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Reston, Virginia, United States of America
JOB #R2301072

Lead Homeless Services Specialist (REMOTE ROLE)

ICF is a mission-driven company filled with people who care deeply about improving the lives of others and making the world a better place. Our core values include Embracing Difference; we seek candidates who are passionate about building a culture that encourages, embraces, and hires dimensions of differenceDiversity & Inclusion, is simply who we are and what we do.

Lead Homeless Services Specialist

ICF’s Homeless Services team works with federal agencies, state and local government, non-profits, and other community partners to implement evidence-based best practices and to innovate and identify new solutions to ending homelessness. We are currently seeking a mission-oriented candidate who is committed to ending homelessness and who has a track record of leading with equity along with a strong understanding of housing first principals, coordinated entry, data-driven decision making, and inclusive system planning and program design. 

We are seeking a Lead Homeless Services Specialist who, among other responsibilities, will support a wide array of clients and stakeholders including government agencies, community leaders, and nonprofit agencies to advance equitable solutions to prevent and end homelessness.

Homelessness disproportionately impacts Black, Indigenous, and People of Color because of structural and institutional racism. ICF is committed to advancing equitable solutions in partnership with those most impacted by the systems creating these disparities. We strongly encourage applications from people who are representative of the diverse communities with which we work.

This position allows for remote work scenario.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Provide guidance/consultation, training, and written products focused on solutions to homelessness and HUD homeless programs (Emergency Solutions Grant and Continuum of Care Programs and the Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program) as well as other HUD COVID-relief programs such as HOME-ARP. Depending on the needs of our clients, the work may include:
    • strategic planning activities, system and program evaluation, data analysis, system modeling, research, and policy development.
    • efforts to build up capacity of HMIS Lead agencies to administer HMIS, strengthening HMIS governance structures, and supporting local efforts to make HMIS vendor changes.
    • working with new Youth Homeless Demonstration Program awardees to assess and understand the communities' current efforts relating to ending youth homelessness, assist with developing Coordinated Community Plans, assist with developing and implementing strategies to achieve the plan, and assist in developing and implementing new youth dedicated projects.
  • Supporting capacity building efforts to advance racial equity in communities through qualitative and quantitative data analysis, authentic engagement, training, facilitation, and thought leadership. Coordinate equitable technical assistance and training engagements to assist in the planning, design and implementation of HUD homeless assistance grants policies and programs as well as best practice strategies related to preventing and ending homelessness.
  • Supporting the management of teams, budgets, project deliverables, communication with the subrecipients, and relations with HUD and other funders.
  • Track priorities to ensure the completion of projects in an accurate, timely and cost-efficient manner.  

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in Social Work, Planning, Public Policy, Government, or related discipline preferred.
  • 8 + years of direct experience working in the homelessness field, or as a collaborative applicant, with knowledge of CoC Program, YHDP, ESG (and ESG-CV) and/or other similar federally funded programs.

Additional Skills: 

  • Equivalent work experience combined with lived experience of homelessness may be considered.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of how homeless services systems and programs are implemented at the state and/or local levels.
  • Demonstrated commitment to addressing racial disparities through inclusive and equitable system and program design.
  • Understanding of McKinney-Vento Act and regulations governing the Continuum of Care and Emergency Solutions Grants programs and other federal mainstream housing and services programs.
  • Demonstrated experience with strategies to address unsheltered and rural homelessness.
  • Demonstrated project and financial management experience.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills with the ability to analyze situations, identify existing or potential problems, and recommend solutions.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to tailor communications for different audiences.



Working at ICF

Working at ICF means applying a passion for meaningful work with intellectual rigor to help solve the leading issues of our day. Smart, compassionate, innovative, committed, ICF employees tackle unprecedented challenges to benefit people, businesses, and governments around the globe. We believe in collaboration, mutual respect, open communication, and opportunity for growth.

We can only solve the world's toughest challenges by building an inclusive workplace that allows everyone to thrive. We are an equal opportunity employer, committed to hiring regardless of any protected characteristic, such as race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability status, or military/veteran status. Together, our employees are empowered to share their expertise and collaborate with others to achieve personal and professional goals. For more information, please read our EEO & AA policy.

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information you provide will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. Read more about non-discrimination:  Know Your Rights and  Pay Transparency Statement.

Pay Range - There are multiple factors that are considered in determining final pay for a position, including, but not limited to, relevant work experience, skills, certifications and competencies that align to the specified role, geographic location, education and certifications as well as contract provisions regarding labor categories that are specific to the position. The pay range for this position is:

$75,157.00 - $127,767.00

Nationwide Remote Office (US99)

Who is ICF?

A global consulting services company with approximately 8,000 people across 75+ countries, but we are not your typical consultants.

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