Lead Project Specialist – Human Trafficking Task Force
Bilingual Required: Spanish
HOURS: Full-time (40 hours per week)
Base Pay Rate: $22.00 Base Rate
+ $1.00 Bilingual Incentive with Certification
This is an in-person position, employee is expected to report to their assigned worksite in Camarillo.
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 Lead Project Specialist reports to the HT Task Force Program Manager and is part of the Human Trafficking Prevention & Intervention Department (HTPI). The Lead Project Specialist will work on Ventura County Human Trafficking Task Force (VCHTTF) projects focused on sex and labor trafficking of adults and minors and is responsible for conducting and leading the development, coordination, and provision of specialized training, education, outreach, and technical assistance on human trafficking to task force members, community members, law enforcement, and other service providers. This position will also ensure that a survivor-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally responsive approach is taken on all VCHTTF projects. 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
- Supports program manager in leading project activities, communicating project goals, problem-solving, identifying areas for new training or skill building, and hiring and training of new team members.
- Coordinates day-to-day functions of the task force and oversees administrative duties, including special projects and grant Coordinates with task force members and project subcontractors to carry out planning subcommittee activities and helps ensure overall task force goals are met.
- Organizes and facilitates task force subcommittee multidisciplinary meetings.
- Under the direction of the program manager, assists in the planning, development, implementation, and coordination of trainings, collaborative networks, and technical assistance for the VCHTTF and the HTPI Department.
- Develop and maintain professional and coordinated working relationships with task force partners, community partners, and Interface staff to coordinate research, outreach, coordinated response, and training. Serves as a liaison between partnering agencies.
- Represents Interface and the VCHTTF in collaborative settings and builds relationships with partners to coordinate services, participate in assigned activities, and support the prevention and intervention of human trafficking.
- Assist with grant reporting, implementation, and evaluation of human trafficking education, awareness, and outreach efforts for the VCHTTF and HTPI department.
- Works collaboratively with project specialists and Interface’s Marketing and Communications Manager to develop and facilitate specialized training, outreach, media content, and public awareness material on human trafficking for the VCHTTF and HTPI Department.
- Provides technical assistance and training to VCHTTF partners and agency partners that promote the continued knowledge and implementation of victim-centered, trauma-informed care, cultural responsiveness, and best practices when working with victims/survivors of human trafficking.
- Participates in community outreach and prevention/awareness activities including speaking engagements, trainings, and groups.
- Supports manager in the coordination of operations with law enforcement and other service providers (flexibility with possible after-hours or weekend operations).
- Provides crisis counseling, and culturally and linguistically appropriate assistance to potential victims identified through training sessions.
- Provides crisis response and intervention through the 24-hour hotline during scheduled shifts as needed.
- Research and remain informed of emerging issues and best practices regarding anti-trafficking models and evidence-based trauma-informed responses.
- Maintain knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to task force areas.
- Maintain lines of communication with the supervisor following each shift or for assistance when troubleshooting.
- Support a positive working environment and work successfully as a member of a team.
- Develop and maintain appropriate relationships and boundaries with clients, colleagues, and partnering agencies.
- Participate in staff meetings, supervision, in-service training, and agency activities as applicable.
- 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 a related field. A master’s degree is preferred, but not required. Bilingual fluency is required; English/Spanish written and oral communication skills. Bilingual testing will be provided by Language Testing International and is required within the first 30 days of employment with scoring and certification at an Advanced level or above. Minimum 2 years of experience with public speaking and the ability to engage a wide range of audiences are required. Ability to handle emergency/crisis situations, and 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, and establishing collaborative relationships with community organizations, law enforcement, and service providers. Experience presenting via virtual platforms is highly preferred. A minimum 1-year of experience with public speaking and facilitating training in both Spanish and English with the ability to engage a wide range of audiences is required. Must have the ability to present and train effectively individually and with a co-presenter. This position requires a firm knowledge of reporting laws. Must be able to prioritize tasks, organize thoughts, and communicate well verbally and in writing.
Experience leading projects and teams is required. Self-motivation, initiative, and strong relationship- building skills are required. Must possess the ability to handle emergency/crisis situations, as well as strong skills in decision-making, organization, leadership, and excellent time management skills. Ability to work independently with minimal supervision or in a team setting and maintain flexibility. Requires flexibility with schedule as evening and weekend work may be required. Must be sensitive and competent to serve clients from diverse cultures and languages. Must have excellent technology skills, preferably experience with Microsoft Office (Outlook, Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, 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 training 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 service. 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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