Director of Shelter

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive



Start Date



1630 South Street
United States


Are you looking for the opportunity to use your skills and experience to help those who are in need?


Bethesda Project is currently seeking a creative, driven, and dynamic Director of Shelter to lead and oversee the operation of Our Brothers’ Place, a Housing First emergency shelter for men, which operates 24 hours/day, 7 days/week, and 365 days/year. The Director, who is a member of our senior leadership team, is responsible for all aspects of the program at Our Brothers’ Place, including staff selection, supervision, training, scheduling, oversight of programming, budget control/monitoring, reporting, compliance, housekeeping, and the safety and security of the facility to ensure operations are aligned with the mission and values of Bethesda Project.  

Organizational Overview:

Bethesda Project serves Philadelphia's homeless men and women through its network of fourteen residential and shelter settings. In the past year, over 1700 homeless adults received housing, shelter, meals, and supportive services each night as they sought to manage their physical and mental illness, recover from addiction, and reclaim their dignity, self-worth and independence. For more information, visit:


NOTE: This position is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Relocation assistance is not available for this position. Applicants must be available to interview at our Administrative Offices, no travel reimbursements are available.


All replies must include your salary requirements for consideration.


Reports to: Chief Executive Officer


Salary: Competitive

Responsibilities include:

  • Supervise staff, including orientation, planning, organizing and directing work. Directly supervise 8 staff and responsibility for a staff of approximately 40+; meet regularly with supervisees to offer appropriate supervision and on-going staff development;
  • Work directly with Social Services Supervisor, ensuring that all staff engage with guests with an emphasis on housing and needed referrals; participate in guest case review meetings as needed;
  • Work with internal and external staff to ensure guests receive the highest level of care and advocacy available at any given time; field and respond to any direct guest grievances in a fair and timely manner;
  • Ensure that staff and community meetings are held regularly to develop communication and mutual respect;
  • Serve as point person for communication with City of Philadelphia Office Homeless Services (OHS); attend provider meetings at OHS; ensure accurate guest data in database; submit required data reports to OHS;
  • Actively cultivate positive relationships with onsite and community service providers for continuity of guest care;
  • Monitor the facility for continuous compliance with City and L&I regulations; ensure the safety of staff, residents and guests through implementation and monitoring of safety procedures;
  • Review facility expenses and monitor budget; and,
  • Provide on-call availability to staff outside of regular business hours, in the event of an emergency.


  • Undergraduate degree required, Masters’ Degree (MSW or similar), preferred.
  • Minimum 5-7 years of experience, preferably with closely-related populations. Experience in management, supervision, and program development is required.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • High professional standards and team-oriented approach to project execution and staff management.
  • Computer literacy, including proficient utilization Microsoft Office and prior experience with HMIS preferred.


F/T Benefits Package, Paid time-off, 403(b), and more!

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Please apply and submit your resume and salary requirements (Word or PDF Format only) via our website:  Click Here to Apply 

Applicants offered employment will undergo a Criminal History Report, reference and background checks and pre-employment testing (drug screen and/or physical examination).

We regret that we are unable to personally acknowledge receipt of employment inquiries due to the large number of submissions that we receive. No phone calls, please.

Thank you for your interest in Bethesda Project.

Bethesda Project is a non-profit human services provider that has been serving the Philadelphia community for over 39 years. Bethesda Project is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to workplace diversity. We offer competitive wages, benefits, and a 403(b) plan.