Join the Oakridge Neighborhood professional team today and make a real difference in the lives of our residents and those in the community who we serve. As Iowa’s largest provider of Section 8 housing, we pair this foundation of affordable housing with transformative wraparound services, making our mission truly life changing.


Oakridge Neighborhood offers a comprehensive benefit package for its employees, with varying levels of benefits dependent on employment status (part-time or full-time, salaried or hourly) and length of service. The Oakridge Neighborhood Employee Handbook outlines benefits in detail. Benefits may include:

  • Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401k with 5% match
  • Paid time off
  • PTO pool bank
  • 11 paid holidays
  • Savings groups
  • Emergency loan pool
  • Flex schedules
  • Access to Oakridge Neighborhood programs, including onsite chidcare and afterschool programming

Oakridge Neighborhood is an equal opportunity employer.


Current Openings

Oak Academy Teachers

Oakridge Neighborhood is seeking full-time early childhood education staff members for its Oak Academy Early Learning and Preschool program. The primary objective of the Teacher is to provide quality childcare, ensuring a safe and healthy learning environment for children. The Teacher enhances the children’s physical, emotional and mental development through methods and activities.

Requirements include Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or related field with minimum of 2 years related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience; CPR and First-Aid training certification; mandatory reporting training; child development training and knowledge of Iowa State Day Care Law preferred.

Oak Academy Teacher Assistants

The Teacher Assistant assists Teachers in providing quality childcare, ensuring a safe, healthy learning environment for children at Oak Academy. Requirements include two years of Early Childhood Education or Child Care courses with a minimum of one-year related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience; Associate’s Degree preferred; CPR and First-Aid training and certification; mandatory reporting training, child development training and knowledge of Iowa State Day Care Law preferred; food preparation training and experience preferred.

Youth Success Navigator

The Youth Success Navigator plans, implements and facilitates K-12 youth programs and activities with focus on personal, educational, recreational and social-emotional development. The Youth Success Navigator provides a safe environment, guidance and role-modeling for youth to help them become productive individuals in society; identifies current or potential problems and assists in problem resolution.

Requirements include Associate’s degree in Education or related filed with a minimum of 2 years related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience; bachelor’s degree preferred; experience working with family intervention, outreach, and youth/family counseling; bilingual skills and ability to deal with other cultures preferred; must have a valid driver’s license; must have a chauffer’s license or commercial driver’s license or obtain within 6 months from hire.

Youth Site Coordinator

The Site Coordinator is responsible for the daily operations of the 21st Century Community Learning Center programs; ensures high-quality program services, good communications with families, and manages program recruitment/enrollment activities. The Site Supervisor monitors all activities ensuring all grant requirements are successfully achieved. Requirements include Bachelor’s degree in education or related field with minimum of 4 years related experience or an equivalent combination of education and exprience; bilingual skills preferred; experience working with student assessments; knowledge of current educational research; supervisory exprience preferred.

Public Safety Officer

Maintain public safety over the entire campus composed of housing units, a senior apartment building, as well as administrative and program activity buildings during assigned shift. Responsibilities include monitoring security cameras, completing periodic tours of the campus looking for irregularities, interfacing with residents, staff, management and law enforcement, observing and reporting activities as well as resolving resident issues that may occur.

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Sheri Fitzpatrick

Human Resources

Oakridge Neighborhood

1401 Center Street

Des Moines, IA 50314

515 | 244-7702