Economic Empowerment Specialist

The Anti-Violence Project

Title: Economic Empowerment Specialist
Department: Client Services
Reports to: Manager of Economic Empowerment and Client Advocacy


AVP envisions a world in which all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, (LGBTQ) and HIV-affected people are safe, respected, and live free from violence. AVP’s mission is to empower LGBTQ and HIV- affected communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and support survivors through counseling and advocacy.



The Economic Empowerment Specialist (EES) supports AVP clients in identifying and achieving their goals around economic safety, health, and wellness. This may include (and is not limited to) counseling, advocacy, information and referral focused on financial development, workforce development, and housing. Financial development includes, but is not limited to: financial safety planning, budgeting, public benefits support, credit and debt management, banking, savings, taxes, etc.). Workforce development includes, but is not limited to: job readiness (support with resumes, cover letters, mock interviews, etc.), job retention and career planning (visioning, training and education options, etc.). Housing support includes, but is not limited to: placement, subsidies, supportive housing, retention, eviction prevention, etc. The EES supports and facilitates the integration of financial development activities in Clinical and Advocacy programs, supporting Clinicians and Client Advocacy Specialists in identifying and sharing resources, and ensure that all economic empowerment activities are coordinated, consistently meet best practices standard, and are congruent across the department, to ensure support of economic independence.



Substantive Areas of work

  •   Provide leadership on overall economic empowerment services offered at AVP, including related to workforce development and financial development, through coordination with Counselor/Advocates providing comprehensive case management, counseling, and advocacy to clients
  •   Support and share resources with CS staff around financial development, workforce development, and housing with their clients.
  •   Identify areas slated for growth in various employment sectors, through monitoring and reviewing industry forecasts, and the needs of employers, through creating connections with local employers, individually as well as through linkages (e.g. with employment readiness, training, and placement programs across NYC).
  •   Utilizing the assessment outlined above, match up clients’ needs, abilities, and aspirations to therequirements available jobs in the current marketplace.
  •   Create employment related programming responsive to needs and opportunities identified above (e.g. job readiness workshops that include resume writing support and mock interviews, career advancement and planning workshops that are both general and specific to advancement in specific industries, etc.).
  •   Provide workshops, trainings, presentations, webinars, and technical assistance to service providers on how to provide trauma-informed, inclusive, and affirming Economic Empowerment work to LGBTQ and HIV-affected people.
  •   Create linkages with workforce development and training institutions for industry specific job readiness, training, and placement; with general and industry specific career advancement; as well as building relationships and connections at local HRA Job Centers and Back to Work vendors, to support Counselor/Advocates in their efforts to ensure that survivors who are receiving public benefits are compliant with all Back to Work activities, and that they receive appropriate transitional benefits as the exit public assistance and become self-sufficient through employment.
  •   Represent AVP at coalitions and taskforces focused on Economic Empowerment across New York City and New York State.
  •   Provide crisis intervention services and conduct intake interviews for in-coming hotline calls and walk-in clients. Provide hotline coverage and back-up services to volunteer hotline counselors after office hours on a rotating basis with other staff.
  •   Attend designated team meetings, and daily case conference/case assignment meetings.
  •   Support and coordinate with the Community Organizing and Public Advocacy Department’s outreach,education, policy, and campaigns around economic justice work for survivors of violence within LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities across New York City.
  •   Support and coordinate with the Legal Department around providing integrated social and legal services to survivors, particularly around economic justice issues (e.g. consumer law, identity theft, bankruptcy, estate planning, housing, and public benefits)Program-Related
  •   Support continued development of expanded economic empowerment programming for survivors of violence at AVP, in accordance with AVP’s strategic plan.
  •   Attend and actively participate in daily case conference meeting with Client Services staff.
  •   Attend and actively participate in weekly supervision.
  •   Attend and actively participate in monthly Client Services Department staff meetings.
  •   Attend and actively participate in monthly full-staff meetings at AVP’s Manhattan office.
  •   Attend and actively participate in in-service trainings and external trainings/seminars as appropriate.
  •   Assist with and attend AVP signature events.Administrative
  •   Document program activity in a timely and appropriate manner.
  •   Maintain complete case files in digital and hard copy.
  •   Enter all data accurately and in a timely manner into tracking and data management systems.
  •   Maintain confidentiality and other appropriate boundaries and expectations.
  •   Maintain professionalism when handling sensitive information and situations.Organizational Relationships
  •   Report to the Manager of Economic Empowerment and Advocacy Programs
  •   Work closely with staff in the COPA and Legal Departments.Other Duties as Directed by Supervisors



  •   At least 2-3 years directly related experience providing economic empowerment services, including proven skills in financial development and workforce development, specifically job development and placement required, and successfully supporting those making the transition from welfare to work, preferably to survivors of violence.
  •   At least one year of experience providing services to members of LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities, required.
  •   Demonstrated commitment to working to end violence within and against LGBTQ and HIV-affected communities, required.
  •   Bilingual in English and Spanish strongly preferred
  •   Demonstrated experience and comfort level interacting with diverse stakeholders such as CBOs (e.g.workforce development programs, financial development programs, anti-violence organizations, human services organizations, child welfare organizations, etc.) community members, government officials, law enforcement and courts, required.
  •   Proven ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism when handling sensitive information and situations.
  •   Demonstrated commitment to professional development and skill building required.
  •   Demonstrated commitment to working within an interdisciplinary team, within an anti-oppression approachrequired.
  •   Experience with data management and knowledge of Microsoft Office, especially Excel and Access, andother database applications required; Experience using Efforts to Outcomes and analogous systems a plus

  Excellent written and oral communication skills required.



Starts at $48,000. Competitive benefits package and an excellent and dynamic work environment.




Submit resume, cover letter including salary requirement to with “Economic Empowerment Specialist” in subject line by 7/15/2019. Candidates will be notified for an interview. We will not be able to respond to all inquiries. Interviews will be scheduled on a rolling basis. No calls, please.

AVP is committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals and endeavors to hire individuals of diverse races, colors, creeds, ethnicities, religions, genders, gender identities or expressions, ages, sexes, sexual orientations, national origins, disabilities, and citizen, marital, veteran and HIV statuses.