Lesar Development Consultants

Associate/Senior Associate – Homelessness

Employment type
Full Time
about 2 months ago
Los Angeles or San Diego

LeSar Development Consultants is searching for a full-time Associate or Senior Associate dedicated to ending homelessness to work out of our Los Angeles or San Diego office. We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Position:  Associate/Senior Associate – Homelessness

Location:  Los Angeles or San Diego, CA (TBD)

Company Profile:

LeSar Development Consultants is a social innovation firm that assists clients with growing healthy, sustainable, and vibrant communities. We provide creative solutions to complex problems with our expertise in housing, homelessness, workforce and economic development, sustainability, and transportation. Our clients include public agencies, foundations, business associations, and other stakeholders looking to create physically and economically sustainable communities.

Job Description:

Under general supervision, the Associate/Senior Associate will perform a wide variety of project work related to homelessness. Support an array of clients from government entities to non-profits to plan, implement, and evaluate system strategies for ending homelessness. Work as an integral part of our team focused on ending homelessness.


Anticipated Duties and Responsibilities

  • Be passionate about ending homelessness and dedicated to helping create innovative solutions to assist those experiencing homelessness.
  • Believe in Housing First as the overall approach for solving homelessness.
  • Act as a project lead to coordinate activities, meet deadlines, create and deliver high quality products within budget limitations.
  • Provide training and technical assistance on a variety of topics related to homelessness.
  • Facilitate client meetings as well as larger stakeholder meetings.
  • Speak publicly at various committees, meetings, and/or conferences and represent the Company at events and meetings.
  • Build and/or maintain relationships with key stakeholders including public entities, non-profits, homeless advocates, and other entities involved in ending homelessness.
  • Pass the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Continuum of Care (CoC) Technical Assistance (TA) test and act as a federal TA provider.
  • Track local, state and national policy issues and news on homelessness and housing systems.
  • Organize, manage, and synthesize qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Coordinate stakeholder engagement and community outreach.
  • Perform research and summarize findings in formal reports, including narrative, table and presentation (e.g., PowerPoint) formats. Research to include federal, state, and local policy issues, as well as planning documents, budgets, fees and legislation.
  • Write and edit content for requests for proposals/qualifications.
  • Travel in Southern California and other parts of the state and country as needed.
  • Engage prospective clients for new business and discuss new opportunities with the homelessness team.
  • Assist with marketing materials as needed, including website content, strategic communication tasks and updating company social media platforms.
  • Write and edit content for company newsletters.
  • Assemble and maintain professional collateral materials to support business development efforts.

Required Qualifications

Knowledge of

  • Homelessness crisis response systems including key service components such as Rapid Re-Housing and Permanent Supportive Housing.
  • Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act requirements and CoC requirements.
  • Best practices to address homelessness including Housing First and using data to drive decision making.
  • Homeless Coordinated Entry Systems including processes, federal requirements, populations and intended outcomes.
  • Homeless Management Information Systems (HMIS) including data elements, reporting, data-sharing protocols and overall knowledge of HUD System Performance Measures.
  • Other sectors that overlap homelessness such as health care and criminal justice systems, and how other sectors can begin to partner with the homeless system.
  • Medicaid and how healthcare dollars can be used to fund homeless and housing services.
  • Different community responses to homelessness across the state of California and the country.
  • Permanent Supportive Housing models including some knowledge of the PSH development process and financing sources.

Ability to

  • Perform research and writing tasks at an advanced/graduate level.
  • Organize work, set priorities and exercise sound judgment within areas of responsibility.
  • Address and prioritize multiple deadlines and deliverables.
  • Take direction and work within deadlines in support of CEO and staff.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively orally and in writing.
  • Maintain an appearance appropriate to a professional services firm.


  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Sociology, Psychology, Public Policy or related discipline.
  • Minimum of five years of experience working for an entity to end homelessness (government, non-profit, funder/foundation or other consulting firm).
To apply

We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. To apply for this position, submit the following materials to [email protected].

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Three references
  • Writing sample(s)