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Sandy Recovery Homeownership Counselor
Fifth Avenue Committee
We are seeking a Homeownership Counselor to provide financial counseling to Super Storm Sandy-impacted homeowners. The counselor will assist with outreach efforts and will help homeowners apply to Build It Back, providing follow-up support and advocacy. In addition, the counselor will assist Sandy-impacted homeowners with traditional foreclosure prevention and emergency financial counseling.
• NYC Build It Back applications and advocacy: Work with homeowners to assemble and submit applications to the City’s Build It Back program, providing advocacy and support as needed.
• Foreclosure prevention counseling: Assess homeowners’ risk for mortgage default and provide foreclosure prevention counseling, including assistance with loan modifications, mortgage refinancing, insurance issues, or other programs and services to resolve delinquency.
• Case management: Maintain a caseload of 50-60 program participants, providing timely and pro-active financial counseling, and foreclosure prevention follow-up and support.
• Data management: Record, maintain, and track counseling data using CounselorMax or other database tools.
• Outreach & marketing: Collaborate with FAC staff and other Sandy recovery partners, to assist with outreach and marketing efforts, primarily in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Gowanus and Red Hook, but also in other under-served neighborhoods heavily impacted by Hurricane Sandy. This will include door-knocking, group presentations and workshops, mailings, and other activities.
• Training and knowledge-building: Attend regular training sessions to stay abreast of post- Sandy recovery and resiliency programs and foreclosure prevention trends.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Bachelor’s degree required.
• Experience in foreclosure prevention counseling preferred.
• Experience in personal finance, insurance, banking, and/or social services required.
• Excellent computer skills; familiarity with CounselorMax a plus.
• Highly-organized, self-starter able to multi-task.
• Detail-oriented, thorough, and able to concentrate while meeting deadlines.
• Able to engage with low- and moderate - income homeowners in a respectful manner.
• Excellent interpersonal, communication, and public speaking skills.
• Demonstrated patience and flexibility dealing with complex issues and crises.
• Able to work well on a team, as well as independently.
• Willingness and ability to work some evening and/or weekend hours.
• A sense of humor is appreciated.
• Fluency in a second language is preferred, particularly Spanish.
• Strong commitment to FAC and NHN’s missions.
How TO APPLY:
Salary: Mid to high 30K based on a four-day schedule. This is currently a one-year, four-day (28 hour) per week position that may transition to a full- time position depending on funding availability.
Fifth Avenue Committee offers an excellent benefits package including full health, dental and vision insurance benefits (following a three-month waiting period), voluntary flexible spending plan, 403b retirement plan, and paid leave time including 14.5 vacation days and 10 sick days.
Please email cover letter, resume, and salary history by October 15th, 2013 to:
Robert McCool, Director of Homeownership Programs Neighbors Helping Neighbors 621 DeGraw Street Brooklyn, NY 11217
Please indicate “Sandy Recovery Homeownership Counselor” in the subject line.
No phone calls, please.
Fifth Avenue Committee (FAC) is an award winning, 35-year-old, South Brooklyn-based, non-profit community development corporation whose mission is to advance economic and social justice. FAC develops and manages affordable housing and community facilities, creates economic opportunities and ensures access to economic stability, organizes residents and workers, offers student-centered adult education, and combats displacement caused by gentrification. Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) recently became an affiliate of the Fifth Avenue Committee, and has received funding to assist homeowners experiencing damages, financial distress, and foreclosure as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) is a non-profit, community-based organization whose mission is to empower low and moderate income Brooklyn residents to secure quality housing and build assets. NHN is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency providing foreclosure prevention services, homebuyer education, and tenant advocacy.