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Program Specialist

Project LIFE provides supportive services to all survivors of human trafficking regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, type of exploitation experienced or documentation status. The Program Specialist is responsible for providing comprehensive case management services to victims/survivors of human trafficking through a client driven wellness and recovery model that is strength based, culturally relevant, trauma informed, consumer driven, and outcome based. Comprehensive case management includes providing information about crime victims’ rights, crisis stabilization, safety planning, victim advocacy, residential coordination and service planning in support of recovery and self-sufficiency.  This position participates in law enforcement operations and 24-hour emergency response to the San Diego Human Trafficking Task Force and other law enforcement entities for which a paid stipend is provided. Promotes public awareness on local human trafficking issues, provides training and outreach, and identifies and seeks partnerships with other agencies and organizations for collaboration. 

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Specific Activities
  • Utilize evidenced based practices to engage victims of human trafficking in participation of services that are client centered, culturally appropriate, and trauma-informed to improve the short and long-term health, safety, and well-being of victims.
  • Provide immediate response services for human trafficking referrals.
  • Assist community members and partners with identification of victims to provide immediate in-person outreach to victims of human trafficking.
  • Conduct and complete initial intake, safety screening, safety planning, and needs assessment for all clients.
  • Locate and arrange appropriate emergency and short/long-term residential placements, as needed.
  • Develop client driven service plans, coordinating and collaborating referrals based on identified needs.
  • Provide comprehensive case management service to access shelter, medical services, transportation, legal advocacy, housing assistance, mental and behavioral health services, tattoo removal services (branding), support groups, community referrals, literary skills, life skills, and employment training that is trauma informed and client driven.
  • Provide information to victims about their options in working with various levels of law enforcement in the investigation and prosecution of traffickers.
  • Provide victim advocacy and information about crime victims’ rights and services while supporting the victim through the process.
  • Maintain strong partnership with law enforcement, probation, runaway and homeless youth shelters, group homes, domestic violence providers, schools, and other community based organizations.
  • Coordinate and monitor the day-to-day implementation and operations for all services eligible to trafficking victims/survivors. 
  • Advocate on clients' behalf with the police, District Attorney's Offices, U.S. Attorney's Offices, FBI, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), public benefits agencies, courts, medical providers and other relevant organizations.
  • Participate in North County Human Trafficking collaborative meetings, human trafficking task force meetings, the churches against human trafficking collaborative and other community based meetings.
  • Participate in multi-disciplinary team meetings where local human trafficking cases are presented and reviewed for quality and improvement of services.
  • Develop, expand, and strengthen coordinated case management and comprehensive victims’ assistance.
  • Make referrals to programs for which victims are eligible, including ORR and OVC Trafficking Victim Assistance Programs, and other state and local anti-human trafficking initiatives.
  • Maintain accurate case records and program statistics in compliance with funding requirements and objectives.
  • Conduct human trafficking awareness trainings and outreach for community groups and service providers.
  • Facilitate prevention groups for at-risk youth populations
  • Co-Facilitate survivor-led HT support groups
  • Participate in all human trafficking meetings, treatment team meetings, and individual clinical supervision.
  • Follow all legal and ethical guidelines pertaining to the treatment of youth and families, per state and county requirements (e.g., Child Abuse Report, Duty to Warn, Confidentiality, Grievance Procedures, and Serious Incident Reporting).
  • Successfully complete all other duties as assigned.
Required Skills & Qualifications
BA in social work or related field required.  Preference given to candidates with experience working with victims of human trafficking, sexual assault, domestic violence or other victim populations such as immigrants/refugees; and experience working with men and boys, LGBTQ-identifying persons or other marginalized populations.  Must possess the ability to make sound decisions independently; Must possess excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work collaboratively and on a team; Ability to think critically and address crisis situations as they arise; Excellent problem solving skills as well as the ability and willingness to work irregular hours.  Multi-lingual or Bi-lingual preferred with strong preference given to English/Spanish.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required:  
Possesses advanced knowledge that is primarily intellectual in character and includes exercising discretion and independent judgment
Establish and maintains effective working relationships while showing open mindedness and a collaborative spirit. Compatibility with agency purpose, goals, philosophy, and approach. Demonstrates enthusiasm and passion for their work. Utilizes a creative approach to problem solving. Interactions with others reflect a spirit of honesty, humbleness, and self-awareness. Accepts constructive criticism with a positive attitude and willingness to implement change. Ability to work well independently and demonstrate appropriate initiative. Must demonstrate knowledge of trauma Informed, client driven, and culturally competent care. 
Other Requirements
Reliable transportation. Must have a California driver license and good driving record. Willing to use own, properly insured, reliable vehicle for the job (mileage reimbursed). Employment subject to clearances, including background finger printing checks, driving record, tuberculosis testing, and drug testing.
Compensation and Benefits
Your well-being matters at North County Lifeline!
  • Paid vacation
  • Paid sick time
  • Paid holidays (13 days)
  • Exceptional medical, dental, vision, chiropractic and acupuncture coverage
  • Free health and wellness programs
  • Free Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance program
  • Great employee incentive award programs
  • Training and education assistance
  • Matched 403b retirement plan
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Menu of optional benefits, including short term disability, critical illness, accident, hospitalization and cancer policy
Pay Range Salary will commensurate with experience and education. Differential pay offered for bilingual skills. EOE
Physical Demands/Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 15 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. The employee may be exposed in an extremely stressful environment where there are considerable mental and emotional demands. Employee will be regularly out in the community giving presentations and working with various agencies. Employee may be exposed to weather conditions prevalent at the time. The employee will be required to operate office equipment requiring repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer
Work Schedule
Full-Time (40 hours per week) Monday- Friday (may include evening and weekend hours; minimum one evening per week)