About Project Home
We engage faith communities in the greater Saint Paul area in making a direct impact on the lives of local families experiencing homelessness. Each month, two different area churches, synagogues, or schools host our mobile shelters, providing 40 beds of safe, clean, comfortable overnight shelter for children and their parents. In addition to space, faith communities provide nightly volunteer support.

Job Overview
Working diligently with families as they journey towards housing stability, the Site Coordinators oversee the early evening operations of the Project Home family shelters, its volunteers and participants. The Site Coordinators work onsite at various faith community locations across the East Metro, 2-4 evenings each week starting at 5:15 p.m. for 2.5 – 3 hours each evening, including some holidays. The Site Coordinators are part of the Project Home staff team consisting of the Senior Site Coordinators, the Program Assistant, and the Program Director. The Site Coordinators report to the Project Home Director of Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

Family Shelter Hospitality

  • Exercise leadership and vision to maintain a clean, safe, and pleasant shelter environment for all participants.
  • Serve as a first point-of-contact for emergencies and urgent questions while onsite; resolve as needed.
  • Perform walk through of all common areas of the shelter and perform needed remedial actions (tidy/sweep/mop/clean, put away food left out, take out garbage, etc.). Perform safety checks (outlet covers, unplug unnecessary appliances, storage of toxic cleaners, etc.) and resolve any safety concerns.
  • Take immediate action to ensure clean up and disinfect bodily fluids emitted by participants.
  • Supervise volunteer snack preparation, safe food handling, and clean-up.
  • Clean and organize kitchen and storage spaces. Report any urgently needed items to the Senior Site Coordinator.
  • Clean, sanitize, and prepare vacated sleeping spaces to be ready for new arrivals. Alert Senior Site Coordinator if there are soiled linens to be laundered.

Positive Shelter Guest Relationships

  • Build a positive working relationship with all guests.
  • Connect with guests to identify needs and concerns, clarify rules, provide information, referrals, and peer support.
  • Ensure adequate supervision of children by parents/guardians.
  • With other staff, arrange for birthday and holiday celebrations for participants.
  • Investigate and address problems that arise at shelter and facilitate conflict resolution. Document incidents as required by the Program Director. Report safety issues immediately.
  • Maintain appropriate professional boundaries with program guests, colleagues, and volunteers. Maintain program and guest confidentiality, including former guests, staff, and volunteers.

Program Administration

  • Build and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues and volunteers.
  • Provide orientation and supervision of volunteers during shift.
  • Attend all required staff meetings and trainings.
  • Assist in developing and revising policies and procedures for the program as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned by the Senior Site Coordinators and the Program Director.

Qualifications

  • Have excellent punctuality – arrive at host site no later than 5:15 p.m.
  • Reliable personal transportation (all sites are not on bus routes).
  • Volunteer or paid experience with family social service programming preferred.
  • Possess an acceptance and respect for cultural and faith diversity. Ability to work with and relate to people in a multi-cultural, multi-generational environment.
  • Candidate must be a team player, demonstrate good listening and empathetic skills.
  • Must be honest, dependable, and professional at all times; experience maintaining personal/professional boundaries.
  • Must exercise patience, understanding, creativity, and fairness with guests; manage personal stress constructively.
  • Must be able to lift 30 lbs. and climb stairs regularly.
  • Satisfactory pre-employment background check.
  • Personal commitment to the mission of Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul.

Job Classification: This is part-time position, includes bi-weekly pay periods, and Earned Sick and Safe Time.

How to Apply
Submit cover letter and resume to Sara Liegl at sliegl@interfaithaction.org.

Position is open until filled.

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