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Housing Coordinator

Timeframe to apply: Open until Filled

Salary: Based on Experience

Start Date: November 2018

Background

The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence (ISPN) seeks to teach by word and example the principles and practices of nonviolence, and to foster a community that addresses potentially violent situations with nonviolent solutions.  ISPN has helped to significantly lower violence in the City of Providence and other cities in the state, through the offering of quality comprehensive services to both victims and perpetrators of crime. Victim Support Services specifically works to increase trauma informed, client-centered services being offered to victims of violence throughout the State of Rhode Island regardless of background or circumstance.

Today ISPN seeks an experienced, creative, and relentless Housing Coordinator to assist those members of our community who find themselves most vulnerable due to housing instability.  This position offers the right individual an opportunity to impact the future of a vibrant and critical community organization.

Victim Services has been part of the ISPN’s programming since 2007.  It is the only program in the state that specifically serves the families and friends of homicide victims.  Our programs consist of a monthly mutual support session, Victims Compensation filing, funeral planning, victim impact statements, family support, victim advocacy, expressive arts and alternative therapeutic activities, referrals to counseling, and crisis response. In response to an overwhelming need for relocation assistance in this population, Victim Services created a program to address these needs through funding provided by the United Way. Priority is given to those shut out of traditional relocation assistance programs and/or those whose safety concerns dictate an immediate need to move.

Responsibilities

  • Use the “Housing First” model to support clients in growth and progress through placement in safe and stable housing
  • Become immersed in ISPN’s Nonviolence curriculum and logic model and use these tools to provide best practice services to clients
  • Develop a local network of landlords who are willing to rent to ISPN clients in a timely fashion
  • Provide information to clients on their rights as tenants and resources available to support their tenancy
  • Assist clients in navigating other helping source for which they might be eligible (such as Victim’s Compensation, Food Stamps, SSI etc.)
  • Work collaboratively with other ISPN staff and partner organizations around housing referrals
  • Work with clients to identify and work toward health and wellness goals once they have been rehoused
  • Connect clients with appropriate job training, work, or assistance to ensure their ability to maintain rental agreements after emergency financial assistance has been used
  • Work with clients to identify and eliminate barriers to future long-term housing stability
  • Develop and maintain a network of referral sources to meet client needs
  • Keep up to date on current housing laws, regulations, and trends
  • Use personal vehicle to transport clients and attend appointments
  • Develop and supervise volunteers and interns
  • Attend United Way grantee meetings and workshops when applicable
  • Document client contacts and services provided and assist director with data collection and required reporting

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree; in Human Development, Criminal Justice, Social Work, or equivalent work experience is preferred
  • Bilingual Spanish/English preferred
  • A commitment to learn and promote ISPN’s logic model and the principles and practices of Nonviolence
  • Experience working with populations from diverse backgrounds
  • Understanding of the effects of trauma and the value of trauma informed service provision
  • Superior organizational and communication abilities
  • Proficient with Word, Excel, Photoshop, Outlook, Gmail
  • High quality writing skills
  • Ability to work in a diverse organization with staff that have various skill levels
  • Ability to work creatively and independently
  • A high level of energy
  • Willing to work late and on weekends as needed to accommodate landlord’s schedules and ensure the success of the Victim Services department and of ISPN as a whole
  • Must have a fully registered and insured vehicle and a valid U.S. Driver’s license

 

If interested in this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Wanda Laracuente, Director of Operations & Executive Assistant, at wanda@nonviolenceinstitute.org or by mail addressed to 265 Oxford St. Providence, RI 02905. ISPN is an equal opportunity employer.

 

Wellness Coordinator

Start Date: Open until filled
Salary: Based on Experience
Background

The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence seeks to teach by word and example the
principles and practices of nonviolence, and to foster a community that addresses potentially
violent situations with nonviolent solutions. Through the promotion of the four components of
the Beloved Healthy Community, ISPN staff work to build healthy selves, healthy clients, and a
healthy community.

Today ISPN seeks a Wellness Coordinator to work to build capacity in the Victim Service
Center, connect ISPN clients and staff with opportunities to promote and maintain wellness, and
develop relationships that empower victims to find their voice in the community.

Responsibilities

▪ Identify and cultivate relationships with wellness providers throughout the community
▪ Create and maintain ISPN health and wellness awareness calendar and include local, national
and international happenings around wellness
▪ Create, post and monitor wellness content for ISPN and social media engagement
▪ Create and maintain contracts with local businesses that provide opportunities to learn about or
promote wellness
▪ Facilitate wellness activities at ISPN headquarters (for clients and staff) and in the community
▪ Refer clients and ISPN staff to appropriate community resources
▪ Create and maintain free screening events/locations for clients and staff to access
▪ Work with the Department Director to increase department capacity and build a more
comprehensive grief network throughout Rhode Island
▪ Connect Victim Support Center clients with community agencies

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree; in Human Development, Criminal Justice, Social Work, or equivalent work experience is preferred
  • Bilingual Spanish/English preferred
  • A commitment to learn and promote ISPN’s logic model and the principles and practices of Nonviolence
  • Experience working with populations from diverse backgrounds
  • Understanding of the effects of trauma and the value of trauma informed service provision
  • Superior organizational and communication abilities
  • Proficient with Word, Excel, Photoshop, Outlook, Gmail
  • High quality writing skills
  • Ability to work in a diverse organization with staff that have various skill levels
  • Ability to work creatively and independently
  • A high level of energy
  • Willing to work late and on weekends as needed to accommodate landlord’s schedules and ensure the success of the Victim Services department and of ISPN as a whole
  • Must have a fully registered and insured vehicle and a valid U.S. Driver’s license

If interested in this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Wanda Laracuente, Director of Operations & Executive Assistant, at wanda@nonviolenceinstitute.org or by mail addressed to 265 Oxford St. Providence, RI 02905. ISPN is an equal opportunity employer.