Employment Opportunities


PHFS was named one of Oregon’s Top 100 Nonprofits to Work for in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. 

PHFS values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is an equal opportunity employer.

We encourage people from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position, including people of color, people with disabilities, immigrants, people with lived experience, members of the LGBTQ+ community.

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Organization: Portland Homeless Family Solutions
Job Title: Evening Shelter Coordinator
Reports to: Program Manager
Job Specifics: 40 hours per week
Compensation: $15 per hour; $15.50 if bilingual in English and Spanish
Benefits: Full health & vision insurance (Providence) and dental insurance (Willamette). Option to add family at employee's pre-tax expense. PHFS will contribute an amount equal to 2% of employee's total annual salary into a Simple IRA.
Close date: Position open until filled


Hours for this position will be: Tuesday through Saturday evenings from 2:30-10:00pm.  We also have staff meetings twice a month.

Specific Job Duties:

  • Build authentic relationships with families who are living in shelter.

  • Work with shelter staff, volunteers, and residents to ensure that shelter is safe and welcoming to a broad diversity of families experiencing homelessness including people of all races, nationalities, languages, ages, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, and family composition.

  • Facilitate the structure of the day; ensure that the daily and nightly routines are observed.

  • Be able to enforce policies to ensure smooth shelter operation and a safe environment for all families.

  • Support on-site volunteers to have a meaningful experience.  Help them find projects to do while they are at the shelter.

  • Log daily activities, creating timely and accurate records on services provided.

  • Utilize a strengths-based approach with families as they work toward permanent housing.

  • Work effectively with PHFS staff; participate in team building, staff meetings, and organizational functions.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Be compassionate and non-judgmental in responding to families in need.

  • Maintain composure and facilitate order in a stressful environment with a particular focus on the stressors of communal living, parenting, and homelessness.

  • Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality and professional boundaries with all households.

  • Communicate clearly and concisely with clients and staff.

  • Build relationships and interact respectfully with individuals and groups of people with diverse backgrounds and lifestyles.

  • Understand the effects of trauma and how trauma can impact homelessness and poverty.

  • Be able to learn new skills and apply that knowledge to different situations.

  • Be flexible in work routine and approach to daily schedule.

  • Be comfortable working independently with clients as well as with the rest of the PHFS team.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Experience working with individuals or families experiencing homelessness and a knowledge of local social services is a plus.

  • Applicants who are bilingual in English and Spanish would be compensated at a higher rate: $15.50 hourly

  • Must be reliable and show up to work on time during every scheduled shift.

  • Must be self-motivated and work well in an unstructured environment.

  • Experience with crisis intervention and customer service.

  • Ability to bend, kneel, squat, reach, and occasionally lift up to 25 pounds.

  • Ability to climb stairs multiple times a day.

  • Familiarity with computers and basic software, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Drive.

To Apply:

Send a resume and cover letter in .pdf format to jinine@pdxhfs.org with your name and the job title in the subject line.  No phone calls, please.

Applications will be reviewed as they arrive and the position will be filled as soon as possible.