Spare Change News is looking for a new Executive Director!

Are you looking for a part time job that will allow you to help Boston’s first street newspaper continue its advocacy for homeless people? The Homeless Empowerment Project, which publishes Spare Change News, is looking for a new Executive Director. The 20-hour per week position pays $20,000 annually, and includes two weeks of paid vacation.

Homeless Empowerment Project

Executive Director (Part-Time Position)

The Homeless Empowerment Project (HEP) is a not-­for-­profit corporation with an annual budget of $150,000 and five paid staff positions (all part­-time). Every other week for the past 25 years, HEP has published Spare Change News, ​a street newspaper addressing issues of homelessness, poverty, and social justice in the Greater Boston area. HEP’s mission is to give the homeless a voice while providing them with opportunities to earn a supplemental income and gain valuable skills to improve their lives.


Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the Executive Director (ED) will have strategic and operational responsibility for HEP’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. She or he will initially develop deep knowledge of field, core programs, operations, and business plans.

Leadership & Management:

  • Ensure ongoing local programmatic excellence; consistent quality of finance and administration, fundraising, and communications systems; recommend timelines and resources needed to achieve strategic goals.
  • Actively engages and energizes HEP’s nonprofit volunteers, board members, event committees, partner organizations, and funders.
  • Takes responsibility for the day­-to-­day operation of the distribution and business offices in Cambridge, MA.
  • Oversees the program to recruit, train, and support our vendors. HEP’s vendors sell Spare Change News and are key stakeholders in ­­and contributors to ­­the organization and the paper.
  • Supervises and supports the work of the Spare Change News Editor­-in-­Chief and the editorial and production teams. Furthermore, defines the duties of, recruits, and hires any additional staff and supervises the work of staff and volunteers, following policies and budgets established by the Board.

Fundraising & Communications:

  • Works with the Board of Trustees, Development Committee, and volunteers on donor development and grant writing, leading the effort to raise funds needed to support organizational growth.
  • Deepen and refine all aspects of communications—from web presence to external relations with the goal of creating a stronger brand.
  • Use external presence and relationships to garner new opportunities.


​The Executive Director is a spokesperson for the organization, and shares with the Board of Trustees responsibility for generating enthusiasm and support for the Homeless Empowerment Project. To succeed in the position, the person in this role will need the following qualifications, experience, and characteristics:

  • Strong leadership and delegation skills, and effective managerial and fundraising ability, with a working knowledge of nonprofit or for­-profit fiscal management.
  • Demonstrated commitment to issues of homelessness, poverty, income inequality, and social justice and a proven ability to work with people of diverse racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, age, and income backgrounds.
  • Experience supervising staff or volunteers and working with a Board of Trustees or similar organization.
  • Proficiency at fostering relationships with organizations and individuals, locally and regionally, with whom HEP shares common interests.
  • Ability to identify and cultivate sources of financial support.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate. Must speak effectively in public; write well for print and electronic media, including email and social media; and skillfully manage interpersonal relationships.
  • Competence with personal computers and electronic tools, including email, word processing, spreadsheets, and ­­preferably­­ mobile devices and social media.


Annual salary is $20,000 for 20 hours per week, paid biweekly. The position includes two weeks paid vacation and ten holidays, with no other benefits. We seek an ED to start July 1, 2017 or sooner.

Interested? Please email resume and cover letter:

Search Committee, Homeless Empowerment Project

David Riche, HEP Treasurer

Please prepare to share two references upon request.


HEP pursues a three­fold mission for addressing homelessness:

  • Produce a product­­, Spare Change News, ­­that homeless and low­-income people can sell with dignity, thereby earning income and developing skills to escape homelessness.
  • Provide a way for low­-income and homeless people to tell their stories.
  • Educate the general public about the realities faced by people living in poverty.






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