Capacity Building Projects Manager – Mary’s Place – Seattle, WA

We’re Hiring a Capacity Building Projects Manager!

On any given day there are more than 4,500 homeless families seeking shelter, help, support and safety in the city of Seattle. Since 1999 Mary’s Place has empowered homeless women and children to reclaim their lives and is best known as the only day center in King County where a homeless woman can bring her children for safety, shelter and support. Mary’s Place serves hundreds of women and children annually, with over 35,000 visits last year to our day center alone.

Position Description:

Mary’s Place is seeking a dedicated and passionate individual who is interested in making a difference in the lives of homeless families by serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Under the supervision of the Director of Family Shelter and Services the Capacity Building Projects Manager will increase emergency preparedness, expand data collection, and strengthen agency services to reflect best practices in trauma-informed care, as well as other emergent service needs. This project fights poverty by strengthening Mary’s Place internal procedures for data collection, emergency preparedness and best practices for service delivery. Building our internal capacity enables us to increase the accessibility and effectiveness of our services for women and families experiencing homelessness, bringing clients more quickly into their own homes in our community.

This position is an AmeriCorps VISTA position which means that the individual must be willing to the maximum extent practicable, to live among and at the economic level of the low-income people served by VISTA projects. Employment of any kind outside of VISTA is prohibited.

Key Responsibilities:

Develop and implement cross shelter emergency preparedness plan
Strengthen internal procedures for data collection
Implement recommendations for program improvements identified through program assessment and research into best practices conducted by Housing Outcomes & Metrics Project Manager (last year’s VISTA)
Make and implement recommendations to better align organizational policies and procedures with best practice, client identified areas for improvement, and emergent service needs.
Increase community awareness around the needs of homeless families and foster partnerships
Attends staff meetings.
Other duties as assigned


A strong ethic of service and commitment to the Mary’s Place mission of empowering homeless families
Willingness to maintain a strong work ethic in the face of challenges such as living within the means of the VISTA living stipend
Experience with data entry and spreadsheets a must; experience with quantitative and qualitative data analysis strongly desired
Excellent organizational abilities and project and time management skills

Must be able to multi-task and shift priorities as required
Ability to work successfully in a collaborative, team-oriented organization
Basic computer knowledge in Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel
Ability to proficiently speak, read, write and understand English
Exhibits compassion and empathy and works well with parents and children from all ethnic, social, economic and sexual orientation backgrounds
Ability to set and maintain appropriate boundaries
Experience working in non-profit environment and/or working with homeless populations a plus

In addition, applicants must meet the following minimum standards of eligibility:

Be at least 18 years old upon entering VISTA training. There is no upper age limit.
Be U.S. citizens or have permanent resident status.
Not be listed in the National Sex Offender Registry database as having been convicted of sex-related crimes.
Be willing to submit fingerprints for a criminal history background check. AmeriCorps assesses criminal history on a case-by-case basis when determining applicant eligibility.
Be in a position to offer full-time service for one year without regard to regular working hours.
Be able to exhibit previous education, training, military, or work experience, and any other relevant skills or interests necessary to perform a specific VISTA assignment. VISTA requires applicants to have a high school diploma/equivalent or be working toward completing one during the service year.
Be willing, to the maximum extent practicable, to live among and at the economic level of the low-income people served by VISTA projects. Employment of any kind outside of VISTA is prohibited.
Understand that VISTAs serve on a full-time basis. Therefore, VISTAs cannot hold part-time jobs, enroll in school except in limited circumstances, or be subjects of legal proceedings (civil or criminal) that may consume time needed for VISTA assignments. VISTA service cannot be used to satisfy service requirements of parole or probation.

Compensation and Benefits as a VISTA:

Living allowance: Approximately $1,069/month (before taxes)
Health benefits in compliance with the minimum coverage standards of the ACA
End of Service Award: $5,730 Education Award or $1,500 cash stipend
Student loan deferment or forbearance
Childcare assistance
10 days of sick leave, 10 days of vacation leave
Professional work experience
In-service training resources
Non-competitive eligibility for Federal jobs
Orca pass

How to apply

Applications accepted until the position is filled. Please send cover letter and resume to: No phone calls please; only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.