Training and Advocacy Director

Using a client-centered, trauma-informed and human rights-based approach, Safe Horizon operates a comprehensive and community-focused intensive case management and legal services program for survivors of human trafficking. While recognizing that client services alone will not turn the tide on human trafficking, our Anti-Trafficking Program also offers a range of services including trainings, presentations, case consultation, technical assistance and advocacy.

The Training and Advocacy Director develops and implements the training, outreach and advocacy efforts of the Anti-Trafficking Program (ATP), in coordination with the Senior Director of ATP, with the goal of enhancing the ability of the victim service field, law enforcement, other first responders, and key stakeholders to understand human trafficking and effectively identify and respond to survivors. This position requires extensive hours working as organizational liaison for policy networks in Washington D.C., particularly the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST).

Essential Job Functions:

  • Develop and implement the program’s local and national policy and advocacy strategy.
    Monitor, analyze and assess federal, state, and city laws and policies affecting human trafficking survivors. Propose and advocate for legislative and policy changes that promote client-centered, trauma-informed, and rights-based approaches to preventing and responding to all forms of human trafficking.
  • Create rapid response strategies to respond to time-sensitive developments in the trafficking field.
  • Draft policy documents for internal and external audiences including major media sources and policy-makers.
  • Liaise with Safe Horizon’s Streetwork Project and Child Advocacy Centers on anti-trafficking issues.
  • Partner with Voices of Hope, our survivor leadership group, to engage in and participate in advocacy, policy, and training related activities and learning opportunities to increase the inclusion of survivor voices and leadership in the field of human trafficking.
  • Advise Safe Horizon leadership on anti-trafficking policy initiatives.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with key policymakers and other influential stakeholders.
  • Provide technical assistance to federal and state government agencies, federal and local law enforcement agents, and service providers.
  • Represent ATP in key anti-trafficking initiatives and actively participate in networks and task forces.
  • Manage all aspects of training and advocacy contracts and grants from government and institutional sources, including work plans, relationships with sub-grantees and financial planning.
  • Assist Senior Director to identify funding opportunities, write funding proposals and to maintain strong relationships with current and potential funders.
  • Actively participate in weekly staff meetings with a small and dynamic team.
  • Develop and maintain training and outreach materials, as well as technical assistance resources for multi-disciplinary audiences.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Supervise training staff managers.
  • Required travel to Washington D.C. for up to one week every month

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):

  • Master’s Degree in a related field (e.g. public policy, international development); JD useful but not required.
  • In-depth knowledge of anti-trafficking legislation and policy development at state and federal levels.
  • 3-5 years experience lobbying policy-makers at a state and/or federal level.
  • 3-5 years experience conducting training, outreach and community organizing activities, preferably around human rights issues (human trafficking, immigration and/or workers’ rights issues very desirable), with demonstrated results.
  • 3-5 years experience conducting advocacy activities for a non-profit or similar organization around human trafficking or related issue, specifically within networks
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Knowledge of training curricula development; ability to integrate engaging training techniques for diverse audiences (e.g. government officials or potential clients) and update existing trainings.
  • Strong relationships with and/or knowledge of law enforcement agencies, community based organizations, and international organizations most likely to come in contact with trafficked persons.
  • Dynamic public speaker and presenter with ability to engage diverse audiences.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to delegate tasks to staff you do not directly supervise in tandem with their direct supervisor to ensure consistency and manage workload.
  • Must be familiar with a wide range of social justice work, immigration and workers’ rights issues, the underlying social issues effecting domestic and foreign-national survivors of human trafficking, violent crime, domestic violence, torture, flight from persecution in other countries, and those seeking basic family reunification.
  • Excellent cross-cultural and facilitation skills.
  • Computer skills.

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

All prospective job candidates must meet screening requirements, which includes a background check.

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Brooklyn, New York
Safe Horizon