EMPLOYMENT OPP: Shelter Prgm Director (Cecil Co, MD)

Position: Program Director Cecil County Men’s Shelter (CLOSING DATE:  July 24, 2015)


Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Program Director is responsible for assuring
the efficient functioning of the Cecil County Men’s Shelter such that the program is a place of
hospitality, safety, education, community participation, spiritual growth, and re-integration into
society on a path to home.


-Program Development and Resident Support

-Develops and facilitates resident support of all kinds, including accessing community services
for employment, transportation, housing, physical and mental health, substance abuse and
domestic violence, as well as assisting residents in developing resumes, educational options,

-Assists residents in formulating individual goals and setting priorities and exploring pathways
with residents to reach these goals.Communicates, and enforces program expectations, rules
and policies.Provides necessary documentation for schools, Department of Social Services,
Housing Authority, Section 8, Veteran’s Administration, etc.Maintains standards and procedures
to ensure each resident’s privacy; while maintaining secure confidential files that include records
to document resident’s needs, goals, and progress.Makes admission and discharge decisions in
accordance with Meeting Grounds’ and Cecil County Men’s Shelter’s policies and mission that
are consistent with program guidelines.

-Leadership and Facilitation

-Ensures the program and its facility is a place of safety, respect, and encouragement towards
human transformation.

-Supervises and provides proper management of all aspects of the program, including but not
limited to finances, coordination of volunteers, residents and groups, crisis management, food
management, appearance of the house and grounds, and tracking the acceptance and use of in-
kind donations.

-Works in conjunction with the appropriate agency staff to ensure the proper use and maintenance
of vehicles, facilities –especially the fire and electrical systems, and appliances.  Reports
necessary repairs or emergencies to the Executive Director in a timely manner.


-Monitors program budget and ensures that all cash donations and savings are collected, recorded,
and deposited according to the program’s policies and procedures.

-Ensures distributions of funds are distributed and recorded according to agency’s policies and

-Submits all weekly, monthly, and annual program records to the Executive Director.

-Communicates current and impending program needs to the Executive Director in a timely basis,
and works with agency staff to acquire necessary information to seek grants or provide reports to
funding authorities.


-Develops and maintains an effective site volunteer program, while providing support and
supervision for program volunteers to help make valuable contributions to the community.
Builds relationships with individuals and community organizations that provide services for
residents, such as Veteran’s Administration, Social Services, Churches, Health Department,
Community Kitchen, Upper Bay Counseling, healthcare providers, etc.

-Supervises site community assistance programs such as the distributions of Food Box, donations,
Christmas toys, etc.


1. A degree from an accredited university, or equivalent experience in a program for

2.    Familiarity with homelessness issues facing the Delmarva and Pennsylvania Region and
an understanding of the unique characteristics and patterns of rural homelessness including
the related issues of mental illness and substance abuse.

3. Demonstrated ability to be flexible, tolerant, and to work in a meaningful and
compassionate manner with persons of diverse backgrounds, economic status, age, and life

4. Strong listening and interpersonal skills, especially conflict resolution skills.

5. Strong leadership and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple
tasks while adhering to deadlines.

6. Excellent verbal and written communication skills including a familiarity with
Microsoft Office and is confident communicating across a wide variety of platforms to a
wide variety of audiences.

7.  Experience in program management, supervision, and fiscal management.


The proposed salary range for the Director of Emergency Services is $40,000--$42,0000
depending upon applicant’s experience and training.  This full-time, salaried position offers a
fringe benefit package that includes health care, 403(b) retirement plan, and leave benefits.


-Interested persons who meet the minimum qualifications of this position are invited to submit a
letter of interest and resume to Patricia N. Marks, Executive Director of Meeting Ground via
email at  pnmarks@meetingground.org no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015

-Following screening of credentials, interviews will be scheduled.

We, the community of Meeting Ground, respect and serve persons at-risk of, or experiencing, 
homelessness by: meeting basic human needs, connecting people to services, fostering spiritual 
and emotional well-being, and advocating for those whose voices need to be heard with the goal 
of creating a path to a place they call home.