Job Title: Community Housing Strategist,
AmeriCorps Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA),
Virginia Housing Alliance (VHA) Project

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Expand Bay Aging’s portfolio of housing programs to meet the growing demand for safe and affordable housing in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula.
OVERVIEW:

The VHA VISTA project is a statewide project that works to expand affordable housing opportunities and end homelessness throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. VHA’s VISTA project aims to develop viable communities by promoting integrated approaches that provide decent housing, suitable living environments, and expansive economic opportunities for low and moderate-income persons. Bay Aging, a non-profit formed in 1978, serves the 10 counties of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula of Virginia through three major service divisions: Bay Housing, Bay Health, and Bay Transit. Bay Aging is designated as an Area Agency on Aging, Community Action Agency, and Lead Agency of the Northern Neck Middle Peninsula Housing Coalition. While serving neighbors from all facets of the community, Bay Aging’s services for older adults are critical as four out of the five counties with the oldest population are located in Bay Aging’s service area. The VISTA member will establish a cohesive coordination centered around housing opportunities for low-income families, older adults, and people with disabilities. In addition, the VISTA member will work to expand program opportunities, evaluate growing community needs, propose program enhancements to create efficiencies, conduct marketing and outreach, and eliminate community and agency silos. This position is a one year contract through the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS).

MEMBER DUTIES:

At Bay Aging, the VISTA member will explore new multi-family and single family housing production opportunities, including grants, partnerships, and fee for service opportunities. The VISTA will assist in the opening of Bay Aging’s newest Low Income Housing Tax Credit property (Daffodil Gardens Phase II) dedicated to serving older adults, which is set to open Spring 2022. With the new property, the VISTA will be creating operation-compliance policies and procedures, developing resident processing documentation, and producing marketing/outreach materials that reach underserved and “least likely to apply” populations. Additionally, the VISTA will be involved in identifying stakeholder engagement opportunities, analyzing databases used by housing programs to locate potential opportunities to integrate with other services, and support the expansion of new services through research into proven best practices.

PROGRAM BENEFITS:

This position is not an employee of Bay Aging. Living allowance and benefits will be administered by CNCS. Benefits, as eligible, include choice of education award or end of service stipend; health coverage; living allowance; relocation allowance; training; childcare; non-competitive eligibility for federal employment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:

Rely on extensive on-the-job training and experience to accomplish the work.

Working knowledge of:
• Microsoft Office programs (e.g. Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint)
• Google Programs (e.g. Google Docs, Sheets, Slides, Drive)
• Community resources and human service operations

Maintain strong attention is a must

Strong customer service and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain trusting professional relationships with community partners, third-party housing providers and funders

Self-starter and proactive: identify critical needs, set up activities and prioritize resources

Excellent verbal communication skills face-to-face and on the phone
Excellent written communication skills (letters, memos, reports, emails)

WORKING ENVIRONMENT:

Office-based position in Urbanna, Virginia with minimum physical requirements (ability to lift 25 lbs., walking, climbing stairs). Occasional travel required throughout the Bay Aging service area and the State of Virginia. Occasional overnight travel to attend trainings and conferences.

50% of the essential functions of the position can be performed remotely.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Associates degree preferred.

Must possess a valid driver’s license.

Disclaimer: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive list of all activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. From time to time, the supervisor will ask job holder to perform additional duties related to the completion of the work.

Applications must be submitted through my.AmeriCorps.gov portal.

For inquiries regarding this position, contact Hunter LeClair, Program Manager.

 

(804) 758-1260 extension 1312

Bay Aging is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran or disability status.

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