HUMAN SERVICES SPECIALIST (HOUSING CASE MANAGER)

Location
Virginia
Salary
$58,739.20 - $89,772.80 Annually
Posted
Jun 11, 2021
Closes
Jun 25, 2021
Ref
6332-21J-DHS-EM
Hours
Full Time
Position Information

Arlington County's Department of Human Services (DHS) is seeking a Housing Case Manager to provide housing-focused case management and support to individuals with a serious mental illness and other disabilities. This Housing Case Manager will work with program participants to set goals for healthy individual growth with an emphasis on maintaining housing stability.

This full-time position with the Arlington County Permanent Supportive Housing Program (PSH) is located within the Housing Assistance Bureau of DHS and reports to the Supportive Housing Services Manager. This Housing Case Manager will monitor progress in attaining daily living goals, conduct apartment inspections, track annual progress of program participants, and provide housing location and housing stabilization services to participants of the PSH program which requires negotiating with landlords and providing creative solutions to tenancy issues.

Qualified candidates have conflict resolution skills that include persuading others, developing positive, trusting relationships with tenant's landlords and service providers and the ability to convey the concepts of recovery to clients.

To learn more about our services please visit DHS.

Responsibilities include:
  • Meeting with prospective PSH participants to determine program and subsidy eligibility;
  • Guiding participants through the housing application process including obtaining federal, state and local benefits;
  • Assisting participants with move-in activities including developing a budget, setting up utilities, accessing subsidies, and securing furniture;
  • Responding to housing emergencies of PSH participants (includes carrying an on-call phone);
  • Providing linkages to eligible community services;
  • Teaching participants' activities of daily living to assist with maintaining housing;
  • Maintaining accurate records, which includes participant charts as well as internal and external reports;
  • Conducting initial, interim and annual Housing Quality Standard (HQS) inspections;
  • Performing annual housing assessments and bi-annual housing service plans; and
  • Attending provider meetings.
Arlington County DHS is committed to delivering client services in an effective, equitable, respectful, and trauma-informed manner. Our staff is dedicated to ensuring our clients are approached, engaged and cared for in ways that demonstrate competency, sensitivity and awareness of factors which impact the client experience including but not limited to: cultural identity, gender, racial, and ethnic diversity, religious/spiritual ascription, physical capability, cognitive and literacy levels, sexual orientation, and linguistic needs.

Selection Criteria

Minimums:
  • A Bachelor's degree in Human Services or a related area such as Psychology, Sociology, or Social Work; and
  • Full time experience of at least one year working with human service delivery systems to provide supportive housing needs for low-income populations with cognitive, mental, and/or developmental disabilities including individuals with substance use disorders. This experience should include tenant/landlord negotiations, lease negotiation, eviction preventions and property management issues.
Substitution: Additional directly related experience can substitute for the education requirements on a year-for-year basis.

Desirables: Preference may be given to candidates with experience in one or more of the following:
  • Working with a Housing First model;
  • Using Motivational Interviewing and Harm Reduction techniques;
  • Demonstrated creativity at solving housing issues that may not be addressed through traditional service delivery; and/or
  • Housing Quality Standard certification.


Special Requirements

The applicant must possess, or obtain by the time of appointment, a valid motor vehicle operator's license from the applicant's place of residence or the applicant must have the ability or willingness to use alternative methods of transportation to perform assigned duties and responsibilities at locations other than the primary worksite. If the applicant possesses or acquires a license, the applicant must authorize Arlington County to obtain, or the applicant must provide, copy of the applicant's official state/district driving record. Any offer of employment may be contingent upon a favorable review of the applicant's driving record.

A pre-hire background check will be made on all candidates who are selected for employment. It may include checks of the following: criminal record, driving record, education, professional licensure, and credit history. You may be required to sign a release authorizing the County to obtain your background information.

Completion of a State of Virginia Central Registry Check.

This announcement may be used to fill future vacancies. An assessment of oral Spanish proficiency would be required before a candidate can be appointed to a bilingual position (English/Spanish). The incumbent in a bilingual position would receive the language pay premium on all hours worked and on paid leave hours.

Additional Information

An online application is required.

Work hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday with some flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed.

Please note: During Covid-19 pandemic significant portions of work are completed remotely

Your responses to the supplemental questionnaire are considered part of the selection process and are required for this position. Please do not give "see resume" as a response to the questions. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Arlington County Government employee benefits depend on whether a position is permanent, the number of hours worked, and the number of months the position is scheduled.

Specific information on benefits and conditions of employment can be found on the Arlington County Human Resources Department website: www.arlingtonva.us/pers.

Permanent, Full-Time Appointments
All jobs are permanent, full-time appointments unless otherwise stated in the announcement. The following benefits are available:

Paid Leave : Vacation leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. Leave accrual increases every three years until eight hours of leave are earned biweekly for twelve or more years of service. Sick leave is earned at the rate of four hours biweekly. There are eleven paid holidays each year.

Health and Dental Insurance : Three group health insurance plans are offered - a network open access plan, a point-of-service plan, and a health maintenance organization. A group dental insurance plan is also offered. The County pays a significant portion of the premium for these plans for employees and their dependents. A discount vision plan is provided for eye care needs.

Life Insurance : A group term policy of basic life insurance is provided at no cost to employees. The benefit is one times annual salary. Additional life insurance is available with rates based on the employee's age and smoker/non-smoker status.

Retirement : The County offers three vehicles to help you prepare for retirement: a defined benefit plan, a defined contribution plan (401(a)), and a deferred compensation plan (457). The defined benefit plan provides a monthly retirement benefit based on your final average salary and years of service with the County. You contribute a portion of your salary on a pre-tax basis to this plan. General employees contribute 4% of pay; uniformed public safety employees contribute 7.5% of pay. Employees become vested in the plan at five years of service. The County also contributes to this plan.

For general employees, the County also contributes 4.2% of pay to a defined contribution plan (401(a)) . The County also matches your 457 contribution, up to $20 per pay period, in this plan. The 457 deferred compensation plan allows you to set aside money on either a pre-tax (457b) or post-tax (457 Roth) basis up to the IRS annual limit. New employees are automatically enrolled with a pre-tax contribution equal to 2% of your base pay.

Other Benefits: The County also offers health, dependent care, and parking flexible spending accounts; long-term care insurance; tuition assistance; transit and walk/bike to work subsidies; a college savings plan; wellness programs; training opportunities; and a variety of other employee benefits.

Permanent, Part-Time Appointments:
Part time employees who work ten or more hours per week receive paid leave and benefits in proportion to the number of hours worked per week.

Limited Term Appointments:
Benefits are the same as permanent appointments except that the employees do not achieve permanent status.

Temporary Regular Appointments:
Temporary regular employees who work 30 hours or more per week are eligible for health, dental, and basic life insurance as described above. They are also eligible for vacation, sick leave, and paid holidays.

Temporary Seasonal and Occasional Appointments:
Temporary employees who work on a seasonal basis or variable hours receive sick leave, but do not normally receive other paid leave or benefits. Exceptions are noted in individual announcements.

01

Please provide the following:
  • Highest level of degree earned:
  • Major/minor area of study:
  • Number of years of full time experience in housing case management


  • 02

    Describe your experience working with housing programs which serve low-income and/or homeless residents with cognitive, mental and developmental disabilities and/or substance use disorders.

    03

    Describe your full-time experience working with human service delivery systems and/or entitlement programs providing housing case management including resolving lease violations/complaints/issues between landlord and tenants. Please do not respond with "see resume".

    04

    Please provide details of your experience working in a crisis in which the safety of others was a concern.

    05

    What kinds or services and/or supports need to be in place for persons with disabilities who are homeless to be able to maintain their housing?

    06

    Please check all that apply.
    • I have a valid driver's license
    • I am available to respond to after-hour emergency calls.
    • I have a Housing Quality Standard certification.


    07

    This announcement may be used to fill future vacancies. Are you sufficiently proficient in oral Spanish to interview, assess the needs of, counsel and refer Spanish speaking individuals who have limited English proficiency and who are facing a crisis?
    • Yes
    • No


    Required Question