Economic Empowerment Specialist
Economic Empowerment Specialist
Violence Intervention Program, Inc. a domestic violence agency seeks an Economic Empowerment Specialist will build VIP’s capacity to provide participants with educational services in order to help them break the cycle of violence. The goal of the agency is for each participant with a primary focus on the BNR participants, to achieve economic self-sufficiency leading them to full, violence free lives. Supportive services include educational/vocational workshops, job preparation, attainment and retention, financial planning, health promotion, and leadership development. The Economic Empowerment Specialist will work collaboratively with VIP’s coordinators, managers and administrative staff to integrate the vision of economic empowerment amongst programs.
- Assess educational/vocational needs; including needs and interest for financial literacy education of all program participants.
- Coach all staff in administering a needs assessment tool to determine the strengths, goals and progress of participants.
- Evaluate and monitor the development and implementation of a training guide that instructs participants on: a) completion of an employment application, b) proper interview skills, c) appropriate attire for interviews, d) developing a resume, e) identifying references (personal/professional) etc.
- Identify employment opportunities, and make appropriate referrals.
- Provide support in completing the self sustainability calculator; including review outcomes and guidance to self sufficiency.
- Stay abreast of changes in the area of entitlements and benefit resources and systems.
- Implementation of the Women’s Empowerment Services Action Plan, across the agency which includes creating protocols and reports in conjunction with supervisor, coordinators, development department and funders.
- Compile and submit statistical data required for reports due monthly, quarterly and annually.
- Capacity building in all programs of the agency – each staff member will demonstrate competency with incorporating financial literacy in the performance of their responsibilities.
- Identify and maintain linkages with providers, institutions and/or organizations as appropriate for resources.
- A bachelor’s degree in human services, social work, or equivalence in years of experience.
- Fully bilingual required (English/Spanish).
- A minimum of 2 years career development & financial literacy experience including providing vocational counseling, career development and educational support services.
- Experience providing instruction to women with little to no work experience and minimal educational background.
- Genuine desire to work with identified population (e.g., Latinos, low-income, immigrant and people of color) and deliver culturally competent services.
- Must be sensitive, non-judgmental and empathic towards survivors of domestic violence.
- Strong knowledge of the social and political affects of domestic abuse on women, children/youth and society.
- Excellent writing, documenting, and communication skills, including public speaking skills.
- Flexible with changing policies and programmatic or funding requirements.
- Must have the ability to operate office equipment such as computers, copy machine, fax machine, phone systems, etc. with strong internet and software skills; including Microsoft Office and client database.
- Must be able to exercise good judgment and sensitivity at all times.
- Must ensure agency, program and client confidentiality at all times.
How to Apply:
Qualified candidates may respond to the following opportunities by submitting a resume with cover letter including salary requirements. Submissions should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (212)410-9117.
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