Why Work For Simpson?
Our Mission is to house, support and advocate for people experiencing homelessness. We believe that everybody has the right to safe and affordable housing; we strive to strive to create a collaborative community with the individuals we serve, within Simpson, and with the greater community; and we advocate against the injustices of society that cause homelessness and poverty. On a daily basis, we celebrate and embrace the uniqueness and dignity of every person and encourage people to draw upon their strengths and promote the power of self-advocacy.
Simpson Housing Services began as an emergency overnight shelter in the basement of Simpson United Methodist Church in 1982. Simpson has since become a leading nonprofit providing assistance to people experiencing homelessness. In response to un-met community needs, our programs have grown to include emergency shelter, single adult supportive housing, and family supportive housing. We work across the metro area, partnering with landlords and developers to find affordable housing for all families and individuals. At any given time, we provide supportive services to 100 individuals and 200 families with over 400 children.
How Can You Contribute?
This position will provide assistance to single adults staying at the Navigation Center to obtain housing. The team member will respond to each participant’s unique needs and goals by providing advocacy and assistance in accessing community services to ensure stability in housing and integration in the community.
Note to Applicants:
To apply for this position, you can submit a SHS Employment Application in place of a Resume.
Provide relevant support to participants to obtain housing:
Provide on-going support and crisis intervention to participants:
Complete accurate and thorough documentation and record-keeping in a timely manner:
Provide positive representation of SHS through public relations and networking:
Demonstrate essential knowledge, abilities, and skills:
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of this position. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Scope of Position
This position aids residents of the Navigation Center to establish next steps and ideally obtain housing. This is a temporary six month position. This position requires some evening work.
Participant populations may include those with chemical abuse issues, criminal histories (drug charges, prostitution, fraud, etc.), trauma, grief, and/or mental health issues.
This position may provide back up for other advocates during periods of absence or during times of increased workloads.
Essential Mental Functions
The employee, in collaboration with the participant, must determine the needs of the participants and how best to meet these needs. This means, the employee will assess a participant’s situation to be able to identify more fully the needs of the participants.
To provide adequate assistance to participants, the employee must draw on the ability to empathize, problem solve, and the ability to accept people unconditionally with an openness to new ideas.
To interpret policies and guidelines, employee must draw on analytical abilities.
The employee must understand and apply knowledge of homelessness, social support systems, advocacy, tenant law and case management in terms of providing services to participants in crisis.
Essential Physical Functions
The employee must be able to hear and speak, in order to communicate with staff and participants in person, on the telephone and in writing. Employee must be able to move about the community and public places (such as apartment buildings). Employee must be able to lift items up to 40 pounds on an occasional basis.
Percentage time spent away from main office/location:
Time inside: 80%, Time outside: 20%, Agency travel time required: 10%
Travel includes travel within the community including but not limited to participant homes, attending community meetings, and accompanying participants to appointments.
Percentage time spent in direct care: 80% (includes travel time)
Type of guidance and supervision received: Will participate in regular team meetings as well as bi-weekly direct supervision meetings.
Number of Direct Reports: None
Number of In-direct Reports: May provide volunteer/intern supervision
Budget Responsibility: None