Strong Start Program Director

Austin, TX
Full Time
Strong Start
Senior Manager/Supervisor

Strong Start Program Director

The Strong Start Program Director is responsible for management and oversight of program implementation and operations including grant management for child abuse prevention and family preservation services within the Strong Start program. The position will be responsible for supervision of program staff and activities and will work collaboratively with other service providers and partners to ensure client, community and agency goals are met. The ideal candidate will have the ability to develop and provide program guidance for continuous improvement for our prevention services while also working to ensure specific program and grant protocols and objectives are met.

About SAFE:

  • SAFE’s mission is our name: Stop Abuse For Everyone. We achieve our mission by acknowledging and responding to the intersection of child abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, and domestic violence.
  • The SAFE Alliance grew out of the courageous work of the Center for Battered Women, the Austin Rape Crisis Center, and the Austin Children’s Shelter, all respected, women-led human service agencies created by volunteers and informed by survivors who needed support, safety and justice.
  • With over 20 programs and 400 staff, we have been serving the Austin community and beyond for over 30 years.
  • The SAFE Alliance strongly encourages members of traditionally underrepresented communities to apply, including Black, Indigenous, and people of color; LGBTQ+ identified people; gender-nonconforming people; individuals with disabilities, as well as lived experience, veterans; and people who speak a language in addition to English.

About this position:

  • We need you to fill the role of Strong Start Program Director. This is a FULL TIME, EXEMPT position at our Rathgeber Village location in Austin with potential for hybrid work. Travel locally to governmental and partner organizations is expected. We will pay you an annual salary commensurate with experience in the salary range of $55,500- $58,000.

Key Duties:

  • Plans, implements, manages and evaluates SAFE’s child abuse prevention and family preservation services in the Strong Start program.
  • Maintains strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders including subcontracting agencies. Ensures that programs are cooperatively planned, implemented, operated and evaluated.
  • Directly manages key program staff, and is responsible for assessing and ensuring compliance with grant requirements.
  • Represents SAFE Alliance at community meetings, with coalitions, funders and tasks force working on issues related to prevention and interventions services.
  • Responsible for assisting with program budget oversight, that prevention programs are operating within budgets; assists in the annual budget and impact plan development process; and developing new and renewed funding as needed.
  • Adhere to our Guiding Principles, Mission, Core Competencies and Confidentiality Policy.​​​​​​​


  • Must possess a bachelor’s degree in Social Work or other related field; Master’s Degree preferred with a specialization in children and families; and three years of experience in the administration of social service programs including: staff supervision; design and/or implementation of social service programs; management of governmental grants; and working within collaborations.
    • ONLY with funder approval, may substitute for bachelor’s degree; a minimum 7 years of experience in experience in the administration of social service programs including: staff supervision; design and/or implementation of social service programs; management of governmental grants; and working within collaborations.
  • A demonstrated and thorough understanding of child development, the dynamics of abuse and neglect, and of trauma-based responses.
  • Knowledge of home visitation practices and models preferred.
  • A minimum of 3 years supervisory experience.
  • Must have a valid, State of Texas Driver’s License, AND at least three (3) consecutive years of driving experience OR one (1) year of driving experience if over 27 years of age AND an acceptable driving record. If in possession of an out-of-state license, obtain a State of Texas Driver’s License within 90 days of beginning employment.
  • Pass all required criminal history background checks (including an FBI fingerprint check), as well a pre-employment drug screen and TB test.
  • All employees are required to comply with policies regarding COVID-19, which may be subject to change.  COVID vaccines are still highly recommended, and we encourage employees to get vaccinated if they are able.​​​​​​​

About our benefits:

  • Full-time employees receive employer paid health insurance, short-term disability, and life insurance.*
  • Optional dental, vision and pet insurance.*
  • 403(b) retirement plan with an employer match, and 15 days of Paid Time Off (PTO), 4 Personal Holidays, 7 Paid holidays, and more.*
  • We’ll provide you with an amazing work environment where you’ll get to make a difference every day.

*Benefits are prorated based on date of hire and hours worked. Eligibility is dependent upon FTE, status, etc. 

For the most up-to-date and comprehensive list of our job openings, please visit our career page.


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