The Planning Council seeks to attract and retain a high performing and diverse workforce that shares our commitment to providing exceptional service with uncompromising integrity.  We believe that by fostering an environment in which employees’ differences are respected and valued, we can better meet the varying needs of the diverse clients and partners we serve.

Through a set of shared values, we are able to maintain an inclusive work environment that promotes collaboration, flexibility, fairness, and a commitment to excellence.  We strive to engage our employees in meaningful activities that offer professional growth and development opportunities.  It is in this manner that all employees are able to participate and contribute to their full potential as they provide exceptional service in support of our mission and strengthen our organizational effectiveness.

Qualified applicants for positions must submit a cover letter, resume, and employment application.  Required documents can be submitted as follows:

  • Use the online employment submission form below.
  • Email to cpowell@theplanningcouncil.org
  • Mail to Cynthia R. Powell, Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development
    The Planning Council, 5365 Robin Hood Road, #700, Norfolk VA 23513

Please note that all selected applicants are subject to a criminal background check and may be subject to a child protective services check and pre-employment drug and alcohol screening.  The Planning Council is an Equal Opportunity employer and complies with all anti-discrimination policies of the USDA.

Current Positions Available

HOMELESS ASSISTANCE COORDINATED ASSESSMENT SPECIALIST

PAY RATE:  $16.87/HOUR

 JOB OVERVIEW:

This position works as a team member within the Continuum of Care Team and will be responsible for coordinating activities and providing administrative support around committees and functions for both the Southeastern Virginia Homeless Coalition and the Greater Virginia Peninsula Homelessness Consortium.

Coordinated Assessment is a portal of entry process that aims to connect individuals and families who are homeless, or those at imminent risk of becoming homeless, to an existing available shelter or housing resource in the communities where we work. It is a required process for agencies receiving federal and state funding for homeless services.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  1. Provide coordination for all activities related to Coordinated Assessment. Specifically, this position coordinates four different subcommittee meetings that each meet bi-monthly to assess all needs for homeless individuals and households to match their housing and/or service needs with the best available resource.
  2. Manage communication and technical support for homeless providers and work related to the Housing Crisis Hotline’s role within the Continuum of Care.
  3. Work with the Community Planner and HMIS Administrators to develop reports around Coordinated Assessment activities, as needed.
  4. Assist the Regional Continuum of Care Program Administrator in data collection activities related to the development of local, state and federal applications for homeless services funding.
  5. Coordinate daily Vacancy Report communications between homeless providers to ensure an effective process for placements into housing.
  6. Represent The Planning Council at other local, state and federal meetings as needed.
  7. Assist with other Continuum of Care tasks as needed.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES

This job has no supervisory responsibilities.

COMPETENCIES

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Communication:

Uses a variety of communication skills (interpersonal, verbal, written, electronic, etc.) to effectively interact with customers, supervisors, and co-workers.  Clearly communicates program requirements, regulations, and procedures to customers, providing clarification when necessary.  Uses a professional and respectful tone.  Responds to constructive feedback in a positive manner.  Completes work documents in the manner prescribed and that are well-written and accurate.  Demonstrates an awareness of personal and others’ communication style by making adjustments as necessary to achieve goals.

Professionalism:

Demonstrates dependability/reliability, flexibility, and a willingness to meet program goals and objectives.  Adheres to policies and procedures.  Conducts self in a manner that demonstrates pride in self, work, and The Planning Council.  Maintains composure when faced with difficult or challenging people and situations.  Uses language that shows respect and tact.  Respects and maintains confidentiality.  Refrains from engaging in negativity in and about the workplace (e.g. gossip, conversations expressing negative opinions about The Planning Council, other employees, programs, clients, etc.).

Accountability:

Accepts constructive feedback positively and acknowledges responsibility for actions/decisions.  Engages in opportunities for self-improvement.  Follows through with plans of action to improve performance.  Doesn’t attempt to deflect responsibility to others.  Doesn’t make excuses.  Communicates problems to supervisor in a timely fashion.  Seeks solutions to resolve problems/mistakes.  Demonstrates a willingness to be accountable to the team.

Knowledge:

Demonstrates understanding of the program goals and objectives and how they align with The Planning Council’s goals.  Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of program policies, regulations, and procedures, and uses knowledge to perform work that is of the quality and standards that support The Planning Council’s reputation in the region as a leader in planning, developing, and managing human services.  Seeks opportunities to develop mastery of the skills necessary to complete all aspects of the job.  Uses program knowledge to accurately communicate information to customers.  Uses knowledge to make sound, well-informed decisions.  Uses understanding of policies and procedures to establish work priorities and to suggest work practices that will improve individual and team performance and efficiency.  Possesses the technical competence required to complete all aspects of the job.

Leadership:

Demonstrates understanding of the mission, vision, and values of The Planning Council and acts accordingly.  Demonstrates understanding of how team activities and priorities align with the mission and goals of The Planning Council.  Contributes to the development of team goals and objectives.  Suggests ideas to supervisor on possible ways to improve performance.  Works collaboratively with coworkers to help build consensus.  Develops and recommends solutions to problems.

Team Work/Team Building

Demonstrates openness to different views.  Contributes to the development of team goals and objectives.  Helps build consensus.  Accepts consensus.  Works in a collaborative fashion with coworkers, clients, external partners, and members of the community.  Shares information with coworkers. Demonstrates a willingness to change.  Refrains from expressing negative opinions about the team and coworkers.  Does not engage in gossip.  Does not allow personal feelings to impact work decisions.  Demonstrates a willingness to change.  Accepts responsibility for individual role in team performance and to be accountable to coworkers.  Acknowledges and celebrates co-workers successes and contributions to the achievement of team goals and objectives.

Service Enterprise:

Demonstrates the principles of Service Enterprise while carrying out position responsibilities.  This includes identifying opportunities for volunteer engagement in position activities, providing training, guidance, support, and assistance to volunteers, and providing feedback to volunteers and senior management regarding individual volunteer performance.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the required knowledge, skill, and abilities, physical requirements, and work environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

 QUALIFICATIONS 

  1. Demonstrated ability to relate well to individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds and of varying abilities.
  2. Criminal History Search within 30 days of employment.
  3. Knowledge of Microsoft office software.
  4. Good communication skills, the ability to work well with other people and organizations, strong organizational skills.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

Required: Bachelor’s degree (B. A.) from a four-year college or university in Public Administration, Urban Planning, Human Service Administration or related Human Services field.

Preferred: Previous experience in project management.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS

None required.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear.   The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms.

WORK ENVIRONMENT 

The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Occasional evening or weekend hours may be required. Valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, and automobile insurance.  Ability to travel to meetings and conferences as needed.

 

POSITION:                    CHILD CARE FIELD MONITOR

EASTERN SHORE OF MARYLAND

The Planning Council, a non-profit human services agency based in Norfolk, is currently seeking a field monitor to work with its United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.  Field Monitors are responsible for making scheduled home visits to child care providers and centers to recruit them into the program, enroll new providers, and complete monitoring visits on a scheduled basis to ensure compliance with program requirements.  Field monitors also engage in program outreach activities and provide technical assistance and training to providers and center staff on program requirements and child nutrition.  BS degree in Early Childhood, Social Work, Nutrition/Dietetics, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.  Knowledge of child nutrition; excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills, and the ability to plan and manage with little supervision.  Proficiency in MS Office Suite and ability to use web-based computer programs.     Knowledge of child nutrition, excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills, and the ability to plan and manage with little supervision required. Home residence serves as primary office.  Computer equipment, cell phone, and GPS provided Criminal background and child protective services background checks required.  Must provide own transportation (mileage reimbursed), valid driver’s license, acceptable DMV record, and proof of vehicle insurance.

For consideration, submit cover letter, resume, and employment application (found at www.theplanningcouncil.org) to:  Cynthia Powell, Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development, The Planning Council, cpowell@theplanningcouncil.org.

Consideration of candidates will continue until the position is filled.

In accordance with Federal law and policies of The Planning Council, TPC is an equal opportunity employer and provider and complies with all antidiscrimination policies of the USDA.

 

POSITION:                   CHILD CARE FIELD MONITOR

Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) – The Planning Council

The Planning Council is recruiting a Field Monitor position to monitor home-based child care providers and child care center facilities.  Responsibilities include recruitment and enrollment of new child care providers into the CACFP, which provides reimbursement for eligible meals served to children in care.  Conducts home visits for the purpose of program compliance, technical training in the area of program requirements, and nutrition education training.  BS degree in Early Childhood, Social Work, Nutrition/Dietetics, or equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.  Knowledge of child nutrition; excellent communication, organizational, and interpersonal skills, and the ability to plan and manage with little supervision.  Proficiency in MS Office Suite and ability to use web-based computer programs.    Computer equipment, cell phone, and GPS provided.  Extensive travel is required, primarily in the Baltimore County area, but may also require some travel within Maryland, D.C., and Northern Virginia.  Home residence serves as primary office.  Must provide own transportation (mileage reimbursed), valid driver’s license and DMV record, and proof of vehicle insurance.  Criminal background and child protective services background checks required.

Pay rate: $12.50 per hour.  Comprehensive benefits package available, (health/dental insurance options), pension plan, paid vacation and sick leave, flexible schedule, paid holidays.

For consideration, submit cover letter, resume, and employment application (found at www.theplanningcouncil.org) to:  Cynthia Powell, Director of Human Resources and Organizational Development, The Planning Council, cpowell@theplanningcouncil.org.

Consideration of candidates will continue until the position is filled.

In accordance with Federal law and policies of The Planning Council, TPC is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all antidiscrimination policies of the USDA.

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