Careers at VCH

Venice Community Housing (VCH) is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in job application procedures. If you need an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at jobs@vchcorp.org.

Venice Community Housing’s mission is to preserve the economic, racial and social diversity of Venice and the surrounding area by maximizing affordable housing and economic development opportunities and providing needed social services to the area’s low-income population.  Venice Community Housing (VCH) is a community based, nonprofit organization engaged in a variety of housing and community development programs. VCH owns and manages 280 units of affordable, supportive and interim housing, and is in a period of growth with an additional 375 units in the predevelopment stage.

We currently have several open positions. For more information, read below:

Project Manager

The Project Manager has primary responsibility for the full range of development activities for selected housing and community development projects, including but not limited to managing new projects as well as the refinance and rehabilitation of VCH’s existing housing portfolio. This position will report directly to the Senior Director of Housing Development.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES

• Manage two to four projects through the development process, including oversight of design development, securing all necessary financing, management of third party consultants, construction oversight, construction and permanent financing escrow closings, and lease up.
• Perform due diligence and feasibility analysis for acquisition sites and new projects.
• Assemble and manage the development project teams including: negotiating and monitoring contracts; coordinating the work of the design consultants; overseeing the design of the project; ensuring the project complies with all regulatory requirements, commitments made, and VCH’s standards
• Prepare and update financial proformas. Monitor development and construction budgets.
• Manage the negotiation with lenders, investors, sellers, architects, contractors and consultants on legal agreements, loan documents and contracts, with input from the Sr. Director of Housing Development
• Prepare, update, and adhere to project development schedules
• Secure and close all public and private predevelopment, construction, and permanent financing needed to complete development projects
• Manage the entitlement approval process to ensure complete and timely submissions and obtain approvals consistent with the development schedule
• Support the community engagement process through activities such as attending stakeholder meetings, presenting at public hearings.
• Collaborate with asset management, property management, and resident services during the predevelopment, construction, and lease-up phases to ensure accurate budgets, high quality designs and smooth transitions to the operational phase.
• Manage the construction process including but not limited to: reviewing and processing pay applications, attending construction meetings, reviewing change orders, managing consultants to ensure timely responses to requests for information; ensuring punch list items are addressed.
• Evaluate reports, decisions, and results of the Real Estate Development team and recommend new approaches, policies, and procedures to effect continual improvements in operations and efficiency
• Complete administrative tasks as needed to complete essential duties and responsibilities.
• Perform well under stress and interact well with others.
• Provide regular project updates for the Sr. Director of Housing Development and present to Housing Committee of the Board of Directors
• Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS
• A Bachelor’s Degree in Real Estate, Urban Planning/Studies, Finance, or Public Policy. Graduate Degree preferred.
• Three years of experience as an Assistant Project Manager or two years as a Project Manager managing low-income housing tax credit projects, or an equivalent combination, with a preference for supportive housing development experience.
• Two years of experience preparing proforma financials for low-income multifamily housing developments
• Experience preparing successful loan and/or grant applications for low-income housing project
• Experience in preparing at least two construction closings and/or permanent loan conversions for low-income housing projects.
• Good public presentation skills, with experience in community meetings and hearings preferred
• Excellent oral and written communication skil
• Ability to work effectively with diverse community groups (including VCH tenants) and respond to community input and concerns
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Software (Word and Excel).
• Valid California driver’s license and auto insurance.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

Stationary position approximately 50% of the time. Operates a computer and other office machinery such as fax, copy machine, phone. Ascends/descends stairs, move inside and outside the office, apartments, buildings, etc. Frequently moves objects weighing up to 30 pounds. Required to have visual acuity to perform the following tasks: operate a motor vehicle, viewing a computer terminal, reading and writing, conduct building and unit inspections.

COMPENSATION

Depends on experience and qualifications; plus, benefits including medical, dental, vacation, sick time, 14 holidays and 2 personal days. This is a full-time, exempt position.

Service Coordinator

The Policy and Programs (P&P) Department of VCH provides programs and services that seek to stabilize, engage, and empower all that we serve. The P&P team does this through various programs and services, which includes but is not limited to, providing coordination for our case management services, educational workshops, tenant engagement activities, supportive services resources and referral, after school programs, and providing shelter to families in search of permanent housing.

The Service Coordinator is responsible for direct services and collaborative service coordination to VCH tenants and applicants in 39 supportive housing units at Horizon Apartments and Gateway Apartments, as well as general resident services support. The Services Coordinator reports to the Policy and Programs Program Manager.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
• Provide ongoing service coordination for supportive housing tenants and other formerly homeless tenants, including a partnership with lead case managers to implement individualized service plans and maintaining case files at two different permanent supportive housing buildings in Venice and Del Rey.
• Provide strengths-based service coordination services designed to assist clients in maintaining stable housing and integrating into the community.
• Provide field based/ mobile service coordination services in the areas of, but not limited to: independent living skills, housing stabilization, money management, community integration, employment, benefits/income establishment, linkage to community providers for problematic substance use, primary and mental health care, and all other services needed to assist clients in reaching their service plan goals.
• Provide information and referral to available services and resources in the community.
• Conduct crisis and risk assessments in consultation with supervisor/ team. Provide crisis intervention services focused on enhancing the client’s ability to independently problem solve and utilize effective coping skills.
• Use evidence based practices in service delivery, such as Motivational Interviewing, Harm Reduction, and Housing First practices.
• Develop and coordinate regular activities for residents, including resident meetings, educational workshops and trainings, social events and field trips to promote community integration.
• Ensure all services are documented, and when necessary entered in the HMIS and CHAMP systems as well as an internal database.
• Transport residents to appointments, services, community activities, and field trips.
• Participate in collaborative case conferences and supervisory meetings with other resident services programs, and/or other VCH staff, including property management.

• Attend weekly meetings with P&P staff and additional trainings and conferences.
• Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS
• Significant experience in case management and/or service coordination or related field; Bachelor’s degree in social science or equivalent experience preferred
• At least two years of experience working with homeless individuals with substance abuse, mental health issues, and/or chronic health conditions.
• Knowledge of Continuum of Care and/or LA County Department of Health Services rental subsidy and intensive case management programs a plus.
• Bilingual Spanish-English required.
• Effective communication with individuals in at-risk populations.
• Experience and knowledge of Westside community and social services a plus. Must have excellent communication skills and ability to work well with youth, staff, and partners.
• Must be computer and database literate.
• Reliable transportation and valid California Driver License and proof of insurance is required.
• Must pass criminal background check.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Stationary position 70% of the time. Operates a computer and other office machinery such as fax, copy machine and phone. Occasionally ascends/descends stairs, move inside and outside the office, apartments, buildings, etc. Ability to lift up to 20 pounds. Required to have visual acuity to perform the following tasks: operate a motor vehicle, viewing a computer terminal, reading and writing.

COMPENSATION
Starting salary is $40,000/year, depending on experience and qualifications; benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, Aflac, 403 (b), vacation, sick time, 12 holidays and 2 personal days. This is a full-time, non-exempt position.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES

Please email your resume with a cover letter describing your qualifications to the Director of Operations at: jobs@vchcorp.org. Please do not send attachments. Paste your cover letter and resume into the body of the email. You can also fax your resume to (310) 399-1130 or mail it to Venice Community Housing Corporation, 200 Lincoln Blvd., Venice, CA 90291. NO PHONE CALLS.

Venice Community Housing (VCH) is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer and provides reasonable accommodation for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in job application procedures. If you need an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at jobs@vchcorp.org.