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Director of Economic Empowerment

University of Maryland Baltimore
Baltimore, MD
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The University of Maryland Support, Advocacy, Freedom, and Empowerment (SAFE) Center for Human Trafficking Survivors is hiring a Director of Economic Empowerment. Economic empowerment is a key element in helping trafficking survivors reach their self-determined goals. The Director of Economic Empowerment will build a portfolio of comprehensive economic empowerment programs 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. This position 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. The Director supervises two staff members; the operations manager and economic empowerment coordinator. The mission of the SAFE Center is to provide survivor-centered and trauma-informed services that empower trafficking survivors to heal and reclaim their lives, and prevent trafficking and better serve survivors through research and policy advocacy. Through in-house service provision and collaboration with partners, the Center provides comprehensive social, legal, mental health, medical, and economic empowerment services to survivors of sex and labor trafficking of any age, nationality, or gender. The SAFE Center’s mission is rooted in social justice and active efforts to fight systemic racism which is one of the causes of human trafficking. More information is available on the SAFE Center’s website at This position is located in College Park, Maryland, and offers the flexibility of a hybrid work arrangement. Candidates will be required to complete a background check. Benefits Information
UMB offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.  The University of Maryland, Baltimore was ranked one of America's Best Large Employers by Forbes Magazine. (Feb 2021) In the Fall of 2021, UMB will require all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be processed through Human Resources. 
Essential Functions
  • Work with the Director, leadership team and economic empowerment team to design and further develop the SAFE Center’s Economic Empowerment Program for human trafficking survivors, including Limited English Proficient populations, vulnerable youth, and survivors of trauma.
  • Design an overall economic empowerment portfolio of programs and services, including but not limited to English as a Second Language, GED preparation and other education programs, job readiness and life skills development, vocational training, computer skills, professional mentoring, internships, job placement, post-placement counseling and support, and personal finance.
  • 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.
  • Identify available grant opportunities for economic empowerment; develop grant proposals and budgets, program implementation plans, and report results in accordance with grant requirements.  
  • Create innovative solutions for countering obstacles to economic empowerment among human trafficking survivors.
  • Cultivate and maintain a network of University Departments, local employers, community organizations and associations, and nonprofits to advance SAFE Center clients’ educational and employment opportunities, share best practices, and develop a base of support.
  • Advise SAFE Center leadership on marketplace trends and policies that impact SAFE Center clients, and adjust employment strategies to fit these trends.
  • 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 and based upon survivors’ feedback.

Education:  Bachelor's degree. Master's degree preferred.
Experience:  Six (6) years of program oversight including program planning, budget, and coordination
Supervisory Experience:  Two (2) years of direct management experience required.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • An understanding of workforce development challenges for underserved groups; experience with re-entry employment services and/or career services for immigrant and low-income communities.
  • Experience working with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Experience providing trauma-informed, strengths-based  services for survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault or other  forms of trauma preferred.
  • An understanding of economic empowerment programs that build financial self-sufficiency.
  • Familiarity with local and regional community and government workforce development resources.
  • Demonstrated program management experience with increasing levels of responsibility and leadership.
  • Ability to lead and collaborate in a cross-discipline environment to set goals, resolve problems, and make decisions that enhance program effectiveness.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience supervising a diverse and multidisciplinary 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.
  • Familiarity with the job market and trends in Maryland and the metropolitan Washington DC region.
  • Understanding of emerging and growing job markets such as jobs in the clean energy economy, STEM programs, and technology.
  • Preferred fluency in a second language.
Hiring Range: Commensurate with education and experience 
UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy. For assistance related to employment, please contact the Staffing department at [email protected] If you anticipate needing a reasonable accommodation for a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), during any part of the employment process, please submit a UMB Job Applicant Accommodation Request. You may also contact [email protected] Please note that only inquiries concerning an ADA request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

Job: Reg or CII Exempt Staff
Shift: Day Job
Organization: Graduate School
Job Posting: Jul 22, 2021
Unposting Date: Ongoing


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