The Family Housing Fund has the following open position. Interested candidates are encouraged to follow the instructions for application by May 5, 2016.

POSITION OVERVIEW

The Family Housing Fund is seeking a Coordinating Consultant to facilitate the work of the Frogtown Rondo Home Fund (FRHF), a collaboration of 28 partner organizations. The FRHF provides coordination, greater visibility, and new resources that amplify the individual impacts of its members in the housing arena.

FRHF was created in 2013 as a collaboration of the City of St Paul, community organizations, Family Housing Fund and others to enrich the quality of life in the Frogtown and Rondo neighborhoods. It engages in four main housing-related activities:

  • Acts as the housing partnership team of the St. Paul Promise Neighborhood (SPPN);
  • Makes investments in three “housing focus areas” to target resources and give residents control over how funds are spent, resulting in improvements that promote the identity of the neighborhood and achieve high quality, stable housing;
  • Improves Frogtown and Rondo resident’s knowledge of and access to housing solutions; and
  •  Funds strategic opportunities that arise organically through the work of partners.

The Coordinating Consultant offices within the St Paul’s Dept of Planning and Economic Development and acts as the driver for the collaborative effort, serving as an intermediary between government and the community, and applies a systemic approach to problem solving.

Responsibilities

Identify goals and objectives that focus on systemic solutions to neighborhood challenges

  • Sharpen goals and objectives for 2016 that reflect the strength of the collaboration, testing new approaches that lead to lasting impact for the Frogtown and Rondo communities.
  • Align FRHF approaches with SPPN strategies to more comprehensively benefit families in the neighborhoods.
  • Track progress towards goals in a meaningful way to continue to propel the collaborative efforts.
  • Build and maintain relationships with community partners
  • Model and foster a culture that reflects the FRHF’s values
  • Coordinate research and other activities with partners to minimize redundancies and align strategies and actions, including conducting individual outreach and education as needed
  • Coordinate with other projects and coalitions, including the SPPN, to maintain a full understanding of the current landscape of local and regional activities, and integrate their work into FRHF processes
  • Cultivate working relationships with community leaders initiative in a way that inspires collective action without formal authority
  • Help identify and recruit additional stakeholders to participate in the FRHF

Navigate Public Sector Processes to achieve initiative goals

  • Develop pilot demonstration programs to test new approaches to improve rental housing and support tenant stability
  • Secure resources and identify opportunities to acquire, rehab, and resell vacant buildings for affordable housing (e.g., manage acquisition of tax forfeited properties)
  • Assist in seeking and reviewing development proposals
  • Serve on committees and task forces as needed to align initiative goals with public sector activities
  • Assist as requested in District small area planning

Provide technical assistance to partner organizations

  • Provide direction and support to partner organizations in aligning their work (e.g., identifying opportunities for program work to support specific goals)
  • Assist in program design, development, and evaluation
  • Provide staff augmentation for partner projects or events with approval of FRHF chair

Data Collection, Analysis and Evaluation:

  • Oversee the development and implementation of a system that will track common outcomes and indicators across the initiative
  • Gather and analyze information from public data sources to identify emerging issues and understand and describe neighborhood context
  • Conduct specific research at the request of partner organizations

Fund development and grantmaking:

  • Identify and cultivate potential funding sources and write proposals to support FRHF’s goals and priorities
  • Work with partner agencies to provide information to support their grant applications
  • Oversee the FRHF grant reporting to funders as required
  • Support partner organizations in securing resources that align to FRHF goals
  • Tracking all FRHF funding, including funds from partner organizations participate in relevant resource development networks
  • Identify opportunities to provide direct support to partners; coordinate grant administration and reporting between Family Housing Fund and grantees

Convene regular Partners Meetings:

  • Coordinate with FHFund, City, and neighborhood groups on agenda
  • Coordinate the meeting logistics, including reserving meeting space, planning and sending agendas, meeting packets
  • Send minutes and other email follow-up

Communications:

  • Communicate the objectives of FRHF to the community and potential partners
  • Facilitate communication between FRHF partners by hosting regular in-person meetings and coordinating regular email updates to ensure alignment of activity
  • Create regular reports on FRHF activities, progress against goals and indicators, impacts, and learnings for the Family Housing Fund, partner organization and the public
  • Develop communications materials including summary documents, brochures, FAQs, and other items
  • Maintain FRHF website and social media
  • Create press strategy, including drafting press releases, coordinating with media outlets

Qualifications:

  • Degree in housing, public administration, non-profit management or related field, or equivalent experience
  • Five years work experience in community organizing, community development, housing development, housing legal services, government or other relevant area
  • Existing relationships with or ability to build relationships with grassroots and institutional stakeholders and/or experience leading or participating in a public – private partnership
  • Familiarity neighborhoods similar to Frogtown and Rondo, and experience working in Frogtown or Rondo, preferred
  • Strong data acumen and ability to oversee shared-measurement systems
  • Experience with complex project management and stakeholder management
  • Strong facilitation and presentation skills before multiple types of audiences
  • Outstanding written and oral communication skills
  • Comfort with ambiguity and ability to thrive in a fluid environment
  • Experience in resource development, preferred

Contract Terms:
The candidate selected will be engaged as a consultant and will perform the services as an independent contractor and not as an employee or agent of the Family Housing Fund. The Fund will not withhold monies nor will the Fund make any payment or contribution in the name of or behalf of the candidate selected for the purposes of Social Security, Unemployment Compensation, Worker’s Compensation, state and federal taxes, or for any other similar purpose. The selected candidate will not participate in any benefit plan, program or fringe benefit of any kind created by the Family Housing Fund or in which the Family Housing Fund participates for the benefit of its employees. Any work produced under the contract will be the property of the Family Housing Fund.

Contract Time Commitment & Compensation:
The selected candidate will be expected to spend 30-40 hours a week, including evenings and weekends, in performance of services under a consultant arrangement as noted above. The selected candidate will be paid an hourly rate for their services that is commensurate with experience. This translates to potential earnings ranging from $75,000-$90,000 per year. The selected candidate will be reimbursed for program-related expenses.

How to Apply:
Candidates are encouraged to apply by April 26, 2016 but the position will remain open until filled. Please email a letter of interest that includes compensation expectations, resume, and references to the attention of Patty Lilledahl. Your letter of interest can also be mailed to the following address:

Patty Lilledahl, Director of Housing
25 W Fourth Street, Suite 1100
Saint Paul, MN 55102

No phone calls please. The Family Housing is an equal opportunity employer.

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