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Executive Director

Job Description Summary:

The is a key and exciting role for an individual who has a commitment toward improving the lives of homeless families. Reporting to a Board of Trustees, the Executive Director will be responsible for ensuring implementation and advancement of our mission to foster dignity and independence through supportive programs to homeless families. 

Leadership & Mission Delivery

  • Report to the Board of Trustees and work to oversee the implementation of the mission and strategic plan.
  • Communicate effectively with the Board through timely and accurate information sharing in order for the Board to function properly and make informed decisions.
  • Network with other non-profits and shelters both locally and in the tri-county area in order to aid clients and further the mission.
  • Explore fundraising opportunities to support he shelter and submit proposals for grants. 

Finance, HR and Risk Management

  • Manage the shelter’s policies and budget approved by the Board of Trustees, and in compliance with laws and regulations. 
  • Monitor agency operations and ensure employees and business practices comply with regulatory and legal requirements. 
  • Recruit, screen, select and assess employees and volunteers and provide on-going support
  • Identify and mitigate potential risks, and provide opportunities within the shelter and its environment to protect the shelter’s interests.

Required Qualifications

  • Supervisory and management experience with a Bachelor’s degree / Master’s preferred
  • Knowledge of the context of standards and practices relating to homeless shelters. 
  • Experience working with homeless families, people with addictions, people with mental health issues. 
  • Demonstrate effectiveness as a leader, mentor, and role model
  • Basic computer skills (i.e. Microsoft Office) and office equipment at an acceptable level of proficiency. 

Employment, Compensation & Benefits

This is a full-time position with benefits (Paid time off, health care, simple IRA, paid holidays). Salary range: $65,000 – $75,000 depending on experience

Physical Requirements

  • Current driver’s license and willingness to drive to meet with various constituencies.
  • Lifting / carrying up to 25 lbs.
  • Reaching, kneeling, bending, stooping, stair climbing

To apply, interested candidates must submit a resume or CV as well as a cover letter to: reginasmfs@gmail.com


Program Coordinator

Full Time Position – Daytime hours – One evening per week required, twice a week is preferred

Job Description Summary:

The Program Coordinator, a valued member of the administrative team, serves as a bridge between the Emergency Shelter and the Transitional Housing Program. The focus of this position is to provide holistic care for the homeless families who live at St. Mary’s by overseeing the following:

  1. Transitional Housing
    • Monitoring the Transitional Housing Program. Oversee the Program as it evolves and develops. Design programs and collaborate with local non-profits to increase access to services.
    • Know and enforce the Handbook and guidelines for Transitional Housing.
    • Complete all processes for admission and orientation to the THP.
    • Supervise the day-to-day operation of the THP including but not limited to: maintaining relationship with each family via weekly coaching sessions, collecting and recording the monthly Program Fee, and doing weekly Apartment checks. 
  2. Program Design and Advancement
    • Oversee Programs that are essential to the families living at St. Mary’s. Create new and challenging programs as needed. 
    • Supervise ongoing education classes for residents in both the Emergency Shelter and TH including parenting skills, finance, nutrition, spirituality, and other opportunities that may arise. 
    • Research the best practices for a Mentoring Program for residents in the TH. Create other new programs to help our families gain financial and lifelong independence. 
  3. Volunteers
    • Recruit, schedule, organize and communicate with our volunteers.
    • Maintain and update volunteer schedules.
    • Answer volunteer inquires via email, text, phone, etc. 
    • Complete criminal background checks and orientation program for new volunteers. 
    • Prepare and supervise group activities such as Gardening Days, Student Community Service projects, Eagle Scout Projects, Church projects, etc. 
    • Recognize the invaluable services of our volunteers with recognition celebrations twice a year. 
  4. Public Relations – Maintaining St. Mary’s presence in the community in creative ways:
    • Complete administrative tasks where necessary (sending thank you notes, making copies, etc.)
    • Work with Social Media Coordinator to update Facebook, Newsletters, Indeed, etc.
    • Work with Social Media coordinator to take, organize and access photos
    • Serves as a liaison to the Public Relations Fundraising Committee


    • Bachelor’s or advanced Degree
    • 5+ years of experience working with vulnerable families
    • Skilled in organization, verbal and written communication, and attention to detail
    • Computer and social media skills a plus
    • Understanding of and commitment to serve those who are homeless
    • Willing to work in accord with the mission of Saint Mary’s

    Job type: Full-time     

    Please contact Sister Bernadette Dougherty (Bernadette@stmarysfs.org) full job description or further information.


    House Manager / Overnight Supervisor –  (Thursday – Friday)

    Are you looking for a part-time job that you can complete in one overnight? St Mary’s Franciscan Shelter for Homeless Families is seeking a part-time house manager to oversee the operation of the shelter from 4:00 PM Thursday till 9:00 AM Friday (slight flexibility if needed).

    Person on duty has a private room and is permitted to sleep after closing the shelter (11:00 PM). They are expected to be available by 6:00 AM to set up breakfast and oversee residents’ needs. Staff person is on-call should an emergency occur during the night. Daytime hours include supervision, light housekeeping, and receptionist duties.

    If you have a desire to serve in this ministry and a willingness to engage in the life of the shelter, please contact Sister Bernadette Dougherty, SSJ, by phone at 610-933-3097 or through our Facebook page. Complete job description is available upon request.

    Shifts available: Thursday  4:00PM till Friday at 9:00 AM (some flexibility possible).

    Be sure to check back for future positions!