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Program Manager, Housing for Justice

Req ID: 6861
Location: Chicago - Loop
# of Openings: 1
Shift:
FT/PT: Full time
Employment Type: Regular
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Job Notes: Heartland Alliance, a Chicago-based, global human rights organization, has a decades-long history of dismantling barriers and providing greater access to health and healing, safety and justice, and economic opportunity for individuals who face violence, homelessness, poverty, trauma, and poor health outcomes. We directly serve more than 400,000 people each year, and our policy work impacts millions more – particularly in the state of Illinois. The alliance, which is composed of five distinct non-profit organizations, is harnessing the strength of our service-based, systems-change approach to deepen our impact in Chicago, throughout the country, and across the globe.

We are seeking a mission-aligned, collaborative, and creative leader to advance Heartland Alliance’s efforts to develop, pilot and sustain housing solutions for people with justice system involvement – including and starting with those at highest risk of gun violence involvement. Reporting to the Director of Program Innovations, the Manager will develop and implement a pilot to house men enrolled in HA’s READI Chicago program, all of whom have significant criminal backgrounds and/or victimization histories; assess and identify innovative opportunities to implement a continuum of housing solutions for people with significant justice system involvement; and develop critical expertise and relationships to further our work to successfully connect people with justice system involvement to safe, stable housing. The manager will also supervise one to two case managers who will work directly with both participants and landlords to implement the pilot program.

Description

Heartland Alliance, a Chicago-based, global human rights organization, has a decades-long history of dismantling barriers and providing greater access to health and healing, safety and justice, and economic opportunity for individuals who face violence, homelessness, poverty, trauma, and poor health outcomes.  We directly serve more than 400,000 people each year, and our policy work impacts millions more – particularly in the state of Illinois. The alliance, which is composed of five distinct non-profit organizations, is harnessing the strength of our service-based, systems-change approach to deepen our impact in Chicago, throughout the country, and across the globe.

We are seeking a mission-aligned, collaborative, and creative leader to advance Heartland Alliance’s efforts to develop, pilot and sustain housing solutions for people with justice system involvement – including and starting with those at highest risk of gun violence involvement. Reporting to the Director of Program Innovations, the Manager will develop and implement a pilot to house men enrolled in HA’s READI Chicago program, all of whom have significant criminal backgrounds and/or victimization histories; assess and identify innovative opportunities to implement a continuum of housing solutions for people with significant justice system involvement; and develop critical expertise and relationships to further our work to successfully connect people with justice system involvement to safe, stable housing. The manager will also supervise one to two case managers who will work directly with both participants and landlords to implement the pilot program.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the overall direction, design and implementation, and evaluation of program pilot.

  • Identify and build opportunities to implement additional housing solutions for people with justice-system involvement and at very high risk of gun violence involvement.

  • Lead the development of Heartland Alliance’s housing for justice-involved work across Heartland Alliance, in collaboration with Director of Program Innovations. Forge productive, collaborative and effective relationships across the Alliance, with a broad range of colleagues, to draw on and empower their expertise and experience.

  • Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders in the work to develop housing solutions for people with justice-system involvement.

  • Establish and enhance processes to manage all programs aspects and work streams effectively.

  • Oversee and participate in completing reports for funder(s) and key stakeholders. Provide communications to staff and stakeholders on the pilot’s progress. Maintain timeline for pilot and ensures milestones are met.

  • Facilitate and coordinate project team meetings and clearly communicate any next steps or follow up items from meetings.

  • Supervise the case manager(s). Provide direction and support to individual work streams and encourage teamwork and collaboration. Coach and mentor team members to support their personal career development.

  • Other duties as assigned.

     

Requirements and Competencies

        Bachelor’s degree and 3-5 years’ relevant work experience; master’s degree preferred.

  • Experience in the fields of housing and homelessness, violence prevention, poverty reduction, and/or criminal justice reform preferred.

  • Familiarity with housing models for vulnerable populations such as chronically homeless persons, re-entry populations and people with dual diagnoses in mental health and substance abuse preferred.

  • Proven ability to cultivate relationships and work in collaboration with colleagues, external audiences and partners in the areas of public policy, systems change, housing development/operations, and/or the delivery of supportive services.

  • Quick learner, self-motivated, with excellent time management skills.

  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, and presentation/facilitation skills along with ability to communicate clearly and simply (both oral and written).

  • Previous project management experience with demonstrated organizational skills and ability to manage multiple project budgets and deadlines.

  • Ability to take initiative to implement projects and pursue goals with minimal supervision.

  • Values orientation, particularly in alignment with Heartland Alliance’s Philosophy of Care, which lifts up our core values of trauma-informed, inclusive and diverse, harm reduction (including a Housing First model), and human rights.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, Internet Explorer, Outlook/Exchange; Windows operating systems; and other software routinely used by Heartland Alliance.

 

Physical Demands: 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 talk or hear.  The employee is regularly required to sit, stand and walk.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Due to computer usage, the employee will need vision abilities such as close vision and ability to adjust focus.

 

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The noise in the work environment is moderate.

 

Heartland Alliance makes all hiring and employment decisions without regard to race, creed, color, age, gender, gender identity, marital or parental status, religion, ancestry, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, sexual identity, immigrant status, political affiliation or belief, ex-offender status (depending on the offense and position to be filled), unfavorable military discharge, membership in an organization whose primary purpose is the protection of civil rights or improvement of living conditions and human relations, height, weight, or HIV infection, in accord with the Organization's AIDS Policy Statement of September, 1987. Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodation should contact the Employee Services Office at (312) 660-1431.

 



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