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

Job Description

Lead 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 experience and expertise of HUD’s homeless assistance grants programs (including CoC and ESG programs) as well as of housing first principals, coordinated entry, data-driven decision making, and inclusive system planning and program design. 

What you’ll be doing:

  • Lead and support 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
  • Develop/deliver 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.
  • Advise communities on program design, strategic planning, program effectiveness (and improvements), compliance with HUD regulations, and program integration within a jurisdiction’s Continuum of Care.
  • Provide expert 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. Review work products for compliance with standards.
  • Exercise independent motivation to learn new skills as part of a fast-paced team-centered approach.
  • Assist in identifying new business opportunities, writing proposals, and managing contracts as requested
  • Assisting communities in designing governance and decision making processes
  • This is a home-based position. Frequent travel may be required.

Basic Qualifications you’ll need to have: 

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Planning, Public Policy, Government or a related discipline
  • Demonstrated ability to coordinate numerous projects simultaneously, manage project budgets and deadlines
  • Minimum 8 years of professional experience in similar field, of which at least 5 years’ experience working in the homelessness field.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving, and decision making capabilities with ability to apply skills to system-level solutions.
  • Expertise of the McKinney-Vento Act and regulations governing the Continuum of Care and Emergency Solutions Grants programs
  • Demonstrated success leading the development and delivering of trainings/workshops/webinars, facilitation and public speaking to a variety of audiences
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, presentation, and written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to addressing racial disparities through inclusive and equitable system and program design

Preferred Skills/Experience: 

  • Experience and expertise in other federal mainstream housing and services programs
  • Experience in program evaluation and policy development related to homelessness
  • Detailed knowledge of HMIS governance, policy and administration
  • Understanding of training delivery and technical assistance provision across multiple modalities

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
  • 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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