Program Director (Safe Way Program)

Job Type

Full Time




New York
United States


Summary: The Safe Way Forward (SWF) Program Director will provide administrative and supervisory oversight of SWF programming, providing both child welfare prevention services and clinical therapeutic intervention services to families experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV). The SWF Program Director will collaborate closely with ACS in the planning, development, and implementation phase of this initiative. The SWF Program Director will be responsible for the management of a group of innovative child welfare professionals and the operation of two separate sites, one for survivors of IPV and their children, and the other for persons causing harm (PCH). SWF programming will serve 65 families in the Bronx, using a family-centered multi-contextual framework, to help families establish long-term safety and healing from the trauma of emotional and physical abuse.


  • Oversee the daily operations of two sites in the South Bronx and travel to sites as needed;
  • Oversee provision of comprehensive prevention-clinical services to 65 child welfare involved families affected by IPV and residing in the Bronx;
  • Provide supervision to 6 supervisors, a family team conference coordinator, administrative assistant, and QA manager, and schedule and coordinate supervision and staff meetings;
  • Provide supervisory coverage to case planners, clinicians, and parent advocates in the absence of a supervisor as needed;
  • Work closely with ACS’ Division of Prevention Services and the Children’s Aid-CWFS Deputy Division Director in the development and implementation of all aspects of programming for both service sites;
  • Collaborate with the Children’s Aid-CWFS Budget Director for oversight of budget development, modifications, and spending;
  • Represent the program by attending meetings and network in the community to support the development of linkages, partnerships, and interagency collaborations with government, CBOs, advocacy and private organizations;
  • Assist with hiring, onboarding, and training of new staff, and respond to all personnel issues, coordinating with Talent Management and Human Resources;
  • Assist with quality assurance processes and perform some QA duties as needed;
  • Promote improvements in program functioning for improved quality of service;
  • Manage scheduled reporting and adherence to contract requirements, meeting all projected outcome measures and indicators, and reporting on program achievements;
  • Respond to contractual obligations, such as ACS audits and mandates;
  • Advance the agency’s agenda on issues of domestic violence prevention/intervention and child welfare prevention through public speaking engagements and participation in relevant advocacy groups and coalitions;
  • Coordinate and oversee staff training in domestic violence, motivational interviewing, child welfare best practice, advocacy, and other relevant areas.
  • Ensure a culture of strength-based, respectful and culturally relevant service delivery to a diverse group of primarily low income, child welfare system-involved families.
  • Other duties as required.


  • Licensed Masters in Social Work, Mental Health or related degree required; LCSW preferred.
  • Knowledge and experience with Preventive Services, child welfare, and ACS mandates
  • Experienced leader in the field of DV prevention/intervention, preferably in working with the whole family: survivors, PCH, and children/teens exposed to IPV.
  • Minimum 6 years post-Master’s supervisory experience, and 4-years program management and leadership experience.
  • Knowledge of Connections and PROMIS database systems.
  • Experience managing government contracts and budgets, including expertise in program contract compliance.
  • Knowledge of city, state and federal domestic violence service systems, policies and issues.
  • Strong advocacy and coalition-building skills.
  • Effective interpersonal, oral, written and verbal communication skills, including excellent public presentation skills.
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize.
  • Highly organized.



Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Please apply online through Children’s Aid website – Job ID: 003027

Children's Aid is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability.