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Making giving back your career through meaningful jobs at Father Joe’s Villages.

Work for Father Joe’s Villages


Father Joe’s Villages offers non profit jobs in San Diego that give back to the community. From cooks to program managers, Therapeutic Childcare positions to administration, truck drivers to facilities staff, we offer a wide range of impactful careers with Father Joe’s Villages. Making a difference on our mission to end homelessness starts here.

Information on Applying for Non Profit Jobs with Father Joe’s Villages

Father Joe’s Villages is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

We consider applicants for all of our non profit jobs and each open position without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, marital or veteran status, citizenship, the presence of a medical condition or disability, or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law or local ordinance. All offers of employment are contingent on pre-employment drug/alcohol screening and a successful background clearance.

We use email as our primary means of communicating with candidates. 

If you do not have an email address, please create one prior to completing a job application form. Email accounts can be easily created by using any of the Internet-based email systems, such as Google, Yahoo or Hotmail. Some of the jobs at our non profit organization require fingerprint clearance through the Department of Social Services and the FBI. All offers of employment are contingent on the job seeker passing a pre-employment drug/alcohol screening.

Some non profit organization jobs in San Diego require a valid California Driver’s License and the ability to obtain insurance clearance under the company vehicle policy. Verification may be required; please refer to the respective non profit job posting for position requirements. Many positions with our charity require computer proficiency and demonstrated ability to accurately maintain a computerized client data system (client data collection, case notes, logs and incident reports). Data requirements will be dictated by job classification.

Frequently Asked Questions About Applying for Non Profit Jobs in San Diego

What makes Father Joe's Villages a special place to work?

Our Mission Our mission is to prevent and end homelessness, one life at a time.

Our CREED It all starts with the CREED (our values):

  • Compassion: Concern for others and the desire to assist.
  • Respect: An act of giving particular or special regard.
  • Empathy: Understanding and being aware of and sensitive to the feelings, thoughts, and the experience of others without judgment.
  • Empowerment: Helping others to help themselves.
  • Dignity: All people are considered worthy of our esteem.

Decades ago, Father Joe’s Villages developed our CREED when a group of staff got together to talk about the agency’s core values and the kind of place they wanted the agency to be. The Village CREED has served as a cornerstone of our work ever since. The CREED is more than just our values, it is our way of doing business and the touchpoint for all interactions amongst staff and amongst our clients. It is what we expect of ourselves and each other. It is the foundation upon which our agency stands and a guiding light.

The CREED is integral to our company culture.

What makes Father Joe's Villages different?

Father Joe’s Villages is San Diego’s leader in ending homelessness. We stand out because of our:

  • Breadth, depth and diversity of our programs and services which includes all major types of housing serving people who are homeless and a range of supportive services to meet our client’s needs;
  • Sophisticated, data-driven approach;
  • Organizational commitment to innovation and best practices;
  • Integrated, interdisciplinary programs that are committed to individualized client support and understanding the unique needs and strengths of each neighbor in need;
  • Safe and dignified environments;
  • Our CREED.

Join San Diego’s largest homeless services provider to prevent and end homelessness, one life at a time.

How do I apply for a position at Father Joe’s Villages?

The process is as easy as 1-2-3.

Step 1 is to select the position(s) that you are interested in by visiting the careers section on our Careers site. Click here to see open positions >>

Step 2 is to apply to the desired open position(s) by clicking “Apply” at the bottom or top of the job description. Then fill out the questionnaire and submit your resume online.

Step 3 is to wait for an automated response from ADP to ensure that your job application was received. A member from our Human Resources will reach out to qualified candidates who meet job requirements.

How long does the recruitment process take?

It depends on a variety of factors, including the number of candidates and interviews that need to take place. A notification is sent to all job applicants once the position has been filled.

Who should I contact if I have any recruitment related questions?

Due to the number of responses, we are only in a position to contact applicants that possess the desired requirements.

What if accommodation is needed?

If you are a qualified individual with a disability or a disabled veteran, and you are unable or limited in your ability to use or access our career center as a result of your disability contact the Human Resources Department at (619) 446-2152 or send an email to

Is Father Joe’s Villages an Equal Employment Opportunity employer?

Yes, Father Joe’s Villages is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law.

What are the benefits of working at Father Joe's Villages?

Below is a partial listing of the competitive rewards that we offer our employees:

  • Flexible Work Arrangements (Depends on Business Needs)
  • Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance
  • Paid Time Off & National Holidays
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Retirement Savings Plan
  • Onsite Childcare
  • Free Lunch (for most locations)
  • Casual Dress Code
What kind of degree do you need to work for a nonprofit?

Ultimately, this will depend on the type of job that you want.

Father Joe’s Villages offers a range of entry-level opportunities with no required education to medical positions that require doctorates. Our staff contains a diverse range of schooling, including highschool (HS), General Educational Development (GED), professional certificates, Associate Degree, Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelors of Science (BS), Graduate Degree (GD), Masters Degree (MD), Doctoral Degree, and more.

For example, a social worker leading our programs might require a MSW, Masters in Social Work, a Clinic Registered Nurse in our Village Health Center requires qualification as a RN, a registered nurse, and a Security Guard might require certification of training through a guard card. Check the job requirements listed under the position to learn what is required of each position.

You can get a nonprofit-specific degree, but it’s not necessary. Some nonprofit-specific degrees include:

  • Public Administration
  • Social Work
  • Public Policy
  • Business Administration
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Urban Planning
Do nonprofit jobs pay well?

This will depend on your specific job and experience. Salaries across non-profit organizations will vary widely. Payscale, which tracks wages across industries, lists the average salary for exempt nonprofit employees as $58,114 and the hourly rate of non-exempt nonprofit employees as $15.48. However, this can depend on the cost of living and region in which you work. Sites like Payscale and Glassdoor also lets you see the average salaries for all sorts of jobs in the nonprofit world.

Overall, the salaries and benefits of non profit jobs will be commensurate with the standard pay rate for that position and experience level in the community.

What to know about working for a nonprofit?

The unique aspect of working for a non profit organization is its goals. Rather than making a profit, the purpose of a non profit is to impact the world positively. Generally speaking, employees should also share that perspective.

At Father Joe’s Villages, for example, team members know that their work is contributing towards our mission to prevent and end homelessness, one life at a time. Together, we impact and better the lives of over ten thousand neighbors in need each year.

Pros of Working for a Nonprofit

Positive Feelings: Caring about your job and being proud of your work can make you feel good! That’s why so many companies in the for-profit sector try to encourage volunteer work.

Wearing Many Hats: Doing more things means developing more skills, which can help grow your career!

Non-Monetary Perks: Nonprofits often have other benefits, like flexible schedules, more vacation days, and a family-friendly ethos.

How do I get a nonprofit job with no experience?

Your previous work experience may easily translate into the nonprofit sector because every type of position needs to be filled.

  • Administration: Human Resources, Information Technology (IT), Administrative Assistant
  • Development and Fundraising: Charitable Giving Officer, Grant Writer, Annual Giving Officer, Events Officer
  • Management: Chief Operating Officer, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer.
  • Marketing & Communications: Social Media Manager, Content Writer, Public Relations
  • Programming: Program Director, Volunteer Manager, Project Coordinator, Case Manager

A great way to gain the experience you lack is through volunteering!

  • You can work many jobs to learn what you do and do not like.
  • You can pick up many skills.
  • You can network.
  • You’re helping a cause you care about!
  • If you’re working for a company with a matching gifts program, then your employer may match your efforts financially so that you contribute twice as much!

If you haven’t worked in the nonprofit field before, then the following are important.

  • Wanting to help people.
  • Good at getting along with various personalities (you’ll meet all kinds of people!).
  • Self-motivation
  • Being good at communicating
  • Multitasking
  • Being able to learn on the fly and go with the flow

Nonprofits exist in many fields, so choose the arena you’re most passionate about.

  • Animal rights
  • Education
  • Climate action
  • Government reform
  • Health
  • International aid
  • Social justice
  • Social services

There are many jobs that give back.