Director of Service Camps & Homeowner Services, The Pittsburgh Project

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Department: TPP

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Senior Manager/Supervisor



Director of Service Camps & Homeowner Services

The Pittsburgh Project, Pittsburgh, PA




The Pittsburgh Project is a neighborhood-based Christian community development organization. Our work grows out of a broad vision for the City of Pittsburgh that informs our purpose and defines our target populations.


Our vision is “That Pittsburgh will be called a City of Truth where once again men and women of ripe old age will sit in the streets, each with cane in hand because of age, and where the city streets will be filled with boys and girls playing there” (from Zechariah 8:4-5).


Our purpose is to “develop servant leaders and uphold the dignity of vulnerable homeowners.”


Founded in 1985 and incorporated in 1989, The Pittsburgh Project is recognized by the IRS as a nonprofit 501(c) (3) corporation. A fourteen-member Board of Directors, broadly representative of the community, governs the organization. In 1992, The Pittsburgh Project purchased a vacant 27,000 square foot school building that became our permanent base of operations. It houses our educational programs, homeowner services and administrative offices. In 2003, we purchased the adjacent 15,000 square foot former church building and embarked upon renovating it. It contains spaces for dining, meeting, large group gatherings, concerts, performances and other assemblies. In 2005, we built a 22,000 square foot, LEED™ Gold certified 324-bed dorm building. It is used as our Guest House for resident programs, retreats and conferences. In 2006, we signed a long-term lease and took over the management and operation of Fowler Park and Pool, a seven-acre city park located across from our program center. We began a park revitalization project in September 2007, which included building a new playground, community gardens and basketball building.


Out target populations are:

  • Children and youth who live in Pittsburgh’s North Side
  • Youth, adults and families who participate in service learning programs
  • Vulnerable homeowners who live in Pittsburgh and neighboring urban boroughs

Our strategy for developing servant leaders among children and youth who live in Pittsburgh’s urban North Side is to operate a series of asset-building, out-of-school time programs in which children and youth grow academically, relationally and spiritually, and become prepared to transform culture and to serve neighbors.


We also develop servant leaders from among participants in our service learning programs, helping them become agents of renewal in their neighborhoods, schools, businesses and churches. Through week-long and weekend resident Service Camps, young people and adults give their whole being in service to the widowed, elderly, poor and disabled.


To uphold the dignity of vulnerable homeowners, we provide free home repairs, visitation and links with social services and local churches. We focus on homeowners who are economically in-need, at risk of eviction, devoid of social resources and those who are in poor health due to advanced age or disability. We work toward ensuring that every vulnerable homeowner is able to live in a safe, healthy and accessible home, with all the social networks needed for optimum living.


Our Programs include the following:

  • B.A.S.I.C. Academy and Camp (Afterschool program and summer day camp for grades 1-5)
  • Reach Academy and Camp (Afterschool program and summer day camp for grades 6-8)
  • The Underground (Recreational program for grades 9-12)
  • Leaders in Training – L.I.T. (Leadership development for grades 9-12)
  • Service Camps (Service learning for grades 6 through adult)
  • Home Repair Ministry (Free home repair services for vulnerable homeowners)
  • Fowler Park and Pool (Recreational amenities and opportunities for all neighbors)


By God’s grace and the kindness of our friends, The Pittsburgh Project has been able to accomplish the following:

  • Repaired over 1,700 house occupied by vulnerable homeowners at no cost to them
  • Trained over 36,000 student volunteers and deployed them for acts of service among elderly, widowed, poor or disable homeowners
  • Invested over 700,000 volunteer construction hours in the homes of vulnerable homeowners
  • Cared for and trained over 1,700 North Side children and youth through preventive and proactive asset-building programming
  • Trained and deployed over 6,000 volunteers for mentoring and tutoring among urban children and youth, as well as homeowner care and visitation
  • Devoted over 75,000 hours to mentoring, tutoring and relationship-building
  • Created a college scholarship fund to assist our urban youth in pursuing higher education


Position Overview

Reporting to the Executive Director of The Pittsburgh Project, this exempt, full-time position has three full-time and seasonal direct reports, and manages an organizational budget of $400,000. The Director must be a qualified and energetic leader who would maintain a positive attitude while juggling multiple tasks.  The Director will be highly visible, must be a strong communicator capable of working with similar social services agencies and the general public, familiar with basic construction techniques, experience preparing budgets and managing an inventory of supplies, materials and equipment and identifying and addressing safety hazards or unsafe practices. Approximately 35-40% of the Director’s time is spent inside the office, and 60-65% outside of the office. This individual is primarily responsible for the Service Camps (Service learning for grades 6 through adult) and the Home Repair Ministry (Free home repair services for vulnerable homeowners).


Primary responsibilities include:

  • Provide visionary leadership to all aspects of Summer Service Camp, One Day Plunge(s), and Weekend Retreats
    • Staff Responsibilities
      • Provide directional leadership to Summer Service Camp Coordinator
    • Provide leadership and oversight to all aspects of Summer Service Camp, One Day Plunge(s), and Weekend Retreats
      • Meet enrollment and financial targets established by Executive Director
        • Recruit churches and organizations and secure enrollment in Service Camp, One Day Plunge(s), and Weekend Retreats
        • Promote opportunities to churches, colleges, and businesses by representing TPP at local, regional, and national conferences, churches, and organizational meetings
        • Tell the TPP story and share the mission of Service Camps
        • Develop and maintain healthy relationships with Service Camp, One Day Plunge, and Weekend Retreat participants (i.e. churches, businesses, organizations)
        • Set dates/pricing information for all aspects of Service Camp (including One Day Plunges and Weekend Retreats)
        • Network locally and regionally (i.e. Pittsburgh Kids Foundation monthly meetings)
      • Recruit summer staff and fill all needed positions
      • Speak at Service Camp, Plunge(s), and Weekend Retreats
      • Supervise both morning and evening activities and programming for camp participants
      • Secure worship leader/band for Service Camp and Weekend Retreats
      • Ensure preparation of all materials needed for successful execution of Service Camp and Weekend Retreats
  • Provide visionary leadership to all aspects of Homeowner Services
    • Staff Responsibilities
      • Provide directional leadership to Homeowner Services & Care Coordinator
      • Provide directional leadership to the Homeowner Services Administrative Assistant
    • Homeowner Services Responsibilities
      • Provide tangible and pastoral services to low-income senior and disabled homeowners
      • Ensure plan projects are developed appropriately and in alignment with Service Camp objectives
      • Manage departmental budget and finish fiscal year at or below planned budget
      • Manage inventory listing for all items ordered and received by the Homeowner Services Coordinator in support of approved work projects for Service Camp, One Day Plunge(s), and Weekend Retreats
  • Work in partnership with Development Director and Associate to ensure Service Camps are properly represented in marketing materials including brochures, web site, email marketing tools, etc.
  • Common Staff Activities
    • Participate in weekly staff meetings
    • Participate in bi-monthly Directors’ meetings
    • Participate in other staff gatherings, as directed


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

The ideal candidate for this role has a blend of the following:

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university, or an associates’ degree and a minimum of 7 years working with youth-oriented programs
  • A passion for the mission of The Pittsburgh Project
  • Demonstrated cultural competence in working with diverse stakeholders
  • The ability to articulate and possess an understanding of the cultural, economic and sociological issues unique to urban contexts
  • Act 33/34 clearances, FBI fingerprinting and Mandated Reporter Training is a prerequisite
  • Prior experience leading a project or service similar in size, scope and impact


To Apply

The Pittsburgh Project is conducting this search and selection, with some recruitment assistance provided by Nonprofit Talent. Qualified and interested individuals can apply in confidence through Nonprofit Talent.


Applications must be submitted by 5 PM on Monday, December 11th, 2017. The timeline for filling this position is immediate, and interviews will start before the end of the calendar year.


The Pittsburgh Project is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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