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Career Opportunity at COSTI

Career Opportunity at COSTI

Housing Counsellor

COSTI REQUIRES A HOUSING COUNSELLOR FOR ITS RALPH CHIODO FAMILY IMMIGRANT RECEPTION CENTRE

This is a full time Union position scheduled to work 35 hours per week**

Duties:

  • Conducts housing search in and outside of Toronto for government assisted and/or private-sponsored refugees upon arrival in Canada.
  • Escorts clients to housing appointments and advocates on their behalf.
  • Secures appropriate and affordable housing for refugees within a timeframe.
  • Recruits housing providers and maintains a housing data bank/registry of housing providers.
  • Provides crisis support and intervention as required.
  • Mentoring volunteers to assist with housing search and escorting of clients.
  • Maintains program and statistical information in COSTI’s database (CIS), prepares monthly reports and updates funder’s data base (iCARE).
  • Conducts mandatory RAP Housing orientation session to ensure that client understands their housing options/cost of living and their rights and responsibilities under tenant and landlord act.
  • Prepares Clients’ Income Letters/Financial sheets.
  • Liaises and consults with other professionals and organizations.
  • Ensures that moving procedures/furniture order are in place for each client.
  • Prepare Move Out report for the Client Support Services (CSS) program.
  • Qualifications:

  • Social Service Worker Diploma or equivalent with relevant practicum experience.
  • Minimum of one (1) year experience working in the Housing Search sector.
  • Previous experience working with working with refugees, survivors of torture, persecution, war or abuse.
  • Must be fluent in one of the following languages: Arabic, Farsi, Amharic, Somali and Tigrinya.
  • Previous case management experience.
  • Knowledge of specific issues facing resettled refugees in general and the Resettlement Assistance Program more specifically.
  • Knowledge of settlement and housing related services and resources, with an emphasis on the services and resources that exist within the Greater Toronto Area.
  • Knowledge of Internet, Email and Windows software e.g. Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Demonstrated experience in data-entry, documentation and reporting.
  • Excellent communication, organization and coordination skills.
  • Must be able to travel within the GTA to multiple locations using public transportation.
  • Location:

    100 Lippincott Street, Toronto

    Duration of Position:

    November 26, 2018

    Starting Salary Range:

    $45,475 to $48,944 per annum + benefits

    Posting Date:

    2018-10-31

    Closing Date:

    2018-11-14

    Notes:

    **Hours of work shall be scheduled in accordance with Article 12.01and shall consist of five (5) seven (7) hour days, Monday to Friday.

    If you are interested, please quote Reference #136-18
    and send your resume with a covering letter to:

    Saniyah Farid
    Manager, Staffing and Orientation
    COSTI Immigrant Services
    1710 Dufferin Street
    Toronto, Ontario M6E 3P2
    Email: resumes@costi.org
    Fax: 416.658.8537

    "We thank all applicants for their interest in COSTI. However, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls please."

    COSTI encourages applications from individuals reflecting the diversity of our community. COSTI is committed to fair and accessible employment practices and when requested, will make reasonable effort to accommodate people with disabilities during the recruitment and assessment processes when filling positions.