Date Posted: 11/30/2021

Location: Albany, NY

Job Title: Olmstead Statewide Housing Specialist Liaison

The New York Association on Independent Living (NYAIL) is seeking an OHS Statewide Housing Specialist Liaison to assist in managing the Olmstead Housing Program (OHS). The OHS Program is designed to provide rental subsidies and supportive housing services to high-cost, high-need Medicaid members in New York State leaving Nursing Homes. The Olmstead Housing Program is funded by the NYS Department of Health.

NYAIL is a statewide not-for-profit membership organization that works to remove barriers to full community integration of people with disabilities. NYAIL members are Independent Living Centers (ILCs), consumer-controlled, cross-disability providers of advocacy, services and supports to people with disabilities.

Responsibilities:

The OHS Statewide Housing Specialist Liaison will report to the Director of Housing Programs and will work collaboratively with the director and the Housing Program Specialist to facilitate the successful transition of individuals into community settings within the State. The Statewide Housing Specialist Liaison will be responsible for coordinating activities of the Housing Specialists at subcontracting Independent Living Centers (ILCs) in the identified service areas.  Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Work collaboratively with NYAIL’s housing team on the development, evaluation, and ongoing supervision of this subsidy program.
  • Development and implementation of a plan to identify, verify, enroll, and document eligible participants.
  • Provide technical assistance and support to housing specialists throughout the state through technical assistance calls.
  • Work collaboratively with NYAIL’s Director of Housing Programs, OHS Housing Program Specialist, NYAIL subcontractors and the Department of Health to oversee the process for providing rental subsidies and processing timely and accurate rental payments for eligible participants.
  • Plan and coordinate regional and web-based training events, as needed.
  • Ensure compliance with all New York State Department of Health reporting requirements, including data collection.
  • Provide technical support for database issues.
  • Develop program materials (e.g., program procedures, enrollment documents, and marketing materials) as needed for successful implementation.
  • Work with housing specialists statewide and other subcontractors to locate, inspect, evaluate, and maintain a registry of quality housing units that are safe, sanitary, affordable, and accessible for the target population.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree, master’s preferred.
  • Experience with the concepts of Independent Living, consumer control, and a strong commitment to promoting and advocating for the full integration of individuals with disabilities.
  • Experience transitioning individuals including familiarity with finding affordable, accessible, integrated housing and the development of individualized service plans.
  • Knowledge of state and local housing policies, practices, laws, and issues impacting seniors and people with disabilities strongly preferred.
  • Experience designing, implementing, and evaluating health-related programs.
  • Knowledge of the state’s Medicaid program and community resources that can assist people with disabilities in living independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational, computer, and communication skills.
  • Preference will be given to individuals with personal experience with a disability.

NYAIL offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package.

This is an Albany-based position with the ability to work remotely part-time. Regional and statewide travel required.

This is a grant-funded position, with possibility for extension contingent on additional state funding.

How to Apply:

Please send resume and cover letter to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Include “OHS Statewide Housing Specialist Liaison” and your last name in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

It is the policy of the New York Association on Independent Living to afford Equal Employment Opportunity (“EEO”) to all employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, domestic violence victim status, sexual orientation, genetic predisposition or carrier status, veteran status or any other protected characteristic as established by federal and state law. NYAIL promotes a drug-free work environment and does not tolerate unlawful discrimination, harassment, or retaliation.