The South Asian Helpline and Referral Agency (SAHARA) is a non-profit organization providing services to survivors of all forms of abuse in the South Asian community by providing them with culturally-sensitive and linguistically-specific services.

SAHARA’s staff culture is collaborative, respectful, and supportive.  We are a team of professionals who share a mission to serve the victims of our community and empower them to live full and successful lives, free of fear and violence.


The South Asian Helpline & Referral Agency (SAHARA) is a culturally specific non-profit organization focused on providing social services, immigration relief, domestic violence support, and elder abuse prevention programs to Southern California’s South Asian community. SAHARA is looking for a Program Manager responsible for administration, coordination and implementation of the Abuse Prevention Program and outreach to promote learning, facilitate community awareness building around gender-based violence. The Program manager will be tasked with implementing short- and long-term project deliverables in the form of outreach, trainings, workshops, crisis intervention, team management, and grant reporting.

Program Manager Responsibilities

  • Manage all projects necessary as part of SAHARA’s awareness and prevention program, through representation in public forums, presentations, trainings, and meetings.
  • Facilitate educational and empowerment workshops for survivors of abuse by working with partner organizations.
  • Maintain and build a network of collaborative partner organizations to establish, implement and evaluate/improve client services and referrals. 
  • Implement awareness campaigns to increase communities understanding of gender-based violence through trainings and workshops. 
  • Develop and manage effective digital campaign materials and public service announcements in line with SAHARA’s objective and serve as a representative to boost SAHARA’s prevention and outreach activities in the community.
  • Provide support and coordination to direct services SAHARA team to ensure abused survivors have access to social services, immigration relief and mental health support. 
  • Work closely with SAHARA’s administration team to manage program budgets, spend-downs, expenses, and procurements, and routine grant reporting. 
  • Provide crisis intervention support to abused, abandoned, and/or neglected survivors by working with other SAHARA staff and govt/state agencies.

Program Manager Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in social work or related field (preferred). Relative experience can be considered in lieu of masters degree.
  • 3-5 years of experience and interest in community development, social justice issues/ social work.
  • Fluency of a South Asian language and familiar understanding of South Asian culture/communities.
  • Excellent oratory and public engagement skills.
  • Competency in Microsoft and technological applications.
  • Experience working in nonprofit preferred.
  • Travel required for crisis intervention and training/workshops.


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    GITA RAI, M.A., AMFT #110251


    Gita is originally from the Bay Area but is now loving her new home in Southern California! She began working in the South Asian Community in 2015 as an MFT Trainee for a San Francisco based domestic violence clinic where Gita provided linguistically specific counseling services to South Asian survivors of intimate partner violence. She wanted to find a way to help support survivors in which they learn how to empower themselves while still maintaining healthy relationships.

    After many years of working in collaborative settings with psychiatrists and case managers supporting survivors through a variety of work experiences from trauma, mood and psychotic disorders, familial conflict, abuse, and identity integration, in 2019, Gita returned to her passion –working with survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault at SAHARA (South Asian Helpline and Referrals) in Artesia, CA.

    In her free time, she enjoys yoga and spending time with her dog, Lily.