The Salvation Army

  • Director of Program Development/Employment Specialist

    Job Locations US-NY-Syracuse
    Job ID
    Social Services
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    The Director will be a key member of the divisional social services team working in close partnership with Salvation Army officers, social services/program staff, Pathway of Hope and DHQ Departments. The Director will be a passionate, experienced team player who is excited by the opportunity to create a roadmap for program and funding development focusing on employment, training and Pathway of Hope.

    The Director provides leadership for divisional grant writing and application development. Core responsibilities will be concentrated in these areas: securing major grants, strategist for program planning teams, (developing program templates), grant feasibility consultation, including operations funding analysis, POH expansion, work force training initiatives and capital development strategy for homeless and housing initiatives.

    He/she will be responsible to optimize The Salvation Army’s effectiveness in each community through effective program development, engagement of community leaders and development of collaborative partnerships in area of employment training, supportive services and Pathway of Hope. The Director will support division-wide grants management, primarily focusing on large public funding opportunities that include sustainability strategies. Provide research, writing, editing, and reporting support.



    Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

    Planning & Program Development
    • Conducts community assessment research to determine the most effective approach related to program/service delivery in area of work force development, supportive services, and comprehensive family-based case management.
    • Work with social services, POH and program staff to develop case management training in the area of work force development for direct services staff
    • Assist with outcome development/objectives within work force development best practices
    • Develop, act as community liaison with other community-based work force development organizations
    • Work closely with program supervisors and POH Coordinator to provide needed supervision and case management support to staff working with clients on work force development.
    • Develop, implement, and manage tactical plans for community engagement and partnerships.
    • Work with individual corps, corps clusters and regions to prepare and submit proposals and required reports to funders.
    • Assure applications for funding meet DHQ/MAC and CFC requirements and approvals.
    • Develop a grant writing team approach and lead the coordination of that team; Corps Officers, finance, program staff, DHQ, all would be engaged.
    • Act as the lead with the Administrator of Contracts and Compliance and DHQ finance department as to ensure award agreements are executed for programming and accounting processing of awards.
    • Assist in the development and management of a division-wide research, recording, tracking, and reporting system to increase funding resources and grant compliance.
    • Develops and execute program service models that are attached to funding sources that meet commitments of sustainable programming.
    • Work with Corps Officers and program managers to cultivate relationships, develop and enhance program models and budgets, and track program outcomes/impact.

    • Working closely with the Divisional Director of Social Services, act as the organization’s clearinghouse for grant requests to ensure strongest applications, eliminate duplication of proposals and set priorities, coordinating grant requests to funders serving multiple locations.
    • Focus grant research on specific program areas; work force development, youth/after school, poverty approaches, housing/homelessness, music/arts, parent education/child development and family support.
    • Monitor federal, state and local public funding websites and other sources for RFP announcements.
    • Identifies and researches availability of private funds/large national resources, in response to program needs.
    • Pro-actively researches new sources of private ventures revenue such as tax credit, social impact bonds, business development efforts, pay for success, etc.
    • Prepares internal and external communications including presentations, reports and business correspondence in related to grant funding applications.
    • Maintain a comprehensive, detailed, continuously updated tracking system clearly setting forth the status of all current, pending and potential granting sources, with attention to meeting all internal and external deadlines.

    Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice due to business needs.



    • A Bachelor’s Degree with five years of experience in program development, grant writing, corporate relations and/or development; not-for-profit experience a plus
    • Prior experience working in the field of work force development/employment training
    • Effective interpersonal, written and oral communications skills.
    • Demonstrated ability to set and achieve or exceed goals and meet deadlines.
    • Demonstrated ability to work independently in a complex environment, managing multiple projects and conflicting priorities.
    • Demonstrated experience with community-based program planning and implementation in the areas of work force development and working with populations impacted by concentrated poverty.
    • Demonstrated strategic planning, project management and communication skills.
    • Solid knowledge of best practices in programs and services, community engagement, communications, and volunteer programs.
    • Demonstrated ability to cultivate relationships with targeted systems and organizations including a diverse population of community leaders and volunteers.
    • Demonstrated ability with outcome driven project management.
    • Commitment to advocacy, diversity and serving the community.
    • A proficiency in Word and Excel, as well as experience with database software is preferred.
    • Valid driver’s license that meets The Salvation Army insurance requirements.
    • A strong commitment to know and understand The Army’s history, mission, and structure, as well as its services, policies and procedures.


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