Model Cities is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

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Safe Space Shelter Advocate – On-Call

Job Summary: Under the direct supervision of the Safe Space Program Manager, the Shelter Advocate will have a regular presence in the shelter and provide on-site support to participants to ensure basic needs are met while they stay at our shelter. The Shelter Advocate- On Call will coordinate and facilitate sleeping arrangements of participants, distribute snacks, beverages and hygiene supplies, as needed. The Shelter Advocate- On Call will ensure bedding is laundered daily, data and intake information is completed for input into the Homeless Management Information System and/or other reporting systems and carries out established shelter processes and procedures in order to maintain a positive environment for participants and staff. Shelter Advocate- On Call must be able to participate in monthly staff meetings and other routine staff check-ins to ensure effective shelter operations.

Skills & Abilities:

  • Knowledge of and ability to work with diverse populations, including those who may be experiencing homelessness, chemical dependency, unstable housing, and/or mental illness, required.
  • Experience working with low-income individuals, people from various economic, racial/ethnic, and cultural backgrounds and those who are homeless desired.
  • Flexible, organized, self-motivated with ability to work independently.
  • Possess good written and verbal communication skills and be able to communicate with staff, participants and referral partner in person, on the telephone and in writing.
  • Must be able to lift up to 25lbs on an occasional basis.
  • Patience, flexibility, ability to listen, assertiveness and compassion.
  • Ability to effectively handle crisis situations and informed decisions while under pressure.


  • High School Diploma or GED.
  • Must have at least one year of previous experience providing direct social services.
  • Previous experience working in a nonprofit agency desired.
  • The shifts are awake overnights, primarily between the hours of 9:30 pm to 9:30 am.
  • Must have the ability to work overnights on weekdays and weekends.
  • Driver’s license and criminal background check required.

Compensation: $20.00 per hour (no benefits or paid leave)

How to Apply:

To be considered for this position, please email a resume, list of 3 professional references and unofficial copy of transcript(s) to: jobs@modelcities.org

Resumes will be accepted until position is filled.

No Telephone Calls Please

AA/EEO Employer


Community Coach (Ramsey County) – Contractual

Job Summary

Ramsey County Community Corrections has engaged Model Cities of St. Paul, Inc. to carry out Community Coaching services to support its Alternative to Detention (ATD) program.  The Community Coaching program targets youth who are struggling with compliance or needing to participate in a community-based activity as a condition of their probation. Community Coaching is a short-term, individualized support program that will assist youth in problem solving, complying with probation requirements, and target objectives established by the youth’s Probation Officer. The goal of the program is to increase public safety by connecting youth who are on probation to pro-social activities, developing their skills to maintain pro-social relationships and structuring their free time.



  • The Community Coach will work with youth referred by Community Corrections.
  • The Coach will monitor, support and link the youth to pro-social activities and community-based services.
  • The Coach will also serve as a short-term intervention for those youth who are at risk of probation violations that may result in detention or other out-of-home placement.


Baccalaureate degree or at least 5 years of progressive experience in youth development or a related human services field.  Previous experience working with youth; preferably “high risk” youth populations, a plus. Applicant must have a good driving record, a valid Minnesota driver’s license and valid auto insurance as required by Model Cities.  Applicant must also be able to transport youth as needed for activities and upon contracting, be able to meet requirements of a background check that minimally includes the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and a Minnesota Social Services record check for vulnerable adult or child maltreatment findings.


$22 per hour (all inclusive)

How to Apply

Send cover letter, resume, and two professional references to:

Attn: Crystal Vital-Schwartz, Manager of Youth Services

Model Cities, Inc.

839 University Avenue West.

St. Paul, MN 55104

Fax: 651-293-1928


OR e-mail to:



Model Cities is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Resumes will be accepted until position is filled.

No telephone calls please.






Community Services
(651) 632-8350