Coordinator, Lived Experience Advocacy
Position: Coordinator, Lived Experience Advocacy Status: Exempt/Fulltime Supervisor: Director, Development & Communications The Metro Denver Homeless Initiative is a non-profit organization with over 20 years of leadership in addressing homelessness in the seven-county region. The organization seeks a person who will increase support to advance the inclusion of People with Lived Experience of Homelessness in the following areas: Lived Experience Advisory Board, Youth Action Board, VISTA, strategic planning, process improvement and program monitoring.
Areas of responsibility: Lived Experience Advisory Board (LEAB) & Youth Action Board (YAB; 55%) Committee Management Serve as the MDHI staff lead for MDHI s LEAB, YAB, and Coordinating Committee Work with committee chair(s) to build agendas, and manage workgroups Assist with facilitation, convening, recruitment, maintaining and posting notes and calendar updates to ensure robust committee participation Work with MDHI finance team to oversee LEAB and YAB budget, coordinate stipends and other associated costs, and to maintain records for these costs Advocacy Ensure that priorities and concerns raised by the LEAB and YAB are brought to MDHI leadership and staff
Present CoC data, issues, and plans to the LEAB and YAB to inform their priorities and advisement to MDHI Ensure that the committees advance racial equity in their work Manage data requests from the LEAB and YAB Clinical Establish and support a trauma informed set of practices and group norms that foster a culture of acceptance and respect for all group members. Maintain individual contact with LEAB and YAB members to ensure essential supports and resources are available. As needed, provide (as appropriate) housing, behavioral health, employment and basic needs supports and interventions for LEAB and YAB members VISTA (15%) Complete annual VISTA grant application to the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), oversee project performance measures, and submit grant reports Act as VISTA Coordinator for approximately 4-6 VISTA project sites throughout the region Coordinate with regional partners to identify sites and placement opportunities for VISTA participants Coordinate VISTA recruitment process and conduct interviews with VISTA applicants Provide initial orientation for new VISTAs and new on-site supervisors Support VISTAs in the program by facilitating regular individual check ins and monthly group meetings Support VISTA site supervisors by conducting periodic check ins and providing technical assistance upon request Collect and review monthly VISTA work logs Collaborate with the regional CNCS staff on requirements of the program, placements, and monitoring of performance measures Ensure program requirements with all CNCS VISTA requirements Strategic Planning, Process Improvement & Program Monitoring (30%) Strategy Ensure that the priorities, needs and insights of the LEAB and YAB are integrated into CoC strategy and tactics Process Improvement
Work directly with MDHI leadership to advocate for PEH driven innovation Monitoring Serve as the Voice of the client during CoC program monitoring reviews Work directly with CoC program participants to understand their level of satisfaction regarding housing and services Other duties: Complete other duties as assigned Qualifications and skills: Required Master s degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology or Social
Work Minimum 10+ years experience working in homeless services, behavioral health and/or child welfare (clinical degree and licensure status in leu of work experience considered) Specific training and demonstrated competence in: o Trauma-Informed Care o Group Facilitation o Cultural Competence for working with individuals and families from marginalized backgrounds o Motivational Interviewing Preferred Personal lived experience of homelessness, foster care, criminal justice, and/or child welfare Bilingual/bicultural Spanish speaker Licensed or License eligible in Colorado Excellent written and verbal communications skills Demonstrated leadership in community programs Experienced in developing and maintaining effective collaborative relationships with colleagues, partners and clients Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to: . The Metro Denver Homeless Initiative (MDHI) is a 501(c)(3) that serves as the Continuum-of Care for over 150 local agencies, faith-based organizations, and government programs in the seven-county metropolitan Denver community, and is committed to leading and advancing collaboration to end homelessness in the region.
MDHI and its Board of Directors are committed to building and maintaining a diverse membership and leadership to better represent the communities we serve.
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