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Thistle Farms

Program Coordinator

Thistle Farms


Job Summary

Thistle Farms, a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to giving survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction a second chance, is seeking an experienced leader to manage and expand our direct service work with women survivors experiencing incarceration. This position is VOCA funded and will be responsible for providing both direct and indirect services to women with a history of human trafficking currently in Deborah Johnson Rehabilitation Center (DJRC) prison, on parole, and/or receiving probation services.

You must be able to establish a trusting relationship with survivors in the program as well as build and manage effective, collaborative relationships with TDOC partners. Responsibilities also include coordinating and communicating with Thistle Farms program partners to provide appropriate services as well as facilitating internal groups and services offered by Thistle Farms.

Job Responsibilities

  • Serves as the portal of entry and contact for any eligible woman survivor seeking services.
  • Interviewing individuals to determine appropriate services and connect them with various opportunities within both Thistle Farms and our community partners.
  • Conducting ongoing comprehensive needs assessments for the women participating in the program.
  • Maintaining and cultivating collaborative relationships with DJRC organizations and partners by delivering content, stories, and information through meetings and community presentations.
  • Developing, implementing, and managing innovative ideas that will increase the number of women survivors receiving services
  • Research, interview, hire, and manage facilitators to lead psychoeducational groups with the participants of TOI
  • Measuring and evaluating program effectiveness.
  • Increasing awareness of and conversation around human trafficking and incarceration.
  • Maintaining confidential client records
  • Work evenings M, T, and Thurs from 5 pm – 8 pm
  • Possible travel to Knoxville and Memphis


  • Experience in working with individuals and families impacted by human trafficking.
  • Knowledge of best practices relating to human trafficking which includes identification, safety, confidentiality, and program development.
  • Ability to work as part of a fast-paced multi-disciplinary team which includes the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse persons including law enforcement, criminal justice professionals, social service agencies, and other systems that impact service delivery for victims of human trafficking.
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system.Skill in problem-solving, decision making, and conflict resolution
  • Ability to deal with persons experiencing stress and the ability to communicate effectively in challenging client situations
  • Ability to work effectively under high-pressure circumstances and manage crisis and emergency situations
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing, with diverse groups of individuals
  • Must have a BA in psychology, social work, or related field
  • Must have completed 40 hours of victim advocacy training.
  • Must have a history that reflects a commitment to victim services (can be shown through community volunteerism or active involvement in clubs/organizations that advocate for the rights of victims/survivors of crime.

Additional Information



  • Contributory medical, dental and vision plans/ 401k. 
  • Paid Days Off (you will be entitled to paid time off in accordance with the Company’s
  • vacation policy)
  • Typically 10 paid holidays per year and closed the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, subject to change annually.

How to Apply


  • Date Posted: April 20, 2022
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Administrative
  • Service Area: Social / Human Services
  • Working Hours: Varies; Mon, Tues, Thurs evenings required