Jobs

Housing Assistant x 2

Employer: Maidstone Borough Council
Close date: Tuesday 29/05/2018

Maidstone Borough Council have the opportunity to employ two Housing Assistants.  This is an exciting opportunity to join the busy Housing Advice Team, on a two year contact, working 37 hours per week. With some experience in the field of housing advice, you will have the key skills and knowledge needed ensure that the council offers an excellent Housing Advice service.  Your main duties will be to provide effective operational and administration support within Housing Advice Team. This will include telephone calls to applicants to gather information, making third parties enquiries, writing letters, taking notes, responding to emails, and updating applicant records. You will also provide cover and support to the housing triage service, both face-to-face and by telephone, for customers approaching as being homeless or in threat of homelessness. You will assist in identifying solutions that will prevent customers from becoming homeless or relieving their homelessness. Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, you will also help to link customers to other projects and services that may be of benefit to them and ensure the highest possible standard of service to customers, colleagues and stakeholders alike.   You will have experience of working in a housing related field, working in a frontline service, assisting vulnerable customers and will have the proven skills to treat customers sensitively whilst remaining assertive. Successful applicants will be invited for interview on Thursday 7th June 2018.

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Accommodation Procurement Officer

Employer: Maidstone Borough Council
Close date: Tuesday 29/05/2018

Maidstone Borough Council have an exciting opportunity for an Accommodation Procurement Officer to join Maidstone Borough Council's busy Housing Advice Team. To meet the requirements of the new Homelessness Reduction Act, they are recruiting to an additional post to deliver their services. This role will liaise with private landlords in sourcing and procuring accommodation in private rented sector accommodation to assist the Council with discharging its duties under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996. Working a part of a large team, this position will complement the existing service.  They are seeking to recruit an applicant who has experience of sales or lettings within the private rented sector, or liaising with landlords to procure accommodation. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate strong teamwork skills, be used to working at a fast pace and thinking of creative solutions. This is a full time position and fixed term contract for 24 months. Your main duties will be to: * To promote the Councils Homefinder Scheme as a tool for homeless prevention * To actively procure private landlords who are willing to offer their properties to customers owed a duty by the Council under Part VII of the Housing Act 1996 * To liaise with and inform the landlords of the requirements of the scheme * To carry out suitability visits to properties acquired and make initial safety checks * To maintain a list of landlords and to match up appropriate prospective tenants * To liaise with the Preventions Officers and Housing Advisors in order to maintain a list of waiting prospective tenants * To work with the Councils Housing and Health Team to ensure compliance amongst private landlords with health and safety requirements under the Housing Health and Safety Rating System (HHSRS) * To advise landlords on achievable rents * To monitor budgets regarding damage bond payments and any other incentives used by the Council * To maintain and provide local statistics * To maintain manual and computer based filing systems Successful applicants will be invited for interview on Tuesday 12th June 2018.

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Prevention Officer x2

Employer: Maidstone Borough Council
Close date: Tuesday 29/05/2018

Maidstone Borough Council have an exciting opportunity for two Preventions Officers to join their busy Housing Advice Team.  These roles are to meet the requirements of the new Homelessness Reduction Act and will provide effective housing advice and assistance to prevent and resolve homelessness. Working a part of a large team, these positions will complement the existing service in interviewing applicants who may be homeless or threatened with homelessness, delivering comprehensive housing advice and proactively preventing homelessness. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate strong teamwork skills, be used to working at a fast pace and thinking of creative solutions. Your main duties will be to: * Provide expert advice and assistance to people in threat of homelessness, by work intensively with customers at threat of homelessness in a variety of tenures to, in order to prevent homelessness. * Carry out appointments and conduct home visits to confirm details provided regarding potential homelessness, including investigating and attempt to resolve landlord/tenants disputes and family breakdowns, by seeking to conciliate wherever possible, ensuring that all relevant parties are aware of their rights, responsibilities and remedies. * To carry out assessments of a customer housing and support needs and create bespoke personalised housing plans, with SMART actions that the customer and you will take. * To write robust decision letters which are able to stand up to the challenge of review. These are full time positions on a fixed term contract for 24 months.  Successful applicants will be invited for interview on Friday 8 June 2018.

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Sheltered Scheme Coordinator (Bank)

Employer: Southern Housing Group
Close date: Tuesday 29/05/2018

Southern Housing Group are recruiting to the position of Sheltered Scheme Coordinator, they are seeking someone who can work flexibly providing staff cover in their sheltered housing schemes for older people in the Kent area. You will need to be committed to supporting older people, to help them prepare for the day ahead whatever it may hold.  You will need to be an excellent communicator, organiser and with good administration skills; ideally you should have experience of coordinating and providing customer focused services within a housing or related community setting. You will have daily contact with residents, contractors and colleagues to coordinate and deliver services. This will include inspecting properties, supporting residents, ensuring the scheme is safe and secure and assisting with lettings. You will give a great service that makes our sheltered housing schemes pleasant and safe places to live.

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Administration Assistant

Employer: Gravesend Churches Housing Association
Close date: Friday 01/06/2018

GCHA (Gravesend Churches Housing Association) is a small independent registered provider of social housing operating in Gravesham, Dartford and Maidstone. They are seeking a new Administration Assistant to join their Admin Team who will champion the maintenance administration. The main purpose of the role is as follows:
  • To provide financial, administrative and clerical support to the finance, maintenance and housing team.
  • To be one of the first point of contacts for all tenants who wish to report a repair.
  • To provide an efficient and effective repairs and maintenance service, delivering value for money and customer satisfaction in accordance with the associations policies and procedures.
This is a full time role based in Gravesend.

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2 x Non Executive Director (Board Member)

Employer: Gravesend Churches Housing Association
Close date: Friday 01/06/2018

GCHA are recruiting two Non Executive Directors, one with Property Development experience and one with a Human Resources background. These are part time roles, with attendance required at 6 meetings per year that are held in and around the Gravesend area. The successful candidates will work with the Chair and other Directors to develop the association’s strategy and direction. Successful applicants will be invited for interview shortly after the closing date of 1st June 2018. The key responsibilities apply to all Board members including the Chair, Vice Chair and Committee Chairs, are:
  1. To set GCHA’s vision, mission and values.
  2. To participate fully and contribute in the planning of GCHA’s strategic direction, setting objectives and monitoring performance against delivery of the corporate strategy and business plan ensuring that management information provided is fit for purpose.
  3. To act in good faith with care, diligence and skill ensuring that decisions are taken in the best interests of GCHA and in accordance with the law.
  4. To act within the powers of GCHA as set out in its Rules and Governance Handbook.
  5. To declare any conflicts of interests.
  6. To receive and consider reports prepared by management and to constructively question these to ensure that decisions are well founded.
  7. To adequately prepare for, and attend, Board / Committee meetings (as appropriate) and other Board events and take collective responsibility for decisions made and abide by them.
  8. To ensure the financial viability of GCHA through effective business planning and budgeting including the approval of annual revenue and capital budgets, the treasury policy and to ensure that these drive the outcomes set out in the corporate strategy and financial business plan.
  9. To maintain sound financial management of GCHA’s resources ensuring income is maximised, expenditure is minimised and investment activities meet accepted standards and policies.
  10. To drive value for money across all GCHA’s operations and asset base and to seek assurances that GCHA is delivering value for money (economically, socially and environmentally) in an appropriate manner for its business.
  11. To ensure that systems of risk management and control are robust and effective.
  12. To maintain the highest standards of governance and conduct.
  13. To participate in individual and collective Board appraisal and contribute to the identification of personal and collective development needs and to attend development events as required.
  14. To treat Board information and discussions as confidential until advised to the contrary.
  15. To foster good working relationships and shared understandings with other Board members, the executive and the leadership of GCHA.
  16. To ensure that appropriate human resources capacity and capability are in place for GCHA to meet its objectives.

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Digital Communications Co-ordinator

Employer: MHS Homes
Close date: Friday 01/06/2018

MHS are recruiting a Digital Communications Co-ordinator.  This is a full time role on a fixed term contract. As part of a small and busy communications team responsible for delivering multiple customer, staff and stakeholder communications campaigns including a content managed website, e-newsletters, intranet and extensive social media sites you’ll also play a key role in the team helping to deliver PR, events and other marketing activity. You’ll support the team, acting as a point of contact, responding to queries and scheduling activities.  They are looking for someone with first class writing skills, experience of managing a website, and be able to demonstrate experience of delivering successful communications campaigns.  It goes without saying you'll have great computer skills and enjoy office administration tasks. You'll also have a good eye for detail. Successful applicants will be invited for interview week commencing 4th June.  

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Homeownership Administrator

Employer: Town & Country Housing Group
Close date: Sunday 03/06/2018

Town and Country Housing Group have a current vacancy for a Homeownership Administrator, this is a role for 30 hours per week and is based in Tunbridge Wells. Town and Country Housing Group are looking for a Homeownership Administrator who can support the Homeownership Manager and team in providing a professional housing management service to their ever expanding leasehold, shared ownership and private sale portfolio of properties. Interviews for successful applicants will be taking place on 12th June 2018, in Tunbridge Wells. Applications have to be submitted by 12 Noon on the closing date.  

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Volunteer Trustee x 2

Employer: Heart of Medway
Close date: Monday 11/06/2018

Heart of Medway was established in 2010 as a registered provider, set up to build new affordable homes.  There are approximately 800 homes within the association and a development pipeline of 650 for the next 3 years.  The Heart of Medway Board meets approximately 4 times per year with a very clear focus to deliver the development programme and to ensure compliance with the Homes England regulatory framework. They are looking for people with a range of experience, although if you have a background in treasury management, property development or supported housing this would be advantageous.  They are particularly keen to hear from applicants who share their values and sense of social purpose and feel that they can make a positive contribution to their work. These are fixed term roles with the number of hours unspecified.  Successful applicants will be asked to attend an interview week commencing 18th June.

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Sheltered Area Services Manager

Employer: Southern Housing Group
Close date: Monday 18/06/2018

Southern Housing Group are recruiting a Sheltered Area Services Manager, a full time permanent role based in Fleet House, Clerkenwell. As a Sheltered Area Services Manager you will deliver effective leadership for your team, enabling them to manage and share workloads where appropriate, ensuring resources are allocated to meet the highest demands. You will ensure your team proactively deliver high quality services of tenancy management including letting empty homes, income collection and maximisation, anti-social behaviour, tenancy fraud case management and safeguarding. You will ensure the team delivers excellent customer service and high levels of performance and work strategically with colleagues to develop and implement our Sheltered Housing Strategy, continuously developing good practice policies and procedure.

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Housing Officer

Employer: Rapport Housing and Care
Close date: Friday 29/06/2018

ROSEWELL HOUSE Rapport Housing & Care is recruiting for a suitably competent and qualified Housing Officer to take responsibility for Housing Management and Tenancy Support Services at Rosewell House, our new Extra Care Scheme in Tonbridge, due to open in 2018. The post holders principal responsibilities are as follows;-  (i) to deliver comprehensive Housing Management services to ensure the scheme is safe, clean and well maintained to a high standard; (ii) to let vacant properties minimising void periods (iii) to support tenants to sustain their tenancies with the Organisation and where necessary to enforce the conditions of tenancy and (iv) to facilitate a programme of appropriate activities for tenants. (v) to ensure they understand and consistently implement the Organisation’s Housing Management Policies and Procedures making any recommendations for changes. You will need to be confident and competent, have a flair for business management in order to ensure the continued success of the service and be equally committed to creating and supporting a nurturing environment for your service users and staff. Housing Management responsibilities will also include estate management, staff management & supervision & financial budgets. Rapport Housing & Care expect’s its managers to lead with authority, but most of all with compassion; you will support and further develop the strong communities within your service, ensuring that everyone feels valued and cared for, that good communication is maintained with relatives, colleagues and professionals outside of the service (Social Services, GP Commissioning Groups and the Care Quality Commission), and that staff are inspired, developed and motivated. Applicants will be required to demonstrate / evidence the following: • An appropriate qualification and competence to undertake the post ( (CIH qualification desirable) • Housing management competencies in the voluntary, public or private sectors • An excellent understanding of the need of older people living in a supported housing environment, in line with best practice • Knowledge of housing and other welfare benefits • A good understanding of the regulatory role of the HCA • Efficient and effective management and leadership skills • Honesty, trustworthiness, reliability and respectfulness • Regulatory requirements • Internal controls • Health & Safety • Information technology • Management of staff and teamwork • Management of diversity • Effective communication • Organisational skills The above list is not exhaustive; please request a job description & person specification. Details about Rosewell House can be viewed by clicking the following link: http://www.abbeyfieldkent.org/our-services-2/rosewell-house/ This position offers the post-holder an opportunity to become part of a caring, fast-growing organisation. We are pleased to offer 28 days’ annual leave plus bank holidays, 37.5 hours per week with flexible working arrangements to include occasional weekends and evenings to cover meetings outside normal working hours, *stakeholder pension scheme and support with your professional development. For an informal discussion please contact Denise Brend, Head of Housing on 07507 642674. To apply please send your CV to denise.brend@rapporth.co.uk We strongly recommend you request a job description & person specification before submitting your CV. Interviews to be held at HQ – (Cuxton) Confirmation of all appointments is subject to proof of Eligibility to Work in the UK, satisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance, satisfactory references, the completion of satisfactory numeracy and literacy assessments and medical clearance. Rapport Housing & Care values the diversity that exists in all our communities and works towards this being reflected in our workforce.  Charity No:  254140.  

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Housing Support Workers (Part-time, evenings and weekends)

Employer: Rapport Housing and Care
Close date: Friday 29/06/2018

ROSEWELL HOUSE Rapport Housing & Care is recruiting for suitably confident and competent, part time evening and night Housing Support Workers for Rosewell House, our new Extra Care Scheme in Tonbridge, due to open in 2018. Housing Support Workers are responsible for the delivery of the Wellbeing Service (24 hour emergency response service) during their contracted hours and the evening events and activities programme. Duties will include (but are not limited to);- (i)         Responding to emergency calls from tenants and leaseholders in accordance with agreed procedures; (ii)        Contributing to the delivery of a programme of appropriate activities for tenants and leaseholders during the evening as agreed by the Housing Officer (iii)       Supporting individual tenants and leaseholders to sustain their tenancies/leases with the organisation (iv)       To ensure the scheme is safe (v)        To complete administrative tasks as directed by the Housing Officer To apply, please email your CV to denise.brend@rapporthc.co.uk An application pack, full job description and person specification is available on request by telephone 01634 729137. We’ve lots to bring a smile to your face, including: •           28 days paid holiday (pro-rota if part time) •           Comprehensive Induction and Training Packages •           Continual professional development including our Academy and National Diploma courses •           Stakeholder Pension Scheme •           Opportunities to progress. Details about Rosewell House can be viewed by clicking the following link: http://www.abbeyfieldkent.org/our-services-2/rosewell-house/ This position offers the post-holders an opportunity to become part of a caring, fast-growing organisation. We are pleased to offer 28 days’ annual leave (pro-rata to part time), a stakeholder pension scheme and support with professional development. For an informal discussion please contact Denise Brend, Head of Housing on 07507 642674. To apply please send your CV to denise.brend@rapporth.co.uk We strongly recommend you request a job description & person specification before submitting your CV.  Confirmation of all appointments is subject to proof of Eligibility to Work in the UK, satisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance, satisfactory references, the completion of satisfactory numeracy and literacy assessments and medical clearance. Rapport Housing & Care values the diversity that exists in all our communities and works towards this being reflected in our workforce.  Charity No:  254140.  

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Lawson House - Housing Support Workers (Part-time, evenings & weekends)

Employer: Rapport Housing and Care
Close date: Friday 29/06/2018

LAWSON HOUSE Rapport Housing & Care is recruiting for suitably confident and competent, part time evening and night Housing Support Workers for Lawson House, our new Extra Care Scheme in Larkfield, due to open in 2018. Housing Support Workers are responsible for the delivery of the Wellbeing Service (24 hour emergency response service) during their contracted hours and the evening events and activities programme. Duties will include (but are not limited to);- (i)         Responding to emergency calls from tenants and leaseholders in accordance with agreed procedures; (ii)        Contributing to the delivery of a programme of appropriate activities for tenants and leaseholders during the evening as agreed by the Housing Officer (iii)       Supporting individual tenants and leaseholders to sustain their tenancies/leases with the organisation (iv)       To ensure the scheme is safe (v)        To complete administrative tasks as directed by the Housing Officer To apply, please email your CV to denise.brend@rapporthc.co.uk An application pack, full job description and person specification is available on request by telephone 01634 729137. We’ve lots to bring a smile to your face, including: •           28 days paid holiday (pro-rota if part time) •           Comprehensive Induction and Training Packages •           Continual professional development including our Academy and National Diploma courses •           Stakeholder Pension Scheme •           Opportunities to progress. Details about Rosewell House can be viewed by clicking the following link: http://www.abbeyfieldkent.org/our-services-2/rosewell-house/ This position offers the post-holders an opportunity to become part of a caring, fast-growing organisation. We are pleased to offer 28 days’ annual leave (pro-rata to part time), a stakeholder pension scheme and support with professional development. For an informal discussion please contact Denise Brend, Head of Housing on 07507 642674. To apply please send your CV to denise.brend@rapporth.co.uk We strongly recommend you request a job description & person specification before submitting your CV. Confirmation of all appointments is subject to proof of Eligibility to Work in the UK, satisfactory Enhanced DBS clearance, satisfactory references, the completion of satisfactory numeracy and literacy assessments and medical clearance. Rapport Housing & Care values the diversity that exists in all our communities and works towards this being reflected in our workforce.   Charity No:  254140.  

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Relief Workers

Employer: Riverside
Close date: Tuesday 31/07/2018

Riverside are looking to recruit Relief Workers in Lily Smith House in Maidstone. You will work as and when required covering sickness and holidays, which is a great way to develop your skills if you are interested in a career in social care or supported housing.  Lily Smith House offers supported housing to single people aged 16 and over as well as families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have additional support needs. Riverside offer a safe and stable environment and work towards building self-confidence, empowering you to become increasingly independent to break the cycle of homelessness.  To ensure that they provide consistently high service levels to our customers they have created a bank of talented and versatile Relief Workers who can support them on a casual basis.  The Relief Workers play a vital role in providing support to their teams, as well as supporting their customers – all of whom have experienced homelessness – to make their own life choices and access the services they need. You will carry out administration tasks, maintain accurate records and act as a first point of contact for customers, either on the telephone or face-to-face. You will really get involved at the schemes, working with colleagues, contractors and external agencies to provide good quality accommodation and guidance to their customers.  They are looking for a proactive person who has the ability to work effectively with customers, some of whom may display challenging behaviour and have complex support needs.  You must have good interpersonal and administrative/IT skills and an empathetic nature.  This is an ideal opportunity for someone looking for a new challenge, additional hours or a foot into a housing or support role. If you feel that this is the role for you, please apply now and note that any offers made are subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check.    

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