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Associate Director of Poverty Programs/Director of Immersion Program

National Council of the U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Inc

Posted: January 2021
Status: Open


The Associate Director of Poverty Programs will work collaboratively with St. Vincent de Paul Local Council staff, Vincentian volunteer leaders, and leadership of other national Catholic organizations to enhance and expand the Society’s Systemic Change programming, with a particular focus on reentry and workforce development programs. The position reports to the National Director of Poverty Programs, requires a passion for serving marginalized people and communities, and demands a high degree of professionalism as well as an ability to interact with a variety of organizations and individuals. There are no formal supervisory responsibilities.

This position requires some travel for program management and conferences. Occasional evening/weekend work is required. The ability to coordinate a variety of tasks simultaneously and handle tension and stress in a positive manner is necessary to be successful in this role.

This position is grant-funded currently for three years and contingent on continued support thereafter.



  • Provide ongoing management, coordination, and leadership of Immersion and Back2Work, the Society’s national reentry and workforce development programs, respectively, currently operating in 4-6 cities; develop and execute plan to expand reentry and workforce development programming to additional sites;
  • Ensure program goals and objectives are implemented, documented, and updated accordingly;
  • Develop and nurture key national relationships with SVdP leaders, funders, affinity organizations, and others to promote Immersion and other Systemic Change programs;
  • Work with National Council staff and contracted grant writers to ensure long-term viability and support through identifying and applying for funding opportunities, as well as report writing; and
  • Support the administration and coordination of other Systemic Change programming.


Key Responsibilities:

Program Development

  • Maintain and update, as needed, national program policies, procedures, website, and other resources;
  • Assist local Immersion and Back2Work programs in implementing the programs and achieving sustainability;
  • Develop and/or maintain databases of other Vincentian programming related to reentry, criminal justice, prison ministry and workforce development;
  • Ensure programs achieve grant objectives;
  • Monitor, analyze data, and evaluate programs in each location;
  • Ensure accurate and timely reporting to funders and other interested parties;
  • Promote an environment of innovation and collaboration;
  • Identify potential program problems and their resolution; and
  • Identify and solicit funding prospects and assist local program coordinators to do the same.


Administrative Duties

  • Maintain program budgets;
  • Compile and submit monthly request for reimbursements;
  • Facilitate regular teleconference meetings of Immersion and Back2Work program coordinators, as well as in-person meetings as appropriate;
  • Utilize technology and appropriate software for program development and reporting; and
  • Execute other assignments as determined and assigned by the Director of Poverty Programs and/or Chief Executive Officer.


Key Competencies of the Position:
  • Understand the mission, vision, and values of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul;
  • Understand Catholic Social Teaching;
  • Prioritize tasks and manage multiple projects;
  • Demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills;
  • Flexible and adaptable to a variety of assignments;
  • Set and meet deadlines;
  • Initiate independent activity as well as work collaboratively; and
  • Build professional, responsive, and collegial relationships with internal and external stakeholders.


Skills, Knowledge and Experience Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree with at least five years of experience in Criminal Justice, Social Work, or related field. Master’s degree a plus. Experience working with reentry programs or with criminal justice issues strongly preferred and may be substituted for education on a year-for-year basis.
  • Experience in developing and implementing programs for vulnerable populations with proven results;
  • Demonstrated ability to identify, cultivate, and solicit funding sources, including the drafting of grant proposals;
  • Experience in developing community partnerships;
  • Team player able to relate to and work with diverse constituencies, including all levels of staff, volunteers, and board;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, demonstrated experience speaking publicly to audiences of various sizes;
  • Positive, professional demeanor and ability to develop, maintain, and utilize relationships to achieve desired program outcomes;
  • A self-starter, independent worker with the ability to develop a plan and report on its progress;
  • Knowledge of strategic planning, budget development, and program management;
  • Strong organizational skills to plan, implement, and evaluate programs;
  • Flexibility of schedule and availability of time necessary to accomplish program goals; and
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, especially Word, Excel, Outlook, and internet-based communication, collaboration, and data management.


  • Ability to develop relationships with diverse range of individuals and organizations;
  • Commitment to equity, civic leadership, and integrity;
  • Maintains confidentiality about any proprietary data and privileged information concerning SVdP, its staff, members, volunteers, and program participants; and
  • Willingness and ability to travel nationally.


  • Support the Rule (SVdP USA governance manual) and By-Laws of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul;
  • Adhere to policies and procedures of the Society and all pertinent legal regulations;
  • Prepare and accomplish annual performance objectives;
  • Participate in annual self-evaluation and performance review; and
  • Strong preference for the incumbent to live in the St. Louis metropolitan area; remote employment will be considered for the right candidate. In any event, occasional travel to the program sites, conferences, and gatherings will be required.
How to Apply:


Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected].

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