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 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. RAs will start at $13.00 per hour.


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 9 hours with each RA working 2 – 3 shifts per week, making $14.25 per hour.


The Street Outreach Case Manager is focused on housing chronically unhoused individuals and families through individual-focused outreach, engagement, and a collaboration of public and private organizations. The Street Outreach Case Manager is the key point of contact with clients and is responsible for developing strategies for engaging clients on the streets and developing a path to housing or shelter with the support of community partners. Much of the work, from initial outreach and engagement through housing, is performed with clients experiencing literal homelessness. The Street Outreach Case Manager will serve as the overflow/day center Case Manager when in operation (typically December 1-March 31). The Street Outreach Case Manager will work with individuals and/or families for a range of time; some will involve a one-time meeting and/or referral and others will require more intensive assistance. The Street Outreach Case Manager will need to perform outreach on an ongoing basis across Linn County as well as in Benton and Johnson counties as needed, working with a wide range of service providers in order to assist those without housing to successfully attain housing. The ideal candidate will be familiar and comfortable with unhoused individuals and street culture and will demonstrate an ability to establish trusting, hopeful relationships with these individuals.