Job Opportunities

It is the policy of Willis Dady Emergency Shelter to provide employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, Vietnam era or disabled veteran status.  All offers of employment are contingent on a negative report on the State of Iowa Criminal History Records Check and Sex Offender Registry. Willis Dady is an At Will Employer.


The Communications Liaison VISTA manages our front desk and act as the hub of our external communications. They greet the public and welcome everyone into our locations. They answer phones, transfer calls, and take messages. Communications Liaison VISTAs will be trained to answer basic questions about our programs and community resources. When there is no one in need of assistance, the VISTA will update the front desk guidebook to keep all policies and procedures up to date. These changes will be communicated to all relevant staff and volunteers. The VISTA will also create training materials and professional development resources for volunteers who will come after them.

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The Willis Dady Engagement VISTA project will further develop our organization’s connection to the larger community through gathering stories and creating outward facing content and presentations. Ultimately this work will improve our service to individuals experiencing homelessness by expanding our ability to educate the public, apply for funding for our various needs, build programs, and advocate for affordable housing. This position will require interaction with clients, project management, video/audio editing, and social media proficiency. Our Development Coordinator will be a resource and mentor for you in supervision, planning this project, using software, growing your content creation skills, and in best practices for research and sharing client stories.

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The Employment Program at Willis Dady Homeless Services (WDHS) uses several strategies to support adults who are unhoused or have housing instability in overcoming barriers to the job market. The Financial Stability VISTA will work with Employment Program staff to expand the capacity of this service, so more adults facing high barriers to employment can make the journey out of poverty by gaining and maintaining financial stability. Goals of this position include researching, presenting, and implementing plans for social enterprise ideas developing business plans, and collaborating with area organizations and volunteers. This project is part of the Community Corps VISTA Program, operated by Iowa & Minnesota Campus Compact. 

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The Residential Assistant (RA) is responsible for operating the Willis Dady homeless shelter facility and providing homeless services to our clients. This includes assisting clients who are residing in shelter and managing the security, safety, and upkeep of the building and grounds. We are seeking an RA to fill 3 – 6 various shifts throughout the week, for an average of 10-20 hours per week. RAs are expected to occasionally substitute for other RAs and in rare instances provide overnight shelter coverage. The RA position is essential to the successful operation of our shelter, which helps people experiencing homelessness find a path to stability through housing and employment. RAs will work directly with clients, other staff, and volunteers.


The Part-Time Shelter Case Manager is responsible for individual case management services including, but not limited to: assisting in the securing of permanent housing, resource referral, goal setting, advocacy, coordination of services, and networking for single adults and families who are residents of Willis Dady Emergency Shelter. Sound judgment, collaborative style, ethical conduct and motivational interviewing or similar techniques are essential to success in this position. The position is grant funded through September 2022 and further contingent upon grant renewals.


The Overflow Shelter is a collaborative project to provide temporary emergency shelter during the winter months. Shelter Resident Assistants (RAs) are fully responsible for operating and managing the Overflow Shelter when it is open. The on-duty RA will coordinate all intakes, volunteers, cleaning, security of the property, and adherence to shelter policies and procedures. The RA will ensure the safety of people staying at the overflow shelter. The RA is a temporary position that will work on an as-needed basis for the duration of the winter months, depending on the needs of the community. RA shifts are six or twelve hours, from 12 pm-6pm and/or 6pm-12 am or 8 am – 8 pm and/or 8 pm – 8 am, with each RA working 2 – 3 shifts per week, making $12.50 per hour.