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Thistle Farms

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Program Coordinator – Thistle on the Inside

Thistle Farms


Job Summary

Thistle Farms, a nonprofit social enterprise dedicated to giving survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction a second chance at life, is seeking an experienced leader to manage and expand our direct service work with women survivors.  This position will be responsible for providing both direct and indirect services to women with a history of human trafficking currently in Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) 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. 

Preferred Knowledge, Skill, and Qualifications:

  • 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

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities Include, but are not limited to:

  • Serving 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 TDOC 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
  • Measuring and evaluating program effectiveness. 
  • Increasing awareness of and conversation around human trafficking and incarceration.
  • Maintaining confidential client records


Minimum Training and Experience

  • 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 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.

Special Requirements:

  • Work some evenings 
  • Possible travel to Knoxville and Memphis

Additional Information


Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance; 401k with a generous match; Paid time off

How to Apply

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and resume to Shelia McClain (shelia@thistlefarms.org). No phone calls, please. 


  • Date Posted: January 4, 2021
  • Type: Full-Time
  • Job Function: Clinician
  • Service Area: Social / Human Services
  • Start Date: 02/01/2021
  • Working Hours: 40 hours/week