Housing Counselor

Northern Virginia Family Service

About the organization

Working at Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS) means doing work that matters every day because of the difference you will make in the lives of children and families in Northern Virginia. NVFS’ breadth, depth and scope of services offer the resources and support to ensure that everyone in need, at every stage of life, maximizes their potential and fully contributes to a thriving community. NVFS is a private, non-profit human service organization with 400+ employees, 6,000+ volunteers, and various offices located throughout Northern Virginia. Serving nearly 35,000 children and families, our program areas include housing and emergency services; nutritional, physical, and mental health services; early childhood education, foster care and child placement services; family reunification, youth intervention and prevention services; job training and entrepreneurship programs services; and legal services.

Duties

Northern Virginia Family Service provides a comprehensive set of services designed to address the root cause of poverty and homelessness within the Northern Virginia area. Specifically, the Regional Housing Assistance Program (RHAP) offers intensive housing case management with a focus on housing and barriers leading to housing instability. Housing Counselors provide intake; coordinate and monitor the assessment, treatment/intervention planning process and follow-up for each client; and serve as an advocate and liaison for and on behalf of clients.

The RHAP Housing Counselor will provide assistance in building client self-sufficiency around family systems, housing, budgeting, employment, educational training, health, and other human services, with an emphasis on long-term economic and housing stability in keeping with the Housing 1st goals. This Housing Counselor is assigned to our SERVE Family Shelter in Manassas, VA.

Qualifications

Must have one of the following:
Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from an accredited college or university with one (1) year of case management experience; OR
Associate’s degree with at least two (2) years of related work experience; OR
At least four (4) years of related work experience with no relevant education

Fluency in English required; bilingual skills in Spanish a plus.
Housing Counselor Certification a plus
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required
May be called upon to work beyond normal working hours
Successful completion of background checks required upon hire

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