State Self-Sufficiency Program Director

Job Summary:

This is a very responsible position in which the incumbent shall develop and maintain the Lowell Housing Authority Self Sufficiency Program (SSP) including: coordinating the SSP and development of an Action Plan. The SSP Director will administer the Program.

The position also involves making independent judgments continuously; and the preparation of detailed reports, forms, and documents to provide day-to-day operation of the program.

The incumbent in this class receives broad supervision from the Executive Director or his/her designee and works closely with Leasing & Occupancy Department staff and Property Management staff responsible for State Programs.

Essential Functions, Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Interview and select potential SSP candidates from the State Public Housing Program and the Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program (MRVP).
  • Development of participant service plan after completing family needs
  • Maintain regular meetings with participating families to monitor progress for completing SSP service plan goals.
  • Coordination of escrow account
  • Continual meeting with service provider agencies and the Supportive Service Screening
  • Assists with grant funding research and prepares grant applications for SSP funding.
  • Establishes a coordinating committee of area community service agency representatives.
  • Refers problem cases needing assistance to appropriate social service agencies.
  • Keeps records of contacts with clients, maintains daily record of activities, and make same available to
  • Complete reports for the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) as required.
  • Attend meetings coordinated by DHCD relative to SSP.
  • Performs other related duties as may be required.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Ability to deal effectively with low-income culturally diverse individuals and families.
  • Knowledge of State Housing Regulations.
  • Ability to communicate both orally and in
  • Knowledge of community service organizations and
  • Ability to effect good working relationships with community groups and government
  • Ability to effectively facilitate group
  • Ability to write clear and concise
  • Basic knowledge of public health, real estate principles and practices, and general housing
  • Ability to foster a supportive relationship with client(s).

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with a major in social services or affiliated field or equivalent experience.
  • Master’s Degree is preferred.
  • Held prior responsible position(s) in a large public/private organization.
  • Bilingual abilities considered to be helpful.

Certifications and Licenses:

  • Recommended possession of a Level 2 or 3 Massachusetts Social Worker’s License.
  • A valid driver’s license and ability to provide own transportation is required.

Physical Requirements:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to move about from different facilities and locations.
  • Must be able to perform essential duties and job functions in an environment that may have increased stress levels.