Job Title: Associate I-II
Department/Business Line: Homelessness Solutions and Housing Teams
Works with: Homelessness Solutions Team Leads, Housing Team Lead, Homelessness Solutions and Housing Team members
Reports to: Homelessness Solutions Team Co-Lead and/or Housing Team Lead
FLSA1 Status: Exempt
Updated as of: September 2021

Summary of Position: This full-time position will play a key role in supporting the Homelessness Solutions Team in its efforts to develop and execute meaningful, actionable initiatives to solve the homelessness crisis. With direction from the team supervisor and/or team lead, this position is responsible for assisting with the development, implementation, and ongoing management of client initiatives and projects.

This role supports systems change work in homelessness systems of care, policy and program development and evaluation, and development and implementation of cross-sector innovations.

LeSar Development Consultants (LDC) is headquartered in San Diego and has staff located in offices statewide. This position will work remotely with some travel required for client meetings and LDC office events.

Critical to succeeding in this role is having demonstrated basic to intermediate level experience, skills, and success/aptitude in:

  1. One to three years of prior work experience in homelessness planning, policy, or program development, or in closely related fields
  2. Basic/intermediate level subject matter knowledge in at least two subject matter areas related to ending homelessness, which may be derived from a combination of work experience and academic coursework in homelessness and related systems of care
  3. Basic to intermediate level skills in research, writing, and project management, as well as community group facilitation and creating and delivering engaging presentations to public and private sector leaders
  4. Commitment to further deepening the ways in which we center equity within our firm and in our work with our clients and partners
  5. Prior internship and/or work experience in direct service with clients experiencing homelessness or in a service-enriched, housing-focused environment a plus
  6. Participation in work centered in racial justice and/or equity a plus

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Client Work

  1. Assist in developing policies, programs, practices, and tools to facilitate client engagement
  2. Support and facilitate meetings and workshops to help clients identify and realize their goals, aspirations, opportunities, and challenges
  3. Work in collaboration with subject matter experts to develop trainings and toolkits for clients
  4. Research and write reports incorporating findings and recommendations to clients
  5. Present findings and recommendations to clients and their stakeholders and engage them to understand their response and assess resulting opportunities and challenges
  6. Maintain ongoing communications with internal team members, clients, and external stakeholders as appropriate to fulfill contractual obligations within budget and schedule constraints
  7. Prepare monthly project reports for designated clients as part of operations invoicing process
  8. Represent the firm in a professional manner externally and internally

Team Participation

  1. Maintain systems for monitoring policy developments, funding opportunities, and trends in homelessness and related sectors, and other designated areas, drawing on the subject matter expertise of staff across firm teams
  2. Contribute articles and updates in areas of focus for firm newsletters and social media posts as authorized by senior management
  3. Attend regular all-staff and team meetings as required
  4. Perform other duties as assigned entailing being in service to the firm

Required Qualifications

Subject Matter and Technical Competencies

  • Basic/intermediate level knowledge of:
    1. Best practices in ending homelessness including types of proven and emerging housing and services solutions
    2. Federal, state, regional and local policy platforms, laws, regulations, and funding programs governing supportive housing and homelessness programs and funding
    3. Data analysis experience, particularly for homelessness-related policy and program evaluations, as well as the ability to create meaningful infographics and write clearly and concisely about findings
  • Principles and practices of business communication and correct use of the English language including spelling, grammar, and punctuation
  • General technology applications and specific applications including Microsoft Outlook, Teams and/or Zoom, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint applications.
  • Strong writing and public presentation skills

External Market Facing Competencies

  • Write clear, concise, comprehensive, and effective reports
  • Basic/intermediate level ability to communicate policies to diverse public and private organizations and individuals
  • Practice advocacy, public, and government relations skills with respect to a wide variety of issues related supportive housing and homelessness

Internal Facing Competencies

  • Ability to remain calm and effective while working under pressure to meet multiple deadlines and short time constraints
  • Ability to establish priorities and meet multiple deadlines
  • Ability to organize work, set priorities, and exercise sound judgment within areas of responsibility
  • Handle sensitive information in a professional and confidential manner
  • Work cooperatively with staff from other teams and organizations

Education/Experience: Bachelor’s degree with major coursework in planning, public policy, social work, business, real estate or related concentration from an accredited college or university required; master’s degree preferred.

Travel Expectation: In a post-COVID-19 environment, the person in this position will be expected to travel to San Diego at least twice annually and to be available for travel within California for day trips up to 10% of the work time. Ability for overnight travel in both California and nationally at least 10% of the time including occasional overnight stays of 1 to 2 nights at a time a plus but not required.

Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to sit, use hands, use a laptop computer, communicate via telephone, reach with hands and arms, and in a post-COVID-19 environment to travel on public transportation, by car, ride share, train, and airplane. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with physical disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Compensation and Benefits

  • Associate Level 1-2 Salary DOQ ranging from $50,000-$70,000 annually
  • Participation in firm’s medical, dental, vision, long-term disability, and life insurance plans with firm contributions of up to $500 per month
  • Participation in the firm’s 401(k) plan, with firm contributions of 3% of your compensation per plan year (subject to vesting requirements)
  • Reimbursement of up to $100 per month for cell phone and/or home office Internet expenses and up to $25 per month for home office supplies
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Paid time off equivalent to 15 days per year

Application Process

Submit the following materials to [email protected].

  1. Cover letter indicating:
    • Interest in the position
    • Relevant skills and experience
    • Available start date
  2. Resume
  3. 2-3 professional or academic references
  4. Writing sample and presentation sample

LDC is an equal opportunity employer. Employment decisions are based on needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications without regard to race, ethnicity, religious belief, national origin, gender identity and/or expression, age, disability status, medical history, sexual orientation, marital or family status, past or present military service, or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the State of California. LDC is also committed to affirmative action in the hiring of staff and encourages employment applications from people who are representative of the culturally and ethnically diverse communities that we serve.