Job Opening: Homelessness Program Manager

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

About the Gateway Cities COG

The Gateway Cities Council of Governments (COG) is a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) consisting of 27 member cities and portions of three County Supervisorial Districts in Southeastern Los Angeles County. The COG region is home to 2.1 million residents and includes the Port of Long Beach, which is also a member of the JPA. The COG was founded in 1996 with the purpose of giving its members a greater voice in transportation planning, funding, and decision making. Since that time, the COG’s four policy priorities have been transportation, air quality/environment, housing, and economic development. More information is available at

Since 2012, County Supervisors have funded Gateway Connections, a regional program to assist the homeless. Gateway Connections reaches out to people on the streets, helps them move into permanent homes, and creates new units of permanent supportive housing throughout the Gateway Cities region. The COG contracts with the nonprofit People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) to provide these services. Under the leadership of PATH, the program is run by four partner organizations, which cover four sub-areas of the COG region. Over the years since its inception, the program has housed over 2100 individuals.

Job Duties

The Homelessness Program Manager will report to the Executive Director and be responsible for managing all aspects of the COG’s Gateway Connections Homelessness Initiative, including:

  • Working with the COG Board, City Managers, city staff and County offices to set program goals, expectations and metrics.
  • Overseeing the work conducted by PATH and its partner organizations to ensure that all program goals are met.
  • In conjunction with the COG Administrative Director, ensuring all work performed meets the terms of the COG’s agreements with Los Angeles County and with PATH.
  • Staffing the COG Board’s Committee on Homelessness and the newly convened Homelessness TAC, consisting of city managers and city staff members.
  • Developing positive working relationships with the COG member jurisdictions and serving as a resource on issues relating to homelessness.
  • Arranging for periodic tours of homeless shelters and facilities for Board members.
  • Arranging special events and workshops on homelessness as needed/requested by the COG Board or funding agencies.
  • Reporting to the Board and funding agencies on program achievements and metrics.
  • Seeking additional funding sources as needed to maintain or expand the COG’s homelessness program.
  • Coordinating as needed with other providers of homelessness services within the COG region (besides PATH).
  • Working with all regional partners as necessary to seek needed housing and service facilities (shelters, beds, transitional housing, permanent supportive housing, etc.).

Preferred Qualifications and Experience

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A Master’s degree in public administration, public policy, urban planning, social work, or related/relevant field of study, or comparable work experience.
  • Five to seven years of prior experience in homelessness programs, including at least three years at a management or coordination/oversight level.
  • Broad familiarity with the relevant political, policy, planning, and funding issues surrounding the issue of homelessness.
  • An understanding of the processes for creating or providing affordable housing and the full range of supportive facilities for homeless people.
  • Strong organizational and managerial skills.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Strong research and internet skills.
  • A network of relevant contacts and resources, ideally situated within the Gateway Cities and greater Los Angeles region.
  • Familiarity with the Gateway Cities region.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office products (Outlook, Word, Excel, etc.).


The position may be structured as a full-time COG employee (with benefits as listed below) or as a fulltime
contract position without benefits, as agreed between the COG and the selected candidate.

  • Annual salary (for employee): $80,000 - $120,000, depending on experience. For a contract position, an hourly rate would be negotiated.
  • Benefits:
    • Paid holidays/time off/sick time (12 paid holidays per year/80 hours of paid vacation per year/96 hours of paid sick time per year).
    • PARS defined contribution plan (up to 7.5% of salary).
    • Deferred compensation plan.

Application Process

Please submit a cover letter and detailed resume to Genny Cisneros, Administrative Director, Gateway
Cities COG, at, by 5:00 p.m. on April 12, 2019 in order to be considered.
Applicants who pass a screening will be contacted to schedule an interview; other applicants will not be
further contacted.

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