Fixed term contracts until June 2021, with the possibility of an extension
Do you want to be part of a team supporting people in prison to retain and find accommodation on release, as part of a multi-agency service to reduce re-offending?
About the role
St Mungo’s Criminal Justice services has been providing dedicated services to ex-offenders in custody and the community since 1998. We are now looking for Specialist Housing Advisors to join the team in London, providing housing support to clients at either HMP Wandsworth or HMP Pentonville and in the community.
As a Specialist Housing Advisor you will provide housing, benefit and debt advice to support clients in preventing homelessness upon their release from prison. Working in the community, you will also provide vital support to help clients to access appropriate accommodation, who will be homeless upon their release. In this role, you will also work closely with partner agencies including prisons and Local Authorities, to ensure suitable support plans can be put in place.
What we’re looking for
This role will suit those with some experience of working with ex-offenders, people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless; as well those with an understanding of the difficulties people may experience in accessing services. If you have good communication skills, are able to work with others whilst managing your own time and have the ability to empower individuals to make positive changes we want to hear from you.
Above all, we are looking for inspirational, committed individuals who have a genuine desire to support people to rebuild their lives. You will receive training and support so that you can deliver high quality services, while developing your skills and gaining ongoing knowledge of the criminal justice system.
What we offer
Excellent Development and Growth Opportunities
St Mungo’s employees are encouraged to consider opportunities to develop new skills or progress including; secondments, internal transfers, application to new roles in the organisation or just to get involved in various projects happening within the organisation.
As a result last year 35% of our vacancies were filled by promotions. In 2019 we achieved We Invest in People Gold level accreditation and are one of just 3% of housing associations to achieve this standard; 82% of staff who took part in the IIP survey say St Mungo’s is a great place to work.
A Diverse and Inclusive Work Place
At St Mungo’s, equality, diversity and inclusion are central to the organisation's values and how we work. We are proud of our commitment to diversity and inclusion and have 8 great Diversity Networks to support clients and staff from different backgrounds so they are able to be their best selves. Our Networks include: BAME, Carer’s and Parent’s, Lived Experience, LGBTQIA+, Disability Awareness, South West, Irish and Women’s Action.
Flexible Working and Other Benefits
We are committed to maintaining your work/life balance. We offer 25 days annual leave, and operate a very popular Flexi Time scheme, which allows you to supplement your annual leave entitlement. After 5 years, staff annual leave entitlement increases to 28 days.
St Mungo’s contribute 4% of your gross annual salary, and you are able to enrol in the Defined Contribution scheme following a successful probationary period in which the employer contribution is 6%.
What we do
At St Mungo’s our vision is that everyone has a place to call home and can fulfil their hopes and ambitions. As a homelessness charity and housing association, our clients are at the heart of what we do, and in 2019 we supported nearly 30,000 people who were either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Our staff are crucial to making this happen.
How to apply
To find out more and apply please go to the St Mungo’s careers page on our website.
To view the job description and guidance on completing your application form, please click on the document available tab at the top of the advert page on our website. Please ensure that you read the comprehensive job description and person specification for the role. When applying please address the person specification, clearly setting out how you meet the requirements for the role.
Closing date: 10am on 20 July 2020
Interview and assessments on: 31 July – 3 August 2020, via video call
It is a requirement for this post that an enhanced DBS disclosure check will be undertaken for the successful candidate. Due to the nature of the role, prison clearance is also required.
Please be advised that all appointments will be made on St Mungo’s current standard Terms and Conditions (T&Cs); this also applies to any internal candidates.