PROJECT SPECIALIST – Human Trafficking Task Force
Exemption Status: Non-Exempt, Full-Time
Hourly Rate: $18.50 per hour bilingual incentive included in rate
Bilingual: Spanish Required
This is an in-person position- employee is expected to report to their assigned worksites in Ventura County.
JOB OVERVIEW– The Human Trafficking Task Force is an enhanced collaborative committed to serving justice and healing for victims and survivors of human trafficking. The Human Trafficking Task Force Project Specialist reports to the HT Task Force Program Manager and is a member of the Human Trafficking Prevention & Intervention Department (HTPI).This position will develop and provide specialized training, education, outreach, and technical assistance on human trafficking to task force members, community members, law enforcement, and other service providers. The Project Specialist is responsible for creating awareness and outreach material for the Ventura County Human Trafficking Task Force focused on both sex and labor trafficking to ensure the provision of survivor centered, trauma informed, culturally responsive, strength-based advocacy and support for victims and survivors of human trafficking as well as the education, prevention, and intervention of human trafficking. The position will coordinate and provide support for training and outreach activities both internally and externally and will serve as a liaison to task force committees, partners, and work groups. This position requires flexible scheduling to allow for occasional evening, and weekend work. Serves as a Human Trafficking Caseworker pursuant to Evidence Code 1038.2 as well as a domestic violence counselor as stated in California Evidence Code 1037.1
- Develop, coordinate, and facilitate specialized trainings for identified task force projects on the topics of human trafficking. Projects will vary depending on task force deliverable needs.
- Provide technical assistance to task force community partners that promotes the continued knowledge and implementation of best practices, victim centered, and trauma informed care when working with victims and survivors of human trafficking.
- Attend and assist with creating materials for task force subcommittee multidisciplinary meetings as needed.
- Develop and maintain professional and strong working relationships with task force partners, community-based organizations, and service providers. Serve as a liaison between the Ventura County Human Trafficking Task Force and community partners.
- Engage underserved and culturally diverse populations and facilitate presentations, trainings and discussions related to human trafficking.
- Provides crisis response and intervention through the 24-hour hotline during scheduled shifts as needed.
- Work collaboratively with the Program Manager, HT TF Staff and Interface’s Marketing and Communications Manager to develop and facilitate specialized trainings, outreach, media content, and public awareness material on human trafficking for the VCHTTF.
- Conduct and participate in community outreach and prevention/awareness activities including speaking engagements, trainings, and groups.
- Provide crisis counseling and culturally and linguistically appropriate assistance to potential victims identified through training sessions.
- Contribute to research-informed approaches to primary prevention, development and implementation of best practice and evidence-based training curriculum. Help develop and create social media content and virtual education components.
- Participate in training, workshop development, and implementation strategies that contribute to the integration of evidence-based practices as a part of all training and technical assistance efforts.
- Maintain accessible and complete records regarding resources, key contacts, evaluation data, statistics, meetings, events in a timely manner including pre and post evaluations, volunteer activities, outreach events and community involvement. Contribute to data collection and program evaluation efforts.
- Assist with the development, maintenance and distribution of program materials and resources as needed; keep management informed of program progress, needs, activities and community involvement.
- Participate in staff meetings, supervision, in service training and agency activities as applicable.
- Represent Interface and the Ventura County Human Trafficking Task Force at assigned community meetings, taskforces, councils, work groups or outreach events as needed.
- Support a positive working environment and work successfully as a member of a team.
- Serve as a mandated reporter of child and elder abuse as required.
- Other duties as assigned.
Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree in victimology, psychology, sociology, criminal justice, public policy, or related field. Ability to handle emergency/crisis situations, manage multiple staged projects from vision to completion, concurrently. Ability to handle multiple responsibilities, determine priorities, and track details in a highly dynamic and fast paced environment. Experience providing training and/or presentations to community members, coordinating community development opportunities, establishing collaborative relationships with community organizations, law enforcement and service providers. A minimum of 1 year experience with public speaking and facilitating training with the ability to engage a wide range of audiences is required. Must have ability to present and train effectively individually and with a co-presenter. Must possess strong communication and crisis intervention skills and must have firm knowledge of mandated reporting laws. Must be sensitive and competent to serve clients from diverse cultures. Excellent written/verbal skills, time management and organizational skills required. Must be able to work independently and in a team and maintain flexibility. Must be available to work evenings and weekends as needed. Experience with private and/or public social service agencies desirable. Must have excellent technology skills, preferrable experience with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Teams, Word, Excel, Power Point etc.), Zoom, Canva, Printshop or other media design platforms. Must have completed or be available to complete the required 60-hour human trafficking and domestic violence trainings within 3 months of hire. Must maintain the confidentiality of all shelter locations as well as information pertaining to clients. Requires ability to collaborate with agency staff and community partners while demonstrating exemplary customer services. Successful background and criminal clearance required and maintained, including but not limited to California Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI, Child Abuse Index and Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Proof of a valid California Driver’s License, reliable transportation, proof of automobile insurance (listed as covered), pass and maintain driving approval as required by our insurer.
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