The Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County seeks a full-time Continuum Program Director to join its staff in planning and coordinating homeless programs in suburban Cook County. The Director will be responsible for planning for, developing, and monitoring a comprehensive homeless system that is informed by a deep understanding of national trends, data and best practices.
The Alliance coordinates the Cook County Continuum of Care (IL-511), which encompasses homeless assistance efforts throughout all of Cook County outside of the city of Chicago. Established in 1997 as the Task Force on Homelessness, the group changed its name and formally incorporated in August 2004, shifting its focus from managing homelessness to ending homelessness in our county.
Leads Continuum of Care planning efforts to prevent, reduce and end homelessness.
Understands and effectively communicates local, state and national policy and trends and their implications for the Cook County Continuum of Care; provides analysis of community homeless issues for committees, board and staff to assist them in making informed decisions; tracks policies and programs at the state and federal level, and participates in local and statewide advocacy campaigns.
Oversees staff responsible for coordinating volunteer committees on housing placement, homelessness prevention, strategic planning, and resource development; oversees staff responsible for monitoring coordinated entry implementation, organizing an annual unsheltered homeless count, completing funder-required grant reporting, and meeting other Continuum of Care requirements.
Supervises direct reports and provides clear objectives for staff in performance of their duties and oversight to assure these objectives are being met; helps to coordinate volunteers and/or interns for interim assignments as needed.
Develops and maintains collaborative working relationships with community partners, funders, housing and service providers, public officials, people with the lived experience of homelessness, and stakeholders from related systems, including criminal justice and health care, to build their participation in homeless efforts; develops meaningful partnerships while setting clear expectations; facilitates communication, resolves problems, and collaborates on system transformation efforts with community partners.
Creates a process for annual monitoring and technical assistance for recipients of Continuum of Care grants and, as part of a team, carries out the process; develops written policies as needed; advises grant recipients on grant compliance, best practices, achieving performance measures, and effective resource allocation.
Researches best practices and training resources for topics within the Alliance’s strategic plan, such as chronic homelessness, family homelessness, prevention, rapid re-housing, and coordinated entry.
Oversees and manages the annual Continuum of Care application process and other state and local resource allocation processes; works with a team to support the annual funding competition for $11.5 million in federal supportive housing grants, contributing to goal setting and accomplishment narratives.
Develops informational materials, press releases and marketing communications. Contributes ideas and content to website, e-newsletters, and other written materials.
Acts as a spokesperson on issues related to suburban homelessness; responds to media inquiries; as needed, makes presentations in workshops, panels, and other public speaking engagements on homeless issues.
Oversees resource development activities and participates in grant research and writing,
Represents the Alliance at community meetings, events and conferences.
Other related duties as assigned.
Masters degree in a related field or equivalent experience required; 3-5 years experience in a related position is required. At least 2 years supervisory experience preferred.
Excellent verbal, analytic, and written communication skills; ability to convey information in a clear and concise manner for a variety of audiences.
Strong subject matter expertise in some combination of homelessness, supportive housing, Housing First and harm reduction, the Continuum of Care process, affordable housing policy, and the nonprofit sector.
Budget management, program compliance, and grant reporting skills. Excellent project management skills.
Enthusiasm for systems-level work with a strong understanding of mission-driven organizing.
Must be a self-directed, highly organized person who can effectively prioritize and follow through on multiple projects, with proven ability to develop and execute plans and timelines, who takes pride in producing quality work and is willing to learn new things.
Interpersonal skills and flexibility within a small office.
Must have valid driver’s license and use of an insured vehicle for moderate local travel within county.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, send resume with cover letter describing your interest in and relevant skills for the position to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Continuum Program Director” in the subject line, OR mail to:
Jennifer Hill, Executive Director
Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County
4415 Harrison Street, Suite 228
Hillside, IL 60162
Immediate opening. Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis; to ensure consideration, please reply by August 15, 2017. Position is open until filled. We will contact only those individuals whom we feel are most qualified for the position.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER
Additional Salary Information: A competitive compensation and benefits package will be offered, commensurate with experience and qualifications.
About Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County
The Alliance strives to eradicate poverty by eliminating homelessness in suburban Cook County through the coordination and maximization of available resources to assist homeless individuals and families, as well as those at risk of becoming homeless. The Alliance coordinates the Cook County Continuum of Care (IL-511), which encompasses homeless assistance efforts throughout all of Cook County exc...ept for the City of Chicago. As the lead agency for suburban Cook County's Continuum of Care, the Alliance brings together a range of services and housing options for homeless people. The Alliance convenes a variety of stakeholders to cooperatively set priorities, collect data, rank project applications, and measure outcomes. In coordinating the annual application to the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for homeless assistance grants, the Alliance brings in approximately $11.5 per year to support over forty (40) homeless programs in the region.