholders understand the core components of the Voices Housing Assistance Services model
  • Lead stakeholder initiatives to increase public awareness of the availability of services
  • Develop relationships with landlords and other regional housing organizations to facilitate access to housing
  • Facilitate ongoing housing roundtables for Survivor-Mentors to discuss housing best practices and make recommendations for policies and procedures that are victim- centered and trauma informed

Project Implementation and Continual Improvement

  • Execute implementation plan to roll-out the service delivery project consistent with the allocation of grant funds and deliverables
  • Evaluate other service providers and consultants and recommend the best local and prospective project partners
  • Respond to stakeholder feedback on the project
  • Provide oversight and review of wraparound services for ODON teams working with survivors placed in housing, including plans for transition out of the program

Compliance

  • Ensure progress and grants reports are completed in a timely and accurate fashion for funders, boards and other entities as required.
  • Communicate results of reports to Voices for Florida staff
  • Consistently and accurately inputting key program metrics and data points to be used in the evaluation of project outcomes
  • Ensure compliance with contractual requirements and project deliverables
  • Formalize partnerships and Memorandums of Understanding with other related stakeholders

Manage and Evaluate Project Services

  • Establish and implement best practices in all housing services provided to victims of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation
  • Demonstrate expertise in housing strategies and ensure that the implemented protocols comply with the principles and practices of the survivor-mentor and trauma-informed program model
  • Serve as resource to service providers by being knowledgeable and articulate with respect to research-based best practices in field of trauma-informed housing services to victims of sex trafficking

Additional Duties

  • Participate in Voices staff meeting and other planning efforts around the strategic direction of the organization

  • Identify events and occurrences within the local community and statewide regions where opportunities for public awareness of Voices services exist

  • Perform other tasks and assume other responsibilities on an as needed basis

  • Serve as a resource for information on housing alternatives and sustainability

Requirements for Housing Liaison

A bachelor’s degree is required with an emphasis in human services or a related field and three years of experience with supporting vulnerable populations, community organizing and/or building community partnerships. Experience with housing is preferred.

The candidate must have a proven track record of creating and leading cross-functional teams to achieve organizational goals including external stakeholders. Candidate must also have excellent computer, written and oral communication skills, including the ability to communicate with diverse stakeholders, and all levels of management. Applicants must demonstrate the ability to monitor and ensure compliance with legal and regulatory requirements that apply to 501(c)(3) organizations. Candidate must understand relationships with local, state, and federal government and its offices, departments and agencies and is able to represent the organization effectively.

Applicants must have experience in managing contract compliance. Applicants must also have project management skills, highly effective organizational abilities and demonstrate competence in the use of the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Teams) and Zoom. Flexible work hours and the ability for statewide travel are required.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and use hands to handle documents and to operate personal computer and other office machines. This employee must also be able to hear and speak. This employee must be able to respond quickly to sounds. This employee must have the ability to move safely over uneven terrain or in confined spaces. This employee must have the ability to see and respond to dangerous situations. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and the ability to adjust focus.

The above physical demands are essential for ADA requirements.

This position will be remote. Applicants must reside or be willing to reside in the major metropolitan areas of Orlando, Miami, Palm Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa/St. Petersburg, or Jacksonville.

Salary Range: $45,000 – $49,900 adjusted for the location cost of living.

Relocation costs are not available for this position.  

How to Apply

Should you be interested in applying for this position, please submit a cover letter and resume to dfoote@voicesforflorida.org by January 14, 2022.