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Ocean Bay Community Development Corp

Relief Outreach Worker

Ocean Bay Community Development Corp


Description
Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation is seeking to fill the position of Relief Outreach Worker. This is a temporary position that is currently funded for 12 months, with possible renewal for additional 12 months. This position reports to Director of Programs.

Background Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation is a community based nonprofit corporation that works with Ocean Bay residents and the surrounding community to provide opportunities for socio-economic improvement that will create a healthier, safer, more prosperous, better educated and revitalized community.

Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation has received capacity building grant funding from the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) Relief Fund to address Hurricane Sandy recovery needs. The funding is aimed at enabling Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation to help hurricane victim's access and navigate the recovery system, and to engage in neighborhood-wide rebuilding efforts. Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation will assess housing rehabilitation needs among small multi-family building owners in the Borough of Queens Community District 14 and assist multi-family building owners to arrange financing and carry out housing rehabilitation services.

Responsibilities:
Responsibilities
• Conduct door-to-door outreach to neighborhood residents affected by Hurricane Sandy to assess their needs (including employment, medical care and mental health);
• Prepare a neighborhood assessment of resident needs and building conditions early in the process (drawing on data provided by New York City government agencies);
• Conduct home visits to residents, particularly the most vulnerable and hardest to reach, and help them access relief benefits and services;
• When needed, arrange for translation services for residents whose primary language is not English;
• Maintain regular contact with individuals and families being served, and ensure follow-up on all referrals made to outside agencies;
• Develop expertise on available government and private resources for affected residents, homeowners and landlords, and provide current information to neighborhood residents and building owners on an ongoing basis;
• Serve as a liaison to expert housing consultants such as Neighborhood Restore/Restored Homes who will conduct building assessments, develop scopes of work for rehabilitation, screen and negotiate with contractors, and contract for repairs/improvements to small multi-family buildings;
• Serve as a liaison to LISC staff who will be packaging housing rehabilitation financing;
• Work closely with LISC and regularly participate in training, knowledge-sharing meetings among CDCs receiving Relief Fund grants from LISC, and other broader discussions about best practices on post-Sandy recovery and rebuilding in low-income neighborhoods throughout New York City;
• Work with LISC to uncover critical recovery issues and bring them to the attention of relevant government agencies, regulators and policy makers;
• Keep detailed tracking records on people served and buildings rehabilitated;
• Report on progress and share lessons learned with LISC and other government and private funders.

Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree required
• Some knowledge of community development and affordable housing preferred
• Excellent communication skills
• Bilingual Spanish language preferred
• Ability to quickly gain expertise and navigate the emerging recovery system in New York City
• Ability to collaborate with local partners, LISC and expert consultants on recovery and building rehab
• Respectful and comfortable with persons from different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds
• Willing to spend a great deal of time in the field and work non-regular hours (including evenings)
• Energetic worker who takes initiative, is committed to solving complicated problems, and is willing to work as part of a team
• Excellent time management, organization, and multi-tasking skills
• Detail oriented and good with follow-through
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office applications; ability to navigate the internet
• Demonstrated commitment to helping people in need

How TO APPLY:
Please send cover letter and resume by email to: obcdc4@nyr.rr.com Subject Line: Relief Outreach Worker

Attn: Director of Programs Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation 434 Beach 54th Street Arverne, New York 11692


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