SAGE’s National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative is designed to reshape the housing landscape across the U.S. to become more welcoming to LGBT seniors. The Initiative’s primary objective is to raise awareness, and to increase the availability of LGBT-inclusive and safe elder housing to LGBT older adults across the country. The Initiative is comprised of five interlocking strategies to assist the nation’s existing senior housing stock to become safe and welcoming to LGBT older adults, while simultaneously accelerating the development of housing specifically designed for them. The five strategies are as follows:
- Identify resources to aid those interested in developing LGBT-inclusive elder housing
- Conduct consumer/stakeholder education and training
- Conduct policy advocacy
- Provide cultural competence training and,
- Build model LGBT elder housing.
SAGE is also achieving the fifth strategy in building New York City’s first affordable LGBT-welcoming senior housing developments: Ingersoll Senior Residences in Brooklyn and Crotona Senior Residences in the Bronx. Building these two senior housing developments enables SAGE to create models for LGBT-welcoming elder housing for use by providers across the country.
This role has been funded via a one-year grant, SAGE however has and intends to continue pursuing funding for this role.
Reports to: Chief Enterprise & Innovation Officer
Status: Full-time / Exempt / Regular schedule is 35 hours hours/week
Location: Based within the NYC area, requiring some travel to different parts of the country.
Essential Job Functions:
The Program Specialist is responsible for creating, strategizing, executing and monitoring SAGE’s National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative, and is expected to accomplish the following:
- Deepen SAGE’s relationships with existing housing partners
- In conjunction with other subject matter experts, create new high-value and high-visibility partnerships in affordable and other residential sectors
- In conjunction with other subject matter experts, provide technical assistance to individuals and organizations across the country that are seeking to build/develop their own LGBT-friendly elder housing, and,
- Create and execute an annual national conference, bringing together stakeholders from around the country as a platform for the transfer of institutional knowledge on building inclusive and inclusionary housing to the broader housing sector, LGBT and other community organizations serving marginalized and at-risk populations, local legislators, advocates and consumers.
- Track the implementation and success of the first four strategies noted above
- Develop and implement strategies to create and expand LGBT elder housing
- Manage the outreach, planning, budgeting, recruiting of speakers and attendees and all other relevant details to plan and execute national conference on LGBT housing; ensure education and follow-up concerning best practices and recommendations
- Provide technical assistance to organizations, developers and individuals seeking to create LGBT-friendly elder housing, independently or in consultation with SAGE-provided or other subject matter experts
- Collaborate with Communications Department to create relevant consumer education materials to disseminate via SAGE channels, including website and social media, and to respond to media requests as needed
- Provide input as needed to inform SAGE’s policy advocacy work to create LGBT-inclusive housing supports, both at the federal level and at the state level, in consultation with appropriate departments and staff
- Provide input as needed to inform SAGE’s LGBT cultural competence training, SAGECare, to providers working in residential settings and others, as needed
- Overall tracking of the first four strategies of the Initiative
- Organize national annual LGBT housing conference, likely in Washington D.C.
- Conduct or assist with other outreach or other efforts as needed
- Bachelor’s Degree (May be waived if applicant possesses exceptional or specialized experience or expertise in this subject area)
- Experience in organizing large or broad conferences or consultations
- Experience and connections in the housing sector
- Experience in scaling initiatives and bringing national focus to critical issues
- Effective multi-tasking skills and ability to function in fast-paced environment
- Extremely detail oriented, organized and analytical
- Ability to establish solid working relationships with broad cross-sections of people
- Strong verbal and writing skills
- Strong problem-solver
- Clear and open communicator
- Superb time management skills
- Positive and professional demeanor
- Strong commitment to SAGE’s mission
- Experience working with and/or on behalf of LGBT older adults
- Track record of strong nonprofit management
- Exceptional familiarity with affordable housing sectors
Compensation: Competitive salary. SAGE offers a competitive benefits package as well as an exciting and unique work environment.
How to Apply: Please email your cover letter and resume to email@example.com with “Program Specialist, National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative” in the subject line. No phone calls.