Program Director

Ask yourself

Are you passionate about helping homeless families and children live independently? Do you have a heart to ensure those living in the local community break cycles of homelessness by learning life/budgeting skills while in temporary housing?  

Do you excel in a collaborative team that is driven by impact and supports each other like family? Do you hold a passion to decrease the negative effects of homelessness and trauma on families with children through financial literacy, life skills, and resource linking?

Are you the next Program Director of The Carying Place?


The Carying Place (TCP) is seeking an innovative, outcomes-driven Program Director to join its growing team. TCP serves working homeless families with children by teaching life skills for attaining independent living while providing short-term housing and support services to address their individual needs. 

What will you do as The Carying Place’s Program Director?

The Program Director is responsible for the successful development, implementation, and management of program services. The Program Director establishes key programmatic performance to fulfill The Carying Place’s mission, vision, values, and priorities. The Program Director reports to the Executive Director, serves on the leadership team, and serves as the point person for all program staff on a day-to-day basis. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Provides input into organizational strategic planning processes.
  • Evaluates participant and community needs, as well as best practices in program delivery, to determine program components and strategy that align with the organizational mission and goals.
  • Leads current and future program development, monitors processes and performance indicators of programs against expected outcomes and funder impact and alignment to mission and strategic goals.
  • Plans programs from start to finish, including identifying processes, deadlines, milestones, customer outcomes, and community impacts.
  • Reports regularly to executive leadership on the state of programs, its achievements, and operational and programmatic needs.
  • Develops and approves programmatic operations and budgets in consultation with the program staff and executive leadership.
  • Provides leadership and supervision to a growing staff of five or more and routinely observes, coaches, counsels, troubleshoots and evaluates program staff, interns and volunteers.
  • Assists with recruiting, interviewing, and hiring of staff/volunteers for each assigned program.
  • Works collaboratively with Executive Director and Development Director to provide program testimonials, impact statistics and information for grant reporting, from time to time completing program grant reports. 
  • Works with finance department to plan and administer budgets for programs, equipment, staffing, and support services.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with other agencies and organizations to ensure that services are not duplicated.
  • Attends relevant meetings/committee functions internally and in the community to include peer organizations and advocacy groups and family groups. 
  • Works in partnership with the Executive Director, and The Carying Place leaders to cultivate new relationships that support program needs and goals.

Key lived experiences, attributes, and skillsets sought in the Program Director 

  • Master of Social Work degree plus three or more years supervisory experience. 
  • Experience managing diverse programs and teams with a proven track record of program growth, goal attainment and strategic initiative implementation.
  • Knowledge of performance and quality improvement processes with the ability to analyze and interpret data for program and services improvement and outcomes.
  • Innovative and cutting-edge thinker with ability to keep abreast of other organizations’ work to eliminate homelessness.
  • Ability to evaluate staff and program effectiveness toward agency mission, vision, values, and program goals.
  • Excellent conflict resolution skills.
  • Ability to share stories of impact to motivate volunteers, board members, donors, and partners in ways that inspire support.
  • Proven history in building quality relationships with referral sources and other stakeholders.
  • Ability to relate to people at all levels of an organization and external stakeholders. 
  • Sincere compassion and concern for families and children.
  • Ability to work with sensitivity to the cultural and/or socioeconomic diversity of the clients and staff.

Why The Carying Place?

The Carying Place (TCP) began operations in May 1993 as part of the Christian Community in Action (CCA). TCP was incorporated as a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization in 1998 with its own Board of Directors. Since our inception, TCP has served over 500 families. About 80% of families who graduate from TCP are living independently at least a year after completing the program. Currently, the program supports 13 families at a time. Families live in homes owned by TCP in an environment similar to permanent housing and TCP pays for all housing expenses.

As a non-profit transitional housing program in Wake County, TCP supports families in their journey to independence and self-sufficiency. This is achieved through the mentoring and guidance of Support Partners and staff. Families are paired with a staff and volunteer team of Support Partners that provide weekly guidance in managing personal finances, setting attainable goals, seeking permanent affordable housing, and maintaining their employment. Over a 16-week period, families learn about the skills required for self-sufficiency through mandatory once-a-week meetings with Support Partners. The next 12 months of graduate programming is an elevation of life and employment skills and includes journeys to higher paying jobs and homeownership if desired.    

Want to know more? Visit The Carying Place’s website at Home – The Carying Place.

Think you are The Carying Place’s Program Director?

To apply, click on the link to The Carying Place Program Director position profile at

You will see instructions for uploading your compelling cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and professional references.  Please provide all requested information to be considered. In case of any technical problems, contact No phone calls, please, and no applications will be accepted by email or directly from third-party posting sites.

The Carying Place works together with the community, other nonprofits, funders, and stakeholders to empower homeless working families and their children. We believe our mission is most effectively fulfilled through a commitment to diversity and inclusiveness as a core value and practice.

We maintain that building and sustaining diversity requires an ongoing commitment to inclusion that must find full expression in our organizational culture, values, norms, and behaviors. Throughout our work, we support diversity across all lines of difference, including accessibility, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, identity, and experience. We aim to lead by example, viewing and encouraging diversity as a fundamental and abiding strength of our community.

Salary is commensurate with the requirements of the position at $60,000. Benefits include a comprehensive medical (80% paid by The Carying Place), dental and vision insurance plan as well as a retirement package; 15 days accrued vacation and sick time and 7 paid holidays.

Review of candidates will continue until the position is filled.

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