The City of Santa Monica is seeking an energetic and collaborative leader to support the City's efforts to address the regional homelessness crisis. The position will work in the City Manager's Office to coordinate the City's interdepartmental initiatives and programs, broad and inclusive community partnerships; and cooperative efforts with staff and officials with our regional partners including the LA Homeless Services Authority, the County of Los Angeles, the City of Los Angeles and other nearby cities as well as the State and Federal government and their agencies. The job will involve coordinating implementation by City Departments of the Homelessness Strategic Goal Action Plan; public policy research, analysis and best practices; community and regional coalition building; and working with the Office of Communications on media relations. The ideal candidate for this job will be a motivated and strategic self-starter with excellent written and oral communications skills.
Santa Monica has long been a leader in compassionate, humane and effective interventions to reduce homelessness. Addressing the impacts of homelessness in Santa Monica requires the coordination of efforts across numerous City departments, community-based organizations, the business community and regional partners. Coordination occurs on multiple levels, from direct service delivery to policy and planning. Santa Monica's sustained investments of land, capital funding, operational support, and significant political will have fostered a dynamic, comprehensive service system that provides an array of emergency services, case management, treatment, and housing options.
Recognizing that local efforts alone could not adequately address the impacts of homelessness, the City is re-emphasizing regional partnerships. In August, 2015, City Council established taking a leadership role in regional efforts to address homelessness as one of the City's top five strategic priorities. The Council instructed staff to do more, especially by engaging with LA City and County partners to address these local impacts. Based on this directive, the City is leveraging its expertise and local resources to support regional partners to build housing and service capacity in the Westside region, while continuing to pilot and implement innovative new strategies within Santa Monica. Additionally, the City is sustaining and expanding investment in housing retention services to prevent existing Santa Monica residents from becoming homeless.
With the dramatic and continuing regional increase in homeless numbers, expansion and broadening of these efforts is underway. By bringing these expanded services and strategies to fruition, the Senior Advisor will work to ensure these efforts produce results that reduce homelessness in Santa Monica.
The position will report to the Deputy City Manager/Director of Policy and interface with all the key internal, community and regional key parties working on the homelessness challenge. The position is a limited term position, currently funded through the end of FY 2018-19.
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Education, Training and Experience:
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Law, Political Science, Public Policy, Public Administration, Business, Communications or a closely related field would be considered necessary. Master's degree in Public Policy, Public Administration or other fields related to the causes and responses to homelessness in our society is desirable.
Five years of progressively responsible experience in local government and/or public policy or community/environmental organizing or communications/advocacy work is required. Familiarity with the State, County, regional and other local governments would be considered beneficial.
Experience with homelessness issues is highly desired, as are independent and fresh approaches, creativity, skills, to bring new strategies to bear to achieve tangible results, and a record of accomplishment with partnerships.
Licenses and Certificates:
Possession of a valid class C driver license.
How to Apply:
This position will remain open until filled. To be considered in the first review, candidates must submit a clear, concise, completed online City application by Monday, October 30, 2017. The position may close without notice following the first review period. Candidates are strongly encouraged to apply prior to the end of the first review period.
All applicants will be reviewed and only those candidates determined to be most qualified for the position on the basis of experience, training and education as submitted, will move forward in the selection process. The selection process may consist of one or more interviews, writing assignments and assessment tools.
The candidate who has successfully completed all prior phases of the selection process will be subject to a thorough background investigation.