Ready to Work Program Director

Bridge House, a Boulder-based non-profit organization, provides an array of resources helping homeless men and women reach a higher level of self-sufficiency. Services include meals, case management, employment opportunities, as well as access to mental health care, substance abuse treatment and housing.

Bridge House’s Ready to Work program is Boulder’s first and only employment program designed specifically for the needs of homeless individuals. Ready to Work combines paid employment in a social enterprise with the support services to help trainees establish a work history, address barriers to employment and, ultimately, transition back into a mainstream job after approximately 9 months. In summer of 2015, Ready to Work housing will open as Boulder’s first residential community providing housing coupled with employment and program services for homeless individuals.

Duties of the newly created position of Ready to Work Program Director:

  • Oversee all aspects of the Ready to Work employment and housing program 
  • Successfully lead staff to achieve Ready to Work mission and graduation goals 
  • Responsible for all Ready to Work program elements including daily operations of Ready to Work housing located at 4747 Table Mesa Drive in Boulder 
  • Responsible for meeting program goals of Ready to Work including successful trainee selection, retention and graduation 
  • Act as an example of integrity and inspiration for Ready to Work trainees 
  • Establish and manage residential operations and procedures 
  • Ensure a safe and positive program and building culture 
  • Supervise and manage staff including building operations, house management, case management, and job training teams 
  • Oversee administrative functions, security, maintenance, and building facilities 
  • Oversee recruitment, assessment, intake of Ready to Work trainees and residents 
  • Oversee program operations including on-the-job training, classroom training, groups, and all trainee activities 
  • Execute program terminations in compliance with mission and protocols 
  • Set and oversee staff and trainee assignments and schedules to ensure smooth program flow and adequate coverage 
  • Establish and implement systems for communication and transparency within Ready to Work operations and other BH departments including human resources and purchasing 
  • Coordinate on-site volunteers in conjunction with the BH Volunteer Coordinator 
  • Collaborate with Executive Director, Senior Supervisor and Executive Chef on social enterprise business development and contracts  Outreach and manage relationships with service provider partners for successful trainee recruitment and on-site programming 
  • Establish positive working relationships with neighborhood and participate in community meetings as needed
  • Maintain knowledge of and ensure compliance grant compliance for residential programming and employment practices 
  • Create and integrate reporting procedures for funding as needed 
  • Oversee data collection and program evaluation as needed 
  • Establish and participate in 24/7 on call schedule 
  • Assist with fundraising as needed

Qualifications: 

  • 10+ years of experience in homeless services, substance abuse treatment, workforce development, corrections re-entry programming, case management, or a related-field 
  • 8+ years of management or supervisory experience, in a residential setting preferred 
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal 
  • Professional and personal integrity 
  • Ability to work under pressure 
  • Flexibility with both availability and duties 
  • Commitment to Bridge House and Ready to Work missions 
  • Passion for helping others succeed in employment and housing 
  • Valid, clean driver’s license

This position is full-time with benefits. Salary is commensurate with experience. Reports to Bridge House Executive Director Please submit resume, cover letter and salary requirements to by February 13, 2015