Careers

Make a Rewarding Career Move

The Coalition for the Homeless offers rewarding career opportunities for counselors, teachers, social workers, case managers and organizers. Coalition programs offer a variety of entry-level and professional positions for those who wish to join our dedicated and talented corps of human services workers and advocates.

We are currently in a hybrid work environment that requires employees to be onsite 80% of the time (4 days).

Positions Available:

Supervisor, New Arrivals Monitoring Team

Department: Advocacy
Reports to:
Deputy Executive Director for Advocacy

About the Role: Reporting to the Deputy Executive Director for Advocacy, the Supervisor of the New Arrivals Monitoring Team (“Supervisor”) will be a dedicated advocate for unhoused migrant individuals and families who, since April 2022, have been arriving in New York seeking shelter and other emergency services (“New Arrivals”). A key member of the Advocacy Department of the Coalition for the Homeless, the Supervisor will play a critical role in ensuring the City’s compliance with the May 15, 2024 settlement in Callahan v. Carey (“Settlement”) which sets forth a framework to address the influx of New Arrivals. Because this is a new position, it is a great opportunity for anyone seeking to participate in designing and implementing a new program, and identifying advocacy, monitoring, and outreach plans in a newly established system.

Building upon the Coalition’s existing shelter monitoring framework, the Supervisor will work collaboratively with the Supervisor of the Shelter Rights Monitoring Team to develop plans and protocols to best achieve the aforementioned goal. This role will entail managing a small staff and coordinating their day-to-day monitoring and advocacy activities. The Supervisor will also visit New Arrivals shelters throughout the City in order to document violations and other problems. Together with the New Arrivals Monitoring Team, the Supervisor will engage with shelter residents for the purpose of providing referrals to Coalition programs and, as appropriate, communicating directly with the Coalition’s legal counsel and/or City staff to immediately resolve residents’ problems. In collaboration with Advocacy Department staff and the Coalition’s legal counsel, the Supervisor will establish priorities and goals for monitoring and policy initiatives. The Supervisor will also help organize, support, and mobilize New Arrival residents for advocacy campaigns and events.

NOTE: It is uncertain how long the temporary framework set forth in the Settlement for New Arrivals will be in effect. Nonetheless, the Coalition is planning to retain New Arrivals Monitors until at least September 30, 2026 and will modify job responsibilities as necessary should the temporary framework set forth in the Settlement end earlier.

Responsibilities Include:

Working under the direction of the Deputy Executive Director for Advocacy, the Supervisor will:

Program Development & Implementation

  • Work with Coalition’s legal counsel and other Coalition staff to (a) inventory and assess current landscape of New Arrival shelters, (b) identify applicable City personnel contacts for New Arrival issues, and (c) ascertain processes that operationalize City’s obligations under the Settlement
  • Using the information acquired in #1, identify the needs and structure for the New Arrival Monitoring Team and revise the same as changes arise
  • Conduct monitoring of New Arrival shelters, during daytime, evening, nighttime, and weekend hours as needed, to assess and document: (a) problem conditions; (b) compliance or lack thereof with the Settlement, and other applicable court orders; and (c) the needs of residents
  • Create a workflow for (a) conducting unannounced visits to New Arrival shelters and inspecting facilities opened in the future for New Arrivals; (b) follow-ups on such visits, including protocols for escalation of issues to Coalition’s legal counsel and/or the relevant City agency; and (c) data collection (including capacity at each of the New Arrival shelter sites), monitoring and analysis
  • Coordinate with Crisis Services and Legal Aid (or other relevant outside services) to identify the issues with which they and/or New Arrivals Monitoring Team will be able to assist and establish the protocol for connecting individuals in need of assistance accordinglY

Management Duties

  • Work with Coalition’s People and Culture Department and Deputy Executive Director for Advocacy to recruit New Arrivals Monitoring Team members
  • In coordination with the Supervisor of the Shelter Rights Monitoring Team and the Shelter Specialists, train New Arrivals Monitoring Team members
  • Supervise the day-to-day activities of the New Arrivals Monitoring Team, including visits to New Arrival shelters
  • Facilitate regular New Arrivals Monitoring Team meetings which may, in coordination with the Supervisor of the Shelter Rights Monitoring Team, occur jointly with Shelter Specialists
  • Meet with each New Arrivals Monitoring Team member separately for regular supervision
  • Complete related administrative tasks for New Arrivals Monitoring Team members, including probationary and annual reviews, reviewing and approving timeslips, and approving time off requests

Advocacy & Policy Development

  • To the extent identified in the manner noted above, advocate for individual needs of New Arrival shelter residents as necessary and possible during field visits
  • Provide New Arrival shelter residents information and referrals, as appropriate
  • Document individual and systemic problems relating to the New Arrivals or for follow-up with the applicable City agency as directed
  • Communicate with relevant City agencies regarding compliance with Settlement and track communication to ensure the agency responds and, when appropriate, corrects issues identified by Coalition staff
  • Work with Advocacy Department staff and Coalition’s legal counsel to provide litigation support, which may include identifying and liaising with potential plaintiffs to enforce the Settlement or to otherwise defend and expand the rights of homeless individuals and families
  • Conduct outreach to New Arrivals who have received, pursuant to the Settlement, a notice advising of any denial of shelter or reasonable accommodations and connect them with Coalition’s legal counsel for possible representation or assistance in appealing such determination
  • Identify issues for systemic advocacy based on data collected and other information learned from New Arrivals Monitoring Team, other Coalition staff or partner agencies
  • Collaborate with Director of Research and Policy Development to highlight issues related to the New Arrivals in State of the Homeless or any other reports

Advocacy & Policy Development

  • Together with Director of Government Affairs and Strategic Campaigns, develop a comprehensive organizing plan to empower New Arrivals accessing City shelters and to address issues impacting unhoused New Arrivals and other unhoused individuals – such plan may include marches, rallies, lobbying efforts or media pieces
  • Together with Director of Government Affairs and Strategic Campaigns, identify, and develop relationships with, partner agencies and New Arrival groups to inform and implement organizing strategy
  • Develop public education materials and provide community teach-ins/trainings related to the Settlement, the New Arrivals’ rights and obligations thereunder, and other issues impacting New Arrivals accessing shelter and related services

Other Duties

  • Liaise with other departments and programs of the Coalition to provide resource materials and increase awareness about the work of the New Arrivals Monitoring Team and to include other staff in related campaigns and events
  • Obtain regular supervision with the Deputy Executive Director for Advocacy or designee to review team operations, policy, and other issues/concerns
  • Participate in weekly staff and other meetings as directed, such as in-service training and staff development and orientation activities
  • Perform all other duties as may be assigned by the Deputy Executive Director for Advocacy

Requirements:

  • BA/BS required
  • At least three years of relevant advocacy, case management, and/or organizing experience on behalf of homeless and/or low-income people required, with at least one year of experience supervising staff or volunteers desirable
  • Experience working with immigrant communities is a plus
  • Must have a deep commitment to social justice and, in particular, identifying and addressing the systemic and bureaucratic obstacles encountered by unhoused individuals
  • Excellent oral advocacy, writing, editing, computer, and analytical skills as well as a desire to work as part of a team required
  • Proficiency in English and at least one of the primary languages of the New Arrivals (which include Spanish, French, Wolof, and Pulaar) strongly preferred
    Ability to work some evenings, nights, and weekends required

Salary: $65,000-$75,000

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People of color and formerly homeless individuals are encouraged to apply.

The Coalition for the Homeless is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Associate Bookkeeper

Department: Finance
Reports to:
Senior Accountant

About the role: The Associate Bookkeeper assists the Senior Bookkeeper and the Senior Accountant in the creation and maintenance of the agency’s financial records. The Associate Bookkeeper assists in the processing of invoices and other financial reports, data and journal entries, and other clerical functions. The Associate Bookkeeper assists in the reviewing of billing data from programs to ensure accuracy, as well as assists in the calculation of billing charges. The Associate Bookkeeper performs job duties consistent with the mission and goals of the Coalition for the Homeless and the terms of the SSHP agreement with the HIV/AIDS Services Administration.

Responsibilities Include:

The Bookkeeper shall:

  • Assist in the preparation and maintenance of all program related financial records including, but not limited to, program related accounts payable, monthly invoices and other regular financial reports for funding agencies, billing and tracking of clients’ program fees, and client utility and telephone payments;
  • Assist in the reviewing of program billing data to ensure that amounts and account numbers are accurate as well calculate billing charges, assign billing numbers for tracking purposes and assist in the prepares invoices;
  • Track and maintain log of MTA MetroCard/token transactions;
  • Copy donation checks and prepare deposit slips for donations, accounts receivables and deposit the same into Coalition’s bank account;
  • Assist in accounts payables as and when required;
  • Note improper expenses and transactions, if any, and report the same to the Senior Accountant/Senior Bookkeeper;
  • Assist in collating necessary documents and information for the Senior Accountant in order to maintain a good and responsive working relationship with the Coalition’s external auditors and HASA and other relevant funding agencies;
  • Prepare billing for agencies assigned First Step Program Job Training interns;
  • Maintain fixed asset inventory system and tag all new equipment relevant to asset inventory;
  • Perform office administrative functions including, filing;
  • Obtain regular (no less than weekly) supervision with the Chief Financial Officer or designee;
  • As requested, participate in weekly staff and other meetings, such as in-service training and staff development and orientation activities;
  • Assist in the design and implementation of department and service enhancements;
  • Perform all other duties as may be assigned by the Chief Financial Officer or designee

Qualifications: AA/AS in accounting, finance, business administration or related discipline required; BA/BS strongly preferred. Two years of experience as a clerk, assistant bookkeeper or similar position in a Finance/Accounting department required. Experience with FundEZ or similar nonprofit accounting software and Excel required. Skilled knowledge of Word and Access strongly preferred. Must be detail oriented and analytical.

Salary: $55,000 – $60,000

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People of color and formerly homeless individuals are encouraged to apply.

The Coalition for the Homeless is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Property Manager

Department: Operations
Reports to:
Director of Operations and Technology

About the role: The Property Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management and smooth and safe operation of the Coalition’s buildings, which include two residential housing programs for formerly homeless households and the small commercial building owned and occupied by the Coalition as its headquarters. The Property Manager reports to the Director of Operations and Technology and is responsible for staff supervision, operating the properties within budget, facility maintenance, and compliance issues in all buildings. In the residential properties, the Property Manager is also responsible for resident relations and working with the Social Services team to help keep our residents stably housed in a safe and well-maintained facility. The Property Manager serves as Fire Safety Director/Emergency Action Plan Director (FSD/EAP) at the Coalition’s headquarters, and ensures compliance with fire and safety codes. The Property Manager performs all job duties consistent with the mission and goals of the Coalition for the Homeless.

Responsibilities include:

Property management for two residential housing locations

  • In close cooperation with Social Services and Finance staff, oversee the processing, production and maintenance of tenant invoicing and receipts
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant government programs including: Section 8, low-income housing tax credits, building registrations, DHCR, HPD, DHS, etc., and maintain good relations with oversight agencies
  • Oversee income certification and verification and ensure all necessary compliance, including with Rent Stabilization, LIHTC, HUD, HCR, HDC, HPD, HOME, HHAP, Shelter plus Care, and any regulatory agreements, partnership agreements, and rental subsidy contracts
  • Ensure that all required licenses, operating certificates, and other critical documents are current;
  • In close cooperation with Social Services, oversee lease- up of vacant units in compliance any regulatory agreements, fair housing marketing, tenant selection plans, tenant applications, any agency-regulated lotteries, and referral programs
  • Assist new residents with move-in and orientation to the building and community
  • Protect resident rights at all times
  • Develop one-to-one relationships with residents
  • Monitor resident satisfaction with building operations and staff
  • Meet quarterly with Finance, Operations, and Social Services to discuss tenant arrears, tenant issues, and other building issues
  • Meet regularly with Social Services, collaborate with Social Service team on tenant issues as appropriate, make tenant referrals to Social Services as needed
  • Provide input for annual operating budgets
  • Maintain tenant information including move-ins and move-outs, rent changes, subsidy changes, and rent payments in the MRI system
  • Maintain unit, resident, vacancy and monthly reporting information required in the CAPS system and any additional reporting as required by HRA
  • In close cooperation with Social Services and Finance staff, track the turnover of apartments, conduct intake interviews with prospective tenants in adherence with contract obligations, and participate in the tenant selection process
  • Supervise and manage maintenance staff, and work in close cooperation with Social Services and the Director of Operations & Technology to ensure timely and complete delivery of all relevant building services to tenants, including performance of all necessary apartment repairs, maintenance, and renovation
  • Ensure that all residential apartment units and common areas in the building are consistently in good repair and well-maintained
  • Ensure that the buildings, sidewalks and alleys are clean and well-maintained by the Superintendent
  • Conduct comprehensive annual inspections and arrange for any necessary repairs
  • Serve as a contact with vendors/suppliers, building maintenance/safety/systems contractors, and public agencies for matters relating to upkeep and maintenance of buildings, and maintain active relationships with service contractors who provide maintenance on building equipment
  • Implement and/or supervise ordering of supplies in consultation with the building superintendent and the Director of Operations & Technology
  • Maintain accurate records, tracking service and performance of equipment
  • Serve as primary liaison with legal counsel in the preparation of documents required for legal proceedings with tenants
  • Attend training sessions and conferences as required for enhancement of job skills
  • Submit all required reports in a complete and timely manner

Management of the Coalition for the Homeless operational headquarters

  • Ensure the building is well maintained at all times
  • Assist Director of Operations & Technology in ensuring the building is compliant with all relevant building codes and regulations
  • Supervise and manage the organization’s Building Operations staff and Security staff and vendors, including work schedules and assignment of specific duties
  • Serve as a contact with vendors/suppliers and building maintenance/safety/systems contractors for building and office related matters
  • Serve as Fire and Life Safety Director (FLSD) providing visual inspections daily of all fire safety systems (to include pull stations, exits, alarms, and other equipment) and maintaining record keeping and logs as required by Fire Safety Plan(s)
  • Obtain weekly supervision with the Director of Operations & Technology or designee to review Operations status of all buildings
  • Organize, maintain and administer departmental office processes, such as ensuring that all files, orders/requisitions for supplies and equipment, maintenance and office supplies, invoices, expense records, receipts, payment vouchers, petty cash and related documents, are in good order
  • Participate in other staff meetings and activities as directed, including trainings and staff development and orientation activities

Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in real estate development/finance, property management, urban planning or business, especially in the affordable housing space, is preferred. Five years of experience in property management is required. Experience with property management software such as MRI, and proficiency in Microsoft Excel and other Microsoft Office applications.  Experience with supportive housing programs and services for formerly homeless individuals. Experience working with City and State agencies such HPD, NYCHA, HRA, HCR. Ability to communicate with people of diverse backgrounds. Experience working with persons who have experienced homelessness is strongly preferred. Must have ability to interact respectfully with staff, residents, visitors, vendors, consultants and inspectors. FLSD Certificate of Fitness strongly preferred. Ability to read and write in the English language required. Proficiency in Spanish is preferred.

Salary: $75,000 – $85,000

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People of color and formerly homeless individuals are encouraged to apply.

The Coalition for the Homeless is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Shelter Specialist

Department: Advocacy
Reports to:
Shelter Rights Monitoring Team Supervisor

The Coalition for the Homeless (the “Coalition”) is the nation’s oldest advocacy and direct services organization helping unhoused individuals and families and those at risk of experiencing homelessness. The Coalition believes that affordable housing, sufficient food and the chance to work for a living wage are fundamental rights in a civilized society. Since its inception in 1981, the Coalition has engaged in litigation, advocacy, public education, and direct services to ensure that these goals are realized.

In addition to its aggressive and innovative large-scale advocacy on behalf of homeless individuals and families and its 11 programs serving over 3500 at-risk people every year, the Coalition is the court-appointed independent monitor of the Department of Homeless Services (“DHS”) shelter system for single adults, and the New York City-appointed independent monitor of the DHS shelter system for homeless families.

The Coalition is seeking a passionate, curious, and organized individual to join the Advocacy Department’s Shelter Rights Monitoring Team as a Shelter Specialist.

About the Role: The Shelter Specialist’s primary duty is to conduct shelter monitoring activities consistent with the Coalition’s duties and obligations. The Shelter Specialist will regularly visit homeless shelters in order to document shelter condition violations and other problems. These visits include joint inspections with DHS and ‘unannounced’ shelter visits, which may occasionally be conducted outside of traditional business hours. The Shelter Specialist will engage with shelter residents for the purpose of gathering and sharing information and, as appropriate, communicate directly with shelter staff to address residents’ immediate needs and concerns. The Shelter Specialist will also help organize, support, and mobilize shelter residents and formerly-homeless New Yorkers for Coalition advocacy campaigns and events.

Responsibilities Include:

The Shelter Specialist will:

Monitoring & Advocacy

  • Conduct monitoring of New York City shelters to assess and document: (a) shelter conditions; (b) compliance or lack thereof with the Callahan consent decree and other applicable court orders and regulations, and (c) the needs of residents
  • Advocate for individual needs of shelter residents to the extent possible during field visits
  • Provide shelter residents with information and referrals, as appropriate
  • Document individual and systemic problems for follow-up with DHS as directed
  • Communicate with DHS regarding compliance with shelter standards and follow up to ensure that they are addressing issues raised
  • Ensure all monitoring visits are accurately and timely entered into Coalition databases and other electronic tracking systems as directed
  • Timely respond to shelter residents’ calls and emails, and log the same into Coalition database as directed
  • In consultation with Supervisor and other shelter monitoring staff, identify the need for and schedule unannounced inspections, and update shared department calendars to reflect schedule changes

Community Engagement

  • Assist with the Client Advisory Group (“CAG”), a key tool for organizing homeless and formerly-homeless individuals and families, and attend CAG meetings
  • Organize shelter residents and formerly-homeless individuals and families for the purpose of City and State-level advocacy on a range of public policy issues that impact homeless and low-income individuals
  • Together with the Advocacy staff, help develop and implement the Coalition’s organizing campaigns and public education work

Other Duties

  • Work with Advocacy staff and outside counsel to provide litigation support by identifying and liaising with potential plaintiffs for affirmative cases related to defending or expanding the rights of homeless individuals and families
  • Liaise with other departments and programs of the Coalition to provide resource materials and increase awareness about the work of the Advocacy Department and to include other staff in Advocacy campaigns and events
  • Obtain regular supervision with the Supervisor or designee to review department operations, policies, and other issues/concerns
  • Participate in weekly staff and other meetings as directed, such as in-service training and staff development and orientation activities
  • Assist in the training and orientation of fellow members of the department, including, but not limited to, accompanying department staff on field visits and ensuring they understand the rights of shelter residents; and
  • Perform all other duties as may be assigned by the Supervisor or the Deputy Executive Director for Advocacy.

Qualifications:

  • AA/AS in human services or health discipline required (or a GED/high school diploma and at least four years of relevant work experience in homeless services or grassroots organizing).
  • BA/BS in social work, human services, or health discipline strongly preferred.
  • Prior direct client services and case management experience, especially with homeless and/or low-income people, strongly preferred.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills required.
  • Solid critical thinking and problem-solving skills required.
  • Comfort with extensive travel throughout NYC required.
  • Ability to engage in considerable walking, climbing stairs, and being on your feet for extended periods of time required.
  • Flexibility and willingness to occasionally work outside of traditional business hours is required.
  • Desire to work as part of a team required.
  • Spanish or French language proficiency highly desirable.
  • Lived experience in the NYC shelter system highly desirable.

Salary: $60,000 – $65,000

APPLY NOW

People of color and formerly homeless individuals are encouraged to apply.

The Coalition for the Homeless is an Equal Opportunity Employer.