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Residential Program Director

Type of Position:  Full time position with variable hours 

Location:  Detroit, Michigan

Overview of Job Description


Haven Homes of Detroit (HHD) is an 18-24 month, rent-free transitional home for Survivors of Human Trafficking or Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE). Our mission is to provide safe housing focused on the creation of true community to allow the Residents at our home space, time, and resources for healing. We provide individualized, Survivor-informed support services through a trauma-informed lens to ensure women are at the center of their healing journey and empowered to heal and move towards independent living and other long-term goals. We are a Sister Organization with Thistle Farms.


The Residential Program Director will work under the Executive Director to implement best practices and excellent standards of transitional housing and therapeutic programming for survivors of human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation. This position is focused on creating systems and support to implement and update programming and policies of Haven Homes of Detroit to meet the needs of Residents. The Residential Program Director will also support staff as they implement programming to ensure the mission and values of Haven Homes of Detroit are exemplified.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Oversee and lead staff including the Program Coordinator, Lead Residential Specialist, and Peer Residential Coaches

  • Collaborate with the Executive Director to identify, create, and implement strategic plans to actualize program objectives as identified by individual survivors.

  • Continue to develop and promote a trauma-informed and collaborative home culture that values Survivor-led care

  • Develop partnerships with local service providers and strategic partners in the community.

  • Identify potential risks and opportunities within the organization and its environment to protect business interests.

  • Promote the HHD within the Detroit and local Survivor communities by being active and visible to local professionals as well as civic and private leaders.

  • Maintain a working knowledge of significant developments and trends in the fields of Human Trafficking, Substance Misuse Recovery, and Trauma-Informed Care/Resiliency  

  • Coordinate staff scheduling and cover support staff shifts if needed

  • Provide on call for after hour support 1 week a month

Necessary Skills

  • Proven ability to develop and execute program strategies

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Demonstrated knowledge of corporate and regulatory best practices

  • Organization and leadership skills

  • Strategic thinking and analytical skills

Required Attributes and Credentials:

  • Must embrace the mission of Haven Homes of Detroit and live out compassion for all people with a passion for working with victims of sexual trafficking, prostitution, and addictions.  

  • Experience in the field of social welfare, social work, counseling, and human services (volunteer or employment) 

  • Ability to adhere to confidentiality as required by law, ethics, and in the best interest of Residents  

  • Strong ability to communicate well and directly

  • If candidate has a personal history of human trafficking or substance misuse, must have 5 years of recovery 

Preferred Professional Experience:

  • Master’s degree Social Work, Counseling, Human Services, or related field; related experience considered

  • Experience with providing Trauma-informed care

  • Direct work with Survivors of Human Trafficking/CSE

  • Supervisory experience preferred

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation will be based on education and experience. Health benefits and Paid Time Off included. Salary Negotiable

To Apply

Submit a Resume to Haven Homes of Detroit at

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