Director of Re-Entry

The mission of Jubilee Housing is building diverse, compassionate communities that create opportunities for everyone to thrive. Since 1973, Jubilee has worked to provide high quality affordable housing and holistic support to those experiencing persistent economic hardship in the Adams Morgan and Columbia Heights neighborhoods of Washington D.C. Jubilee operates ten properties totaling 299 units of affordable housing and offers robust programming for residents and community members pursuing life goals.

Jubilee Housing is an innovator in financing for affordable housing and a responsible steward of the investments it receives. Jubilee produces not simply affordable housing, but justice housing.

Justice housing is affordable to those with few financial assets, located in neighborhoods where resources such as good schools, grocery stores, and public transportation are readily accessible and near services that support residents as they pursue educational and career attainment.

Jubilee is seeking individuals who are excited about this concept and want to work with us to ensure Justice Housing becomes a reality for all Jubilee Residents who want to be a part of the Justice Housing Community.

Position Description:

The Director of the Re-entry Housing Initiative for Men and Women Returning to the Community from Incarceration will lead a team of social service professionals to develop and implement a holistic supportive housing program that supports men and women to achieve independence as they re-enter the community after incarceration.  They will lead and supervise a comprehensive array of housing opportunities and services offered to Program residents through a combination of in-house supports and third party partners.

The Re-entry Program is in an exciting period of development that includes pre-release outreach and support and housing and services for Program participants as they develop increasing independent living skills, employment, savings, and mental and emotional advancement.  The Director will manage this expansion while maintaining and enhancing Jubilee Housing’s current Transitional Housing Program for 10 men and 10 women in respective facilities that emphasize sobriety, employment, and self-sufficiency.

Primary Responsibilities

The on-going development and management of JHI’s Transitional Housing Program, serving up to 10 men and 10 women recently returning to the community after time in jail or prison. The one-year Program is executed primarily at two properties – one for men and one for women – each in walking distance of the various Jubilee Ministries in the Adams Morgan neighborhood.  The objectives of this program include the stabilization, employment, and sobriety of program participants in anticipation of their exiting into independent living.

To accomplish this, the Director:

  • Executes an effective transitional housing opportunity that meets the vision and mission of the Program
  • Provides oversight of continual program development and management.
  • Leads and supports staff and volunteers in the implementation of the program
  • Provides Program administration, including participation in fund development efforts.
  • Establishes long-lasting partnerships with a broad network of resources and agencies.

As emergency facilities, resources, and permanent housing units are being identified, the current transitional housing program will expand to the following four-phase re-entry housing program and the Director will lead that effort.

  • The development of a four-phase re-entry housing model that includes:
    • Pre-release Support six months prior to release, including outreach and activities that increase the likelihood of a successful re-entry.
    • Emergency Supportive Housing facilities, units, or collaborative arrangements with other organizations to address the initial needs of returning men and women who may have been recently released from incarceration, substance use treatment, other temporary housing facilities or homelessness.
    • Transitional Housing that further enhances program participant objectives related to employment, support for substance use disorder and/or mental health challenges, and successful transition into permanent housing through support that is holistic and trauma-informed.
    • Permanent Housing where program participants can continue to receive support in an independent living setting where services are voluntary.
  • Ongoing, the Director will be JHI’s subject-matter expert for all issues related to housing, programming, and support for returning citizens and will proactively and consistently support:
    • The production of program materials that clearly articulate the development and execution of JHI’s Re-entry Housing Initiative to internal and external stakeholders including JHI staff, JHI Board members, funders, and supporters.
    • Attend and participate in selective District of Columbia re-entry program development efforts, policy development, and advocacy for returning citizens.
    • Cultivate relationships with community stakeholders including but not limited to the DC Department of Corrections, Federal Bureau of Prisons, the Juvenile Justice System and re-entry specific organizations.
    • Design and facilitate in-service team and organizational trainings to ensure that the team and organization is abreast of changing trends that impact our residents.

Other Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Act as primary JHI liaison in collaboration with consultants and stakeholders in current and future re-entry program development and execution.
  • Support the vision, mission, and operations of the department within the organization.
  • Ensure full regulatory and legal compliance with JHI policies and operations.
  • Manage a team of direct service personnel and contractors (supervision, hiring, evaluations, professional development, terminations, etc.).
  • Monitor and evaluate effectiveness of programming, including qualitative and quantitative evaluation tools and analysis in collaboration with JHI’s Impact and Evaluation Officer
  • Develop annual budget, monitor ongoing spending, and participate in budget reconciliations in collaboration with the JHI Finance Department.

Qualifications:

  • BS or BA (Master’s preferred) in social work or a related field, plus a minimum of 5 years of experience working with low-income or other marginalized populations
  • 3 or more years of responsibility leading a multi-disciplinary approach to housing for returning citizens and/or experience assisting people with addictions recovery and mental health support
  • Knowledge and experience working with people who are in the criminal justice system
  • An active spiritual grounding

Salary and Benefits
This is a full-time salaried position. Salary is commensurate with experience. Benefits include health, dental, life and vision insurance, STD, a matched contribution retirement plan and Metro benefits. We provide paid vacation, paid sick leave, and paid holidays.

 To Apply
Please email a resume and thoughtful cover letter to ksharps@jubileehousing.org with “Director of Re-Entry” in the subject line.