Womankind (formerly the New York Asian Women’s Center) helps survivors of gender based violence. This can include domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual violence as well as victimizations that sit within the intersections of these. We work across the lifespan acknowledging that violence can enter and re-enter a person’s live at any age regardless of background. Our goal is to provide support, guidance and work with survivors so that they can live their lives free of abuse and find ways to rise above violence. We believe this is achieved when survivors can gain harmony in their lives and a sense of belonging to a community. Through these gains, survivors can engage in a healing journey that is holistic and supportive of the individual needs of the survivor and their family. Our services are spread out in 3 community offices as well as 2 confidential emergency residences.
As a part of the Womankind team, the Economic Empowerment Specialist will work with both our residential as well as community-based programs to improve economic empowerment outcomes for our client base. The Specialist will work with advocates as well as Associate Directors to create strategies that optimize the wellbeing of all survivors we work with. This is inclusive of working with current external structures and developing partnerships to support increase workforce opportunities for survivors of GBV within New York City.
This is a hands-on role that involved both micro-level work as well as macro-level work. It will be the responsibility of the Specialist to provide technical assistance to all advocate staff and at times client base surrounding economic empowerment (i.e. workforce readiness, financial coaching etc.). It will be the responsibility of the Specialist to conduct assessment of ongoing needs of the current client based and work with advocate staff to develop strategies to support the obtaining and maintaining of safe and independent living environments. The Specialist will additionally play an advocacy role in voicing the needs of survivors to local coalitions and taskforces that are developing policies and best practices when working with domestic and sexual violence survivors. The specialist will work with the Pathways to Empowerment team, which is inclusive of staff with technical skills in workforce readiness as well as benefits and entitlements expertise, to support a holistic and comprehensive understanding of empowerment and self-sufficiency.
The Economic Empowerment Specialist along with the Pathways to Empowerment colleagues will build out a program that is comprehensive within the agency looking at self-sufficiency in a more trauma-informed and survivor-centered lens.
Primary Responsibilities: Community and Residential Programs:
- Responsible for the design and implement of assessment tools for program participants in relation to their career interests, employable skills, employment and financial goals.
- Facilitate financial workshops and employment workshop for survivors. (Topics include but are not limited to bank accounts, saving, credit and taxes)
- Facilitate workforce readiness related workshops (topics include but are not limited to soft skills vs. hard skills, job search strategies, interviewing skills, goal setting and career advancement)
- Find opportunities for immediate employment and create and maintain partnerships with employment resources and financial development resources.
- Develop and maintain external partnerships for potential internal job bank
- Train and coach advocate staff to assist the survivor to understand what self-sufficiency means to them and develop strategies or steps to support achieving these outcomes.
- Provide individual sessions to clients if needed and/or their respective Advocates to assess needs, challenges, and barriers
- Provide technical assistance for staff as needed.
- Share in coverage needs while in residential site as well as answering helpline calls
- Represent agency in financial and workforce related committee or coalition to receive updates and trends in workforce, advocate challenges and explore resources
- Additional tasks as assigned
- Bachelor’s degree (social sciences major preferred); Masters a plus;
- Experience in job placement/development and economic empowerment (1.5+ years preferred);
- Knowledge of different workforce readiness and financial barriers faced by survivors of GBV
- Knowledge of NYC workforce climate and how to increase outcomes for survivors.
- The ideal candidate is able to understand the intersection of employment and financial literacy
- Some counseling experience (individual and group) in areas of trauma a plus
- Willingness and motivation to work with clients and advocates to support understanding and navigation of both employment and financial literacy
- Demonstrated interest in GBV or other humanitarian work a big plus
- Willingness to travel to both residential and community program sites
- Strong communications skills, both oral and written
- Excellent organizational skills and strong follow up skills
- Strong attention to detail
- Team player
- Ability to be self-directed and highly motivated.
- Must be proficient in MS Office (Excel, Word, Outlook, and PowerPoint);
- Flexible hours required.
Minimum Education Required
How To Apply
Email resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and “Economic Empowerment Specialist” in the subject line. No phone calls. Womankind is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are unable to sponsor visas at this time.