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The SAFE Alliance strives to employ individuals with diverse backgrounds, which mirror the populations we serve. We comply with laws prohibiting discrimination in recruitment, hiring, training, promotion, transfer, layoff or discharge on the basis of a person’s race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, veteran status or disability—either mental or physical.
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We’re The SAFE Alliance, a merger of Austin Children’s Shelter and SafePlace.
We’re a registered, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, spanning two beautiful campuses on several acres in beautiful Austin, Texas.
We’re a diverse, passionate group of more than 360 staff with a vision of a just and safe community, free from violence and abuse, and a mission to lead in ending sexual assault and exploitation, child abuse and domestic violence through prevention, intervention, and advocacy for change.
Our staff were named “Every Day Superheroes” by the Austin Chronicle; we’re a three-time Austin-American Statesman’s “Top Workplace” winner for years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018; and we were named a “Best Nonprofit” in 2017 by the Nonprofit Times.
who YOU are
You’re a strong believer that all people should have lives that are free from violence and abuse.
You’re someone who cares about positive client and customer relations. You build strong relationships, and you deliver effective client and customer-centric solutions.
You’ve are impeccable decision maker. Your decisions are timely, and they’ll help the organization move forward.
You value differences, recognizing that different perspectives and cultural diversity make the world a better place to be.
Your interpersonal skills are on point. You easily relate openly and comfortably with very diverse groups of people.
You’re resilient, rebounding from setbacks and adversity with both poise and ease.
You’re resourceful. You know how to secure and deploy resources both effectively and efficiently.
You’re trustworthy. You gain confidence and the trust of others through integrity and forthright honesty.
what WE need YOU to do for us
We need you to fill the role of Community Engagement Specialist. This is a FULL TIME, EXEMPT position. You’ll wow us by masterfully performing the following key duties and responsibilities:
Work with SAFE Disability Services staff to coordinate and implement a one-year planning project to identify obstacles and creative solutions in reporting, responding, investigating, and prosecuting cases of crime against child victims with disabilities.
Identify, convene and work collaboratively with stakeholders in Austin and in a rural community (within 100 miles of Austin) to identify and then prioritize needs in the rural community – and possible solutions to improve identification and responding to cases involving child victims with disabilities.
Establish baseline measures of cases of victimization of children with disabilities in the target community.
Identify effective strategies from other communities in the investigation and prosecution of cases of child victims with disabilities.
Identify, select, and conduct best strategies for community engagement & gathering information (i.e., roundtable discussions, listening sessions, critical conversations, focus groups, interviews, etc.) with partner agency staff and other community stakeholders (law enforcement, disability rights groups, victim service providers, protective services staff, etc.).
Gather and analyze information from statewide organizations committed to the safety of children, and include results of this inquiry in a detailed final report.
Work collaboratively with other SAFE program staff to create a community assessment report, and a blueprint action plan to improve the process by which child abuse investigative, criminal justice, and victim services staff identify, respond to, and interact with child victims with disabilities in smaller cities with rural populations in Texas—while limiting additional trauma to child victims.
Develop and provide high quality education and training to a range of professional audiences including criminal justice.
Attend required programmatic meetings and compete required documentation for Disability Services, for SAFE and for funder requirements.
to be successful in this role, WE’LL need YOU to
Possess at minimum a four-year degree in education, social work, rehabilitation counseling, psychology, community engagement or related field or equivalent experience. Master’s degree highly referred.
Ideal candidate will have a solid working knowledge and experience with community engagement, children/youth with disabilities, victim services, and transferable knowledge and experience with community engagement best practices including restorative justice methodology/practices.
Must also have proven skills in selecting and implementing effective engagement strategies for various stakeholder groups (i.e., focus groups, listening sessions, critical conversations, focused interviewing, etc., etc.).
Must have proven experience building and maintaining excellent working relationships with diverse community groups characterized by empowerment, trustworthiness, emotional safety, and outstanding follow-up and follow-through.
Experience developing and providing high quality education and training to a variety of community and professional audiences.
Strong belief in self-determination, empowerment, choice, inclusion, opportunity and options for children and adults with disabilities.
Understanding/experience of community-integrated services & children/youth with disabilities.
Critical to have ability to diplomatically handle confidential information, and to relate well when negotiating differences, resistance to change, and when building collaborations and bridges among professional groups with differing missions, viewpoints, and experiences.
Excellent organization, engagement, problem-solving, written & verbal communication skills.
Must have reliable transportation for day travel (up to 2 days week) and occasional evenings and week-ends.
Proven ability to work independently and as a constructive member of a team.
Pass all required criminal history background checks (including an FBI fingerprint check), as and to submit to a pre-employment drug screen and TB test.
Adhere to our Guiding Principles, Mission, Core Competencies and Confidentiality Policy.
how WE’LL make it worth YOUR while
We will pay you an annual salary of $36,500 to $40,500. This position is full time with exempt status.
We’ll pay for your medical, life and short-term disability insurance, if eligible.
We will give you 15 accrued paid time off days in the first year, and 22 days in the second year, capping out at 30 days after year seven.
We’ll pay you for our six agency holidays and four additional personal holidays to be used at your discretion.
After your first year of employment working a minimum of 1000 hours, we’ll contribute 2% to your 403(b) retirement, and we’ll kick in an additional 1% if you agree to match it.
We understand that you have commitments outside of the workplace, and we’ll do our very best to offer you some flexibility in your work schedule.
We’ll provide you with an amazing work environments where you’ll get to make a difference every day.
All SAFE employees are eligible to enroll their children in our Trauma-Informed Early Childhood Program (ages 3 months to 5 years, space permitting). Priority is given to full-time employees.
The SAFE Alliance strongly encourages members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including people of color, LGBTQ+ identified people, gender-nonconforming people, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people who speak a language in addition to English.