Brilliant Corners

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Housing Acquisitions Manager

Housing for Health | Los Angeles, CA | Full Time

Job Description

Organization Overview
Founded in 2004, Brilliant Corners provides innovative housing and housing-related services to California’s most vulnerable individuals, with an emphasis on those transitioning from, or at risk of, homelessness or institutionalization. We develop, own and manage multi-family supportive housing and licensed residential care homes, and implement a broad array of scattered-site, one-on-one supportive housing, and clinical case management programs through partnerships with developmental services, homeless services, veterans’ services and health care sectors. 

In short, we do good work.

We have offices in San Francisco and Los Angeles, currently have 130 staff and are growing daily. We’re looking for inspired, talented people who want to be part of a team that’s affecting profound change and is having fun doing it.  

 

Program Description

The Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool (FHSP) is a supportive housing rental subsidy program of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS), along with other governmental partners, managed care organizations, and philanthropy. The goal of the FHSP is to secure quality affordable housing for vulnerable Angelenos. Brilliant Corners, the central coordinating community-based partner for FHSP, works to secure a broad range of housing options, including individual apartments, blocks of units, or entire buildings. Brilliant Corners identifies and secures units countywide, provides move-in assistance and rental subsidy disbursements, coordinates with case managers, and assists with neighborhood relations.

 

Position Summary

The Housing Acquisitions Manager will report directly to the FHSP Associate Director and play a key role as a member of the Brilliant Corners LA Services Management Team. The Housing Acquisitions Manager will work closely with the Chief Program Officer, FHSP Program Director, FHSP Associate Director and FHSP Program Managers to scale the FHSP and meet the audacious goal of housing ten thousand formerly homeless Angelenos by 2021. The position is ideal for a person with proven leadership who is strategic, innovative, and committed to social justice.

The Housing Acquisitions Manager will oversee the FHSP Housing Acquisitions Team, as it works to acquire market rate rental units in Los Angeles County. Using a dynamic set of program incentives (i.e. reduced vacancy loss via holding agreements, a competitive rental subsidy, reduced turnover costs via damage mitigation funding, etc.), the team serves as a one-stop-shop for area landlords to fill their vacancies. To date, the team has assisted in acquiring over 3,400 rental units throughout Los Angeles County. The Housing Acquisitions Manager will supervise the Housing Acquisitions Supervisors, who in turn manage their respective teams of Housing Acquisitions Specialist. S/he will work in close collaboration with the Associate Director to inspire a culture of excellence throughout the team and implement long-term housing acquisition strategies. This includes coordinating with key Brilliant Corners contractors and the LA County Department of Health Services staff to expand the portfolio of housing options within the FHSP. The Housing Acquisitions Manager will, from time to time, represent Brilliant Corners at community events, meetings with high-level stakeholders, and funders. S/he will be instrumental in the continued build out of the FHSP Housing Acquisition Team and helping to set strategic direction for the department.



Responsibilities

  • Develop and maintain a robust countywide outreach strategy for identifying appropriate rental housing throughout Los Angeles County.
  • Manage/mentor Housing Acquisitions Supervisors, set team acquisition goals, and track team progress
  • Develop marketing initiatives to prospective landlords, property managers, and associations.
  • Develop and lead key account management strategy, nurturing repeat business opportunities.
  • Concentrate efforts on managing and building relationships with key stakeholders (i.e. property providers, developers, funders, etc.)
  • Stay on top of local housing market trends and changes (i.e. vacancy trends, FMR levels, etc.)
  • Ensure team is maintaining thorough and accurate lead/property data within internal database system (Salesforce)
  • Produce regular reports about housing acquisition outcomes in order to inform housing acquisitions strategies and program operations.
  • Oversee implementation of housing quality inspections.  

 

Mindsets

You’re a recognized leader. Your track record shows that you can manage a team effectively. You act with confidence and integrity with an eye towards solutions. You are energized as much by the success of your team as your own personal success.

You bring your “A” game to work.  You inspire a culture of excellence and take pride in doing “whatever it takes” for our clients and partners. You believe that it’s a reflection on you, your work, and the organization you represent.

You’re a system thinker who puts people at the center. You see opportunities for improvement wherever you look and know how to get buy-in from others to make it real. You know how to take things to scale without feeling bureaucratic.     

You thrive in an entrepreneurial environment. You’re resourceful and at ease with ambiguity and rapid change. You possess a positive, can-do attitude, and are adept at identifying creative solutions that turn challenges into opportunities. You can handle many important responsibilities at once, and you’re rigorous about prioritization. 

You embody a collaborative spirit. You’re able to work collaboratively with our partner case management agencies, funders, housing partners, and tenants to develop an appropriate resolution that maintains the spirit of the FHSP program.  Partners know that you are empathetic and fair in your decisions.

 

Professional Experience

  • Master’s level education preferred, but relevant professional experience can be substituted.
  • 5 or more years of experience in the public policy, social justice, or environmental justice fields. Alternatively, the hiring team is open to interviewing candidates with experience in real estate, sales or a similar field.  
  • Demonstrated leadership as evidenced by increasing levels of responsibility and management over the course of the candidate’s career.
  • At least 2 years supervising a team or comparable levels of leadership.

Knowledge, Skills and Ability

  • Exceptional communication skills and a creative approach to engaging stakeholders.
  • Ability to refine systems and processes with an eye towards the “big picture.” 
  • Excellent organizational, project management, and planning skills.
  • Can manage multiple deadlines efficiently and simultaneously.
  • Solid team leader who is able to work well collaboratively on projects and under pressure.
  • Demonstrates the necessary attitudes, knowledge and skills to deliver culturally responsive services and work effectively in cross-cultural situations.
  • Proficiency with MS Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel required.  Experience with databases such as Salesforce preferred. 
  • Flexibility required regarding scheduling and prioritizing of tasks
  • Ability to utilize critical thinking skills in decision-making and good independent judgment.

 

Position Details
Location:                   Los Angeles County, CA
Start date:                 Immediately
Compensation:          $70-$80k BOE; PLUS up to an additional $5k in yearly performance-based incentive pay
Status:                       Exempt, full-time
Benefits:                    Health, dental, vision, retirement match, long-term disability, life insurance, flex spending,                                                commuter plan, sick leave and vacation pay 
Reports to:                 FHSP Associate Director           
 

Brilliant Corners does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, clients, volunteers, subcontractors, vendors, and clients.