Vermont Works for Women (VWW) is hiring a Program Specialist responsible for coordinating and delivering employment support programs to incarcerated women and gender expansive individuals currently residing at Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility (CRCF). This position will oversee the facility worker program, the Career Resource & Re-Entry Center and the culinary training program while working closely with VWW and the Department of Corrections staff. This position involves one-on-one coaching as well as classroom-based facilitation. Additionally, this position supports successful community re-entry by help women exiting CRCF. This position pays $23/hour and comes with a comprehensive benefits package.
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Vermont Works for Women is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive work environment that represents the vibrant communities we serve. Candidates across all markers of identity and expressions (genders, sexualities, races, religions, ages, national origins, and abilities, etc.) are highly encouraged to apply to this position, especially those with marginalized identities.
Vermont Works for Women is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, VWW will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact Cody Reed, firstname.lastname@example.org, 802-655-8900 x100.
Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
With a strong, long-standing tradition of empowering women and girls and challenging traditional gender roles, Vermont Works for Women continuously works to create spaces that are inclusive for all participants and staff.
We believe it is imperative to strive for a diverse staff and board who reflect the populations with whom we work, and who are open, informed and committed to advancing social and economic justice for women. This diversity includes race, socio-economic status, national and ethnic origin, gender expression, gender identity, sexual orientation, cultural background, religious belief and diverse abilities.
We strive to recognize systematic oppression and employment barriers experienced by women and other diverse gender identities. Through deep and honest introspection, we recognize that our work is informed and driven by historic and institutionalized forms of discrimination and marginalization of certain populations. Because of this history, we respect all backgrounds and experiences of our participants, staff and board.
Beyond our own organizational work, we recognize that promoting racial, gender, economic, and social equity is integral to creating a more just community. We advocate in support of other organizations and causes that contribute to advancing gender equity and diversity in productive and respectful ways.
Current Efforts to Foster Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
In addition to stating our commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), we are also taking proactive steps to integrate our commitment into our operations and working culture through deliberate actions in our newly released three year strategic plan. We are reviewing and updating our hiring and board recruitment practices. We regularly audit our curriculum and program materials to make sure that the materials both address diversity, equity and inclusion and are well designed for many audiences. We constantly design our outreach, registration and fee structures to ensure that our programs reach many audiences. We are committed to a process of continual improvement both in nurturing our organizational culture and in staff education. We set aside time for staff training and reflection on diversity, equity, and inclusion topics.