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HomeStart offers salary plus a generous benefits package, dynamic staff, flexibility, and a supportive work environment. HomeStart is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. Persons of color and the formerly homeless encouraged to apply.

Director of Development (Boston, MA)

About Us and Our Philosophy:
Founded on the principle that every person deserves a safe and healthy place to live, HomeStart has been ending and preventing homelessness in Boston for over 20 years. Our organization is committed to walking clients through the challenging process of moving from shelters to permanent housing. We do this by helping to secure housing and by helping clients re‐integrate into their communities, providing support services such as financial literacy and life skills training. HomeStart has permanently ended homelessness for more than 9,000 individuals living on the streets of Boston, and we are also one of the first and one of the largest agencies in Boston that end homelessness by preventing it in the first place. To date, we have prevented over 3,000 families and individuals on the verge of eviction from becoming homeless. With a strongly‐held belief that having a home restores a person’s dignity and offers the stability necessary for making other life changes, HomeStart is a powerful advocate for both ending and preventing homelessness in the City of Boston.

We have developed a program that could effectively eliminate family homelessness by non‐payment eviction for thousands of Massachusetts families every year, and HomeStart is poised to accelerate the expansion of this intervention across Greater Boston and Massachusetts. Boston would be the first community in the nation to extinguish the eviction crisis, and as we scale the impact of the Homelessness Prevention Program across Massachusetts, we would create a template for national replication. To learn more, please visit www.homestart.org.

At HomeStart, we don’t just accept difference – we celebrate it, support it, and thrive on it for the benefit of our team and the communities we serve. HomeStart is an equal opportunity employer and as such, we do not discriminate against any team member or candidate because of race, creed, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, or any other basis protected by law. We encourage all to apply because we believe a diversity of voices leads to better discussions, decisions, and outcomes for everyone.

The Opportunity:
Our team at HomeStart is seeking a strategic, innovative Director of Development to build and implement a comprehensive fundraising program that will expand our philanthropic funding base, positioning us to grow our impact dramatically over the next 3 years. The Director of Development will oversee all aspects of our fundraising strategy, with an emphasis on identifying, cultivating, and securing new major donors, and will lead aligned communications and marketing activities to ensure that we raise HomeStart’s visibility.

The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director, acts as part of our management team, and will work closely with the Board of Directors to support their involvement in fundraising. The Director will supervise HomeStart’s development staff, which currently includes two team members, and will be responsible for hiring additional members onto this team as needed.
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How to Join Our Team:
Please upload a resume and thoughtful cover letter, outlining how your skills and experience meet the qualifications of the position and stating how you heard about this opportunity, both in Word format, addressed to Matt Pritchard at Commongood Careers
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

About Commongood Careers:
HomeStart has partnered with Commongood Careers to conduct the search for a Director of Development. Commongood Careers is a mission-driven search firm that supports the hiring needs of high-impact nonprofits. With an approach that leverages robust talent networks, recruitment and search management expertise, and a deep understanding of our clients’ missions and cultures, we help organizations secure the talent they need to create greater social impact. Since our founding in 2005, Commongood Careers has led more than 800 searches at 300 organizations in 33 states, making us one of the most experienced and dedicated nonprofit search firms in the country. Learn more about nonprofit job opportunities at Commongood Careers.

Responsibilities

  • Create and implement a comprehensive development strategy for HomeStart, partnering with the management team, Board of Directors, and development staff as needed to ensure appropriate goals, benchmarks, action plans, and follow-through.
  • Lead the Development team, with responsibility for hiring, training, and/or mentoring individual staff members to support individual performance and fostering a strong sense of teamwork.
  • Foster engagement in fundraising efforts among HomeStart’s Board of Directors.
  • Manage the identification of donor prospects, creating and tracking solicitation strategies within HomeStart’s Raiser’s Edge database.
  • Develop and maintain key long-term relationships with donors and prospects, with an emphasis on growing our individual donor base and cultivating major gifts.
  • Oversee written communication, including grantwriting and individual donor appeals, partnering with the Executive Director and grantwriter to cultivate relationships with current and potential corporate and foundation sponsors.
  • Manage the execution of HomeStart’s fundraising events.
  • Implement a comprehensive marketing strategy and manage HomeStart’s marketing materials and social media strategy.

Skills

  • You have significant experience in nonprofit fund development, with demonstrated success in raising funds from a variety of revenue streams, including individual and major donors, and growing an organization’s funding base. You are excited by entrepreneurial challenges and the chance to set the vision that will take our development department to the next level. Prior experience or familiarity with philanthropic communities in Greater Boston is considered a plus.
  • You are an organized and team-oriented project-manager, with demonstrated success in guiding groups through the effective planning and implementation of development strategies.
  • You enjoy building relationships internally and externally, leveraging emotional intelligence and comfort interacting with a wide range of people to create strong connections with donors, colleagues, and program participants, and you are able to effectively navigate relationships to achieve win-win solutions. Experience in developing and managing Board fundraising capacity is considered a plus.
  • You are a skilled communicator, with the ability to share an effective message through compelling oral communications and written materials, and you are a strong listener. Experience with social media strategies is considered a plus.
  • You come to this role with respect for and a desire to serve families and individuals experiencing homelessness and/or in precarious life situations, demonstrating compassion and an authentic belief in HomeStart’s mission and model.
  • You are comfortable working in a small team environment and taking on both strategic and tactical responsibilities, and you demonstrate flexibility, humility, and a sense of humor.

Bilingual Housing Search Advocate

Dynamic, innovative non-profit agency seeks experienced candidates for a Bilingual Housing Search Advocate position open in our agency. This full time position will assist homeless individuals living in emergency shelters and on the street throughout Boston with securing affordable permanent housing.

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HomeStart offers: Salary plus generous benefits package, a dynamic staff, flexibility, and a supportive work environment. HomeStart is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. Persons of color and formerly homeless persons encouraged to apply.

Submit cover letter AND resume to: Gabrielle Vacheresse, Housing Search Manager, at vacheresse@homestart.org. Electronic Submissions only.

Responsibilities

  • Assist homeless individuals with all aspects of housing search and placement into permanent housing: work with clients to devise an appropriate housing search strategy; complete housing applications and prepare necessary documentation; negotiate with landlords, housing authorities, and realtors.
  • Perform housing assessments; problem-solving; and providing information and referrals.
  • Coordinate housing search activity with related work of shelter and outreach case managers.
  • Conduct housing search workshops.
  • Maintain client housing files and furnish reports on client services provided.
  • Some early morning or evening hours may be expected as part of a 40 hour work week.

Skills

  • Fluent in both English and Spanish required.
  • Minimum one to three years housing search or related experience (case management, property management, community organizing/advocacy).
  • Strong advocacy and outreach skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good math skills.
  • Dedication to helping people who are homeless move beyond shelter.
  • Ability to facilitate groups and conduct presentations.
  • Knowledge of subsidized and private housing resources and regulations preferred.
  • Experience with homeless adults and/or recovery population preferred.
  • Experience with mental health a plus.
  • Computer skills required (MS Windows, Word, Excel, internet).

Rapid Re-Housing Advocate

HomeStart is hiring a Rapid Rehousing Advocate who will work to assist individuals experiencing homelessness with a rapid transition from emergency shelter to permanent housing. The Housing Advocate will work alongside shelter case management to support households with comprehensive housing search, assistance with the lease-up process, and follow up correspondence to ensure housing stability.

Responsibilities

  • Assist homeless individuals and families with all aspects of housing search and placement into permanent housing: work with clients to devise an appropriate housing search strategy; complete housing applications; prepare necessary documentation; negotiate with landlords, housing authorities, and realtors.
  • Conduct outreach activities to generate client referrals from shelters and programs for homeless individuals throughout the Greater Boston area.
  • Coordinate housing search and lease up activity with related work of shelter case managers and any other partner agencies involved in the process.
  • Help clients establish and follow a budget that will allow for housing stability.
  • Assist clients with the process of accessing rapid re-housing funds to aid with move-in costs.
  • Support working clients in maintaining and maximizing incomes through referrals to employment programs.
  • Complete all required computer data-tracking and file documentation on a timely basis.
  • Travel throughout Greater Boston to assist with housing search-related activities.
  • Other activities as assigned by supervisor.

Skills

  • One to three years housing search or related experience preferred (case management, property management, community organizing/advocacy).
  • Strong advocacy and outreach skills.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Basic math skills required.
  • Dedication to helping people who are homeless move beyond shelter.
  • Knowledge of subsidized and private housing resources and regulations preferred.
  • Experience with homeless adults, recovery population and/or mental health areas preferred.
  • Bilingual skills a plus.
  • Computer skills required (MS Windows, Word, internet). Data entry skills preferred.
To Apply: Please indicate Rapid Re-Housing Advocate position and salary requirements in cover letter. Electronic Submissions only. Please email resumes to: RRH Program Manager, Tyler McEachron, at mceachron@homestart.org Apply Now

Housing First Advocate

The Housing First Case Manager will provide housing search and follow-up case management services to individuals who are homeless and living on the streets or in an emergency shelter.   Participants have been living on the streets for many years and suffer from mental illness, long histories of substance abuse, major medical conditions, and have limited experience with independent living. Most of the people that we work with on the Housing First team are actively using drugs and/or alcohol and do not follow their medical and mental health treatment plans.  The Housing First team takes a harm-reduction approach to helping folks find ways to successfully live in housing and not let their disabilities result in recurrent homelessness.

 

 

Responsibilities

  • Assist some homeless individuals with all aspects of housing search and placement into permanent housing: work with clients to devise an appropriate housing search strategy; complete housing applications and prepare necessary documentation; negotiate with landlords, housing authorities, and realtors.
  • Conduct outreach to potential landlords.
  • Support placed individuals in becoming independent and successful in their housing by providing follow-up case management services.
  • Assist clients in accessing any income or health benefits and other resources for which they are in need or for which they are eligible.
  • Provide crisis intervention around mental health, substance abuse, medical and housing-related crises.
  • Help participants with activities of daily living including household cleaning, hygiene awareness, diplomacy in dealing with landlords/other tenants, healthy meal planning, etc.
  • Work closely with Boston Healthcare for the Homeless to help clients successfully maintain their health and housing.
  • Assist participants’ transition from homeless-based to community-based resources.
  • Utilizing a harm reduction model, support participants in maintaining focus on their substance abuse recovery and mental health stability.
  • Travel throughout Greater Boston conducting home visits and accompanying clients to their provider meetings.
  • Assist with budgeting skills and other activities of daily living.

Skills

  • Case management experience.
  • Mental health and substance abuse knowledge and/or experience.
  • Positive attitude; energetic; dedicated to ending homelessness.
  • Able to work occasional evening hours as needed.
  • Good with numbers; good budgeting skills.
  • Ability to work well as part of a team.
  • Interested in enhancing and learning new professional skills.
  • Sense of humor.
  • Patience.
  • Accountability, good time management, and organizational ability.
Indicate position in cover letter.  Mail, fax or email Resume and Cover Letter to: Juanda Furtado Housing First Director HomeStart 105 Chauncy Street, Boston, MA 02111  Fax 617-542-1454 or furtado@homestart.org.  Apply Now

Fundraising Event Volunteer

HomeStart throws several fundraising events throughout the year. If you are interested in volunteering or participating in one of our annual events, contact Carrie Neff at 617.542.0338 x275 or by e-mail at neff@homestart.org

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