Director of Economic Empowerment
Details: Salary commensurate with experience.
The University of Maryland Support, Advocacy, Freedom, and Empowerment (SAFE) Center for Human Trafficking Survivors is hiring a Director of Economic Empowerment. The SAFE Center is the first university-based center that focuses on direct services, research, and advocacy in the field of human trafficking. Through in-house service provision and collaboration with partners, the SAFE Center provides social, legal, mental health, and medical services to trafficking survivors regardless of nationality, gender, age, or type of trafficking. More information is available on the SAFE Center’s website at www.umdsafecenter.org.
Economic empowerment is a key element in restoring trafficking survivors’ independence and self-determination. The SAFE Center is seeking a Director of Economic Empowerment to initiate and launch a comprehensive economic empowerment program to respond to this critical need. This is a highly visible leadership position as the Economic Empowerment Program is a main feature of the SAFE Center’s long-term strategic plan. The Director of Economic Empowerment will provide strategic direction, innovation, capacity building, and management to a range of empowerment services that will assist human trafficking survivors to become financially empowered, independent, and self-sufficient. Candidates will be required to complete a background check.
• Work with the Director and leadership team to design and build the SAFE Center’s Economic Empowerment Program for human trafficking survivors, including Limited English Proficient populations, vulnerable youth, and survivors of trauma.
• Design overall economic empowerment program components, including but not limited to English as a Second Language, adult literacy, GED preparation and other education programs, job readiness and life skills development, vocational training, professional mentoring, internships, job placement, and post-placement counseling and support.
• Create a strategic plan that identifies and sequences the activities needed to implement each program successfully.
• Determine the resources (time, staff, University and/or external partners, volunteers, curriculum, funding, etc.) required for program operation, including creating and managing budgets.
• Advise SAFE Center leadership on marketplace trends and policies that impact SAFE Center clients, and adjust employment strategies to fit these trends.
• Create innovative solutions for countering obstacles to economic empowerment among human trafficking survivors.
• Determine the objectives and metrics upon which to monitor and evaluate the program, implement rigorous monitoring and evaluation tools, and make program adjustments as necessary for success.
• Cultivate and maintain a network of University Departments, local employers, community organizations and associations, and nonprofits to advance our clients’ educational and employment opportunities, share best practices, and develop a base of support.
Minimum of a Bachelor's degree in a related field with a minimum of five years of experience and demonstrated leadership in workforce development, employment related counseling and placement, adult education and training, or a closely related field. Candidates should demonstrate:
• A strong understanding of workforce development; experience with re-entry employment services and career services for immigrant and low income communities is a plus.
• Familiarity with the job market and trends in Maryland and the metropolitan Washington DC region. Familiarity with nontraditional jobs for women, jobs in the clean energy economy, STEM programs, and tech jobs a plus.
• An understanding of economic empowerment programs that build economic self-sufficiency.
• Familiarity with local and regional community and government workforce development resources.
• Experience working with human trafficking, domestic violence, or sexual assault survivors, or survivors of other violent crime.
• Demonstrated program management with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership.
• Ability to lead and collaborate in a cross-cultural environment to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance program effectiveness.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and experience supervising staff.
• Excellent presentation, written, and oral communication skills.
• Ability to employ innovative thought and strategic planning to program development.
• Proficient in using various forms of technology including webinar platforms, presentation tools, and Microsoft Office. Computer literacy required.
• Fluency in a second language a plus.
• Must have reliable transportation and maintain valid driver’s license and insurance coverage.
The University of Maryland offers a generous benefits package.
Level of Language Proficiency
English required. Fluency in a second language, particularly Spanish, preferred.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
To apply for this position, please go to https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/58130 and apply online to Position Number 123740. Please attach to your application: a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references.