Director of Project Silk

Position Hours: 
Full Time
Reports to: 
Chief Service Officer
Expected Schedule: 
Full Time Monday through Friday 12PM – 8PM
Annual Salary: 
$50,000 and full time employment benefits include; Health, Dental, Vision, Generous PTO and Holidays. Life Insurance/STD/LTD and 401(k).
Additional Compensation Notes: 
Full time benefits include $0 deductible Health Plan through Highmark BCBS, Dental and Vision insurance, 23 PTO days for the first full year and 11 holidays, life insurance/STD/LTD, and a 401k match.
Please send cover letter and resume to: Fax: 412-246-1670

Functional Definition: 

Immediate need for a full time Director of Project Silk, a recreation based community health space for LGBTQIA youth of color and their support networks. The Director will be primarily responsible for administrative tasks related to program design, budgetary monitoring, and quality assurance of outcome reports. The Director will aim to increase outcomes aligned with the program’s overall mission to support youth to grow, learn, express, celebrate, advocate and determine the meaning and direction of their own lives with the support of staff, peers, service providers and community partners. 


The Director will oversee programming to ensure members have access to appropriate linkages within the social service system. The Director will provide direct supervision and support to two community support specialists and four peer navigators with the potential to grow the team to provide more comprehensive support and education. This position will operate under a strengths-based approach in collaboration with youth participants and will seek to enhance the continuum of care through partnerships with a multitude of organizations region wide.


CHS uses the Housing First and Harm Reduction service delivery models, assisting people to meet their immediate needs without pre-requisites, on their terms, and directed by their goals. Our work is guided by our five core values: Quality, Advocacy, Relevance, Respect and Equity. CHS empowers individuals and families to live in stable housing, connect to community resources, build relationships, and access quality food. The Director of Project Silk will embody our core values and mission statement in their daily work with colleagues, participants and the community.

Responsibilities and Duties: 



  1. Establishes the vision and direction for the program’s philosophy and goals.
  2. Designs program policies and procedures and establishes the appropriate systemic processes to ensure that they can be consistently and effectively implemented.
  3. Addresses any operational, personnel, consumer or administrative issues and communicates with the CSO, as well as with other service providers, regulating agencies, consultants, etc., as needed.
  4. Ensures program compliance with all relevant laws and regulations from licensing or monitoring bodies.
  5. Ensures compliance with all agency policies and procedures including all administrative, human resource and fiscal responsibilities.
  6. Provides financial oversight of the program, ensuring it operates efficiently and on a balanced budget.
  7. Ensures program achievement of all quality data standards outlined in program contracts.
  8. Reviews and authorizes service plans, incident reports, regulatory standards and fiscal requests.
  9. Identifies and develops new funding opportunities for services, including writing and preparing grant proposals.
  10. Generates statistical and written reports for monthly monitoring and invoicing.


Programmatic Oversight/Personnel:

  1. Provides on-site supervision of community space and daily operations of Project Silk.
  2. Resolves any youth related breaches in protocol or grievances and complaints through established procedures.
  3. Performs outreach for engagement and retention of services within targeted youth communities/events.
  4. Develops consumer driven structures and youth directed opportunities to assist with positive adult identity development goals.
  5. Tracks data within multiple systems including internal agency database.
  6. Oversees all HIV/STI clinic coordination including monitoring of all testing technology and equipment, account management through lab contracts, and partnership with health network for telemedicine models.
  7. Oversees all grants administration for substance abuse and mental health counseling.



  1. Leads routine all staff meetings to streamline communication among various projects.
  2. Oversees STI testers/counselors to ensure adherence of clinical safety guidelines, confidentiality and ACT 148 requirements, and data input related to sexual health outcomes.
  3. Facilitates advisory board meetings to develop a provider network and community based approaches to issues affecting youth communities.
  4. Supervises and supports all direct report staff, conducting performance appraisals and arranging for training.
Minimum Qualifications: 
  1. Equivalent work, education, and life experience typically gained through 5 years of experience in the social service field or a Masters Degree and 3 years of experience in the social service field.
  2. Commitment to overall agency mission, vision, and CHS values of Advocacy, Equity, Relevance, Respect and Quality. 
  3. Strong organizational, communication (written and verbal), problem-solving, supervisory, and crisis management skills.
  4. Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with a team.
  5. A working knowledge of the social service system, needs of targeted LGBTQIA youth of color communities, HIV prevention/medical care, and sexual health education.
  6. Ability to keep a positive attitude and show empathy toward members.
  7. Demonstrated understanding of confidentiality, boundary-setting, and conflict resolution skills required.
  8. Ability to travel independently.
  9. Advanced computer literacy skills.


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