Director of Safety and Essential Services

Department: Programs and Services

FLSA Exemption Status: exempt; full time

Location: Denver, CO

Supervisor: Vice President of Programs and Services

**The Gathering Place has implemented a mandatory vaccination policy requiring Covid-19 vaccinations. All employees of The Gathering Place are required to be fully vaccinated as defined by the CDC.

Position Overview:

The Director is responsible for oversight of all aspects of essential services and safety at The Gathering Place’s Day Center. This includes responsibility for ensuring high quality and coordinated outcomes across programs and services as well as optimal collaboration with our Emergency Shelter. This position contributes to strategic planning and must support and execute complex projects that align with TGP values and standards and that best meet the needs of members and promote safety in our community. The Director is responsible for ensuring funder requirements are met, monitoring and evaluating the budget, contributing to strategic planning and leadership of new programs and initiatives, and reviewing progress and implementing quality improvements. The Director will provide direct supervision and support to program managers.

You might be a great fit at TGP if you have a passion and commitment for our mission, the services we provide, and for addressing the systemic barriers that our members face through a trauma-informed approach.

Core Accountabilities:

  • Demonstrate respect, cultural humility and knowledge of trauma informed care in interactions with TGP members, staff and collaborative partners.
  • In collaboration with the VP of Programs & Services, develops and aligns programmatic goals and objectives to TGP’s mission, values and strategic plan.
  • Provide leadership and supervision to program manages on a routine and frequent basis, specifically through the lens of low barrier, trauma informed care, equity, and belonging.
  • Responsible for implementing and sustaining program initiatives that align with program objectives and meet funding requirements.
  • Develop, implement and coordinate initiatives that promote safety for members and staff.
  • Provide critical incident debriefing to clients and/or staff after significant incidents and recommends intervention strategies.
  • Provide on-going crisis intervention to members and intervenes in mental health crisis or emergency situations.
  • Use culturally responsive, evidence-based approach to evaluate intervention strategies and de-escalation techniques.

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Salary range is $73,678 - $110,518 annually, depending on skills and experience
  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Paid Leave of Absence plan, including Medical and Parental
  • Life insurance plans
  • 403(b) retirement savings plan
  • Financial advising services
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Generous paid time off
  • Long- and short-term disability plan
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Paid weekly wellness hour
  • Free breakfast and lunch in our onsite cafeteria
  • Robust Employee Assistance Program

About The Gathering Place:

Founded in 1986, The Gathering Place (TGP) offers services to combat poverty and address the impacts of marginalization and oppression that are often contributing factors to poverty or homelessness. By offering low-barrier access to a broad range of basic necessities and wrap-around care options, TGP guides women, children, and transgender folx living in poverty from a place of crisis and instability to one of stability and security. In our relationship with the members we serve, as well as with our staff, we believe deeply in the power of our community and continually work to make it stronger. Our key values include recognizing individual strengths, building respect and trust, and offering unconditional acceptance. Our mission is to be a community of safety and hope where positive relationships, choice, and essential resources transform lives. To learn more about the work of TGP, please visit

  • Motivated and self-driven
  • Ability to work autonomously or within a team
  • Organized, efficient, reliable, detail-oriented
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; able to tailor communication to each audience
  • Ability to problem-solve in emergency situations with a high degree of situational awareness and decisiveness
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams, etc)
  • Experience with crisis intervention and de-escalation techniques
  • Knowledge of homelessness, poverty, and substance misuse a plus

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion:

TGP is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, gender variance, gender expression, marital status, citizenship, creed, ethnicity, veteran status, ancestry and any other protected classification. Applicants of any and all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Individuals with lived experience of homelessness, extreme poverty and/or experience with a behavioral health condition are also strongly encouraged to apply.

TGP is also dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive and authentic workplace. If you’re excited about this role, but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with the requirements in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyways. You might be the right candidate for this or other roles within the organization.