Friday, October 23, 2009

Clinical Director position for My Refuge House

A good friend recently reminded me of my old nickname, "the energizer bunny", because I just keep on going and going and going. Apparently, I'm the cause of her fatigue as she sits back and watches my frenetic antics. This also led to my friend asking me why I put so much time and effort toward My Refuge House when I wasn't getting paid. Ah, always the proverbial question! Instead of defending myself I recounted Bob Marley's story when he decided to perform at a concert two days after he was injured in a shooting incited by political groups. When Marley was asked why, he responded, "the people who are trying to make this world worse aren’t taking a day off. How can I?" Let me repeat that: the people who are trying to make this world worse aren't taking a day off. How can I? And that, my dear friend, is the fuel that drives my passion to tirelessly work for My Refuge House without pay.

Today I don the hat of messenger for My Refuge House as we search for a qualified individual that will fill the shoes of the new Clinical Director. I ask that you help spread the word and pray that the right person will be revealed to us.


My Refuge House is currently seeking qualified candidates for Clinical Director of its shelter facility in
Cebu City, Philippines. The primary duty of the Clinical Director is to develop, expand and oversee an
effective aftercare program for women and children rescued out from commercial sexual
exploitation/trafficking. This is a full-time position with a minimum of one-year commitment with a
possibility of an extension. The Clinical Director will report directly to the Board of Directors of My
Refuge House based in the US and will receive technical support and guidance both locally and abroad.
Please inquire by submitting an application letter, an updated resume, and statement of Christian Faith* to Prospective applicants will be contacted for an interview.

  • Graduate degree in psychology/social work-related field, and licensed or on track for licensing in your particular field.
  • Minimum 3-5 years experience in the work with victims of trauma, preferably victims of rape, sexual abuse/exploitation and/or prostitution; demonstrated experience with case management; strong clinical skills for trauma and crisis management.
  • Strong evidence of a mature Christian faith and experience serving as a spiritual leader and mentor; demonstrated commitment/involvement with a local church body; strong theological understanding of seeing the gospel in a holistic manner, commitment to personal growth and one’s own healing/self-care as key to working responsibly and effectively with others
  • Ability to develop a genuine passion for MRH, its mission and its values.
  • Excellent writing, communication, problem-solving, and organizational skills; ability to take initiative and multi-task as necessary.
  • Demonstrated experiences and competence working in a cross-cultural environment. Christian
  • Missions experience a plus
  • Word-processing and database skills (ie. Excel, MS Word, etc).
  • Ability to balance autonomy, accountability, and collaboration with shelter facility Administrator and My Refuge House Board of Directors.
  • What is a Statement of Christian faith?
  • A statement of faith should describe your Christian faith. The statement can either be incorporated into cover letter or submitted as a separate document and should include, at a minimum, a description of your spiritual disciplines (prayer, study, etc) and your current fellowship or place of worship.