Shelter Navigator

Shelter Navigator | Position Description

YWCA Dayton, a 24-hour organization dedicated to the empowerment of women and the elimination of racism, seeks an energetic, dedicated person to be an integral part of our team. The Shelter Navigator reports to the Vice President of Operations and is responsible for ensuring the organization’s domestic violence shelter operational needs are met and upheld to the highest standards. The Shelter Navigator will deliver services utilizing trauma informed care and other best practices and protocol. This person supports the vision, mission and values of YWCA Dayton.


  • Drives daily operations of shelter including organization, inventory, room turn over, cleaning efforts, room checks and facility work orders setting a standard for excellence.
  • Schedules and oversees shelter client’s initial orientation to shelter.
  • Works closely with clinical staff exercising discernment amidst crisis situations, providing immediate interventions to de-escalate crisis and emergency situations; adequately escalates situations to appropriate staff and documents thoroughly.
  • Collaborates with other departments to coordinate services, provide opportunity for client engagement and meet client needs.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • Associate degree in Human Services, Mental Health or related field; OR a minimum of 2 years’ experience in human services, social work, mental health, substance abuse or residential care.
  • 2-4 years of experience working in domestic violence, victim advocacy, or shelter services preferred.
  • Knowledge and understanding of domestic violence, homelessness, and poverty.
  • Active driver’s license and clean driving record.
  • Understanding of racial equity and social justice issues and a demonstrated sensitivity to the needs of those we serve.
  • Ability to navigate with ease through computer programs and maintain accurate electronic records.
  • Responsive to the needs and requests of clients, residents, staff and Board of Directors with a willingness to collaborate and ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.


  • Must be responsive to the needs and request of staff, volunteers, donors and Board of Directors.
  • Must extend courtesy, friendliness and overall respect to all of the above.
  • Will collaborate with other staff and/or departments to meet the needs of the organization.
  • Will be available to times and events when evenings and weekends will be required to fulfill


  • Listens well, shares work-related information, is open to others’ perspectives, work styles and
  • Willingly collaborates and cooperates with others in the organization.
  • Develops effective working relationships at all levels and values these relationships as critical to
    effective work.
  • Ability to address conflict in a respectful manner.
  • Expresses ideas clearly and effectively both verbally and in writing.


  • Ability to prioritize work to meet deadlines.
  • Consistently follows through on projects and issues.
  • Flexible, adaptable and responsive to change.
  • Ability to adequately respond to requests and demands in a timely manner.
  • Adept at modifying plans/strategies as needed to best meet the needs of those involved.


  • $36,088–38,000 annually
  • Health, dental and vision coverage
  • Paid parental leave
  • Generous PTO and holiday pay
  • Life and AD&D insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • YWCA Retirement Fund
    • Automatic enrollment in the YWCA National Retirement Fund upon completion of two years of employment (1,000 hours or more worked per year). Employer contributes 7.5% and YWCA USA contributes 3% to contribute a total of 10.5% of gross pay.
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YWCA Dayton Culture and Values
Empowering Women and Eliminating Racism
YWCA Dayton is part of the largest and oldest multicultural women’s organization in the world; we leverage that collective strength into a unified movement joined through the comprehensive mission of eliminating racism, empowering women, and promoting peace, justice, freedom, and dignity for all.

Founded in 1870, YWCA Dayton lives its mission and is a champion of women and girls in three key ways: direct service programming, community outreach and education, and advocacy and public policy support. Our core services are focused on preventing and responding to gender-based violence; supporting women’s economic empowerment; strengthening women and girls’ leadership development; and advocating for legislation and policies that promote racial and social justice for women and girls.

These include:

  • Emergency shelter and crisis support services for women and children fleeing domestic violence
  • Crisis and counseling services for survivors of sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking
  • Affordable housing and life skills training for single women transitioning to independent living from homelessness or abuse
  • Housing assistance for women and children who have experienced domestic violence and families who are experiencing sudden homelessness
  • Girls LEAD!, an in-school, after-school, and summer camp empowerment and education program for girls 11-18

YWCA Dayton continues to be a touchstone, a stepping stone, or a resting stone for more than 100 women and children, every day. We are constantly working to ensure that the Miami Valley community will always have amidst its future, a place dedicated to empowering women and eliminating racism.