Positions Title: Economic Empowerment Specialist

Program/Department: Admin

Reports to: Senior Director of Programs (Krista McDaniel)

Status: Full-time, Exempt

Salary: $65,000 – $70,000

About the Role

We are seeking a knowledgeable and mission-driven Economic Empowerment Specialist (Coach) to join our team. The Economic Empowerment Coach will work closely with survivors of domestic violence, providing one-on-one financial coaching and conducting group workshops on a wide range of financial literacy topics. The Economic Empowerment Coach will be self-directed and comfortable working autonomously to develop a robust Economic Empowerment Program to support survivors of domestic violence in gaining economic security and independence. This person will play a vital role in helping
survivors regain control over their financial well-being and work toward economic stability.

About My Sister’s Place

My Sister’s Place is a community of staff, volunteers, and advocates committed to eradicating domestic violence. As DC’s oldest domestic violence shelter, we have served as a cornerstone of the district’s response to this pressing public health issue since 1979. MSP is unique in offering a continuum of care from emergency shelter through transitional-to-permanent housing. Our experienced team of case managers and residential counselors provide clinical counseling, case management, and comprehensive services to empower survivors to recover and thrive. MSP also provides training, case consultation, and advocacy to engage communities to prevent violence and abuse.

What You’ll Be Doing

o Developing an Economic Empowerment Program that serves all MSP clients
o Managing and growing MSP’s current economic empowerment initiatives
o Conducting one-on-one financial counseling sessions with survivors, assessing their current status and identifying barriers to stability and independence, setting goals, and creating personalized financial plans
o Identifying client needs and developing tools to measure success in supporting the economic empowerment and self-sustainability of MSP clients
o Identifying and developing partnerships to support program and client needs
o Providing survivors with referrals for additional financial assistance, legal support, and community resources
o Maintaining accurate and confidential client records and documentation
o Developing and leading group workshops covering a wide range of financial literacy topics, such as banking and loans, budgeting, consumer protection, debt management, personal bankruptcy, taxes, and understanding credit
o Adapting curriculum and teaching methods to address the unique needs and experiences of survivors of domestic violence, fostering a supportive, inclusive, trauma-informed learning environment
o Collaborating with fellow team members, such as MSP’s Workforce Development Specialist, and external agencies to ensure survivors receive comprehensive support

o 2-5 years of experience in financial or credit counseling, financial literacy education, consumer lending, mortgage lending, or a related field
o Bachelor’s degree in business, finance, economics, education, or a related field OR Bachelor’s degree in an unrelated field and equivalent professional experience
o Self-starter with an exceptional work ethic and an entrepreneurial mindset; ability to work independently with minimal oversight
o Superior organizational skills, including meticulous record-keeping and attention to detail
o Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, with the demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with team members and clients
o A compassionate, mission-driven approach to financial literacy education that is rooted in sensitivity to the diverse needs and experiences of survivors of domestic violence and individuals experiencing poverty and homelessness

What We’re Looking For
At MSP, we are committed to our core values, which guide our every action and decision. We’re hiring someone who shares our dedication to these values and embodies them in their work:

Demonstrate Professionalism, Integrity, and Excellence: You approach your role with the highest level of professionalism and ethical conduct. You should consistently uphold integrity, demonstrate excellence in your work, and adhere to the highest standards of professionalism.

Support Wellness and Self-care: You understand the importance of self-care and wellness, both for yourself and for the clients we serve. You should promote and model self-care practices and encourage clients to prioritize their well-being.

Provide Person-centered and Trauma-informed Services: We value a person-centered and trauma-informed approach to service delivery. The right candidate should be skilled in empathetic and client-focused interactions, recognizing the unique needs and experiences of each individual.

Foster an Environment of Trust, Transparency, and Respect: Building trust and maintaining transparency and respect in all interactions is paramount to our organization. We are looking for someone who can create a safe and respectful environment for clients and colleagues alike.

Deliver Services Intentionally and Passionately: We seek a candidate who is passionate about helping others and who approaches their role with intentionality. You should be dedicated to making a meaningful impact on the lives of our clients.

My Sister’s Place is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity employer. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type based upon 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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