Established in 1990, the Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) is the only legal services
organization dedicated to providing direct civil legal services to individuals and families
experiencing homelessness in Philadelphia. HAP also advocates for the needs of the City’s
homeless population.

HAP’s work is guided by its vision, mission, and values.

VISION: All Philadelphians at risk of or experiencing homelessness have equal access to
justice and the means to secure safe and stable housing.

MISSION: To provide free civil legal services and advocacy to reduce the frequency and
duration of homelessness in the greater Philadelphia area.

HAP’S VALUES: Individuals and families experiencing homelessness have unique legal
problems and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION (DEI): All of us at HAP take
ownership of the fact that, in various ways, HAP needs to immediately, sufficiently, and
meaningfully embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). This is in terms of our direct
representation of those experiencing homelessness, as well as in terms of office staffing,
policies, behaviors, and culture. Click here for our full statement.

POSITION SUMMARY

HAP is seeking an experienced, visionary leader to serve as its next Executive Director.
Building on a strong foundation, the next leader will be responsible for leading HAP’s strategic
direction, maintaining its long-term financial sustainability and operational efficiency, and
overseeing the organization’s programs and staff.

The ideal candidate brings a deep passion for HAP’s mission and a successful record of
organizational leadership and experience developing strong relationships with various
audiences, including funders, partners, policymakers, individuals with lived experiences, and
volunteers. The ideal candidate is also a dedicated team builder, committed to fostering a
positive and supportive culture that reflects HAP’s commitment to diversity, racial equity, and
inclusion.

RESPONSIBILITIES

Vision and Strategic Leadership

  • Lead renewal and implementation of HAP’s strategic plan; collaborate with staff, the Board, and key stakeholders to develop innovative strategies to fulfill the organization’s mission
  • Maintain active engagement and knowledge of current issues and trends affecting the homeless population to inform creative programs and strategies to advance HAP’s mission
  • Ensure and enhance HAP’s reputation as a leading voice and authority on legal and policy issues involving homelessness in Philadelphia

Team Leadership and Culture

  • Actively champion diversity, equity, and inclusion, and promote a climate that attracts, retains, and motivates a talented, dedicated, and diverse staff
  • Promote a respectful workplace that encourages teamwork
  • Lead, mentor, and develop a high-performing team and foster positive organizational culture

Fundraising

  • Oversee and work with Board and staff to implement a comprehensive fundraising strategy with diverse sources of revenue (including foundations, individual donors, law firms, and corporations) and event fundraising (including an annual benefit)
  • Cultivate and maintain relationships with current and prospective funders, and encourage active board engagement in donor cultivation

Program Management

  • Work with Legal and Advocacy Director to develop and oversee major strategic initiatives including advocacy, policy proposals, and litigation
  • Oversee management of legal clinics and administration of major contracts for client services. This may include occasional direct handling of limited client matters in order to maintain a working knowledge of HAP’s day-to-day operations and the challenges faced by HAP’s clients
  • Support Pro Bono Coordinator’s efforts to expand HAP’s network of pro bono lawyers to amplify program capacity

Board Engagement and Partnerships

  • Actively recruit, engage, support, and maintain effective communications with a strong and diverse Board of Directors; assist the Board in developing its own capacity to support the organization’s strategic priorities and financial sustainability
  • Maintain and develop relationships with key stakeholders and partners, including policymakers, key allied organizations, media, law firms, corporate legal departments, and volunteers
  • Participate in coalitions, and relevant local, state, and national organizations, to ensure that HAP’s programs reflect the goals and needs of people with lived experience

Communications

  • Serve as lead spokesperson for the organization’s mission and goals, including with the media, partner organizations, and policymakers
  • Oversee the organization’s communications strategy to advance and support program goals, ensuring that key messages are communicated effectively

Financial Management and Administration

  • Oversee the successful execution of HAP’s day-to-day operations, including effective strategic financial decision-making, budgeting and management, reporting, and compliance
  • Negotiate and execute contracts, including agreements and other instruments made and entered into by and on behalf of the organization

QUALIFICATIONS

  • All applicants should possess a degree in Business Administration, Public Administration, or a Juris Doctorate, experience in the nonprofit sector; and a track record of effective management experience
  • Passion for HAP’s mission and ability to serve as a credible advocate for people experiencing, or at risk, of homelessness
  • Proven success in a senior leadership role with a demonstrated ability to manage the strategic, financial, team leadership, and operational needs of a lean nonprofit
  • Strong legal skills with a proven track record of high-quality, creative lawyering
  • Demonstrated commitment to racial equity, diversity, and inclusion
  • Proven ability to lead and develop creative, thoughtful, and effective strategies to make systemic change
  • Demonstrated aptitude for cultivating and stewarding funding relationships, including experience diversifying funding streams
  • Positive, engaging, and entrepreneurial leadership style
  • Exceptional interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
  • Ability to partner effectively with external stakeholders
  • Strong professional ethics, transparency, integrity, and accountability

HOW TO APPLY

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please include a letter expressing in
detail your interest in the position; your qualifications and what you hope to contribute to the
organization’s future; a current résumé; and the names and contact information for three
professional references.

Materials should be submitted electronically to [email protected] in Microsoft Word or pdf
format.

Salary is commensurate with experience based on a competitive public interest salary scale.
Available benefits include medical, dental, vision, term life, short and long term disability,
403(b) retirement plan, and generous paid time off and holidays.

Homeless Advocacy Project (HAP) is an equal opportunity employer and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, gender, disability, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation,
national origin, age, citizenship, genetic information, veteran status, or any other characteristic
protected by law. HAP also values and seeks diversity and inclusion in all aspects of its work.
Persons from diverse backgrounds and orientations are encouraged to apply.