Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of those who live in our communities?
The United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region (UWBCKR) gathers community support year-round to achieve our regional goals in Education, Income, Health and Basic Needs. This past year we raised $10M and engaged more than 6,000 volunteers to fuel the movement to change the story in communities throughout our region…one life at a time.
Position Summary: The Continuum of Care (CoC) for Kalamazoo County is a planning and coordinating body with big aspirations—that all Kalamazoo County residents have the opportunity to live in safe, healthy, affordable homes in a thriving community. The leadership of the CoC Director will be critical as the vision is made possible by a robust CoC, the alignment of philanthropic, public, and private dollars and the use of data driven interventions. The CoC Director will lead the strategic and collaborative activities of the CoC and oversee the CoC staff team. This is a full time, grant funded, exempt position based in the United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region’s Kalamazoo office.
• Builds and maintains strong and dynamic relationships with community stakeholders and housing providers.
• Builds cohesion of the housing sector and ensures strong communication and information sharing.
Strategic Development & Execution -
• Establishes and continuously updates, in partnership with the Governing Board, a strategic plan and complementary work plan designed to achieve goals established by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grants, and local stakeholders.
• Ensures that CoC structure (committees, etc.) is aligned for achievement of strategic goals.
• Represents the CoC at community meetings and events.
• Serves as spokesperson on community housing issues and the work of the Kalamazoo CoC.
• Partners with UWBCKR Marketing & Communications team to ensure consistent and cohesive communication about the work of the CoC to external stakeholders and community at large.
Fund Development and Management -
• Provides leadership and oversight of all federal, state, and local grants that support the strategies and operation of the CoC.
• Provides oversight and monitoring, in partnership with CoC team and relevant committees, of Emergency Services Grant (ESG) and CoC Program grantees.
Data Collection, Analysis and Reporting -
• Develops strategies and action steps to accomplish countywide goals by using Homelessness Management Information System (HMIS) data.
• Oversees execution of key CoC data reporting activities including but not limited to: Point in Time, Housing Inventory Chart, Longitudinal Systems Analysis, System Performance Measures and other grant requirements.
• Ensures compliance with HUD CoC Program and Emergency Solutions data reporting requirements.
Team Leadership -
• Provides supervision to CoC staff team (CoC Coordinator and HMIS Administrator).
• In partnership with VP of Impact & Engagement, ensure team’s integration into UWBCKR culture and activities.
• Oversees professional development of team to ensure expertise and exposure to best practices; participates in relevant trainings and informational meetings offered by HUD, MSHDA, etc.
• Bachelor’s degree in business administration or related field
• 3 - 5 years of related professional experience (building and facilitating community collaboratives, program implementation, work with public/private sector leaders/decision makers, leadership in the community, experience in grant reporting and management).
• Highly motivated, dynamic, and has the ability to build positive, productive, long-term relationships with internal and external stakeholders
• Experience supervising staff and leading teams
• Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Windows including: Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint programs
• Excellent organizational and time management skills
• Positive, professional personality that appropriately represents the United Way and the CoC
• Ability to maintain the confidentiality of sensitive information.
This position primarily works in an office environment, but frequently requires attendance at off-site events. It requires frequent sitting, standing, walking, and lifting and may require the ability to use a computer for extended periods. Local travel is necessary, so the ability to travel as needed is required. Occasional lifting of no more than 30 pounds is required
Reports to: Vice President of Impact and Engagement
Candidates should apply with cover letter and resume by February 26, 2020, to:
United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion.