Higher Ground is hiring!

  1. Parent Organizer & Advocate (Family-Led Stability Initiative)

Full Job Description

 

Boston’s Higher Ground, Inc. seeks a Parent Organizer & Advocate

Link to Posting on Indeed

 

About Higher Ground

Boston’s Higher Ground, Inc. (“Higher Ground”) is a nonprofit organization in Roxbury, Massachusetts with the mission to connect children, youth, and families in Boston’s underserved communities to existing solutions and services that continue to improve, avoid duplication and empower and transform lives from cradle to career by engaging community-based organizations and key stakeholders in an effective and efficient service delivery model. The Higher Ground strategy falls into three main areas in which social, educational, and economic disparities are challenged: Schools, Health Equity, and Housing. Higher Ground recently marked its milestone 10th year of collective impact work, collaborating with more than 65 partners to increase impacts on the well-being of children and families and organizing parents into an increasingly strong coalition to shift power and disrupt systems of inequity.

Higher Ground seeks a full-time Parent Organizer & Advocate to support and mobilize families to advocate for themselves, their children, and their community. This role will specifically support the activities of the Family Led Stability Initiative focused on housing homeless students within Boston and reports to the Family Led Stability Initiative Manager.

About the Family-Led Stability Initiative: Following a two-year planning process, Higher Ground joined eight public and community partners and in January 2018 helped launch the Family-Led Stability Pilot (FLSP) focused on seven schools in Roxbury and Dorchester. During the 3.5-year pilot phase we housed families of more than 300 formerly homeless students and are now scaling up to 20 schools with plans to house families of more than 4,000 homeless students citywide. Current partners include Boston Public Schools (BPS), Boston Housing Authority (BHA), Boston’s Department of Neighborhood Development (DND), Project Hope, Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI) and New Lease for Homeless Families. Higher Ground serves as the backbone organization and leads fundraising and financial reporting for the initiative.

Role Responsibilities and Essential Duties

  • Family-Led Stability Initiative (FLSI):

  • Meet with principals, teachers, homelessness liaisons at schools and identify families of homeless students or at risk of homelessness.

  • Work with other staff, attend planning meetings, prescreening homeless families to refer them to housing resources, and assist with data collection.

  • Assist families interested in FLSI with housing search, placement, and stabilization.

  • Check-in regularly with families and shelter case managers and track the progress of housing search and placement.

  • Attend FLSI meetings as needed.

  • Summer Learning Academy (SLA): Maintain contact with families whose children will attend SLA 2020 focused on local schools with priority for homeless and recently housed students.

  • Monitor attendance and coordinate with teachers to ensure student participation in future SLA’s and by regularly communicating with and supporting parents.

  • Higher Ground Social Work Interns Coordination: Support data collection initiatives with social work interns to effectively track the progress of clinical interventions with students.

  • General: Meet and communicate regularly with principals and staff at local BPS schools to see what they need and how Higher Ground can help.

  • Provide data, information, and individual stories for Higher Ground proposals, reports, and communications with stakeholders.

  • Attend Higher Ground meetings.

  • Receive weekly supervision from the FLSI Manager.

  • Attend professional development training that will enhance Higher Ground’s capacity for implementing and scaling FLSI.

  • Be knowledgeable about health and mental health services in the community and the city and be able to refer individuals or families to these services as appropriate.

  • Additional responsibilities include active engagement in staff and advisor meetings and support as needed in the areas of fundraising, marketing, and various Higher Ground programs, through thought partnership and peer support.

 

Qualifications

The Parent Organizer & Advocate must possess experience in affordable housing and the knowledge, skills, and personal attributes needed to support the critical features of community organizing and community development. Qualifications below:

  • At least 2 years of experience working in affordable housing, with an understanding of Boston and/or Massachusetts housing policies and services, specifically for housing families.

  • Experience supporting families that are homeless or at risk of homelessness with housing search, placement, and stabilization.

  • Strong demonstrated commitment to equity, community empowerment, and capacity building.

  • Strong, demonstrated commitment to the concept of place-based community initiatives and, in general to Higher Ground’s vision and theory of change.

  • Strong collaboration skills, track record of relationship and trust-building with partners, schools, and direct care staff, including shelter managers.

  • Experience working with culturally diverse families, communities, and staff and interact and communicate effectively with children and adults from different cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.

  • Work independently with minimal supervision and organize and prioritize work and assignments.

  • Sense of urgency, adaptiveness, and resourcefulness in project completion. Able to react with flexibility and sensitivity to changing situations and needs;

  • Can effectively implement the organizational requirements of a rapidly growing mission-driven organization.

  • Possession of valid Massachusetts driver’s license and willingness to travel locally using own transportation, with mileage, reimbursed, as needed.

  • Strong proficiency in Microsoft Office and Zoom.

  • Resident of Roxbury, Dorchester, or Mattapan and/or candidate who reflect the diversity of Higher Ground’s target area preferred.

 

Education and/or Experience

Bachelor’s degree or demonstrated relevant equivalent experience in education, social work, or related field.

 

Language Skills

Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to write and edit reports, correspondence, and presentations. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from managers, clients, and the public orally and in writing. Meeting facilitation and public speaking skills preferred. Fluency in Spanish language skills preferred.

 

Reasoning Ability

Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of instructions and deal with abstract and concrete variables.

 

Work Environment

This position is located at Higher Ground’s offices in Boston’s Roxbury neighborhood but with a great deal of time spent in local schools. COVID-19 considerations: We are currently working remotely and require masks and social distancing if necessary to meet in person.

CORI and SORI check required.

 

Compensation

$50,000-$60,000 gross including basic benefit package.

Application should include a resume and cover letter. Please note, only applications under consideration will receive communication in reply.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $50,000.00 - $60,000.00 per year

 

Benefits:

  • Dental insurance

  • Health insurance

 

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

 

COVID-19 considerations:
Temporary remote and hybrid work due to COVID-19 with plans to return safely to the office and community sites.

 

Experience:

  • Affordable Housing: 2 years (Required)

 

Language:

  • Spanish (Preferred)

 

Work Location: One location

Please send resume and cover letter as attachments with the subject line “Parent Organizer & Advocate Application (Candidate Name)” to HR@higherground-boston.org. Please note, only applications under consideration will receive communication in reply. Alternatively, candidates can apply using this link.