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Community Housing Analyst

Community Housing. What an issue; so vast and far reaching, so complex touching all sectors and industries. From affordability, or the decreasing ability for even moderate-income individuals and families to sustain themselves, to accessibility, to the growing number of individuals and now families that are slipping into the social housing system or worse, into homelessness.

At Urban Matters CCC, we believe that shelter is a basic human right, and we are developing a suite of projects and initiatives to address how we can improve housing outcomes for everyone. Our work ranges from homelessness needs assessments and change implementation, to community housing studies and opportunity assessment, to local government policy & action. In support of our mission to move from strategy to implementation, we are exploring a host of community housing initiatives, including housing developments, new community housing organizations, and unique social finance models.

To help us achieve this, we aim to hire a Community Housing Analyst. Our work and initiatives are dynamic and can change on a week-to-week basis, and our projects range from consultations with individuals with lived experience, to analyzing research on causes and impacts of housing issues in the communities we work with, to identifying key policy tools for local government and First Nations and supporting their implementation. You may find yourself helping facilitate a workshop on one day, and analyzing community statistics on housing and homelessness the next. We expect that the candidate will:

  • Have a keen interest in community housing issues, and a desire to make a meaningful impact in the current housing crisis,
  • Be able to support our growing team through research, analysis and writing on a wide range of housing-related projects,
  • Possess excellent written and oral communication skills, and an ability to produce quality communications for a wide range of audiences and clients,
  • Be comfortable with quantitative data collection and analysis; familiarity with excel is required, and experience with other survey tools (e.g. SPSS) is an asset, and,
  • Have some familiarity with qualitative research, including conducting key informant interviews and summarizing the results of interviews and community consultation processes. Qualitative research and facilitation experience is an asset.

Who Are You?

In addition to the above, we expect that you will have 1-2 years of experience in social planning or community development, supported by a related post-secondary diploma/degree. You will live in Vancouver, but work remotely and be willing to travel as necessary. You are a keen learner, and will see this role as an opportunity to learn, adapt and grow alongside a dedicated team of professionals who are passionate and committed to addressing housing and other related social issues.

You are a social entrepreneur, with the heart of a community advocate and the mind of a business strategist. Solutions and outcomes focused, impatient with the status quo, and motivated to implement change. You develop relationships and partnerships naturally and people and organizations are naturally drawn to you. You work exceptionally well with others and have a tendency to make everyone around you a little better. Together, we will move the needle and improve housing outcomes for those who need it most.

What Do We Mean by ‘Community Housing’?

Definitions matter and we recognize that the housing spectrum is fraught with uncertainty and individual interpretation. To be clear, this role is primarily focused upon innovation and solutions to support a range of non-market and market housing for all populations experiencing housing insecurity.

Who Are We?

Urban Matters CCC is one of Canada’s new C3 social enterprises; a Community Contribution Company
that is designed to address all elements of community development for our most vulnerable populations.

We focus on achieving real impact in community, and do so through strategic consulting that links to
on-the-ground results, and supporting/launching new social ventures. With the heart of a community organization and the ethos of a business, we act as an implementation partner to help make the big
ideas happen.

Our specialized team of consultants brings together community development and social innovation competencies that include collective impact, change management, governance and social value capture, with technical expertise in professional disciplines such as engineering, community planning, and management consulting.

We stress that our ambitions are to be impactful in the practical and applied sense. This is action-oriented, we use lots of verbs, we aspire to get things done and make the changes happen. We believe that many of the great ideas that begin to address many of our toughest issues are already out there, and the challenge lies in scaling and implementation. Our measures of success are practical, will include how many individuals we help to successfully and sustainably house, and the innovation and sustainability of our business models to support their transitions over the longer term.

Compensation will be commensurate with experience.

Does this sound like you? If so, we’d love to hear from you.

Please submit your resume and cover letter in confidence to info@urbanmatters.ca by 4pm PST on Friday, January 11, 2019.

 

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