The AIDS Foundation of Chicago (AFC) mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases. We envision a world in which people living with HIV and related chronic diseases will thrive, and new HIV infections will be rare. Our work focuses on improving health equity, preventing new cases of HIV, serving as a collaboration and knowledge center, and being a bold voice for change.
We are seeking for an individual to serve as our Landlord Engagement Specialist. As the third-party administrator of the Flexible Housing Pool, the Center for Housing and Health (CHH) is charged with maintaining a portfolio of quality, readily accessible housing for program participants. The Flexible Housing Pool is a multisector investment in housing that aims to expand the number of units available to people in Chicago and Cook County experiencing homelessness. The Landlord Engagement Specialist will work closely with a Real Estate consultant to secure housing units in varying Chicago neighborhoods. The Landlord Engagement Specialist will be responsible for developing and maintaining relationships with property owners. The Landlord Engagement Specialist will develop expertise in housing inspections and assure that all units identified for the pool meet the highest quality standards. The Landlord Engagement Specialist will also coordinate with the Housing Specialist to ensure program participants experience a seamless transition to housing. CHH is a supporting organization of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
Principal functions and responsibilities of this position include the following:
Identify and secure a broad range of proper, safe, and affordable housing throughout the city of Chicago;
Outreach to and engage landlords to identify housing units;
Create and implement housing inspection process, including housing quality standards;
Monitor unit remediation and repair activities prior to move-in;
On behalf of CHH, enter into a range of leasing agreements (e.g. master leasing, scattered site leasing, subleasing management);
Manage 24/7 crisis availability for landlord issues;
Intervene with landlords on serious repair or safety issues after tenant move-in;
Plan and facilitate landlord engagement and appreciation events.
Quality Assurance and Data Entry
Enter all housing inventory data in tracking system (i.e., Client Track);
Monitor data for quality control, correct missing or incorrect data on quarterly basis.
Meetings & Training Facilitation
Attend required conferences, trainings (i.e., HMIS, CRS, IDHS, HUD or any system wide trainings) and webinars;
Attend and participate in monthly Agency meetings (i.e., Standard Operating Procedures Meeting, Client Track Work Group, Grants Prep meeting, Interdepartmental Training Workgroup);
Participate in applicable system-level external committees.
Assist with agency-wide activities as directed, including Annual Meeting, AIDS Run & Walk, and others;
Update job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities; reading professional publications; maintaining personal networks; participating in professional organizations;
Protect organization's value and manage risk by keeping information confidential;
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor's degree in Business Administration, Communications or related field and 1 or more years of Business/Real Estate experience OR 5 or more years Business/Real Estate experience
Master’s degree in Business Administration or Communications
1 or more years Real Estate experience
1 or more years in Housing related field
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Exceptionally strong written and verbal communication skills, coupled with presentation skills.
Strong attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple projects, establish workload priorities, and meet deadlines.
Solid interpersonal skills along with the ability and willingness to respect and value the differences and perceptions of different groups/individuals.
Knowledge of the causes of homelessness, who it affects, and the factors (e.g., racial inequities, Socio Economic Status) that can contribute to an individual being homeless.
Decisions and criteria governing the employment relationship with all employees at AIDS Foundation of Chicago are made in a non-discriminatory manner, without regard to race, ethnicity, creed, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, citizenship status, military service and/or marital status, order of protection status, handicap, disability (including HIV/AIDS status), or any other factor determined to be unlawful by federal, state, or local statutes.
Internal Number: CHH LES 401
About AIDS Foundation of Chicago
AFC mobilizes communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases.
People living with HIV and related chronic diseases will thrive, and new HIV infections will be rare.
To realize our mission to mobilize communities to create equity and justice for people living with and vulnerable to HIV and related chronic diseases, we will:
Improve health equity.
We will increase access to high-quality, comprehensive prevention, care and housing services free from stigma.
Prevent new cases of HIV.
We will reduce new HIV infections through innovative approaches to prevention, care, housing and education with a focus on most-impacted populations.
Serve as a collaboration and knowledge center.
We will be a thought leader and resource center to create and share best practices, innovations and models.
Be a bold voice for change.
We will be a leading voice to mobilize advocates and people living with HIV and related chronic diseases to transform systems, policies, and resources.
Commitment to Priority Populations
Anyone can become infected w...ith HIV, but HIV and related chronic diseases disproportionately impact certain populations in distinct geographic areas. We can have the greatest impact on the HIV epidemic by focusing our efforts on those most-impacted by HIV, based on epidemiological data and unmet need:
• Young Black gay and bisexual men
• Transgender women of color
• Black women living in high-incidence areas
• Latino gay and bisexual men
Factors that drive the HIV epidemic and health inequities that we will address include:
• Sex work
• Drug use
• Lack of access to health care
• Immigration status
AFC will also work to meet the evolving needs of older adults with HIV and long-term survivors.
Commitment to Organizational Excellence
To strengthen AFC as an organization, we will move to a talent management framework, develop staff and Board leadership, implement long-range business planning with a focus on diversity and inclusion, and ident