Position:          Children’s Program Director
Hours:              Exempt full-time
Supervisor:     Senior Director of Programs and Client Services
Program:         Children’s Department

Position Purpose: The purpose of this position is to oversee the agency’s response, programming, and advocacy for all child clients, ensuring that holistic, ethical, safe, and high quality programming is provided for these survivors of domestic violence. This position will promote the safety, empowerment, and optimum health of victims of domestic violence through implementation of trauma informed advocacy, programming, crisis intervention, and support services. This position is also responsible for the supervision of all Children’s Department staff at the residential and non-residential locations.


Children’s Services

  • Lead a team of approximately 13-15 staff, including: Children’s Program Assistant Director, Family Advocates, Child and Family Specialist, and Childcare Providers
  • Provide training and supervision to Children’s Department staff
  • Recruit, hire, train, and supervise Children’s Department interns
  • Supervise Foster Grandparent placements, in partnership with The Senior Source
  • Work with the Volunteer Manager to recruit, train, and supervise volunteers in Children’s Department programs
  • Work with the Community Engagement Manager to train and supervise auxiliary members serving in Children’s Department programs

Program Management, Evaluation, and Development

  • Ensure the Children’s Department functions smoothly and effectively, providing for the emotional, social, cognitive, physical, and educational needs of the children served by each program
  • Oversee all Children’s Department programs, including: Family Advocacy, Children’s Psycho-educational Group, Granny Ruth Playroom, After School Program, Camp G, and Outreach Playroom
  • Create and maintain Children’s Department policies and procedures for each program, ensuring that all services provided are trauma informed, ethical, and aligned with best practices
  • Work closely with other client service program directors to promote successful communication and collaboration between all GWSS programs
  • Work with Senior Director of Programs and Client Services to regularly evaluate efficacy of children’s services and to ensure those services align with agency values
  • Promote a positive and supportive team environment with a strong mission focus
  • Responsible for the ongoing support, evaluation, and professional development of Children’s Department staff
  • Oversee Children’s Department’s annual budget

Agency Representation/Community Engagement

  • Act as the agency liaison to the Department of Family and Protective Services
  • Conduct speaking engagements within the community about domestic violence, related topics, and GWSS services
  • Provide trainings, both in house and in the community, on relevant topics
  • Represent GWSS in a professional manner within the community by attending relevant community meetings, coalitions, trainings, etc.


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Social Work, Sociology, Child Development, Child and Family Studies, or related field
  • Must be knowledgeable in the field of domestic violence and have experience working with survivors of trauma
  • Have experience working with children, preferably experience working with children who have experienced trauma, domestic violence, or child abuse
  • Have experience providing effective and client centered crisis intervention
  • Have experience with public speaking and staff/volunteer training
  • Must have an understanding of and experience delivering services within a trauma informed setting
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and written
  • Ability to develop and maintain positive working relationships with clients, staff, and community contacts and ability to effectively address and resolve conflict as needed
  • Demonstrates experience with and sensitivity to varying cultural, ethnic, and social backgrounds, values, and attitudes
  • Commitment to a holistic approach to providing services, as well as to community-based solutions for addressing the root causes of violence and survivor needs
  • Ability to work respectfully with diverse teams, build consensus, and motivate change
  • Acceptance of agency philosophies regarding domestic violence, internal conflict resolutions, and how decisions are made
  • Adhere to Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support Victim’s Advocacy Code of Ethics
  • Current CPR/First Aid training required within first 30 days of hire
  • Ability to drive a commercial vehicle and lift some heavy objects

Qualified individuals should email their resume to resume@genesisshelter.org.