Director of Housing and Social Support

Director of Housing and Social Support

Position: Director of Housing and Social Support

Reporting to: Executive Director

Direct Report(s): Manager of Cultural Support and Manager of Housing and Employment

Location: First Light Friendship Centre


Formerly known as the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre, First Light is a registered non-profit that has been serving both the Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in St. John’s since 1983. The organization provides programs and services rooted in the revitalization, strengthening, and celebration of Indigenous cultures and languages in the spirit of trust, respect, and friendship.

The Director of Housing & Social Support is responsible for advancing the Centre’s social supports and housing interventions, strategies and initiatives. This will involve direct oversight and management of the housing programs, leading a team of social support professionals, as well as working locally, provincially and nationally to obtain funding and evaluate feasibility of expansion in the areas of social support and housing interventions.

This role will require strong political acumen, grant writing skills, visionary leadership and expertise in social services, interventions evaluation as well as social housing.

Core Skill Set

  • Visionary leader with the proven ability to create and deliver on a multi-year departmental strategy.
  • Strong awareness of Indigenous culture with a passion for the mission and vision of First Light Friendship Centre.
  • Seasoned senior leader who has lead teams through various growth and change cycles.
  • Strong financial business sense with an analytical and detailed mindset.
  • Experience in the housing and social support sectors.

Essential Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic leadership to First Light’s housing and social support programs providing leadership, financial budgeting/forecasting, funding acquisition, management support, data management, program evaluation, HR support and guidance to ensure the sustainability and advancement of the Indigenous housing sector and various areas of Indigenous social supports.
  • Oversee & provide executive direction to the Indigenous Patient Navigation Program, keeping apprised of funding trends, feasibility of program, and program results; providing leadership and support to the in-hospital IPN team and working with the health network as needed to address any concerns, resolve conflicts and advance the program.
  • Research, assess and oversee relevant studies to determine the feasibility of housing and homelessness interventions, social supports and housing expansion projects, providing the executive and board with knowledge of best practices, and a critical analysis and expert advice as to best next steps and key areas of focus and expansion of the Indigenous housing sector.
  • Lead the development of a multi-year social supports and interventions strategy, working closely with local, provincial and federal entities, the community and executive to ensure expansion of current Indigenous services in justice, health and employment.
  • Advance the profile of the Centre in the area of Social Supports and Homelessness Interventions by sitting on external committees, attending/presenting at conferences and building relationships with key funders, policy makers and government agencies.

Reporting Responsibilities

  • Report monthly in writing on progress of programs to the Board.
  • Report weekly to Executive Director (as required).



  • Minimum 5-10 years’ in a similar role.
  • Degree and/or graduate level degree in social work, social sciences or similar education.
  • Proven experience advancing and leading similar programs including redevelopment projects.
  • Proficiency with MS Office, advanced skills with Excel.
  • Strong communication and organizational skills.
  • Strong attention to detail, accuracy and analytical skills.
  • Critical thinking and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Positive attitude and commitment to continual process improvement
  • Experience in redevelopment and construction projects is an asset.
  • As a condition of employment, all employees must provide an acceptable letter of conduct, a clear driving abstract and proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter outlining your interest in and qualifications for the position, along with your resume and a writing sample, to [email protected].

First Light celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for all members of our team. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates regardless of Indigenous identity or status, national or other origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, or other characteristics. We’re committed to supporting candidates throughout the application process by accommodating any disability-related requests.