Salary: $22.27 – $32.12 per hour, FLSA Non-Exempt

Hours: 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday with some weekend and evening work

Duration: Based on available funding, Full-time Regular status at completion of six month probationary period

**Hybrid Work Arrangement**

The Housing Support Specialist will be an energetic “people-person”, and an enthusiastic team player who is comfortable working in the field as well as in an office setting. The Housing Support Specialist must have a previously demonstrated ability to effectively interact with individuals and families that or homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless. The Housing Support Specialist is responsible for facilitating any resources that may be available in order to meet the needs of the families. The position requires effective coordination with other organizations as well as a significant amount of written documentation in the form of notes and data entry into the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS). The position requires written proficiency and the proven ability to work with groups. Under the supervision of the Housing Director, the Housing Support Specialist will be expected to carry out the responsibilities with only a limited amount of supervision.

Principle Duties:

1.                Completes assessments to determine family/individual strengths and barriers, including employment, behavioral health, criminal history and substance use to determine appropriate levels of housing and rental assistance

2.                Meets with assigned families at home or in the office on a weekly basis. Assist families and individuals with establishing and meeting housing goals and identifying appropriate steps towards achieving goals, including modifying goals as needed and evaluation of progress

3.                Arrange for and/or assist in providing basic training for families in the areas of household maintenance, financial literacy, safety, rules of conduct, and the governing policies and procedures for Samish Indian Nation’s housing as they may apply to Program Participants

4.                Identify any special needs of assigned Program Participants, and coordinate with a variety of outside service providers, including coordinated entry sites, food banks, dispute resolution centers and other service providers as appropriate to facilitate an effective relationship between the special service provider and the family in need

5.                Landlord Tenant engagement – identify housing options and negotiate tenancy for program participants with landlords and property managers that will result in Participants becoming self-sufficient

6.                Conduct annual, move-in and move-out housing inspections and meet with the Program Participant to review findings and establish a plan for repairs, if applicable

7.                Prepares Monthly reports for the Housing Director- Rental Assistance Codes, Master Rental Updates, Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data entry, Recertification and Housing Inspections

8.                Attends local, regional and national meetings and training workshops related to homeless and prevention programs and services

9.                Maintains a clean and professional work environment, adheres to all personnel and financial policies and procedures, and works cooperatively with Housing Committee, Samish Tribal Council and employees

10.               Perform other duties as assigned

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by a person in this position. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties that may be performed in such a position.

Required Qualifications:

1.       Bachelor’s degree in counseling, psychology or related human services filed or the equivalent years of experience plus a minimum of two years working with homeless or at-risk of becoming homeless individuals and families

2.       Must become a HUD Certified Visual Assessor within 30 days of employment. This is accomplished by successfully completing a 20-minute online training on HUD’s website

3.       Experience with or ability to learn the Homeless Management Information System (HMIS) data reporting system

4.       Significant proficiency in Word and Excel

5.       Must have the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with funding agencies, attorney, contractors, Tribal Council and staff, and the public

6.       Responsible for upholding a culture of privacy and security in highly confidential work environment

7.       Complies with all tribal policies and procedures that involve access to and safeguarding of client protected health information

8.       Demonstrates cultural competency, respect for diversity, and possesses ability to work independently as well as part of a team

9.       Must have a valid Washington State driver’s license and be able to meet the minimum insurance requirements regarding driving record in order to utilize GSA vehicles

**Obtaining full COVID-19 vaccination no later than 60 days from the hire date will be a condition of employment for all Samish employees**

Working Conditions:

Physical Demands: Long periods of sitting, including driving (60% of time); occasional bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, lifting, carrying, and pushing (20% of time); and occasional standing and walking (20% of time). Occasionally lifts/carries up to 20lbs. Must possess manual dexterity sufficient to use office equipment with frequent repetitive motion such as writing, typing, paperwork handling, and phone use. Must possess the ability to view print on a computer screen and/or paper document; the ability to speak and hear exchanging information with end users by telephone

Mental/Visual Demands: Frequent mental and/or visual attention to task is required. Occasionally work requires heavy concentration. Frequent interruptions. Tasks involve eye-hand coordination. Working Environment: Work environment is mainly indoors with heat and some air conditioning. Must sit or stand at desk for the majority of shift. Occasionally works alone without benefit of supervisor or coworker. Unavoidable hazards/risks: Frequent vehicular travel; work requires minimal risks which require safety precautions (using some cleaning chemicals for light cleaning). Protective clothing or equipment may be required (goggles, gloves, masks, boots, etc.)

Samish Indian Nation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and actively encourages applications from all persons regardless of race, religion, gender, gender identity, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, or ancestry. Samish preference and Indian preference will be applied to the selection for this position as defined in Title 25, US Code Section 473.

CONFIDENTIALITY: This position develops, maintains, and is responsible for safeguarding the computer/electronic and hardcopy file folders containing sensitive and proprietary information about the Tribe and its members. The incumbent must maintain confidentiality of all work and files pertaining to enrollment, clients, survey results, and all other material that may identify individuals by name (either directly or by reference), as set forth by the Tribal Council in the Personnel Manual. Any violation in this matter may result in immediate termination of employment.

Please state your eligibility for Indian preference in your cover letter. Indian preference must be documented prior to interview or hiring. BIA Form 4432 or tribal enrollment ID may be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.

All persons who are offered employment with the Samish Indian Nation must give permission for a thorough background check of previous work performance, motor vehicle history, credit history and criminal history.

This position is a “covered position” under the Tribe’s Indian Child and Family Violence Act Policy and all applicants must undergo a background investigation in order to be hired for this position. The Tribe will not hire, permit anyone to work or volunteer in a covered position if the person has ever been found guilty or entered a plea of no contest or guilty to any offense under federal, state, or Tribal law which involves violence, threat of violence, sexual assault, molestation, exploitation, prostitution, crimes against persons, or offenses committed against children.

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