Prevention and Outreach Director

Published 25 days ago

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Safe Shores –The D.C. Children’s Advocacy Center is an organization striving for excellence as a service provider and as a workplace. Safe Shores values respect, honesty, trustworthiness, professionalism, learning and growth, taking care to give care, innovation, teamwork, and collaboration.

We provide a rich and robust employee benefits package, which includes paid time off, paid holidays, medical, dental and vision insurances; short- and long-term disability income replacement, life insurance, professional development, wellness programs and more.

We are currently searching for an experienced Prevention and Outreach Director. This is a full-time exempt position, with a salary range of $79,000 to $89,000.


The Prevention and Outreach Director manages the day-to-day operations of the Prevention and Outreach Program, is the face of Safe Shores for the community, ensures the highest quality of violence prevention services for child victims, their siblings, their non-offending caregivers/family members, and community members/ professionals. The Director of Prevention and Outreach models the values and guide and advance the mission of the organization, particularly in all communications with volunteers, staff, multi-disciplinary team (MDT) members, donors, and other community members, thereby helping to foster a positive and productive working environment. This position requires mandatory reporting for child abuse and neglect under the District of Columbia Statute § 4-1321.02.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned. 

  • Provide leadership and supervision to Prevention and Outreach staff and Public Health Interns.
  • Participate in the recruitment, training, and management of the Authorized Facilitators speakers’ bureau.
  • Implement three (3) core prevention programs within the community (Stewards of Children®, Care for Kids, ACT Against Violence).
  • Manage community outreach efforts and messaging, program quality assurance and data collection.
  • Participate in the on-call rotation for after hours and weekend victim services support for forensic interviews.
  • Provide individual supervision for Prevention and Outreach staff and volunteers.
  • Conduct bi-annual and annual employee performance evaluations and reviews.
  • Develop and monitor yearly professional development plans with supervisees.
  • Develop, implement, and refine Prevention and Outreach work plans.
  • Maintain and assure quality and confidentiality of electronic and paper files, statistical tracking, and inventory.
  • Oversee the recruitment, screening, placement, orientation, and supervision of volunteers.
  • Identify prevention initiatives, establish short-and long-term goals for Prevention and Outreach Program, and serve as content expert for child maltreatment prevention initiatives.
  • Collaborate with other Safe Shores’ programs to identify and address the needs of clients and community members.
  • Strategically target community organizations with messaging about child sexual abuse prevention and the importance of prevention training, including advancing and/or refining Safe Shores’ community prevention initiative of reaching the tipping point (5% of DC adults) in Stewards of Children® trainings.
  • Respond to crisis situations with clients and disclosures of abuse from community members and identify and plan with staff regarding secondary trauma situations.
  • Participate in on-going training and professional development activities, including supervision with the Deputy Director.
  • Serve as a member of the organization’s Senior Management Team.


Manages all staff in the prevention and outreach program. Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of this program. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

COMPETENCIES To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

Adaptable - Adapts to changes in the work environment; manages competing demands; changes approach or method to best fit the situation; able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Analytical - Synthesizes complex or diverse information; collects and researches data; uses intuition and experience to complement data; designs work flows and procedures.

Client Service - Manages difficult or emotional client situations; responds promptly to client and family needs; solicits client feedback to improve service; responds to requests for service and assistance; meets commitments.

Dependability - Follows instructions, responds to management direction; takes responsibility for own actions; keeps commitments; commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals.; completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

Diversity - Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; educates others on the value of diversity; promotes a harassment-free environment; builds a diverse workforce.

Ethical - Treats everyone with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and acts morally; upholds organizational cultural values. 

Interpersonal Skills - Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; maintains confidentiality; listens to others without interrupting; keeps emotions under control; remains open to others' ideas and tries new things.

Judgment - Displays willingness to make decisions; exhibits sound and accurate judgment; supports and explains reasoning for decisions; includes appropriate people in decision-making process; makes timely decisions.

Leadership – Exhibits confidence in self and others; inspires and motivates others to perform well; effectively influences actions and opinions of others; accepts feedback from others; gives appropriate recognition to others.

Managing People - Includes staff in planning, decision-making, facilitating and process improvement; Takes responsibility for subordinates' activities; Makes self-available to staff; Provides regular performance feedback; Develops subordinates' skills and encourages growth; Solicits and applies customer feedback (internal and external); Fosters quality focus in others; Improves processes, products and services.; Continually works to improve supervisory skills.

Oral Communication - Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; responds well to questions; demonstrates group presentation skills; participates in meetings.

Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.

Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.

Quality - Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; looks for ways to improve and promote quality; applies feedback to improve performance; monitors own work to ensure quality.

Teamwork - Balances team and individual responsibilities; exhibits objectivity and openness to others' views; gives and welcomes feedback; contributes to building a positive team spirit; puts success of team above own interests; able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; supports everyone's efforts to succeed.

Written Communication - Writes clearly and informatively, using standard business grammar; edits work for spelling and grammar; varies writing style to meet needs; presents numerical data effectively; able to read and interpret written information.


  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in public health, psychology, social work, or related field. 
  • At least five (5) full years of previous experience with abuse prevention, community level public health/social work prevention, social services, and/or victim advocacy. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally to a variety of individuals and groups.
  • Ability to work with caregivers/adults, children, and adolescents. 
  • Familiarity with and a disposition toward the MDT approach to the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with different theoretical and prevention approaches.
  • Excellent presentation skills.
  • Superb interpersonal skills.
  • High level of cultural competence.
  • Superior organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to successfully pass Child Protection Registry clearance and criminal background check.  


  • Experience working in a Children’s Advocacy Center setting, pediatric organization, or traumatic stress center. 
  • Oral and written Spanish language fluency.
  • Knowledge of or familiarity with criminal investigative, social services and legal systems in the District of Columbia. 
  • Professional relationships within the region, including community, organization, and university partnerships.

COMPUTER/TECHNOLOGY SKILLS                                                                                                                         

Must be PC proficient and able to thrive in a fast-paced setting. Must have strong experience with computer technology and equipment and Microsoft Office 365, Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to touch or feel a computer, keyboard, monitor, telephone, Smart Phone, and talk or hear when interacting with employees. The employee is frequently required to stand; walk and sit. The employee is occasionally required to reach with hands and arms. The employee may regularly lift and /or move 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. No or very limited exposure to physical risk.


Safe Shores is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. The more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. 

Come join a committed team of professionals dedicated to service!

Safe Shores –The D.C. Children’s Advocacy Center is an organization striving for excellence as a service provider and as a workplace. Safe Shores values respect, honesty…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Full Time Schedule
  • Education
    Master's Degree Required


USD 79,000 - USD 89,000Commensurate with experience


Benefits include health, dental, vision and life insurance, a retirement plan (a 403(b) plan for non-profit organizations), a generous leave policy, supplemental insurance plans and flexible spending accounts.

Benefits include health, dental, vision and life insurance, a retirement plan (a 403(b) plan for non-profit organizations), a generous leave policy, supplemental insurance plans and…


Washington, DC, USA

How to Apply

Candidates must submit all the following information to be considered for the position:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter indicating your interest in the position and how your experiences will benefit Safe Shores
  3. Three professional references (must include: name, current title, address, email and phone number)

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Candidates must submit all the following information to be considered for the position:

  1. Resume
  2. Cover letter indicating your interest in the position and how your experiences…

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