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Careers at The Thriving Initiative 

Positon Summry

Open Staff Positions:

 Programs Administrator  

Position Description

About the organization: 


The Thriving Initiative, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, offers healing and recovery programs for survivors of sexual assault, stalking, and domestic violence. Our programs deliver tangible results to participants, including dramatic improvements in mental health and enhanced use of coping strategies. 


Our mission is to inspire resilience in response to violence by promoting holistic community healing initiatives. We create healthy communities by providing access to trauma-informed workshops, public events, and information. We primarily serve survivors of interpersonal violence on college campuses. 


By offering unique, non-traditional healing workshops that deliberately focus on effective coping strategies and resiliency rather than past traumas, our initiatives advance our mission of offering innovative, community-based, and inclusive survivor-oriented programs.


Applications for the Programs Administrator Position are reviewed on a rolling basis.

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student seeking an UCSB Chapter officer position please see our volunteer opportunities page! 

Contact with any questions. 

Position Summary 

We’re looking for a driven and innovative individual with a passion for increasing access to mental health resources for survivors of interpersonal violence on college campuses.


In this role, you will directly oversee the UC Santa Barbara student team in effectively planning and implementing programming for those affected by interpersonal violence on campus and in the neighboring communities. The Programs Administrator serves as the primary advisor for the local Santa Barbara Chapter, while reporting directly to our Executive Director, and working closely with The Thriving Initiative National Development Team. The Programs Administrator will be given growth opportunities specific to their interests and professional development goals.

Core Responsibilities

  1. Oversee healing programs through volunteer management, mentoring, and training student officers in program execution.

  2. Organize program details and operational logistics.

  3. Ensure effective execution of programs and other essential chapter functions including budget tracking.

  4. Establish and maintain long-term relationships with Santa Barbara community members and supporters, including: local providers, students, alumni, foundations, and donors. 

  5. Track program data including program enrollment demographics, effectiveness of inclusive community outreach, and participation trends over time to inform organizational changes and growth. 

  6. Lead a team of motivated student volunteers to achieve their quarterly goals by, in addition to other administrative tasks, conducting quarterly reviews, tracking growth metrics, and supervising a quarterly newsletter to keep supporters up-to-date.

Applicant Characteristics

  1. Ability to effectively convey ideas and arguments through written and verbal communication. 

  2. Demonstrated passion for increasing the accessibility of mental health to people of diverse backgrounds.

  3. Interest in working with college-aged students throughout their professional career.  

  4. Experience working with survivors of interpersonal violence, or another marginalized group, while maintaining a deep understanding of trauma-informed practices.

  5. Familiarity with the unique needs and cultural climate for survivors and allies in the Santa Barbara community. 

  6. Ability to effectively work independently and in group settings. 

  7. Familiarity with Google Drive, Slack, Canva, Quickbooks, and Teamwork is preferred but not required. 

  8. This position requires working closely with a student population, therefore, experience working with college students, campus life or having been a college student in the past is preferred.

Position Requirements


  1. The ability to devote up to 35 hours a week to a staff position with The Thriving Initiative. 

  2. Willingness to relocate to Santa Barbara, CA during the academic school year. 

  3. Flexibility to work effectively in remote and in-person environments. 

  4. Ability to legally live and work in the United States. 

  5. Valid license to drive in California. 

  6. Ability to work some evening work hours, and infrequent weekend hours.

  7. Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution OR at least two years of experience working with college students or campus life. 


  1. Flexible schedule, hours, and working environment.

  2. Generous PTO plan and hybrid working options. 

  3. Active leadership and professional development support. 

  4. Growth opportunities within the organization. 

  5. Ability to make an impact with your daily work. 

  6. Encouraging and supportive team. 

Additional Details

Our team looks forward to reviewing your application. We will accept applications on a rolling basis, and will begin to hold interviews in November. The compensation currently being offered for this starting role is $20 an hour.  As a small nonprofit, we do not offer dental or health care at this time. We do have a comprehensive PTO plan and a flexible, hybrid work schedule. 


The Thriving Initiative is committed to equal employment opportunities for all employees and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or any other applicable legally protected characteristics.


If you need assistance or any accommodation due to a disability, we encourage you to contact us at or you may call us at (805) 330-1923.

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