Opportunities Credit Union is seeking a seasoned housing counselor to manage our Money Sense Program. Money Sense is a highly regarded state-wide counseling service that provides financial counseling services to Vermonters in need. The ideal candidate will have 5 + years of experience in counseling as well as experience in complying with HUD Housing Counseling grants and managing a team of highly qualified individuals. Opportunities is a credit union that has served low-income Vermonters since 1989, and the Program Manager will be sensitive to the relationship between the Money Sense Program and the credit union.
Qualifications include strong teaching, counseling, technology, writing, organizational and planning skills. Excellent interpersonal skills and communication ability are highly valued. Ability to comply with the HUD Housing Counseling Grant guidelines is required.
The job includes managing a staff of two counselors who provide both one-on-one counseling services and workshops/classes throughout Vermont. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of housing and budget counseling, discussion of alternatives, creating action plans, making referrals, negotiating with collection agencies and credit card companies, in-depth knowledge of eviction prevention, foreclosure negotiations, Vermont social service resources, affordable housing availability and Medicaid assistance.
Because the program is funded in part by a HUD Housing Counseling Grant, we seek an individual who is familiar with the HUD Handbook, is HUD-Certified and has counseling experience. This includes the ability to report client intake and follow-up, knowledge of payment requests and an awareness of the timing of grant reporting. Ability to use the HUD-approved program, DMS, is required. Knowledge of Pathways is also a plus. Communication skills highly valued.
Only candidates with the highest ethical standards need apply.