Housing Services Specialist Ii - Special Purpose Voucher Caseworker

Location
Fairfax, Virginia
Salary
$52,323.44 - $87,205.04 Annually
Posted
Jul 24, 2021
Closes
Aug 07, 2021
Ref
21-01454
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
Job Announcement

Special Purpose Voucher Caseworkers function as part of the PROGRESS Center (Partnership for Resident Opportunities, Growth, Resources and Economic Self-Sufficiency) team under the Rental Assistance Division. Caseworkers in this position are responsible for performing ongoing occupancy functions for participants of DHCD’s federal and local special purpose voucher programs. These include, but are not limited to, the Family Unification Program (FUP), Mainstream, NED, and VASH voucher programs, Home Tenant-Based Rental Assistance (TBRA), VA State Rental Assistance program (SRAP), Homeownership voucher program, and the Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) program.

Special Purpose Voucher Caseworkers focus on certifying ongoing eligibility through routine recertification and interims, facilitating unit transfers, initiating and participating in formal and informal hearing processes, and processing End of Participation, as well as all associated processes, documentation, record keeping, and reporting. Caseworkers in this position may also assist with intake functions, depending on departmental needs.

Caseworkers in these programs maintain caseloads that are below the industry standard. The expectation is that Special Purpose Voucher Caseworkers will work with service providers (landlords, outside service providers, case managers, social workers, and family supports) more closely than caseworkers in the standard Housing Choice Voucher or RAD-PBV programs. A skilled, compassionate, detail-oriented, and patient Special Purpose Voucher Caseworker is essential to the the goal of the PROGRESS center: to ensure essential support services are in place that will promote housing stability and remove barriers to self-sufficiency for some our our most vulnerable and marginalized participants.

Note: Salary offer will not exceed $33.5405 per hour (midpoint of the range).
Multiple position available.

Employment Standards

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to") Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, psychology, public or business administration, counseling or a related field , plus two years of experience in the field of human services, Choice Voucher, real estate, homeownership, relocation, or property management.
NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:
The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check to the satisfaction of the employer.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
  • Two years of demonstrated experience conducting ongoing eligibility functions (reexaminations, interim changes, and moves) in Housing Choice Voucher, RAD, or Public Housing programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to prioritize cases and workflow.
  • Demonstrated ability to function independently, make informed decisions, and meet multiple deadlines in a fast paced environment.
  • Knowledge of social, economic, health, and cultural factors that can serve as barriers to self-sufficiency.
  • Knowledge of federal, state and local laws governing subsidized housing programs and public assistance programs.
  • Knowledge of ADA and Fair Housing regulations.
  • Ability to interpret and apply complex policies and procedures in the planning, implementation, and management of projects.
  • Clear and concise oral and written communications skills.
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience working with neighborhood organizations, non-profits, and civic organizations to access/connect clients to resources and services.
  • Familiarity with Fairfax County agencies, programs, and services.
  • Experience organizing/facilitating workshops and trainings.
  • Experience using systems and databases, including but not limited to: Yardi Voyager, Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, Publisher, PowerPoint, and Access), Adobe, list serves.
  • Certification in one or more of the following topics: Public Housing Rent Calculation, Public Housing Eligibility, Public Housing Occupancy, Public Housing Specialist, Public Housing Manager, Project-Based Voucher Rent Calculation, RAD Project-Based Voucher Specialist, Housing Choice Voucher Rent Calculation, Housing Choice Voucher Eligibility, Housing Choice Voucher Occupancy, Housing Choice Voucher Specialist.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
Job is generally sedentary in nature, however job entails reaching and bending; uses hands to grasp, handle, or feel. Visual acuity is required to read data on a computer monitor. Ability to communicate with others verbally and in writing. Must be able to operate keyboard-driven equipment and computer. Employee may be required to lit up to 15 pound. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

SELECTION PROCEDURE:
Panel interview and may include practical exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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