Job Details

Housing Advocate
The Mary Parrish Center

Date Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2019  

Current Posting Expires: 11/11/2019  
Position Description - Responsibilities and Requirements:

The Mary Parrish Center (MPC) is a nonprofit human service organization that is dedicated to providing housing and support services for survivors who are homeless or in need of housing as result of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and/or human trafficking. Our mission is to provide survivors of interpersonal violence and their children safe, accessible and compassionate housing with individualized care that promotes healing, autonomy and hope. 
The MPC seeks a highly motivated and compassionate individual to fill its Housing Advocate position. The Housing Advocate will provide housing first, trauma-informed, survivor-centered direct services to adult and child survivors in The Mary Parrish Center’s Transitional Housing and Rapid Re-Housing programs. This is an exempt, full-time grant funded position, reporting directly to the Program Services Manager. 

Assists households in locating and securing housing of their choice; including accompanying to apartment showings, and assistance with housing applications and paperwork.  
Develop, establish and maintain professional working relationships with landlords and property managers. 
Negotiate leases with landlords and program participants. 
Apply knowledge of residential lease contracts to educate program participants of their rights and responsibilities.
Work with the Housing Intake Specialist to identify and assist households on the Domestic Violence Coordinated Entry By-Name List. 
Maintain awareness of changes in the market and community that can impact services, and bring forward recommendations to deal with expected changes. 
Participate in staff meetings and trainings.
Actively participate in appropriate community meetings. 
Maintain client and program confidentiality.
Maintain all necessary documentation and records.
Work with participants, co-workers, supervisor, community partners, and all other relevant stakeholders in a manner which is consistent with and promotes The Mary Parrish Center’s ethical commitments and organizational values. 

Required Skills, Education, and Qualifications: 
Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Preferred 
Demonstrated ability to understand and implement best practices around services for at-risk individuals and families.
Experience in providing advocacy or other equivalent experience working with individuals affected by complex traumas. 
A working knowledge of housing, real estate, tenant and landlord rights and responsibilities preferred.
People-oriented with demonstrated ability to build rapport and gain trust with individuals from diverse backgrounds.  
Ability and willingness to work irregular hours (some evenings) when survivor needs dictate. 
Ability to work effectively under pressure.
Excellent organizational and communication skills, both written and oral, and prompt response to messages.
Able to maintain confidentiality, as required by law and in the best interests of survivors, staff and the agency.
Valid driver’s license, insurance and reliable transportation

Location: This position offers a flexible and collegial working environment in our offices, which are located on the premises of our transitional housing program property in Nashville.  Frequent local travel is required for the purpose of meeting with clients and landlords/property managers. Infrequent travel may be required for professional development trainings.

Compensation and Benefits: The salary is $40,000/year.  Benefits include medical, dental, vision, life, short-term and long-term disability insurance and paid time off.  

The Mary Parrish Center is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The MPC is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusivity.   We welcome all applicants regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, national origin, veteran status, or any other protected status.
Job Type: Full-time
Job Categories:
  • Social Services
Contact Information and Procedure:

To Apply: Please combine all materials into one PDF and email your (a) cover letter and (b) resume to with the subject line “Housing Advocate.”  Applications missing the required materials will not be considered. (No mail, calls, or faxes please.)

Mary Katherine Rand PO Box 60009 Nashville, TN 37206
Phone: (615) 256-5959
Fax: (615) 256-5909