Employment Opportunities

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Cincinnati District Council (SVDP) has been providing innovative and practical basic needs assistance and systemic change advocacy for Cincinnati residents in need for 150 years. The organization works with those in need, regardless of race or creed, to bridge the gaps in their lives through home visits provided by neighborhood-based volunteer groups (Vincentians in Conferences), and groundbreaking Outreach Center initiatives like the Charitable Pharmacy and Homelessness Prevention program; a network of 11 food pantries;  and seven thrift stores across Hamilton County. 

St. Vincent de Paul has the following job openings:

Formation Coordinator

Scope of Position: This staff position (25 hours per week, variable schedule) is responsible for developing and delivering Formation and Training to Conference members in the Cincinnati District Council and to others interested in learning more about St. Vincent de Paul. Formation and Training will include the Ozanam Orientation along with a number of core training modules and other ad hoc modules as required to meet the needs of both new and existing Vincentians and Conferences. The Formation Coordinator will also be responsible for arranging Conference retreats and spiritual celebrations and liturgies. The Formation Coordinator values and models Vincentian spirituality, friendship and service and acts as a spiritual animator for the District Council, providing mentoring and support to the Conferences as directed by the Director of Conferences and Service Learning.

Reports to: Director of Conferences and Service Learning

Job Responsibiities:

  1. Work closely with the Director of Conferences and Service Learning to define the annual Formation and Training offerings for the Cincinnati District Council, supporting the needs of Vincentians as identified by Conference Assessments, the Strategic Plan, and the foundational documents of the Society.
  2. Plan, promote and deliver Formation and Training events, including the Ozanam Orientation.
  3. Plan and deliver retreats, spiritual celebrations, and liturgies for the Cincinnati District Council.
  4. Assist the Conferences Manager in the planning and execution of other Cincinnati District Council events (e.g., Fellowship Mass & Reception, District Meetings).
  5. Evaluate each Formation and Training event, working toward continual improvement in the events themselves and in the schedule overall.
  6. Create and distribute materials promoting Formation and Training events.
  7. Lead the Cincinnati District Council Formation Committee, including identifying new Committee members and managing quarterly Committee meetings.
  8. Identify potential new presenters and formators and participate in their formation and training.
  9. Support and Advocate for growth in Vincentian spirituality throughout the District (Conferences, Outreach Center, and Ozanam Center for Service Learning), to include creating spiritual content for Council communications
  10. Provide any necessary Formation and Training to support Conference Spiritual Advisors.
  11. Maintain Cincinnati District Council Formation and Training records and report results as requested.
  12. Maintain a library of support materials to enrich Vincentian experience.
  13. Attend Conference meetings as needed in order to reinforce Vincentian spirituality and values.
  14. Prepare prayers, reflections and retreats for Society Board meetings as requested.
  15. Collaborate and support the SVDP Formation and Training needs of the Hamilton and St. Martin Districts as time permits.
  16. Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree and three years of relevant experience. Preferred degree in Pastoral Ministry, Theology, Religious Education or related field of study. Vincentian experience is preferred
  • While SVDP Cincinnati values a diverse workforce, this position’s uniquely Catholic nature requires that the ideal candidate be an observant Roman Catholic with a commitment to the beliefs and culture of the Catholic faith
  • History of successful program implementation and development; strong organizational and interpersonal skills; an ability to communicate well orally and in writing; and the ability to effectively relate to people of different cultural and economic backgrounds are necessary
  • Knowledge of adult learning processes
  • Solid computer skill proficiency including Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook and PowerPoint). Ability to operate training equipment
  • Schedule flexibility to support weekend and evening activities to equal an average of 25 hours total per week
  • Self-motivated with strong time management skills
  • Current valid driver’s license and ability to travel offsite as needs of the position dictate

Work Environment: Office environment; adequately lighted, heated and ventilated.

Physical Requirements: Job duties can primarily be performed from a desk; however there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items up to 35 pounds; ability to drive or otherwise commute to/from and participate in off-site meetings & events is required.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to forward cover letter, resume & compensation expectations to Sunnie Lain at slain@svdpcincinnati.org

Social Services Advocate (with bilingual Spanish fluency)

Reports to: Bank Street Social Services Team Manager

Scope of Position: The Social Services Advocate is the primary contact person for those requesting services from the organization. Engagement, assessment, eligibility determination, gathering documentation and service delivery are principle functions. Engaging neighbors to develop a holistic plan that incorporates help from SVDP with resources available through other agencies or individuals to address their needs is another critical function. The team member must be able to: 1) build relationships with neighbors in need, using a strengths-based approach to help them recognize and utilize their personal strengths and resources; 2) promote systemic change; and 3) adhere to SVDP’s policies and procedures to ensure program sustainability. This team member must consistently model the mission and values of St. Vincent de Paul.

Job Responsibilities

  • Participate as a member of the SVDP Social Services team and positively interact with Council members and staff
  • Be the point of contact for Family Housing Partnership (FHP) clients, responding to service requests from families who have exited services within the Family Housing Partnership, as well as requests that come in person or online
  • Provide a report every six months regarding: the number of households referred for Emergency Assistance from FHP partners; the number of households that received services broken out by key services (i.e. financial assistance, food); and identify households to enable Strategies to End Homelessness to produce recidivism reports
  • Engage neighbors seeking assistance, either by walk-in or appointment, to holistically assess overall situation, eligibility for assistance and provide appropriate SVDP assistance and referrals as necessary  
  • Assess and respond, as necessary, to needs of neighbors presenting critical situations at any time during business hours 
  • Prepare case notes; develop and maintain paper files; and enter required neighbor related data accurately into our case management system  
  • Participate in selection process used to identify requests for rent and utility assistance to receive funding
  • Know and understand how to access assistance from community resources as appropriate to address needs presented by neighbors
  • Assist Call Center with harvesting calls from and engaging with Hispanic neighbors; provide team members with guidance to provide assistance to these neighbors
  • Lead/participate in special projects as assigned
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications: College degree is required. Bachelor’s degree in social work, human services, or related fields preferred. Bilingual Spanish required. Strong interpersonal skills; ability to communicate well orally and in writing; commitment to detail and documentation; project management skills; ability to work under pressure; and a comfort in engaging with people of different cultural and economic backgrounds in a faith-based setting are necessary.

Work Environment: Office Environment – Adequately lighted, heated and ventilated.

Physical Requirements: Job duties can primarily be performed from a desk; however there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items up to 35 lbs; driving an automobile.

Mission: A network of neighbors, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with and services to people in need.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to forward cover letter, resume and compensation expectations to mreid@svdpcincinnati.org.  Thank you.





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