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Financial Empowerment Specialist - Financial Center

Company: The Village for Families and Children
Location: Springfield
Posted on: May 17, 2019

Job Description:

Job Description: ABOUT THE FINANCIAL CENTER The Financial Center at The Village, in partnership with United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut, helps individuals living in the Hartford are over the age of 18 with incomes less than $54,000 per year effectively manage their finances and achieve financial goals. ABOUT THE VILLAGE The Village was one of the first agencies in the country to provide homes for neglected children. Today, we continue to achieve our mission "to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children" by providing a full range of behavioral health, early childhood and youth development, substance abuse treatment, and support services for children, families and adults in the Greater Hartford region. Our staff are energetic, enthusiastic, mission-driven and open to learning. If youd like to grow your career in a diverse and supportive environment rich with learning opportunities, join us! JOB SUMMARY The Financial Centers Financial Empowerment Specialist will be responsible for implementing programs at The Village (and, as needed, other community locations) to help individuals and families move toward financial stability and achieve financial goals. Program components may include some or all of the following: client recruitment; housing counseling and individualized financial coaching; information and referral; Matched Savings Accounts (MSA); financial education workshops. This is a full-time, 40-hour per-week position currently funded through a combination of renewable grants. RESPONSIBILITIES: Plan and conduct outreach and engagement activities to recruit and retain clients. Establish rapport with clients that results in trusting, collaborative relationships directed toward the achievement of the clients financial goals. Provide one-on-one coaching and case management to help clients identify and access housing and other resources, develop and monitor budgets, reduce debt, set and achieve financial goals. Provide tenant outreach and education, housing mobility counseling, and housing search assistance for clients in Section 8 and RAP programs. Support clients in accessing Matched Savings Accounts. Collect, manage and report data, as required by funders and partners. Work in coordination with collaborating agencies on various program components; shares responsibility for operationalizing collaborative agreements. Assist with funding applications and renewals as needed. In consultation with the supervisor and Financial Center team, design and facilitate group activities and/or workshops; determine appropriate curricula and/or instructional methods for target audience. Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by management. Experience and Skills: A minimum of two years experience as a case manager, individual counselor/coach or group facilitator, preferably in financial education and/or counseling, working with a culturally and economically diverse population is required. Bachelors Degree in financial services, human services, or other related field is strongly preferred. An equivalent combination relevant education and experience totaling at least six years is minimally required. Ability to effectively apply principles, practices and techniques of financial counseling/coaching. Experience in financial education and/or counseling/coaching preferred. Knowledge of Section 8 and RAP programs. Demonstrated cultural competence. Bilingual/bicultural abilities (English/Spanish) preferred. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Good presentation skills. Ability to organize time and prioritize workload/ adaptable and flexible. Ability to be a self-starter and work independently with minimal supervision. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Ability to build positive and respectful relationships with diverse groups including clients, colleagues and partners. Proficient with word processing and spreadsheet applications. Possess solid general computer skills, including ability to work in a Windows environment. Familiarity with specific applications used by the Village a plus. Physically able to perform the essential functions of the position, with or without reasonable accommodations. Availability to work a flexible schedule including evenings and weekends. Reliable transportation a must. Job Benefits: EMPLOYEE BENEFITS The Village offers a comprehensive flexible benefits package designed to aid in the health and well-being of our employees and their dependents, including: Good Health Medical and Prescription Coverage Health Savings Account (HSA), with employer contribution of up to $1,000 per year Dental and Vision Insurance Flexible Spending Account (FSA) Annual on-site flu clinics Secured Future Employer paid Life and AD&D Insurance Employer paid Dependent Life Insurance Employer paid Long-Term Disability Insurance Employer Paid Business Travel Insurance Retirement 403(b) Plan with Employer Contribution and Match Advancement in your Career Annual Professional License Reimbursement Clinical Supervision toward Licensure Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Student Loan Forgiveness Program National Health Service Corp (NHSC) Tuition Reimbursement Work/Life Balance Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Employer paid and confidential counseling services Paid Holidays Paid time off; including 15 days of vacation, 12 days of sick and bereavement leave

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