• Full Time
  • Halifax

Placemaking4G Alice House

Statement of Intention 

We encourage applications from Black, racialized and Indigenous Peoples, 2SLGBTQ+, newcomers to Canada, and people with disabilities. If you are a member of a group that has been historically excluded from opportunities, we encourage you to self-identify in your cover letter or resume and to share your pronouns. We are committed to treating all applicants fairly and accommodating those with disabilities at any stage of the hiring process.

About

Alice House is a non-profit organization that provides opportunities for women and their children to create a life free from intimate partner violence by offering safe housing, counselling, and support services. Families are able to reclaim their lives and ensure that intimate partner violence does not frame their future or define their legacy.

Physical and emotional healing require time and support in a safe, stable environment. Alice House provides longer term housing than emergency shelters. Women stay in our apartments and townhouses anywhere from three months to two years. Through our multiple and award winning programs, Alice House enables long-standing recovery, stability and the opportunity for women to reclaim their lives. Over the last 35 years of operation, Alice House has gained valuable knowledge regarding the variety and complexity of needs confronted by women as they heal from abuse.

VISION: A society in which every person can live a life without fear or threat of physical, sexual, emotional, financial, social, or spiritual abuse.

MISSION: We provide opportunities for women and their children to create a life free from intimate partner violence by offering safe housing, counselling, and support services.

VALUES

Equality: We believe that all people, regardless of gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, age and ability, have the right to equal opportunities to develop their potential to live full and meaningful lives.

Self-determination: We provide opportunities for women and children to determine their own path to safety, healing, and the direction their lives will take.

Trust: We value the trust of our clients, partners and funders and commit to being transparent and accountable in how we deal with confidential information.

Community: We continuously pursue opportunities to work with our clients, volunteers, community partners and funders to address intimate partner violence in our community.

Safety: We strive to ensure our clients and staff are physically and emotionally safe to enable healing, growth and realizing their potential.

Respect: We embrace diversity, support inclusion, and take conscious steps to increase equality, and create respectful environments for our clients and staff.

This Moment, This Position 

Providing a supportive environment where women can make the changes they consider important in their lives, is essential to our work. This includes providing and maintaining safe housing options where women and their children can create a life free from intimate partner violence.

Alice House is seeking a Housing Support Coordinator to provide tenancy support, housing advocacy, and oversee the general management of Alice House properties for the purposes of providing second stage safe housing to women and children who have had to flee their homes due to intimate partner violence. Alice House owns 18 safe housing units that range from one-bedroom apartments to four-bedroom townhouses.

Reporting to both the Executive Director, and the Program Director, the Housing Support Services Coordinator will embody Alice House’s vision and values while committing to building a cost-effective and safe environment where women can thrive.

The Package

Salary: $45,000 – $55,000

Benefits : Group Benefits, Employee Assistance Program, Wellness Mondays.

Position Responsibilities 

On Site Property Management & Security

  • Liaise with external property management group to follow up on general maintenance requests.
  • Recommend and facilitate housing maintenance inspection and prevention steps that may include capital repairs.
  • Manage inventory of Alice House storage locker and housing related donations.
  • On site housing support of tenant’s successful move in and move out of Alice House properties, including; move in/out inspections, neighbourhood orientation, security protocols etc.
  • Ensure all individual apartment alarms and building security cameras are operational.
  • Regularly review security cameras for any safety or tenancy concerns.
  • Ensure effective communication with clients around necessary upgrades, and repairs to their unit.
  • Responsible for the management of Alice House unit keys including distribution and collection.

Administrative & Financial Management 

  • Oversee the cost-efficient operations of the properties including but not limited to rent collection and tracking property expenditures.
  • Under the direction of Operations Director, recommend budget requirements for effective property management, Alice House safety standards and utility costs.
  • Participate with fund development officer to identify and apply for various grants that would support upgrade and capital repairs on our properties.
  • Provide capital expenditure reports and expenses breakdown to Operations director when required.
  • Provide general office and administrative support including, but not limited to answering phone and door, and managing laundry tokens, assisting with food security and basic needs program.
  • Maintain records of tenancy and ensures adherence to the Residential Tenancy Act of Nova Scotia.
  • Support the delivery of the subsidized housing program, including determining eligibility, supporting the application process, and liaising with MRHA.
  • Manage outside maintenance contracts including lawn care, snow removal, and garbage collection.

Client Support and Advocacy

  • Offer housing advocacy and supported referrals to Alice House tenants.
  • Work closely with community partners to assist in securing longer term, appropriate housing for Alice House tenants.
  • Support clients with resources and referrals to assist in maintaining a household, navigating utility providers, and eliminating rental arrears.
  • Liaise with Shelter movers, Income Assistance, other partners, and external agencies to ensure the tenants have the necessary furnishings and support for their move in and move out.
  • Provide information, safety planning and intakes to women seeking services.
    Promote positive relationships among tenants, service providers, community partners, and housing project personnel.

    Education and Experience
  • A related post secondary degree or diploma with combined training and/or human services experience.
  • A minimum of 2 years of related experience.
  • Working knowledge of the Nova Scotia Landlord Tenant Act.
  • Strong operational budget management and sound decision-making skills.
  • Knowledge of community agencies and services available to women in Halifax Region.
  • Prior property management experience is an asset.
  • Having an understanding of Trauma Informed Practice is an asset.
  • Demonstrated capacity to engage and maintain partnerships with key stakeholders of outside agencies and government.
  • Certification in Standard First Aid and CPR, Certification in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, Suicide Intervention (ASIST), or a commitment to secure these requirements within 3 months of being hired.
  • Must provide a copy of a recent criminal records check and child abuse registry.
    Proficiency with Windows, Google, MS Word, Internet and Email.
  • A car is required for this position, along with a valid NS Driver’s License.

As the Ideal Candidate.

You are an organized, productive individual who can work autonomously and is cognizant of the issues and struggles faced by women and their children experiencing family violence. You have diligent budget and time management skills, a strong work ethic and regard for professional boundaries.

You are an advocate for the housing and safety needs of others and are confident and capable when it comes to negotiating, championing people’s rights, and inspiring creative cost-effective solutions. You strive to influence an environment that encourages open, healthy communication with peers.

Privacy and confidentiality matter to you. You respect client information as private, and hold it in strict confidence, unless specifically authorized to release such information.

You also:

  • Have a sense good of humour.
  • Recognize the importance of self-care.
  • Are flexible, agile, and self-reliant

What our team members say about our culture:

  • Passionate
  • Committed
  • Supportive
  • Resilient
  • Flexible
  • Open
  • Honest
  • Vulnerable
  • Aligned

What to Expect

  • We closely review all applications and read each cover letter (we promise).
  • If you are selected as a top candidate, expect a phone discovery call with a Lead Placemaker from P4G. This is someone who treats the recruitment process non-traditionally. We want to know what inspires you.
  • Selected candidates will proceed to a virtual interview with the Lead P4G Placemaker and 2-3 organization representatives.
  • Finalists may participate in a second round interview or skills activity (virtual or in person).
  • P4G will check employment references and assist in presenting an offer to the successful candidate.Application Details 

Applications will be accepted until 12 p.m. on June 24, 2022, but don’t delay…apply today!

Please be sure to include a cover letter that speaks to your experience, but we also want to get a glimpse of your personality. Don’t be generic, be yourself.

To apply for this job please visit p4g.ca.