Senior Director, Child Trauma Response Team

Job Type

Full Time




New York
New York
United States


Our Vision:

Safe Horizon envisions a society free of family and community violence. We will lead the way by empowering victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking to move from crisis to confidence. 

Our Mission:

Safe Horizon's mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities. 

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:  Safe Horizon is the nation’s leading victim assistance organization, touching the lives of 250,000 people each year who have been impacted by violence.  Safe Horizon provides a holistic array of services to victims of domestic violence, child abuse, rape and sexual assault, human trafficking and other crimes through a network of more than 50 program locations throughout the five boroughs of New York City. 

The Child Trauma Response Team (CTRT) is informed by a national model of law enforcement-mental health collaboration designed to reduce the negative impact of children’s exposure to violence. Safe Horizon, in partnership with the NYPD and the Safe Horizon Crime Victim Assistance Program (CVAP) and in collaboration with other city partners, identifies and provides a swift response to children and families who are exposed to domestic violence and strive to provide trauma-focused, evidence-informed interventions to promote healing and justice.  


RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Senior Director is responsible for the further development and overall management of the Child Trauma Response Team, which consists of a Clinical Director, two Supervising Child Trauma Responders, seven Child Trauma Responders and three part-time Program Assistants operating in three boroughs with nine designated precincts and commands. Central to this role are further developing partnerships with CVAP, the NYPD and the DA’s Offices to strengthen individual and collaborative responses to children and families.  The Senior Director’s work is supported by and in partnership with the VP of Criminal Justice Programs, the CVAP Managers, the Research & Evaluation Dept and the VP of the Counseling Center.  The Senior Director will provide vision, strategic leadership, data management and assume a lead role in team building and implementing activities to ensure the effective coordination of all aspects of the CTRT Program.


Specific responsibilities of the Senior Director include:

·         Informing and implementing all program activities including hiring program staff, developing staff training and team –development plans

·         Establishing strong partnerships with NYPD leadership and precinct personnel and with the DA’s Offices;

·         Developing strong relationships with CVAP management staff to ensure services provided at the precinct are streamlined;  

·         Informing and documenting CTRT service and coordination protocols;

·         Providing individual supervision to the Clinical Director and facilitating/supporting the Clinical Director in the provision of group supervision for all CTRT program staff;

·         Actively participating in the CTRT Interagency Operating Committee Meetings, comprised of senior leadership from all partner agencies;

·         Co-facilitating multidisciplinary case planning meetings with NYPD leadership;

·         Implementing continuous quality improvement initiatives;

·         Providing fiscal oversight and management of the program budget;

·         Providing oversight of contract deliverables and being responsive to funder (Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice) requests;  

·         Working in partnership with our Research & Evaluation Department to fully implement the programs’ case tracking systems;

·         Representing Safe Horizon and the CTRT Program at local, state and national forums, including professional speaking and training engagements

·         Providing expert consultation to the NYPD and Child Trauma Response Team partners, to ensure the CTRT interagency response to children & families is well coordinated and provided in a child-focused, trauma-informed manner;

·         Developing and maintaining effective relationships with mental health providers and other CBOs to ensure appropriate mental health treatment and victim support & advocacy referral services are available to CTRT children & families when needed;

·         Developing CTRT outreach materials;

·         Completing performance reviews for all direct reports in a timely manner;

·         Analyzing client data to inform program enhancements;

·         Developing and implementing strategies for addressing vicarious trauma;

·         Representing Safe Horizon on external committees when appropriate;



QUALIFICATIONS: An advanced degree (MSW, JD, PhD, or MPA) or related field required.  A minimum of two years of senior management experience required. Ability to provide strategic leadership, expert consultation and management to a diverse, multi-disciplinary team; Excellent interpersonal, team-building, organizational and conflict-resolution skills required. Significant experience working with criminal justice, child protection and social service systems required. Expertise or an appreciation for acute, trauma-focused, evidence-informed practices working with children and families impacted by domestic violence and trauma; Knowledge of domestic violence, child abuse and child trauma with a strong commitment to Safe Horizon’s mission and strategic goals, including our anti-racisim work.



HOURS:           Full Time, some weekend, evening, and on-call hours required.



If hired, I agree to abide by all of Safe Horizon’s rules and regulations, and understand that, if employed, my employment may be terminated with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time, at the option of either the company or me. I further understand that no representation, whether oral or written by any representative or agent of the organization, at any time, constitutes a contract of employment

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply


Safe Horizon is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals and endeavors to hire individuals of diverse races, colors, creeds, ethnicities, religions, genders, gender identities or expressions, ages, sexes, sexual orientations, national origins, and disabilities, as well citizen, marital, protected veteran and HIV statuses.


Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree