Director of Housing Services Job Description

Founded in 2008, ProsperityME is a growing 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Portland, Maine. ProsperityME empowers, through education and counseling, members of refugee and immigrant communities to invest in themselves to build financial stability, careers, businesses and wealth. ProsperityME offers financial education services including financial literacy courses, one-on-one financial counseling and coaching. We also provide support for higher education, security deposit assistance for housing, small business counseling, and workforce development through partnerships with local businesses. ProsperityME’s services are open to all refugees, immigrants, asylees, and other individuals with low-income in Greater Portland and Lewiston/Auburn, Maine.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • The Director of Housing Services will manage and oversee the rental assistance and housing programs as well directing two Housing Case Managers who will provide direct outreach and support.

  • Additionally, the Director of Housing Services may take queries for rental assistance, assesses eligibility including income qualification, provides education and outreach on the emergency rental assistance program and advises clients with options.

  • Creates plans to promote longer-term rental stability thereby helping immigrant renters to be more resilient.

  • Supports housing navigation including finding another rental if necessary.

  • Collects, maintains, and interprets data and provides ongoing reports.

  • Provides one-on-one housing counselling including financial management, budgeting and

    tenants’ rights.

  • Communicates with Landlords on behalf of clients on housing needs.

  • Ensures that all records and work papers are adequately documented.

  • Acts as liaison between various partners and manage client referrals as needed.

  • Promotes ProsperityME’s programs and services through community outreach.

  • Provides cultural brokerage as needed.

  • Other Duties as assigned by Executive Director.

    Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred. Social Services or related field preferred.

  • Thorough understanding of Housing programs required.

  • Experience working with minorities, immigrant and refugee communities preferred.

  • Must be proficient in English. Multi-lingual candidates preferred.

  • Must have excellent interpersonal skills and be a good public speaker.

  • Some travel may be required.

    Salary & Benefits: We offer a competitive salary and an outstanding benefits package including medical/dental, 401(k), short, long-term disability and life insurance and generous PTO.

 

Application Procedure: Interested persons should submit a letter of interest or cover letter, resume, and 3 references to ProsperityME, P.O. Box 8013, Portland, ME 04104 or via email to Byron Bartlett, Director of Administration, at bbartlett@prosperityme.org. No phone calls please. The position will remain open until filled.