Women’s Community Program Lead (Live-In)

Portland, OR

Portland Rescue Mission

Department: Women's New Life Ministry

Work Location: New Life Ministries Community Program Home (Housing Provided)

Reports to: Career and Life Readiness Manager

Employment Status: Full Time, Exempt

Effective Date: June 2020

Typical Hours Required: Monday - Friday days, other evenings and weekends as needed

Shepherd's Door  

Shepherd’s Door is a community of refuge and restoration that cultivates understanding, healing and purpose in the lives of women and children who have suffered from homelessness, addiction and other life traumas. The one-year, Christ-centered residential program integrates addiction recovery, life skills training, vocational development and spiritual growth in a safe, highly relational environment. The ministry team of staff and volunteers serves to model Christ-like living to support the up to 42 women and 25 children participants in achieving lasting transformation.

Community Program  

The Community Program provides training and support in a neighborhood residence in order to successfully establish independent living and sustain addiction recovery by fostering relational integration into church, recovery and work communities after graduation from Shepherd’s Door.

General Description of Work

The Community Program Lead has primary responsibility for developing program participants to be self-sufficient within their available resources while remaining free from addictions and growing in Christian maturity. Through collaboration with staff and mobilization of volunteers, the Community Program Lead will ensure that Community Program participants experience continued growth in four communities – church, recovery, work and home so that they are actively engaged in life and successful in transitioning to the next community that God is calling them towards. This position will: oversee program participants in Community Program for women and women with children; lead various one-on-one and group engagements that cultivate holistic growth; oversee house operations ensuring that each participant feels safe and welcomed; collaborate with Career and Life Readiness Manager, Community Involvement Manager and the volunteer team to foster an environment of hospitality and relational engagement resulting in the mutual growth of program participant and church members. The Community Program Lead will also support evening and weekend coverage at Shepherd’s Door as needed.

Essential Outcomes and Responsibilities

  • Program participants at Community Program for women and women with children receive consistent and fruitful care in compliance with New Life Ministries manual, foundational ministry principles and strengths-based approach to individual and team growth, resulting in the accomplishment of the PRM Ends Statement
  • Program participants experience continued growth leading to self-sufficiency through participation in program activities such as weekly all house meetings, one on one meetings and relational interactions with volunteers and church groups
  • Each Community Program participant receives training in establishing and maintaining healthy relationships in each of their primary communities – home, church, recovery and work
  • Both Community Program houses maintain a culture of hospitality by utilizing staff housing to model Christian hospitality, partnering with church groups and volunteers for activities in the homes (e.g. meal, bible study), and maintaining a safe and ordered home environment
  • Participants experience continued growth in Christian maturity resulting in active participation in church community, the giving of testimony, a rich and consistent devotional life and grateful service to others, all done from a love of God and an understanding of His Word.
  • Program participants experience ongoing healthy recovery by continuing practices established at Shepherd’s Door, utilizing peer-to-peer accountability and support, using growth and recovery tools and maintaining a life posture of serving others
  • Each program participant experiences success in the workplace by collaborating with Career and Life Readiness Manager to ensure participant’s Strengths and experience are well matched to employment
  • Program participants feel valued and the neighborhood is positively impacted by maintaining and improving each home when needed through partnering with volunteer groups and PRM Maintenance team
  • Program participants experience safety in each home through occasional staff presence, enforcement of guidelines, and by ensuring there are on-call staff available each night (includes occasional support at Shepherd’s Door for evening and weekend coverage)
  • Other New Life Ministries staff are equipped to participate in the ongoing growth of each program participant by having access to current information regarding the progress of each participant through the use of the available documentation tools in the Resident Tracker Database
  • A peaceful and calm atmosphere is maintained by staff who are actively collaborating through conflict or difficult situations, viewing challenges as opportunities, and serving as examples for all members of the PRM community, especially in regard to promptly resolving personal conflicts
  • New Life Ministries Alumni are cared for, engaged with and supported for ongoing recovery and self-sufficiency through monthly gatherings, service opportunities and personal connection as needed

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • College degree from an accredited Bible college or seminary preferred but must have prior ministry experience (volunteer or paid)
  • Alcohol/drug certification (CADC) preferred but must have a good understanding of the emotional, cognitive and relational challenges of people who are in recovery from addictions
  • Acts with integrity, honesty and knowledge to promote the culture, values and mission of Portland Rescue Mission
  • Ministers as a highly-relational, Christ-centered, joyful servant
  • A strong knowledge of the Bible and Christian discipleship
  • Proficient in communication, documentation, organization, scheduling and group and classroom participation
  • Experience in using databases and case notes
  • Prompt and thorough in job performance, self-starter
  • Demonstrated ability to be a team player
  • Ability to effectively handle multiple tasks as assigned
  • Creative and logical problem solving, able to learn quickly
  • Experience in Mac and Microsoft Windows software
  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs. unassisted

Personal Attributes & Values

  • A personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Savior and a testimony of continued growth in faith
  • Spiritual maturity as defined by traditional Biblical standards
  • Naturally discipleship oriented and can effortlessly share personal testimonies of God’s love
  • Able to gracefully maintain boundaries and hold others accountable to community guidelines
  • Adheres to Portland Rescue Mission's Statement of Faith and Code of Ethics
  • Desire to serve God in ministry to hurting men, women and children
  • A pleasant, gentle, gracious manner toward others
  • Possesses and demonstrates excellent integrity
  • Composed and professional

Equipment Used

  • Telephone, fax and voice mail
  • Computer
  • Copier and related office equipment

Other Duties as Assigned

In this and any position with Portland Rescue Mission, it is impossible to predict the many requests and assignments that can and will be made on an employee.  Flexibility and a cooperative spirit are crucial characteristics of the person who holds this important position and for the successful operation of Portland Rescue Mission services.


  • Complimentary beverages (coffee, tea, water) provided at no cost to employees most weekdays
  • Complimentary lunches provided at no cost to employees most weekdays
  • Medical, Vision, and Dental coverage
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA) options
  • Employer paid life insurance and long-term disability
  • Optional supplemental insurance options
  • 403(b) retirement plan with employer match up to 6%
  • 10 paid holidays per year
  • Paid vacation/sick time starting at 3 weeks per year
  • Free parking
  • Positive, purposeful, and supportive work environment
  • Healthy work-life balance

Mission Statement

We share the Word of God and demonstrate the love of Christ to transform the lives of people experiencing homelessness or addiction.