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Financial Empowerment Specialist



The Urban Resource Institute (URI), a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization established in 1980, operates shelter, legal and job training programs for domestic violence victims, residential and vocational programs for individuals with developmental disabilities, and residential programs for homeless families. With a $67 million annual budget with over 600 staff, URI promotes safety, justice, health, and independence for vulnerable individuals and families residing in New York City.

The Financial Empowerment Specialist will participate as a member of a team of educational, employment-readiness and job placement specialists to deliver its Economic Empowerment Program’s financial education curriculum and to support clients in obtaining financial safety and stability. The Economic Empowerment team will utilize a trauma-informed and strengths-based lens to provide both individual and group support to clients while also identifying and building relationships with appropriate community partners. The Financial Empowerment Specialist will assist clients of the Economic Empowerment Program in their financial growth.  The position will facilitate group workshops on financial education and provide individual coaching and support.



  • Assist in the development and implementation of strengths-based financial wellness screenings and service plans with individual clients based on their interests, skills and goals to support them in developing a pathway to financial security.
  • Plan and facilitate trauma-informed trainings on financial education for clients, including topics such as financial safety for DV survivors, budgeting, credit, and debt workshops.
  • Provides individual supportive trauma-informed financial coaching related to budgeting and saving skills, credit score improvement, resolving issues with credit and debt, and more.
  • Work with clients to create financial safety plans when needed.
  • Meet with clients on a regular basis and provide regular follow up to provide support to the client throughout their time in the program.
  • Collaborate with Career Specialists to plan out training and programming scheduling
  • Participate actively in case conferences with team members, as needed, to further individual’s progress toward employment goals.
  • Provide internal and external referrals as needed.
  • Meet weekly with Director for supervision and perform other duties assigned by the Director.
  • Attend training seminars.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled staff meetings and training seminars conducted to enhance and develop one’s skills.
  • Accurately track metrics in selected database and related data and other duties as may be assigned by the Program Director. Enter data on a timely basis and assist with data for Program reports.
  • Attend coalitions, taskforces, working groups and committees focused on relevant employment issues as directed.
  • Other duties as requested based on department, program and/or organizational needs.



  • 2-3 years’ experience preferably in a domestic violence or other related setting with experience work with domestic violence survivors on an individual basis. 1-2 years working with survivors of domestic violence in an economic empowerment or financial coaching capacity.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the intersection of domestic violence and economic justice including, but not limited to, the impacts of financial abuse on survivors of domestic violence.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Counseling, Psychology, Social Work or a related human services field, with two years of delivering career readiness services to survivors of domestic violence. Master’s degree is a plus.
  • Knowledge of educational and financial barriers and significant knowledge of resources for low-income and survivors of violence in NYC.
  • Knowledge of NYC public benefits and financial systems.
  • Demonstrated trauma-informed and anti-oppressive approach when working with survivors of domestic violence.
  • Strong writing and public speaking skills and curriculum development skills with an ability to manage and organize multiple projects in a busy, pressured working environment.
  • Highly motivated, with proven capacity to work independently, take initiative, and thrive in high-paced entrepreneurial environment.
  • Commitment to the vision and mission of Urban Resource Institute.
  • Demonstrated passion and commitment to public interest and an understanding of trauma-informed services.
  • Demonstrated sensitivity and experience with and/or knowledge of domestic violence within and against disenfranchised communities including individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and/or HIV-affected, the elderly and individuals with mental health issues.
  • Experience collaborating in a multi-disciplinary, diverse team, maintaining a healthy work environment for staff that encourages professionalism, respect, equality, diversity, and continuous improvement.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team, assess priorities, take initiative, handle multiple assignments, and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work well with people of diverse educational, cultural and professional backgrounds.
  • Must be a responsible individual with a reputable character, known to exercise sound judgment, maintain confidentiality, and cope with stress and crises in a calm manner.
  • Willingness to travel to residential and community program spaces, and community partner sites
  • Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office, Google Docs, and Apricot.
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) is a plus, but not required.


Interested candidates may forward a copy of their resume to careers@urinyc.org for consideration.

Urban Resource Institute provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

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