Housing Advocate

Are you an organized person who enjoys helping others? WCMCA is looking for a Housing Advocate for our Weatherization Program. The Weatherization Program helps income eligible households cut their heating costs and improve the comfort level of their homes.

Starting Pay: $21.00 per hour and includes a comprehensive benefits package; medical insurance, life insurance, retirement plan with match, FSA/HSA, paid time off and paid holidays

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Assist in all day-to-day operational activities that include a variety of clerical, computer, and selected direct client/contractor activities to ensure smooth program service delivery. 
  • Assessing energy efficiency and health and safety conditions in clients’ homes and prescribing cost-effective remedies.

AGENCY EXPECTATIONS 

  • Adhere to Agency policies and procedures.
  • Acts as a role model within and outside the Agency.
  • Provide friendly, responsive service to the public, community organizations and to those we serve.
  • With a respectful and positive attitude, work with low-income individuals and families with diverse backgrounds.
  • Support, develop and maintain productive relationships required to carry out job activities.
  • Demonstrate flexible and efficient time management.
  • Maintain the security and confidentiality of all records and interpersonal interactions.
  • Serve as an advocate.
  • Work effectively and cooperatively with community partners and co-workers.
  • Participate in Agency-wide and program events. 

QUALIFICATIONS

Minimum

  • Knowledge and experience of Basic Home construction and/or Energy Auditing/Heat Theory or related experience
  • Knowledge of current products, skills and techniques used in housing technology
  • Knowledge of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, wells, and septic systems
  • Proof of valid driver’s license and current/adequate vehicle insurance coverage
  • Familiar with Microsoft Office applications
  • Comfortable using power tools and various testing equipment 

Preferred

  • Knowledge of Weatherization and Conservation Programs
  • Post-Secondary training in specialized courses related to Housing/Energy
  • Professional experience working for or collaborating with a CAP agency
  • Demonstrated understanding of diverse backgrounds and cultures 

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS 

  1. Assist with administrative functions for the housing department programs.
  2. Perform in home pre-weatherization checks and Conservation Improvement Program duties.
  3. Assist with energy audits utilizing Federal and State specifications and the Weatherization Assistant Program software.
  4. Perform testing and inspections on mechanical systems.
  5. Perform contracted utility program audits.
  6. Utilize dwelling strategy that prioritizes work based on costs, emergency/safety concerns and potential funding.
  7. Determine proposed measures which will be beneficial to household and structure including projected material and labor costs.
  8. Educate clients about energy conservation, safety and home maintenance.
  9. Serve as the interface between clients and contractors relative to problems and issues.
  10. Assist housing auditors in job book preparations.
  11. Attend all sessions required to retain proficiency in performance and/or to obtain/retain necessary certifications.
  12. Keep immediate supervisor informed of all problems so that prompt corrective action can be taken as needed.
  13. Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by supervisor 

AMERICANS WITH DISABILITY SPECIFICATIONS 

Physical demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is repeatedly required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; each with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell, climb ladders, and travel within service territory. 
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. 

Work Environment:  Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Posistion is open until filled.

AN AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Posting Date: May 24, 2022
Location: Elbow Lake, MN
Type: Full Time, Permanent
Hours: 40
Application Due By: February 12, 2022

How to Apply

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Potential employees MUST complete the online application process in order to be considered for a position.

Questions?

For questions regarding job openings and/or the online job application processes, please contact:
Taanna Henningsen, HR Coordinator
218-685-7057
taannah@wcmca.org

Click here for detailed instructions on how to build your online job profile.

AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER