About Friendship Place
Friendship Place offers the most effective model for addressing homelessness, with innovative, customized programs that have positive, demonstrable results and a lasting impact on the community and beyond. Our programs are person-centric – individualized to meet the needs and goals of individuals, families, youth/young adults and Veterans experiencing homelessness. We provide outreach, hospitality, health care, case management, housing, job placement services, and advocacy. We have established a national presence and are known for sharing best practices on homeless service delivery.
Building Your Career at Friendship Place
Friendship Place is committed to having a passion-driven, inclusive, fun, transparent, collaborative, and healthy culture. Part of that commitment includes providing excellent benefits to our employees. As a staff member, you and your eligible dependents receive a competitive and comprehensive package that includes health, vision, dental, and prescription insurance. We also provide disability coverage; life insurance; personal and leave time; a 403 (b) match that you are eligible to receive after you have worked one year; and funds for professional development.
We are diverse and inclusive and invite participants and employees to be their authentic selves. We expect all Friendship Place staff to share this commitment. By integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into our work, we benefit from increased knowledge, creativity, flexibility, and organizational and individual growth. Employees will be offered the same respect and caring attitude within Friendship Place that they are expected to share externally with every Friendship Place participant.
Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
We know that bringing diverse communities and perspectives to the table strengthens our organization. As such, we seek to foster an inclusive and equitable work environment, increase diversity among our board, staff and volunteers, and create opportunities for everyone to learn about and embrace other cultures and viewpoints. We build relationships within and outside the organization which recognize each other’s strengths and contributions. We place our common goal of ending homelessness above our individual differences so that we can effectively solve problems together.
To support an inclusive environment where employees feel empowered to share their experiences, ideas, and impact our day to day work, we have encouraged the creation of a variety of workgroups, including LGTBQ+ and Racial Equity.
Our Professional Development Opportunities
Friendship Place is dedicated to professional development and offers access to a variety of internal and external education opportunities. This includes our own core trainings to prepare our employees for their roles. Additionally, we offer the Emerging Leaders Program (ELP); this program provides education and development resources for non-management employees with a focus on emotional intelligence, effective communication, time management and more!
At Friendship Place, we believe it is important to step back and celebrate our individual and team achievements. All of our staff members come to work each day knowing that they will have an impact on the Washington DC region and the world. Our staff members find the work they do both engaging and inspiring.
How long have you been a Friendship Place team member, and what motivates you to continue your work at Friendship Place?
I’ve been a part of the FP family since February 25, 2019. What motivates me to continue to be part of the FP is that I am able to provide a personal touch to my work. I am able to tend to the needs of our staff personally. I love our small footprint approach to everything we do!
-Yolanda Torres, Office Manager (Administration)
How would you describe the culture at Friendship Place, and what do you like most about working at Friendship Place?
The culture is supportive, inclusive, open, and practical. My relationship with my program director is excellent, and I feel trusted to do what I need to do without a lot of oversight, but I also know that whenever I need support, advice, or mentoring, my Director will be there for me. The atmosphere is casual: I don’t hesitate to reach out to volunteers, board members, other program directors, chief program officers, or our President if I need to, and the conversation is always open and collaborative. The organization is committed to anti-racism and equity at every level and wants to grow in how it can be as equitable as possible. What I love most is that everyone I work with is always focused on our mission. They want to help participants first and foremost, and that inspires me.
–Richard McKey, Job Developer (AimHire Job Placement)
What do job seekers need to know to make an informed decision about joining the Friendship Place team?
Since Friendship Place is innovative, there are ongoing changes that take place within the organization. As a result, you must be flexible and have an open mind to new ideas.
-Tiffini Jackson, Youth and Young Adult Specialist (The Welcome Center)
How to Join the Team
- You apply below.
- Your application is reviewed by the hiring committee.
- You have an initial screening call with a member of the hiring team. Typically about 15-20 minutes long.
- You have an in-person interview with a member or members of the hiring team. Typically lasting between 40-60 minutes, this interview covers your past experience, your personal vision for the work, and your skills and qualifications. We will typically conduct a skills test lasting 2-3 hours. Skills tests let us get a sense of how you’d approach the kind of tasks and problems you would encounter in the role.
- The final stage in the hiring process is typically an interview with a chief officer.
- Lastly, the most qualified candidate receives an offer to join us in this important work!