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.

Development Director

Position overview:

The Development Director will lead the resource development efforts for Willis Dady which will include fundraising, communication, outreach and marketing. The Development Director will work closely with the Executive Director, the Board of Directors, donors, and a range of community stakeholders. The Development Director will supervise a growing development team. The Development Director will inspire a thriving culture of philanthropy, oversee and grow an established donor portfolio and build positive, energizing relationships with individuals interested in the mission and advancement of the organization. This is a full-time salaried position with a flexible schedule in order to fulfill the job duties. 



To apply:

Please submit a resume, cover letter, writing sample and contact information for three professional references to Executive Director Phoebe Trepp at  Interested applicants may also call for more information at: 319-362-7555.  Applications are being accepted as of 3/11/2020, with hopes to interview strong candidates by 4/12/2020. The position is available immediately.

Accounting Clerk - Part-Time 

Position overview: 
The Accounting Clerk is responsible for a range of essential financial duties within the agency, across all programs and staff. The Accounting Clerk will pay bills, deposit income, process payroll, prepare monthly financial reports, monitor grant funds, and keep all account records accurate and up to date. The position is part-time averaging 20 –25 hours per week. The Accounting Clerk’s work hours will be primarily during the work week. In addition to reporting to the Executive Director the Accounting Clerk will work most closely with the agency CFO, a consultant who provides monthly oversight and overall direction onagency fiscal matters.



To apply:

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to Phoebe at  Interested applicants may also call for more information at: 319-362-7555.  Applications are being accepted now through April 5th. The Accounting Clerk position is available immediately.

Employment Case Manager

Position overview:

The Employment Case Manager is responsible for the growth and continuation of our various employment programs. The Employment Case Manager will work closely with the Support Services Director to recruit, hire and supervise client employees, complete new hire paperwork, work with partner agencies, explore and implement new employment opportunities (such as creating new small business start-ups and looking for new companies to partner with), and respond to the urgent needs of clients working in our employment program. The Employment Case Manager will also be responsible for supervising The Financial Stability AmeriCorps VISTA. The aim of this position is to assist in ending and preventing homelessness for every individual we serve through direct support in short-term, stable employment leading to longer term employment and stability.  
This position maintains direct contact with people who have unstable housing situations and who require extra support while employed. Initiative, follow-through, relationship building, excellent supervision, and knowledge of resources are essential to the Employment Case Manager’s success.  Travel is a required part of the position and will be reimbursed by Willis Dady. The Employment Case Manager must supply their own vehicle and have a clean driving record. The position is full time (40 hours per week) with health benefits and paid time off, and requires some scheduling flexibility to meet the needs of clients and staff.


To apply:

Please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three professional references to or via mail at 1247 4th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52403.  Interested applicants may also call for more information at: 319-362-7555.  Applications are now being accepted on a rolling basis.

Temporary Resident Assistant 

We are looking to hire 5 - 6 new overflow Resident Assistants. We can provide 2 - 3 shifts per week at a rate of $12/hour with shifts available from 8am-8pm and 8pm-8am. Preference will be given to individuals with human service experience.

To apply:

Please email Executive Director Phoebe Trepp at  Interested applicants may also call for more information at: 319-362-7555.  

Help Wanted: AmeriCorps Service Members 

Willis Dady is currently accepting applications for 3 full-time, year long stipended AmeriCorps Service Member positions for July 2020-July 2021. Click on the links below to view complete VISTA Assignment Descriptions and Benefits. If you are interested in learning more about becoming an AmeriCorps VISTA with Willis Dady, please send your inquiry to our Employment Case Manager at

AmeriCorps Service Member Benefits 

In addition to gaining great career experience, AmeriCorps Service positions come with a bi-weekly living stipend, education award upon successful completion, healthcare supplements and more! Click the link below to view all benefits associated with a year of service.

Prepare for a career in marketing and communications! Gather stories and generate outward facing content to educate the public about preventing and ending homelessness in Cedar Rapids.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Gather information about homelessness, specifically about individual clients who have utilized Willis Dady services, and create and distribute content to engage the larger public in the work of ending homelessness

  • Engage with the public through formal and informal events to strengthen our community’s understanding of local homelessness, our agency, and ways to assist in preventing and ending homelessness.

  • Strengthen donor and partner communication by researching and implementing best practices for engagement

Passionate about Economic Justice? Join the Employment Team at Willis Dady Homeless Services and help individuals facing barriers to employment gain stability in Iowa’s workforce.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Expand the WDHS Supported Staffing Service by assessing the long-term impacts of supported staffing on client housing and other outcomes

  • Gather and share information using web and community-based sources about employment and paid job training opportunities in the community

  • Research, and help staff implement new education and training strategies to support positive employment outcomes including increasing workplace readiness and job retention

  • Review our current budgeting resources, and research best practices to support low-income clients in developing realistic spending and savings plans

Launch new volunteer-led initiatives and build community partnerships to promote civic engagement and volunteerism around homelessness.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Develop and expand our client follow-up program to assess client outcomes across all programs

  • Create long-term research and internship partnerships with local colleges and universities to establish best practices in homeless services and prevention

  • Recruit, train and support volunteers to better serve all Willis Dady programs, clients, staff and volunteers themselves

  • Record data regarding the impact of volunteers at Willis Dady and regularly report volunteer impact to stakeholders

  • Actively pursue professional development, resulting in the use of best practices for volunteer management and the creation of a sustainability binder to ensure ongoing success of the Volunteer Program

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, three references, and, if desired, a work sample or portfolio to Carolyn Scherf, Employment Case Manager, at Applicants will be considered on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. 

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