Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN)

Shelter Program Director

Responsible for program development, implementation, supervision, and management of shelter program services provided by Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN). Works with community organizations and SPAN resources to address short and long-term shelter, mental and physical health, and crisis response needs of adult and child survivors of domestic violence. Focuses on systems change and expanding available resources. Supervises shelter staff, graduate interns, and volunteers.
• Provides program development, support, direction, and supervision to the SPAN Shelter Program, including crisis/intake services and residential programming.
• Recruits, hires, trains, and supervises staff (including on-call staff) and interns of the Shelter Program. Conducts annual performance evaluations of staff and required evaluations of interns.
• Ensures a shelter living environment that promotes safety, dignity and respect; implements policy and protocol that are trauma-informed, client-defined, and provide a positive shelter experience regardless of race/ethnicity, language, sexual orientation or gender identity, mental/physical abilities, religious affiliation or other social/cultural barriers.
• Works with SPAN programs and community organizations and initiatives to improve access to and availability of emergency shelter, short/long term housing, and crisis intervention resources for survivors of violence; including: public and community assistance programs, post-shelter housing, and mental/physical health, addiction/recovery, parenting support resources. Oversees the SPAN Spiritual Support Team, Safe Pets Program, and agency workgroups focused on improved client services.
• Participates in system-change and advocacy efforts to improve institutional response to survivors of domestic violence and their children. Works closely with government and nonprofit community partners to expand resources and enhance services for domestic violence survivors and their children. Represents SPAN at various committees and task forces.
• Schedules 24/7 coverage for Shelter and crisis-line services. Provides back-up support as needed.
• Shares emergency on-call responsibilities with the Executive Director and other Program Directors.
• Assists in organizational and community training and outreach efforts.
• Participates in weekly staff meetings and regular supervision with Executive Director and other Program Directors.
• Provides program data, including evaluations, monthly progress reports for grants and other necessary reports. Completes all necessary record keeping, including monthly reports, timesheets, and monthly statistics.
• Reports to the Executive Director.
• Other duties as assigned by Executive Director.
• Supports an organizational environment based in respect, the utilization of ethical communication, and adherence to the organization’s core values and non-negotiables.

Experience Required

QUALIFICATIONS:  Masters in Counseling, Social Work or related field required. Licensure preferred.  Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including public speaking, training & presentation skills.  Minimum of 3 years management/supervision experience required. Experience working in crisis and/or Shelter environments required.  Able to effectively challenge and work toward systems change; experience in providing advocacy on behalf of survivors of interpersonal violence.  Strong working knowledge and/or experience with the dynamics of IPV/DV and social justice issues preferred, particularly the intersections of IPV/DV and issues of race, gender, sexuality, substance abuse/addiction, ability, immigration, and socioeconomics.  Understanding of trauma-informed and healing-centered practices preferred, including crisis intervention and post-traumatic growth.  Ability to work remotely in a secure setting required. Comfortable/competent working autonomously and self-directed as well as in a team.  Bilingual Spanish-speaking preferred.  Computer skills, competence in MS Office programs required.


excellent benefits including subsidized health insurance, reduced-rate Eco-Pass, generous vacation time, and work in a dynamic and diverse setting. SPAN is an EEOA employer and strongly committed to Affirmative Action.


Fulltime $50,000 annual, depending on experience (an additional $1,000/annual for Spanish language p

How to Apply

SEND RESUME TO: Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN)
835 North Street, Boulder, CO 80304
Fax: 303-449-0169
E-mail: hr@safehousealliance.org
To Apply: Submit resume and a cover letter of no more than three pages, in which you respond to the following questions:
1. How do various forms of oppression prevent people from participating fully in our society?
2. How do your experience and personal strengths prepare you for this position? (see list of qualifications above)
3. What interests you about this position?

Safehouse Progressive Alliance for Nonviolence (SPAN)
835 North Street
Boulder, CO 80304


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