Nov 29, 2018

Senior Director, Family Focus

  • Safe Horizon
  • Staten Island, NY, USA
Full-Time Nonprofit - Social Services

Job Description

Our Vision:

Safe Horizon envisions a society free of family and community violence. We will lead the way by empowering victims of domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault and human trafficking to move from crisis to confidence. 

Our Mission:

Safe Horizon's mission is to provide support, prevent violence and promote justice for victims of crime and abuse, their families and communities. 


Safe Horizon’s Family Focused Program provides comprehensive trauma-informed client-centered services to families who are affected by intimate partner violence and are involved in the child welfare system. Our goal is help those who have experienced physical, emotional or other forms of abuse to establish long-term safety and healing from the effects of trauma. Safe Horizon uses a client centered, trauma informed, anti-oppressive approach to supporting clients. 

Safe Horizon recognizes that families who have experienced intimate partner violence may want to or need to stay in contact with the person causing harm in the family. The Family Focused Program (FFP) was designed to engage family members with support to assist in healing and explore ways for families to maintain contact where safe to do so. In this model, all participating members of the family are considered clients (survivor, person causing harm, and their children).      

Essential Job Functions:

The Senior Director provides overall management of the Family Focused Program and supervises the Clinical Director and the Deputy Director.  The Senior Director will provide vision, strategic leadership and assume a lead role in team building and implementing activities to ensure the effective coordination of all aspects of the Family Focused Program. Duties may include some or all of the following:

Inform and implement all program start-up activities including hiring program staff, developing staff
training and team development plans, developing partnerships within Safe Horizon’s programs and the Administration for Children’s ServicesInform and document FFP service and coordination  protocols;Provide individual supervision to the Clinical Director and Deputy Director, in accordance with Safe Horizon’s supervision standardsFacilitate/support the Clinical Director in the provision of group supervision for all FFP program staff;Implement continuous quality improvement initiativesWork in partnership with the Safe Horizon Research & Evaluation Department to support program
evaluationProvide fiscal oversight and management of the program budget;Assume a lead role in local, state and national forums to further develop and implement emerging best practices in coordinated family responses to children and families impacted by domestic violence  including persons causing harm in the family, including professional speaking and training engagementsWork in partnership with our Research & Evaluation Department to fully implement the programs’ case tracking systems;Actively participate in individual supervision, in accordance with Safe Horizon’s quality supervision planAttend training relevant to positionParticipate in regularly scheduled FFP team case review meetings about new and on-going cases, where
appropriateMaintain open communication with supervisors and team membersDevelop and maintain effective relationships with social service providers to ensure appropriate family support and advocacy referral services are available to FFP children & families when needed;Complete performance reviews for all direct reports in a timely manner that identify staff strengths, areas for growth and professional development commitments;Analyze client data to inform program enhancements;Develop and implement strategies for addressing personal and staff vicarious trauma;Represent Safe Horizon on external committees when appropriate;



Security Clearance

Requires Security Clearance

Job Requirements

Required skills: 

Sensitivity towards and understanding of victimization, especially the experience of survivors of domestic violence and all members of their families including the person causing harm in the family;Strong communication and organizational skills;Excellent interpersonal and team-building skills, be assertive and well organized; Ability to work under pressure in a calm and reassuring manner;Demonstrate the ability to work independently and also work on a team with an appreciation of different points of view


Masters  in social work or related field with two years of senior management experiencePrior experience working with children and families impacted by domestic violence, abuse and/or trauma, child protection,Ability to work evenings as needed and maintain a flexible work scheduleBasic understanding of computer and systems for managing case records StronglyPreferred: Bilingual Spanish/English fluencyStrong oral and written communication skillsExperience with program developmentComfort with using and understanding program dataExperience with survivors of domestic violence or persons causing harm in a trauma-informed setting;Knowledge of the New York City domestic violence service system, child welfare, and other
social services.  If hired, I agree to abide by all of Safe Horizon’s rules and regulations, and understand that, if employed, my employment may be terminated with or without cause, and with or without notice, at any time, at
the option of either the company or me.  I further understand that no representation, whether oral or written by any representative or agent of the organization, at any time, constitutes a contract of employment

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply

Safe Horizon is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals and
endeavors to hire individuals of diverse races, colors, creeds, ethnicities, religions, genders, gender identities or expressions, ages, sexes,  sexual orientations, national origins, and  disabilities, as well citizen,
marital, protected veteran and HIV statuses. 

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