Please email your resume to and include “Program Specialist vacancy” in the subject line. Please attach your resume to the email, and include any additional information in your email.

Position Description

Position Title:  Program Specialist                                     

Reports to:  Program Specialist Team Lead                                                  Non-Exempt: X


Provide direct care in a team environment to assist homeless persons in obtaining their goal of self-sufficiency. Assist residents with completion of shelter programs by facilitating day-to-day housekeeping, attendance of pillar programs, maintaining standards of rules and regulations for residents, conduct an informative residential meeting while ensuring the safety of the shelter and its residents. Act as communication liaison between caseworkers, counselors, and executive cabinet to keep all staff aware of pertinent resident issues.

Essential Functions

  • Utilize resident handbook guidelines, ethics & boundaries, and communication skills to provide encouragement and appropriate professional support to residents in addition to compliance with expectations for residents/staff/volunteers. 
  • Support and oversee the safety of the facility.  
  • Implement crisis intervention when necessary and communicate with outside emergency
    personnel utilizing proper boundaries.
  • Welcome and assist donors, volunteers, and potential applicants, providing community referrals and alternate outside service provider information when needed.
  • Oversee and maintain mail for residents and staff by checking the mailbox daily and delivering mail between buildings.
  • Utilize program requirements to accurately inform incoming residents and provide initial contact for those applying to the program.
  • Communicate quickly and effectively with other staff in both verbal and written fashion.
  • Oversee resident’s daily medications.
  • Utilize appropriate documents to record data on residents, including shift-to-shift
    communications and shift reports.
  • Properly utilize radio communication when necessary, during shifts.
  • Maintain cleanliness of key areas on property: staff break rooms, staff fridges, intake area, and lobby.
  • Maintain interactions with residents and a staff presence around both buildings and property.

Required Education/Experience

  • High school diploma required, some college coursework in social work, psychology, or related field preferred.
  • Experience working in a non-profit or multi-cultural environment preferred.
  • Skills: Problem-solver who can think outside the box and enjoy the fun in an innovative and fast paced environment.
  • Basic computer skills, good reflective listening skills, and the use of empathy and patience.

Other Requirements

  • Excellent problem-solving and verbal de-escalation skills.
  • Ability and willingness to express empathy and patience.
  • Ability to stay focused in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds.
  • Ability to work shifts including day, evening, overnight, weekends, and holidays.
  • Ability to ascend and descend multiple stairs and/or ramps daily, multiple times a day using feet and legs; hands and arms may be used for balance (i.e. using a handrail)

Please email your resume to and include “Program Specialist vacancy” in the subject line. Please attach your resume to the email, and include any additional information in your email.

Disclaimer: Although The Samaritan Inn has attempted to accurately and thoroughly describe this position, The Samaritan Inn reserves the right to change the same, including to change, add to or subtract from the duties outlined, within the sole discretion of The Samaritan Inn, at any time, with or without advance notice. This position description in no way implies that these are the only duties, including essential duties, to be performed by the employee occupying this position. This position description is not an employment contract, implied or otherwise. The employment relationship remains “at-will”. The aforementioned job requirements are subject to change to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities.

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