Housing Counselor

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Part-time 90 days, full time
HOURS: Monday- Friday Occasional Saturday
PRIMARY TEAM LEADER: Homeownership Program Manager
FLSA CLASSIFICATION:  Non-Exempt, Benefits Eligible
LOCATION: Primary office location Kansas City, MO with possible satellite office in Kansas City, KS

 

JOB SUMMARY: Work to further the mission of Habitat for Humanity of Kansas City by providing direct counseling to clients seeking assistance in all areas of home buying and homeownership.

 

HOUSING COUNSELING

  • Support families with permanent housing through the Housing Counseling Program to improve their chances of homeownership through Habitat or a traditional loan program by working with them to increase their financial sustainability and independence.
  • Work directly and indirectly with prospective homeowners to improve financial literacy through education programs that include maintaining and preserving good credit, financial planning and asset building, creating budgets, establishing credit and how to save for down payment.
  • Follow-up efforts to outcomes for each family by tracking all data in Mpact Pro client management system.
  • Follow HUD Housing Counseling program requirements and policies
  • Contribute to the planning process, which includes engaging staff and other stakeholders in defining desired outcomes for the Financial Literacy Model and implementing a system to measure outcomes.
  • Engage in off-site programs that promote and enhance homeownership opportunities in the community.

 

COMMUNITY AND NEIGHBORHOOD OUTREACH

  • Attend community and neighborhood meetings that focus around building community, financial literacy, and homeownership.
  • Actively recruit, train, support and empower unengaged residents and community representatives to enthusiastically participate, develop strategies and address root causes of poverty housing.
  • Become familiar with and assist in further implementing outcome measurements research & evaluation tactics; assist in generating and presenting qualitative/quantitative reports utilizing provided data and statistics.
  • Develop and coordinate strategies and programs designed to build and strengthen resident involvement. Promote activities and services, and creates sustainability through various forms of media.

 

HOMEOWNERSHIP PROGRAM

  • Work closely with families selected into the Habitat for Humanity Homeownership program to ensure all education requirements are met.
  • Conduct one on one financial counseling with applicants.
  • Organize and/or conduct homeowner education classes.
  • Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES

Education

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent experience

Experience

  • Minimum of three years relevant work experience including mortgage/lending/ real estate industry
  • Experience in working with low to moderate-income families within a financial literacy program

Competencies

  • Organization & Prioritization: Ability to meet deadlines, use time efficiently, and prioritize
  • Teamwork: Ability to work independently and work as an effective team member
  • Communication: Good communication and presentation skills with the ability to write professional documents and speak to groups of various sizes
  • Flexibility/Adaptability: Ability to work under pressure to handle frequent change, delays, and/or unexpected events
  • Interpersonal Skills: Good interpersonal skills with an ability to work with a variety of people and occasionally handle difficult situations and conflicts with finesse
  • Technical Skills: Proficiency, or ability to gain proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Mpact Pro client management database software, Zoom and/or teams

Job Requirements

  • Pass HUD Housing Counseling exam within the first 90 days of employment
  • Complete Neighborworks Housing Counseling Training as assigned
  • Complete yearly Qualified Loan Originator training.
  • Willingness to maintain the flexible work schedule necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this position, including evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Integrity, organization, attention to detail, ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Support and endorse the Habitat for Humanity mission.

 

WORK ENVIRONMENT

Most of the work for this job is conducted indoors at a desk, with periodic exposure to dirt, dust, dampness, construction debris, extreme temperatures, construction noises, fumes and odors from working on or visiting residential construction sites.

Physical Requirements

  • Speak and hear in order to communicate with others 
  • Work at a desk or computer for extended periods of time
  • Move around the office, event or construction sites
  • Apply physical dexterity, able to lift and carry up to 30 pounds
  • Must be able to independently operate a motor vehicle
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to travel as needed

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

We value our employees’ time and efforts. Our commitment to your success is enhanced by our competitive compensation (commensurate with experience).  We work to maintain the best possible environment for our employees and strive to provide a collaborative, creative environment where each person feels encouraged to contribute to our processes, decisions, planning, and culture.

To Apply:

Please email cover letter and resume to applicants@habitatkc.org.

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