Vice President for Education, Social Enterprises, and Workforce Development, Project HOME

Posted by Project HOME on August 11, 2014

Vice President for Education, Social Enterprises, and Workforce Development, Project HOME
Posted on: July 28, 2014

The Vice President for Education, Social Enterprises and Workforce Development (VP) is responsible for providing strategic leadership, expertise and program development for Project HOME’s employment and entrepreneurship program, social enterprises, and educational initiatives including the Honickman Learning Center Comcast Technology Labs (HLCCTL). The VP will have the necessary skills and experience in business strategy, quantitative and qualitative analysis, business ethics, marketing and people management and the ability to work with and empower people with special needs. The VP will play a key role within our executive leadership team of defining our work to end homelessness as “more-than-profit” beyond the traditional term “not-for-profit.” The VP will have a strong focus on empowering staff, residents, alumni and members of the Project HOME community in decision-making and in promoting the organizational health and mission-driven culture of Project HOME. The VP will engage the broader community to achieve the successful growth and development of these programs.


  • Works as part of the Project HOME’s Executive Management team to ensure the long term health, effectiveness, and strength of the organization.
  • Enthusiastically “sell” employment services and education programming to residents, neighbors, businesses, media, and the broader community.
  • Provide strategic direction and oversight to the PH’s employment, social enterprises, and HLCCTL.
  • Supervises the Director of HLCCTL, Manager of Employment Services and Manager of Social Enterprises.
  • Coordinates with and supports (dotted line) the Manager of the Adult Learning Program at HLCCTL, the Manager of Psychiatric Rehabilitation Services (PRS) and Human Resources to assist with the development of recovery-informed training and educational programs for employees of Project HOME (especially customer service/front desk training, but also other educational programs)
  • Assess the operations of all programs to effectively and efficiently achieve their goals.
  • Provides leadership in coordinating with residential services, health care services and neighborhood services to fully integrate employment and educational opportunities for all Project HOME residents, alumni and people living in Project HOME’s targeted neighborhood.
  • Fully integrates the ETO database into each program in order to have real time data on who we are serving and what goals we are achieving in these program areas. Also ensure that we have up-to-date contact information for the adult students and families in order to communicate and advertise future opportunities.
  • Develop employment and educational opportunities to increase the earnings and skills of Project HOME alumni and residents.
  • Assess current employment and internship opportunities and increase the number of residents and alumni who successfully access and achieve desired goals/outcomes
  • Successfully supports the strategic goals related to the education of residents, alumni and neighborhood residents especially the youth.
  • Identify revenue sources to further employment and educational goals
  • Assess and evaluate the costs vs. outcomes of the programs
  • Identify best practices implementing these programs especially for people with special needs in a recovery-oriented environment.
  • Work with Program Managers and Directors to develop guidelines, requirements, curriculums and policies related to each of these employment and educational programs.
  • Develop and manage a network of resources in and beyond the broader Philadelphia community to achieve the strategic goals of Employment and Education.
  • Design and implement an overall communications plan to engage future employers, businesses and strategically aligned educational programs so that the residents and alumni of Project HOME are well positioned to advance their employment and educational goal.
  • Develop a database of outside contacts, volunteers, customers and future employers
  • Prepare annual impact report of the outcomes, challenges and progress of the educational and employment programs
  • Prepare and Manage annual Operating Budget for the department. Review and approve all program budgets and empower managers to work within their budgets.
  • Ensure legal, accounting and financial compliance with all City, State and Federal regulations applicable to social enterprises and any related employment program/contract.
  • Attend Project HOME Board Meetings as assigned.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships within the Project HOME community, among residents, staff, and volunteers, as well as external to the organization with peers and other industry partners, as appropriate, to best serve the needs of the organization including engaging these partners in program development and planning.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

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