Director of Employment Opportunities, Project H.O.M.E.

Posted on June 27, 2011

Director of Employment Opportunities, Project H.O.M.E.

Posted on: June 17, 2011

Job Description

Revision Date: May 24, 2011

Job Title: Director of Employment Opportunities


The ultimate goal of the Director of Employment Opportunities is to improve employment outcomes, increase the self sufficiency, earned income and economic wellbeing of individuals who have histories of homelessness or are at risk of homelessness due to extremely low incomes. This is achieved, in part, through developing and administering programs that create jobs, work experiences, and services that assist individuals in seeking, obtaining and maintaining employment and educational outcomes.


1. Develop internship and job placement opportunities within Project H.O.M.E. and the general Philadelphia business community.
2. Provide supervision and direction to the Manager of the Home Page Cafe
3. Provide supervision and direction to the Manager of Our Daily Threads (ODT) thrift store
4. Assist to develop, monitor and oversee implementation of a business plans for the Home Page Café and ODT
5. Review, develop, and update as needed program guidelines, procedures and practices related to o promotes optimal employment outcomes.
6. Assist in the evaluation of related grants and services to ensure efficacy and effectiveness in attaining optimal employment and educational outcomes.
7. Provide supervision and direction to the Employment Specialists who function as an integrated part of the residential and housing programs to assist residents and alumni choose, get and keep employment.
8. Act as liaison between Residential program and the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Lab to maximize utilization of this resource.
9. Work as part of a leadership team with Directors of Residential Services to promote optimum employment and educational outcomes for PH residents and alumni.
10. Participate in orientation for all new residents.
11. Meet regularly with Project HOME residents and staff to assess employment needs at each residence.

11. Provide regular supervision with assigned staff and maintain records of staff attendance, sick time, vacation time and holidays.
12. Monitor program and strategic plan goals and objectives related to employment services, including assisting the VP for Homeless and Residential services in establishing goals, objectives and measures, ensuring related SAMHSA grant objectives are met, and completing progress reports.
13. Financial and programmatic administration and management of:
a. PECO/Excelon grant- Paid internship program for homeless veterans
b. Oak Foundation grant- support and resources to achieve employment and education goals
c. PH stipend volunteer program
d. Integrated Employment Services to PH residents and alumni
e. Art Program
• Develop annual budgets.
• Authorize purchase of goods and services within approved budget.
• Review budget and meet with staff to adjust spending as necessary.
14. Review building maintenance and repair needs for ODT and Employment Services office space with Maintenance Supervisor on an ongoing basis.

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Vice President of Residential and Homeless Services


The work of Project H.O.M.E. is rooted in our strong spiritual conviction of the dignity of each person. As such, we strive to function as a community of individuals who demonstrate respect, courtesy, dignity, support, and care for all people.

Our community of care extends to homeless persons, residents, vendors, consumers, staff, outside agencies, and all people who enter our dwelling places. Thus, we work to avoid making assumptions and generalizations about people. We demonstrate and foster respect for cultural differences. We believe in our ability to listen and learn from one another.

Specifically, building community for the Director of Employment and Educational Opportunities means:

1. Receiving and responding to work tasks in a courteous and timely fashion.
2. Meeting and greeting visitors, residents, other staff and co-workers in a polished and welcoming manner.
3. Intentionally maintaining open dialogue and verbal / written communication to eliminate chaos, confusion, and misunderstanding.
4. Striving to put others at ease and communicate in ways they can understand.
5. Developing and maintaining smooth, cooperative working relationships with others.
6. Encouraging open expression of ideas and opinions.

Additionally, all staff are responsible for the following:

1. Commitment to the mission of Project H.O.M.E.
2. Work at establishing a base of trust with each resident.
3. Develop good working relationships among community and staff.
4. Continue to learn about mental illness, addictions, and dually diagnosed residents.
5. Accept residents “where they are at” while working to assist them.
6. Observe confidentiality, privacy, and dignity of each resident.

Master’s degree from an accredited university.

Experience and understanding of issues and barriers to employment faced by individuals with histories of homelessness, mental illness and addiction disorders; Budgeting and Business Management skills; Experience and understanding of the processes involved in helping individuals find, get and retain employment; Working knowledge of Excel and other MS Office tools; Experience managing projects and individuals

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Good health, energy and a positive mental attitude.


Monday through Friday – 40 hours/week
Evenings are required in order to offer classes to residents who have work or appointments during the day

To apply for this position please fill out the application located here:

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