Senior Director Economic Empowerment



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. Reporting to the CPO, the Senior Director will work directly with our clients residing in residential programs and will provide direct support services, training, and community outreach and education.

The Senior Director is responsible for designing and implementing both macro and micro level economic empowerment programming for our domestic violence survivors, homeless families and individuals with intellectual and development disabilities in order to achieve short and long-term goals around job training, education, employment, financial management and self-sufficiency. The goal of URI’s economic empowerment programming is to support its clients in reaching their educational and vocational goals and move toward economic independence. The Senior Director will lead educational, employment-readiness specialists, job placement and coaching staff to deliver client-centered services. The economic empowerment team will utilize a trauma-informed and strengths-based lens to provide both individual and group support to clients and identify and build relationships with appropriate community partners. The Senior Director will serve as an integral part of the client support service division and will drive the agency’s mission and goals toward economic independence by breaking intergenerational cycles of poverty and abuse.

Provide overall direction for strategic learning and development within the organization generally and to the Economic Empowerment Program.
Research, develop and facilitate educational preparation, employment readiness, financial literacy and technology literacy programming that is trauma- and survivor-informed, utilizes best practices, and is responsive to client goals.
Supervise program staff , create opportunities for professional development eand provide comprehensive oversight of the program’s operations.
Develop and implement strengths-based educational and employment readiness assessments and plans with individual members based on their interests, skills and goals to support them in developing a career pathway to living wage employment in both traditional and non-traditional jobs.
Create realistic budgets with members that utilizes available resources and supports them in moving toward their definition of economic independence.
Ensure the development of and facilitation employment readiness, skill-building and financial literacy workshops with members, including resume and cover letter writing, job search and interview skills, budgeting, credit, bank accounts, Microsoft Office, office behavior and skills, etc.
Identify ways to decrease physical and emotional barriers to education and employment, including the use of financial incentives to ensure members are motivated and able to succeed in educational programs, vocational training, internships/externships and/or employment.
Develop and maintain relationships with educational, vocational and job-readiness programs, trade schools, internship programs, and employers that are better positioned with resources and services to support members’ needs; provide consistent contact and support.
Research and develop industry knowledge in key occupations to ensure effective matching of members to educational and employment opportunities.
Develop and manage resource binders, program manuals, forms and contracts; support Program Director in building out data collection forms in the data management system.
In coordination with the Training Department plan for and help facilitate trainings for community partners.
Provides a wide range of career readiness services to clients, including assessments, goal development, interview training, job search skills, networking and resume assistance.
Facilitate the development and provide oversight of sI m sethe curriculum of educational workshops that focus on economic empowerment to achieve program and client outcomes.
Responsible for data collection, documenting and reporting on program outputs, outcomes and quality indicators into the data management system, Apricot; evaluate the effectiveness of the Educational Initiative and Pathways programs and use results to improve.
Assist with the development and implementation of consistent standards, policies and practices regarding client services and other agency protocols.
Represent the agency on coalitions, taskforces, working groups and committees focused on relevant legal issues.
Coordinates staff training, meetings, supervision and ensure other opportunities for the professional development of staff.
Other duties as requested based on department, program and/or organizational needs.

Commitment to the vision and mission of Urban Resource Institute.
Demonstrated passion and commitment to public interest and an understanding of trauma-informed services.
Masters’ in Vocational Counseling, Human Services, Education, Social Work, Psychology, or related field, with five (5) years of vocational experience.
Minimum four (4) years of experience planning and facilitating educational and/or job readiness programming
Demonstrated experience developing adult development, work readiness curricula and lesson plans
Knowledge of educational and employment barriers and resources for low-income and victims of violence in NYC
Knowledge of NYC workforce landscape and resources
Strong project development and management skills, including managing competing priorities and meeting deadlines; ability to adapt strategy to changing conditions and communicate changes effectively.
Highly motivated, with proven capacity to work independently, take initiative, and thrive in high-paced entrepreneurial environment.
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.
Robust project management skills and experience, specifically in projects requiring significant resources, cross-functional involvement with the ability to meet and organize multiple project deadlines in fast paced high energy working environment.
Strong writing and public speaking skills with an ability to manage and organize multiple projects in a busy, pressured working environment.
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

Interested candidates may forward a copy of their resume and salary requirements 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.

This applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.

To apply for this position, please forward your cover letter and resume to careers@urinyc.org