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Director of Employment and Education

Philadelphia, PA, USA Req #269
Thursday, August 22, 2019

THE MISSION OF PROJECT HOME

The mission of the Project HOME community is to empower adults, children, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. We strive to create a safe and respectful environment where we support each other in our struggles for self-esteem, recovery, and the confidence to move toward self-actualization.

Project HOME achieves its mission through a continuum of services comprised of street outreach, a range of supportive housing, and comprehensive services. We address the root causes of homelessness through neighborhood-based affordable housing, economic development, and environmental enhancement programs, as well as through providing access to employment opportunities; adult and youth education; and health care.

Project HOME is committed to social and political advocacy. An integral part of our work is education about the realities of homelessness and poverty and vigorous advocacy on behalf of and with homeless and low-income persons for more just and humane public policies.

Project HOME is committed to nurturing a spirit of community among persons from all walks of life, all of whom have a role to play in making this a more just and compassionate society.

 

THE VALUES OF PROJECT HOME

The work of Project HOME is rooted in our strong spiritual conviction of the dignity of each person.

We believe that all persons are entitled to decent, affordable housing and access to quality education, employment, and health care.

We believe in the transformational power of building relationships and community as the ultimate answer to the degradation of homelessness and poverty.

We believe that working to end homelessness and poverty enhances the quality of life for everyone in our community.

We believe that the critical resources entrusted to us to achieve our mission must be managed honorably and professionally.
 

Job Summary: The Director of Employment and Education is responsible for all education and employment programming that Project HOME offers to its approximately 1,000 residents and to the adults living in the surrounding community in North Philadelphia. This is a significant growth opportunity as Project HOME embarks on a substantial expansion of training and employment services to both end and prevent homelessness.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Lead new program development and an ongoing continuous improvement process to ensure continuing high quality and high impact services.
  • Responsible for strategic employer partnerships and collaboration with partner service providers to achieve job placements with good retention, manages budgets and contracts, and ensures staff maintains accurate and timely records in the database management system regarding staff activities and department outcomes for program evaluation purposes.
  • Effectively supervise Employment Specialists, Training and Education staff, and benefits counselor to help residents and community members achieve their education and employment goals.  Process includes: intake, goal setting, job search and/or skill building, and partnering with residential staff around case management, as needed, and post-employment supports.
  • Ensure a high level of accountability among staff for outcomes and follow through on their commitments to residents and community members
  • Stay abreast of regional labor market trends and develop/maintain employer partnerships to access living wage job opportunities for Project HOME residents and community members. Strategically identify and develop new vocational training that leads to living wage jobs. Deepen continuous improvement process, incorporating feedback from employers and participants to better inform program design and growth.
  • Attend relevant community meetings,conferences and partner meetings to advance training or  employment opportunities for residents
  • Oversee and ensure compliance with all Education and Training program contracts, and meet reporting requirements
  • Develop and manage program budgets, providing good stewardship over resources. Ensure staff maintains accurate employer records, resident employment records, caseload efforts, and participant outcomes.
  • Current programming includes:
  • One-on-one employment services using the Individualized Placement and Support Model,
    • Basic education classes (e.g., GED),
    • Certification courses (e.g. Peer Specialist, MOS, forklift),
    • College access services,
    • Job Fairs,
    • Benefits counseling.

   
Minimum Qualifications

  • Masters Degree preferred, with at least three years of experience working with individuals who have had significant barriers to employment, including history of homelessness, incarceration, substance use disorder or mental health issues.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills. 

  • Equally comfortable with business leaders and individuals seeking to overcome obstacles to employment.

  • A sales/marketing aptitude. 

  • Able to effectively communicate with hiring managers and corporate partners to support the placement of our program participants into jobs.

  • Knowledge of regional labor markets in multiple industries, adult learning strategies and experience working with people with barriers to employment.

  • Strong organizational and planning skills.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and general computer skills

  • Commitment to Project HOME’s mission and values.

     Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of supported employment model.
  • Strong network of business leaders in Philadelphia.
  • Experience with Efforts to Outcomes or other evidence-based tracking software.
  • Experience and/or interest in recovery, mental health, poverty, and social justice.

 

Project HOME is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a drug screen and background checks.

 

Project HOME reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as needed. This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive statement of the duties and responsibilities of the job nor does it constitute a written or implied contract.

 

The mission of the Project HOME community is to empower adults, youth, and families to break the cycle of homelessness and poverty, to alleviate the underlying causes of poverty, and to enable all of us to attain our fullest potential as individuals and as members of the broader society. We strive to create a safe and respectful environment where we support each other in our struggles for self-esteem, recovery, and the confidence to move toward self-actualization.  Join us!  Project HOME has a long-standing commitment to equal employment opportunity for all staff and applicants for employment.  Employment decisions including, but not limited to, hiring selection, performance evaluation, administration of benefits, working conditions, associate programs, transfers, position changes, training, disciplinary action, compensation, and separations are made without regard to race, color, religion (including religious dress and grooming), creed, national origin, nationality, citizenship status, domestic partnership status, ancestry, gender, affectional or sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, civil union status, family status, age, mental or physical disability (including AIDS or HIV-related status), atypical heredity cellular or blood trait of an individual, genetic information or refusal to submit to a genetic test or make available the results of a genetic test, military status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws.

Other details

  • Pay Type Salary
  • Philadelphia, PA, USA