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Oasis Center

Senior Director of Youth Shelter and Diversion Services

Oasis Center


Job Summary

                                  Center Youth Voice – Ignite Change- Promote Justice

Oasis Center was founded in 1969, a group of young lawyers came together to establish the “Rap House,” a simple community center for runaway teens and youth struggling with addictions. Fifty years later, the “Rap House” has evolved into Oasis Center, where nearly 4,000 youth and families turn for help and direct support every year. Oasis Center provides a wide range of opportunities that reflect the diverse needs of youth and their families, from crisis intervention to youth leadership and community engagement to college and career access. Our 20+ programs and services are based on the foundation of four areas for youth success: SafetyBelongingEmpowerment, and Generosity.

Right now, our agency is growing – so if you have talent and skills, compassion and a mindset for justice, and you want to make a career in making a difference, please consider joining our incredible Oasis Center team.

Vision:   to live in a world where all young people are safe, valued, connected to caring adults, and prepared for productive and fulfilling lives. We believe that progress is made toward this goal when we develop and encourage perspectives based on hope, a vision of what is possible, and the courage to act. We cultivate this change through caring relationships, meaningful action, and thoughtful reflection.

Position: Senior Director of Emergency Shelter & Youth Diversion Services

Summary:  Provide leadership and oversight, supporting and working collaboratively with the program staff for all aspects of Oasis Center’s emergency shelter for youth ages 13-17. This position will ensure the emergency shelter is working in collaboration with all C2H Programs. They will work to ensure crisis to housing team and the Emergency Shelter is operating through positive youth development and trauma informed care lens.  The Senior Director will focus on cross program collaboration both within the C2H continuum, throughout the agency, and in the community.

Job Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

  • Provide supervision of Program Management and Residential staff.
  • Responsible for the overall quality, integrity, success and outcomes within program area.
  • Collaborate with Program Management as required to execute timelines to meet the strategic goals of programs.
  • Responsible for cross-program collaboration, to ensure all Oasis youth receive access to the comprehensive services offered through Oasis Center, including the continuum of crisis services.
  • Responsible for program specific training to help continual development of staff, ensuring all staff are operating through a positive youth development and trauma informed lens and that the programs are following housing first principals.
  • Responsible for Coordination, and Oversite of Shelter & C2H on-call program.
  • Participate in on-call rotation; including covering shifts when necessary.
  • Responsible for funder relationship building in collaboration with Program Management and Development Team, as designated by VP.
  • Responsible for making sure reports are completed and turned in timely to funding sources including, but not limited to, RHY bi-yearly reports, SAGE, HMIS, and United Way.
  • Responsible for knowledge of data base and ability to pull program reports as needed.
  • Responsible for timely submission of scorecard data and ensuring program is meeting quarterly expectations.
  • Provide leadership and add capacity to community efforts aimed at increasing equity for youth including, but not limited to participation in the CoC including serving on the shelter committee.
  • Responsible for maintaining a strong relationship with DCS, Juvenile Court, and the Hero’s program.
  • Responsible for oversite of TACF funding, including managing the relationship with MNPS and onsite teacher.
  • Ensure program area is actively participating in agency led DEI initiatives and actively using the Equity Lens in decision making.


  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse workforce and provide leadership in organizational change.
  • Ability to relate to and work with diverse groups of people, including researchers, activists, faith leaders, elected officials, judges, law enforcement, educators, youth and families in collaborative change efforts.
  • Ability to provide executive level leadership and develop a team.
  • Demonstrate ability to facilitate implementation of the cross-functional strategic plan and work with division leaders to implement and measure effectiveness.
  • Strong capacity to form meaningful, caring, and affirming relationships with all young people, including LGBTQ+ youth.
  • Knowledge of an ability to apply Positive Youth Development, Trauma-Informed Care, and evidence-informed practices based in an understanding of adolescent and family development.
  • Clear understanding of racial inequities and other forms of discrimination and willingness to operate from an anti-oppression model.
  • Excellent logistical and facilitation skills
  • Experience managing budgets
  • Experience in program development
  • Experience supervising staff and providing direct services, supports, and development opportunities for youth
  • At least 5 years’ experience in a management position.

Educational Requirements:       Master’s degree preferred.

Additional Information


Health insurance


Free employee dental & vision coverage


11 Holidays including birthday and Juneteenth

401K + 401K Match

Free LTD policy

Free Life insurance policy

Paid Parental Leave

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume to Karri Gornick – kgornick@oasiscenter.org


  • Date Posted: December 2, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Executive Leadership
  • Service Area: Children / Youth
  • Salary Range: 70K-80K