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Oasis Center

Housing Coordinator

Oasis Center

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Job Summary

Center Youth Voice – Ignite Change- Promote Justice

Oasis Center was founded in 1969, a group of young lawyers came together to establish the “Rap House,” a simple community center for runaway teens and youth struggling with addictions. Fifty years later, the “Rap House” has evolved into the Oasis Center, where nearly 4,000 youth and families turn for help and direct support every year. Oasis Center provides a wide range of opportunities that reflect the diverse needs of youth and their families, from crisis intervention to youth leadership and community engagement to college and career access. Our 20+ programs and services are based on the foundation of four areas for youth success: Safety, Belonging, Empowerment, and Generosity.

Right now, our agency is growing – so if you have talent and skills, compassion and a mindset for justice, and you want to make a career in making a difference, please consider joining our incredible Oasis Center team.

Vision:   to live in a world where all young people are safe, valued, connected to caring adults, and prepared for productive and fulfilling lives. We believe that progress is made toward this goal when we develop and encourage perspectives based on hope, a vision of what is possible, and the courage to act. We cultivate this change through caring relationships, meaningful action, and thoughtful reflection.

Position: Housing Coordinator

Summary: Actively seek out, obtain, and maintain relationships with landlords to create housing opportunities for young adults (ages 18-24), helping them move out of homelessness and into permanent housing. This position works collaboratively with case management staff and clients to help young people identify, access, and maintain suitable housing. 

Salary Range: $40,000-$45,000 Based on Education and Experience.

Job Responsibilities

  • Ensure adequate rental units are available for Oasis Center clients, in order to move young adults quickly from homelessness into appropriate housing (goal: 70 youth housed in a 12-month period).
  • Articulate Oasis Center’s mission, goals and value proposition to landlords and community stakeholders.
  • In partnership with the RRH manager, educate landlords about Rapid Rehousing and its benefits, and address barriers to participation.
  • Recruit and qualify new individuals/companies to Oasis Center’s landlord network, through ongoing landlord cultivation, encouraging them to become “preferred landlords”.
  • Maintain relationships with landlords through ongoing communication, resolution of client issues, prompt customer service, and regular inspection to ensure properties are taken care of.
  • Meet with clients to discuss housing opportunities, assess housing barriers, make a housing plan, and assist throughout the housing application process.
  • Collaborate with program case managers to match client’s needs and goals to available units, taking into account client preferences, safety, housing conditions, and proximity to employment.
  • Assist participants in completing landlord and property management housing applications, including helping to secure needed documentation and accompanying participants to housing meetings.
  • Provide hands-on assistance to enable participants to find suitable housing, inducing accompanying participants to apartment viewings and conducting neighborhood research throughout Nashville.
  • Negotiate leases with landlords in collaboration with case managers and program participants.
  • Coordinate with case managers to assist in a young person’s transition to housing, including utility set up, moving arrangements, furnishings, and other necessities.
  • Develop and facilitate training and workshops for clients to explain housing rules and regulations, lease obligations, tenant rights and responsibilities, communication with landlords, and fair housing.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s 2+ years of related experience (housing advocacy, sales/negotiation skills, etc.) or 5+ years related experience
  • Demonstrated aptitude in interpersonal flexibility, teamwork, customer service and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of Nashville rental housing market, housing subsidies, housing regulations, and affordable housing industry strongly preferred.
  • Dedication to performance management, ability to utilize data to make decisions
  • Strong ability to work independently and maximize time while conducting field work.
  • Exceptional problem-solving skills.
  • Clear understanding of racial inequities and other forms of discrimination
  • Understanding of and ability to deliver services through a Housing First approach.

Additional Information

Benefits

  • Health Insurance
  • HSA
  • Free Vision/Dental employee insurance
  • Free LTD policy
  • Free Life Insurance policy 
  • PTO 
  • 11 Holiday’s including Birthday and Juneteenth
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • 401k + up to 3% match 
  • Hybrid work week

How to Apply

Send cover letter and resume to Austin Lewis – alewis@oasiscenter.org

Oasis Center is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer and is operated in accordance with a policy which does not permit discrimination because of race, color, sex, age, ability, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

People with disabilities are welcome to apply!

Details

  • Date Posted: November 9, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Programs and Service Delivery
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Salary Range: 40K-45K