Bard Prison Initiative
Housing CoordinatorEmployer Website: http://apply.interfolio.com/110595
The Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) seeks a Housing Coordinator who will work to ensure alums who are returning home, who do not have stable housing, are successfully placed in transitional housing before their release date. This is a full-time position that reports to the Assistant Director of Community Support and Relations. The individual in this position can live outside of New York City, but must be willing to travel throughout the 5 boroughs multiple times per week (travel within the city makes up about 20% of this position) and report to the NYC BPI office.
- This may include meeting alums returning home on their release dates at facilities, bus stations, etc.
- Communicate with the reentry team to coordinate available housing with our partner organizations for students or alum soon to be released. This includes drafting letters to alums inside about their housing concerns.
- Coordinate alums for visits to apartments or Single Room Occupancy (SRO) units. This includes:
- Visiting units in advance of each alumni visit.
- Taking video if an alum is not present.
- Draft Letters of reasonable assurance for alums in immediate need of housing (pre and/or post release), ensuring them beds at one of our housing partner locations.
- Plan lessons and prepare course materials for the housing portion of the Transition Workshop. This includes:
- Teaching two-hourly segments of the transitional workshop.
- Making yourself available to speak with alums during office hours Monday-Friday.
- Demonstrate knowledge of and support the mission, standards, policies and procedures, operating instructions, confidentiality standards, and the code of ethical behavior.
- Liaise with other departments within the organization to provide a team approach to the management of our organization. This includes establishing and maintaining collaborative working relationships between departments, with coworkers and particularly with other members of a project team.
- Prepare for team meetings, in advance, and act as facilitator or notetaker for the meeting as needed.
- Perform other job-related duties and responsibilities as may be assigned from time to time.
- Advise alums about ongoing housing needs and making them feel comfortable and supported around their needs.
- Show units to alums on behalf of housing partners.
- Take calls from alums, as needed, who have questions about housing and addressing emergency housing issues.
Attend and participate in housing outreach and think tanks, if they are relevant to our work.
Partner Relationships / Networking
- Cultivate and maintain relationships with our housing partners, including both providers in transitional and permanent housing.
- Establish partnerships with new organizations and potential housing partners .
- Continuous or ongoing networking with additional housing providers.
Formed in 1999 to address the mass incarceration crisis, the Bard Prison Initiative (BPI) defies expectations of who college is for and where it might lead. For twenty years, BPI has reimagined and redefined questions of availability, affordability, and expectations typically associated with college in America. One of the most rigorous and effective college-in-prison programs in the country, BPI is now extending its radical intervention in educational inequity outside of prison through the Bard Microcollege. BPI currently enrolls 400 women and men across seven New York State prisons and two microcollege campuses. To date, students have earned 550 Bard college degrees.
- Associates Degree or higher.
- Proficient in Google Suite. Additional proficiency with Microsoft Suite a plus.
- Desire and/or strong skill in working with and assisting people.
- General knowledge of the NYC housing market.
- General knowledge of, or experience with, transitional housing in NYC.
- Comfortable working independently and in a fast-paced environment juggling multiple deadlines, multiple projects, and competing priorities.
- Comfortable facilitating or leading or teaching a room of seminar style class/attendees regarding housing.
- Precise editing skills and attention to detail.
- Exceptional writing and communication skills, with ability to represent BPI’s mission to supporters and deep understanding of BPI’s core values.
- Ability to understand and use data in assessing and communicating program outcomes.
- Able to sit for extended periods of time
- Able to lift up to 20 pounds
To apply please submit a cover letter, resume and three professional contact references including phone number and email address to Interfolio: http://apply.interfolio.com/110595