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Interested in working in a fast-paced environment with a dynamic team?

Interested in working in a fast-paced and dynamic environment? Join The Kearney Center team! The Kearney Center provides temporary emergency shelter and housing focused services to people experiencing homelessness, in a safe environment that promotes dignity and respect.
If you have a passion for working with people experiencing homelessness and a commitment to serving them in an emergency shelter environment, this is an opportunity for you!

Position Title: Part Time Direct Care Specialist

  • Provide compassionate, client-centered customer service  Attend to the needs of people experiencing homelessness in a shelter environment where an average of 375 people access services and sleep overnight, with special attention to clients’ safety and well-being.
  • Contribute to care and cleanliness of the facility
  • Assist clients in understanding the processes and following the guidelines of the facility
  • Utilize trauma-informed care and de-escalation principles with clients in a busy, high-volume shelter environment
  • Document incidents and updates for smooth flow of information between shifts
  • Perform routine facility walk-abouts to be aware of activities throughout the building, ensuring client safety and comfort


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Compassionate and open-minded
  • Ability to remain focused and calm in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Ability to manage and embrace change, risk and uncertainty
  • Willingness to embrace and actively support the unique and evolving culture and values of The Kearney Center
  • Commitment to practicing the values of dignity and respect with clients, coworkers and community partners
  • Cooperative and flexible with people and systems
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team


Part-time Direct Care Specialist – We are a 24 hour a day facility and there are a number of shifts available for a total of up to 25 hours per week. Please indicate your hours of availability in your cover letter.


Send resume with cover letter explaining your interest in and qualifications for the position and your availability for shifts to: Bret Oglesby at bret.oglesby@cesctlh.org, placing position title in the subject. Emails without resume, cover letter and position title in subject field will not be considered.

Case Manager- The Kearney Center

  • Provide compassionate, client-centered case management services with a focus on assisting with identifying and accessing more stable housing options.
  • Perform crisis intervention, as appropriate.
  • Complete referrals for housing, government benefits, healthcare, mental health services, substance abuse services, clothing, employment, educational opportunities, and disability support, as appropriate.
  • Offer clients additional social work services including counseling, advocacy and service coordination with a focus on securing more stable housing options.
  • Utilize a collaborative process with team members and community partners to provide service linkages and support systems to effectively serve clients.
  • Ensure timely and thorough documentation of all case management services, including in-person meetings and collateral contacts.
  • Honor and maintain strict confidentiality in all areas: written, spoken and observed communication
  • Demonstrate knowledge of community resources for which people experiencing homelessness qualify, and connect clients with these community services.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the needs of people experiencing homelessness.
  • Possess knowledge of programs and policies that impact people experiencing homelessness.
  • Participate in weekly supervision and team meetings.
  • Assist in training and supervision of interns.
  • Other assigned activities that build the capacities of guests and staff to fulfill the mission of The Kearney Center.
  • Some evening or weekend hours will be required.


  • Bachelor Degree in Social Work or related human services field, experience with case management and working in  homelessness strongly preferred
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Good working knowledge of local resources
  • Compassionate, open-minded, non-judgmental
  • Commitment to practicing the values of dignity and respect with clients, coworkers and community partners
  • Ability to remain focused and calm in dynamic, fast-paced environment
  • Cooperative and flexible with people and systems
  • Basic familiarity with computers: Windows, MS Office, email, and database use

Please email Jacob Reiter at jacob.reiter@cesctlh.org with your resume and cover letter if you are interested in this position. Submission deadline is Friday, June 10, 2020.


Request for Proposals (RFP) For: Contractor to assist in applying for, and administration of grants and/or other assistance through available programs including the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance Program and other state and federal grant and funding sources. Link for full RFP details.

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2650 Municipal Way Tallahassee, FL. 32304
Phone:(850) 792-9000
Fax: (850) 536-6053

The Kearney Center is focused on eradicating homelessness throughout Tallahassee and the Big Bend region.

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