Director of Programs: The Equity Project

Posted August 28th, 2019 at 10:56 am.

Classification: Full-time, non-exempt, salaried

Estimated Date to Hire: Early- or mid-September 2019

Supervised by: Associate Director

Compensation: Starting salary $65,000 – $75,000 commensurate with experience

Benefits: Competitive benefits package currently including health, dental, and life insurance; generous time off; and a commitment to professional development

Position Summary

The Director of Programs is the leader of all programming at The Equity Project. Reporting to the Associate Director, this person is responsible for the design, oversight, and integrity of programming, including ensuring fidelity to best practices in trauma-informed service delivery. The Director will lead a team to impactfully deliver and thoughtfully evaluate programming, driving revisions as appropriate. This position is based at The Equity Project’s main location in Kensington.

This position requires relationship building, supervisory capability, program development and evaluation, problem solving, and collaborative skills. They should be comfortable providing direct services and facilitating workshops as well as supervising a team, and savvy at balancing the two. Together with all staff members, the Program Director should have a passion for working in the human services space and hold a deep commitment to racial and economic justice.

Essential Functions

Core responsibilities:

  • Ensure that the core employment program is delivered and evaluated impactfully, utilizing models of trauma-informed, culturally competent service provision
  • Liaise with the CEO and Associate Director to make decisions regarding programmatic activities and set strategic goals
  • Collaborate with the Associate Director to develop and enforce policies and procedures impacting program delivery
  • Facilitate or co-facilitate the board programming committee, including meeting coordination, goal setting and monitoring, agenda creation and dissemination, and management of all committee activities
  • Serve as The Equity Project’s leader in the event that both the CEO and Associate Director are unavailable
  • Serve as the primary keeper of The Equity Project’s core employment-focused curriculum, training staff on facilitation and making or directing revisions thereof as appropriate
  • Collaborate with the Associate Director to maintain schedule of all services and activities available on-site and ensure this schedule is shared via various platforms
  • With support from the Associate Director, identify and drive ongoing improvements to data collection and impact measurement methodologies
  • Schedule trainings on trauma-informed methodologies and other topics for staff
  • Maintain accurate and complete case records in appropriate systems, and direct other programming staff to do the same
  • Represent The Equity Project’s employment programming at any meetings required by funder(s) and/or referral partner(s)
  • Network and establish working relationships with appropriate personnel at the County Assistance Offices, mental health and housing providers, and other agencies as needed
  • Supervise the Family Advisor and other programming staff as the team grows
  • Maintain working knowledge of WIOA, TANF, and the PA Department of Human Services regulations and share information with staff as appropriate
  • Maintain working knowledge of national trends in workforce development and trauma informed care
  • Facilitate parts of the curriculum, as needed
  • Assist participants in addressing personal, financial, family, and behavioral health issues that affect their employability

Responsibilities of All Staff:

  • Treat all participants, partners, and colleagues with respect and dignity
  • Participate in all staff meetings, mandatory trainings, and other professional development activities as assigned
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned

Qualities and Competencies

  • Able to excel in a diverse, collaborative team environment
  • Strong clinical skills and desire to engage with clients from a non-judgmental, compassionate, empathetic, genuine, and trauma-informed mindset
  • Competency in “systems” thinking when working with community members
  • Leadership skills that inspire supervisee(s) to be passionate about their work and position within the organization’s mission
  • Ability to teach and provide an understanding of how a trauma-informed approach increases community engagement; effectively offer supervisee(s) the guidance needed to improve their own understanding and implement with the community members they work with
  • Strong ability and genuine desire to empower under-privileged community members around their ability to grow and make necessary changes aligned to their goals, especially with regards to employment
  • Comfortable working with individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, economic/housing status, gender identification, sexual orientation, physical/mental health diagnosis, or disability status
  • Able to organize and prioritize work
  • Ability to perform research, solve problems, and effectively manage projects
  • Open to receiving and giving feedback, and committed to doing this regularly
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Extensive knowledge of communication and engagement processes and tools
  • Strong customer service and problem-solving skills with an openness to explore new approaches
  • Champion of the trauma-informed, culturally competent service delivery model
  • Comfortable with the Microsoft Office suite and using both Apple and PC computers
  • Able and willing to learn and use new technologies
  • Comfortable with children, and engaging children and parents/guardians together
  • Empathetic and understanding of factors impacting adult learning
  • Tact, initiative, responsibility and professional competence
  • Knowledge of Philadelphia and the surrounding region
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with community leaders, families, business persons, municipal officials and the general public

Work Experience, Educational, and Other Requirements

  • Master’s degree in social work or a related field required; license preferred. (Funding available to assist candidates seeking licensure hours through clinical supervision).
  • 3-5 years of supervisory experience
  • 3-5 years of direct social work or clinical psychology
  • 3-5 years of experience facilitating meetings and workshops
  • 2+ years of working with or in the public sector in social work, mental health counseling and/or supervision, advocacy, violence prevention, and/or trauma-informed care
  • 2+ years working with at-risk and marginalized populations
  • Notable experience in collaborative work environments
  • Act 34, Act 114 and Act 151 clearances required to be uploaded with application

About Us

The Equity Project is committed to advancing racial equity and economic mobility in Kensington and across Philadelphia. We do this by providing employment services and critical community resources, with a commitment to continually evolving our programming based on the needs and wants of our neighbors.

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