Program Officer, Housing Initiatives

Website United Way of Rhode Island

Program Officer, Housing Initiatives
Full-TimeProvidence, RI, US
Job Title: Program Officer, Housing Initiatives

Salary Range: $57,000.00 – $62,000.00


At a Glance:

Business Unit:
Community Impact and Equity
Home Department:
Community Investment
Worker Category:
Full Time
FLSA Code:
EEOC Job Classification:
First/Mid Level Officials and Managers
Standard Hours:
75 (bi-weekly)
Pay Grade:
Granted Funded Date:

Summary: The Program Officer, Housing Initiatives leads United Way’s strategies related to housing, basic needs delivery systems, and other services provided to Rhode Islanders help to move them out of crisis and toward stability. The program officer works with other staff to develop and support strategies that improve the short and long-term housing stability of Rhode Islanders.  As a member of United Way’s grantmaking team, the program officer invests in opportunities that set the groundwork for equitable opportunities for Rhode Island households, consistent with the Lift United pillar of our LIVE UNITED 2025 strategic plan.

Duties and Responsibilities:


Grantee/Program Management

Serve as the lead for United Way’s work in the areas of housing stability, including grants management and policy-related matters.
Manage a grant portfolio of housing policy, advocacy, and service-related grantees.
Convene grantees regularly for program updates, resource sharing, and disseminating information on important and timely policy recommendations and action items.
Conduct at least one site visit per grantee per year (either in person or virtual) and document key points and recommendations from the visit.
Read grantee half-yearly and yearly reports and provide feedback.
Practice the philosophies of trust-based philanthropy and provide appropriate support to partners through relevant training, DEI conversations, connecting grantees to resources etc.
Internal Collaboration

Work with United Way’s Public Policy staff to identify and advance necessary public policy priorities that will reduce barriers to safe and affordable housing at the state and local level, along with the incorporation of these priorities into United Way’s policy agenda.
Engage with the Data Analytics and Research team to evaluate data, measure impact and implement common
data systems and outcomes measurement tools for programs funded by United Way.

Collaborate with other Program Officers regularly to identify intersectionality’s of portfolios and create
opportunities for collective impact work as appropriate.

Work with community stakeholders and experts as well as the Community Impact and Equity department to develop operational plans for the work related to housing, and report to those groups periodically about progress toward goals in the plans.
Work with other members of the Community Impact & Equity Team staff to develop the collection and review of data as needed.
Apprise Community Impact and Equity department staff and volunteer committees of important information related to policies and programming in these areas of work.
Work with other United Way staff to develop and implement common data systems and outcomes measurement tools for programs funded by United Way.
Foster innovation through piloting and sharing of potential best practices both with internal and external stakeholders.
Work with the Resource Development department and grant-seeking staff to identify potential funding opportunities for this work.
Connect with other staff in the department to determine and collaborate on linkages between housing, workforce development, adult education, economic mobility, and other areas of United Way’s work.
Attend/participate in all team, department, and organization-wide meetings, staff retreats, training, and professional development opportunities.
Assist with reviewing grant proposals, provide meaningful feedback and provide input in the funding process.
Attend regular one-on-one check-ins with the supervisor.
From time to time provide programmatic updates at All Staff meetings.
Assist with managing the special projects as needed and appropriate.
Other duties as assigned.
External Stakeholder and Partner Relationship Management

Represent United Way on HomesRI and to other relevant coalitions, task forces, and workgroups.
Educate key stakeholders on the role that affordable and equitable housing plays in helping Rhode Islanders to improve their living and economic conditions of Rhode Islanders.
Identify and share emergent or emergency needs in the community for funding consideration.
Share and present the United Way Strategic Plan 2025 to relevant external groups and affirm United Way’s commitment to racial equity and community building.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Bachelor’s degree required from an accredited university with 3-5 years of relevant experience.
Experience as a manager or project leader involving significant responsibilities.
Knowledge of and experience in the field of housing stability preferred.
Demonstrated knowledge of data collection, analysis, and reporting processes.
Demonstrated experience in relationship building, problem-solving, negotiation, and facilitation skills.
Demonstrated experience in community development, organizing, and engagement strategies.
Experience in identifying community assets and needs in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty.
Ability to move projects forward in a timely and responsive manner.
Excellent organizational skills.
Comfortable with ambiguity and can embrace change that drives toward results.
Ability to work both independently and collaboratively, with a talent for building strong and productive relationships across constituencies.
Effective listening and strong verbal and written communications skills, including public speaking skills
Strong people skills and an ability to relate to diverse groups and individuals.
Strong community outreach and coordination skills
Ability to interact comfortably with multiple audiences and engage community stakeholders in an authentic way
Aptitude for facilitation and negotiation.
Experience working with a board of directors and/or steering committees.
Aptitude for facilitation and negotiation
Experience working on public interest issues and grants administration
Core Values:

demonstrate integrity by being accountable for actions, keeping commitments, and speaking honestly and truthfully with others
demonstrate an enthusiasm for professional development acquiring new skills and knowledge to enhance role
demonstrate a commitment to individual and team-based assignments
demonstrate quality assurance by producing accurate and thorough work
demonstrate interpersonal skills in dealing with others
demonstrate valuing the diversity of others’ opinions and experiences
demonstrate sound reasoning and good common sense
demonstrate the ability to meet and exceed customer expectations
demonstrate active participation in departmental, team, and full-staff meetings

This job description is intended to convey the essential functions of this position and it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of skills, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.

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