• ICF
  • Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America
  • May 07, 2020
Full time Professional Services

Job Description

Homeless Services Specialist – Remote

ICF’s Homeless Services works with federal agencies, state and local government, non-profits, and other community partners to implement evidence-based best practices and to innovate and identify new solutions to ending homelessness. We are currently seeking a mission-oriented candidate that is committed to ending homelessness and who has a strong understanding of HUD’s homeless assistance grants programs (including CoC and ESG programs) as well as strategies including housing first principals, coordinated entry, data-driven decision making, and inclusive system planning and program design. 

What you’ll be doing:

  • Support various technical assistance projects with a diverse set of stakeholders to support local efforts to prevent and end homelessness, including communities receiving technical assistance through HUD’s Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs. Work could include: strategic planning activities, system and program evaluation, data analysis, system modeling, research, and policy development
  • Support the development and delivery of  training sessions, conference presentations, workshops, and webinars on best practice strategies to end homelessness and/or HUD’s homelessness assistance grants programs
  • Contribute to the design of tools, drafting of reports, research, and development of policy guidance.   
  • Interface with HUD headquarters and field office staff, other Technical Assistance providers and community members through a variety of assignments.
  • Provide guidance on HUD regulations and policy via the HUD Ask-A-Question help desk.
  • Assist communities in data collection, interpretation, and application of data for decision making.
  • Produce high-quality written documents and communications in adherence with policies and protocols and in alignment with HUD policy, regulation, and guidance.
  • Exercise independent motivation to learn new skills as part of a fast-paced team-centered approach.
  • This is a home-based position. Frequent travel may be required.

Basic Qualifications you’ll need to have: 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work, Planning, Public Policy, Government or a related discipline required
  • Minimum 5 years of professional experience in similar field, of which at least 3 years’ experience working in the homelessness field.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision making capabilities with ability to apply skills to system-level solutions.
  • Understanding of the McKinney-Vento Act and regulations governing the Continuum of Care and Emergency Solutions Grants programs
  • Ability to work effectively and efficiently across multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, presentation, and written and verbal communication skills
  • Commitment to addressing racial disparities through inclusive and equitable system and program design

Preferred Skills/Experience: 

  • Understanding of other federal mainstream housing and services programs
  • Experience in program evaluation and policy development related to homelessness
  • Knowledge of HMIS governance, policy and administration.
  • Understanding of training delivery and technical assistance provision across multiple modalities
  • Master's Degree, or higher education

Professional Skills:

  • Excellent verbal, interpersonal and written communication skills
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision-making capabilities to analyze situations, identify existing or potential problems, and recommend solutions
  • Ability to multi-task with various projects and responsibilities
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize project work
  • Proficiency in MS Office Applications (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel)

Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth. If you’re seeking to make a difference in the world, visit www.icf.com/careers to find your next career. ICF—together for tomorrow.

ICF is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at all levels. (EOE – Minorities/Females/ Protected Veterans Status/Disability Status/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity). For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

Reasonable Accommodations are available for disabled veterans and applicants with disabilities in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email icfcareercenter@icf.com and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  EEO is the law and  Pay Transparency Statement.

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