Program Director

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $50,000.00
Maximum: $55,000.00



Application Deadline:



2021 East Hennepin Avenue
United States


The Sexual Violence Center is an independent, non-profit organization working in Hennepin, Carver and Scott Counties. Each year we provide support to youth and adults through our 24-hour telephone crisis line, individual counseling, support groups, advocacy and legal resources at no cost. For more information about our work, visit 

The extended vacancy announcement can be found here


Staff Management 


  • Staff management responsibilities, which are divided between the Executive Director and Program Director. (The current staff is made up of ten full-time and fiv part-time employees.)
  • Nurture and maintain a healthy work environment that encourages respect, equality and diversity.
  • Human resources-related responsibilities including staff performance reviews.
  • Develop a strategy for professional development of staff.


Management of SVC Programs 


  • Supervise SVC’s “Crisis Unit” which is the central hub for SVC’s direct service delivery during office hours; support the staff who manage direct service delivery offered outside of office hours.
  • Support staff to ensure a consistent standard of service delivery across three counties.
  • Develop program and service assessment tools in order to evolve SVC services to be evidence-based and innovative.
  • Participate in the team approach to direct services at SVC by personally providing services to victim/survivors as needed. This could include legal advocacy, medical advocacy or counseling, depending upon personal interest.


Leadership in Support of SVC’s Mission 


  • Build relationships with other service providers, organizations and government entities to develop new programs, offer technical assistance related to sexual violence and build our agency’s capacity to meet the holistic needs of victim/survivors.
  • Position SVC to lead impactful sexual violence prevention initiatives.

Experience Required

At least five years of staff management experience is required for this position. (Non-profit-specific management experience is preferred, but those from outside of our field who can demonstrate how their experience is applicable and skills can be transferred are welcome to apply.)


  • A meaningful track record of leadership: inspiring, motivating and supporting staff, including skills in creative conflict management.
  • Senior level program development, strategic planning and project management skills.
  • A commitment to supporting people in trauma through an anti-oppression lens.
  • A positive, constructive, energetic and creative personality to help set a supportive and professional tone in the agency.
  • Poise and ability to effectively represent SVC with partner agencies, in the community and with the media.
  • A clear and direct communicator.
  • Applications from candidates who are bilingual in English and one of the prevalent languages in our service delivery area (i.e. Spanish, Somali, Hmong) will be given priority.


A background in sexual assault advocacy is preferred. Candidates without this specific experience but whose applications demonstrate the skills we are looking for are still encouraged to apply!


For full list of the experience we are looking for, please visit this page.


Generous benefits include vacation, sick leave and floating holidays, medical and dental coverage, life and long-term disability insurance.

Level of Language Proficiency

Applications from candidates who are bilingual in English and one of the prevalent languages in our service delivery area (i.e. Spanish, Somali, Hmong) will be given priority.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Applications are due by the end of Monday, March 19, 2018 and should take the form of a cover letter and resume saved in a single document, to be submitted via e-mail to Kristen Houlton Sukura, Executive Director at Please note that an in-person interview will be required for candidates who move forward in the recruitment process.