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PATH Front Desk Specialist

Administration | Pontiac, MI | Part Time

Job Description

About Lighthouse:

Lighthouse MI is a growing non-profit, established in 2019 when Lighthouse of Oakland County and South Oakland Shelter joined forces to offer a stronger collective response to poverty in our Metro Detroit community. With over 80 years of combined experience, Lighthouse serves as a beacon of hope to our neighbors who need it most by offering assistance with emergency basic needs alongside housing programs and supportive services designed to support long-term economic stability. Lighthouse owns and operates Spero Housing Group, a subsidiary non-profit dedicated specifically to developing and operating high quality affordable and supportive housing for persons of low and moderate income, as well as HandUp, a community and crowdfunding platform serving 100+ homeless service agencies and their clients across the United States.

Job Description:

Lighthouse is one part-time (30 hrs/week) Front Desk Specialist to support our Pontiac based PATH Transitional Housing program for women and children. PATH is a two year long supportive housing program that works with families transitioning out of homelessness and into long-term stability. Our Front Desk Specialist will help ensure the safety and security of the PATH residents by conducting screenings into the building and serving as onsite support for any needs or issues. The Front Desk Specialist will also assist in carrying out the daily operations of the PATH program including answering and transferring calls and general office operations.


  • Greet and screen all visitors, including clients, promptly and warmly,

  • Manage phones and direct callers appropriately,

  • Perform brief, over the phone crisis resolution interventions with community members seeking services,

  • Keep track of all calls for services in our shared tracking system

  • Perform pre-screens and background checks on individuals seeking shelter

  • Provide over the phone shelter and housing referrals to callers when our shelter is at capacity

  • Keep track of all calls for services in our shared tracking system

  • Sort and manage client mail and other light clerical work,

  • Respond to resident requests and assist with conflict resolution between residents,

  • Provide crisis intervention as needed and complete incident reports as required,

  • Routinely monitor cameras/surveillance equipment to ensure the safety of residents and buildings,

  • Perform weekly inspections of onsite units (townhomes, single family homes and apartments) and document inspections,

  • Complete all necessary paperwork and data entry thoroughly and on a timely basis including HMIS (Homeless Management Information System) data in call point and SPDAT, Link 2 Feed, daily homeless logs, daily stats sheet, client records, daily house logs and other paperwork as assigned.

  • Assist with new resident move-in coordination and apartment readiness as needed,

  • Attend trainings and workshops to enhance professional development,

  • Participate in staff meetings, case conferences, and client team meetings,

  • Implement and enforce agency and office policies and values to maintain a safe, client-centered, and inclusive environment for clients, volunteers, and staff, and

  • Perform other office related duties as assigned.



  • Minimum requirement of a High School Diploma; Associate’s Degree, preferred.

  • Lived experience or professional experience working with low-income individuals and families,

  • Some knowledge of the social services landscape in Oakland County and surrounding areas, preferred.

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Apps.

  • Strong organizational and communication skills.

  • Strong conflict resolution skills.

  • Ability to problem solve and stay calm in stressful situations,

  • Flexible working style with the ability to adapt to a changing environment, 

  • Ability to work evenings, weekends, and some holidays.

  • Drivers clearance

  • Child Welfare Clearance

  • CPR Certification

  • Reliable transportation

This job description describes the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position. It should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all required duties, responsibilities, and skills. Lighthouse is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate against any qualified individual based on race, creed, religion, national origin, color, status as a veteran, gender or gender identity, sex, age, sexual preference or orientation, marital status, disability, income, weight, or any other basis prohibited by law.

Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume online via JobScore

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, until the position is filled. 

No phone or e-mail inquiries, please.