The Network: Advocating Against Domestic Violence

Published 8 days ago

February 11, 2021
$55,000 - $65,000Salary commensurate with experience.

Location: 1 E. Wacker Drive, Ste. 1630, Chicago, IL 60601

Supervised by: Executive Director

Supervises: Training Coordinator, Interns, Contractual Trainers

Status: Full time, Exempt

Date revised: January 8th, 2021


The Director of Capacity Building leads the Network’s technical assistance and training development and delivery efforts, including project management, meeting deliverables, and executing against budgets and work plans, supervising staff and professional contractors, and preparing quarterly reports as per contractual commitments.


Program Management (approximately 40% of the position)

  • Develop and Direct Capacity Building program vision and strategy, including developing goals & objectives and monitoring and evaluating program effectiveness. 
  • Provide technical assistance to domestic violence service providers on best practices in client services, program development, etc.  Technical assistance may be provider initiated or at the request of the Illinois Department of Human Services.
  • Grow The Network’s strategic alliances/memberships with social justice activists and advocates and allied organizations.
  • Collaborate with other Network teams to evaluate effectiveness of training programs and incorporate learning back into tools and approaches.
  • Assist in the preparation of the annual budget for the Capacity Building workstream
  • Work with the Network team to oversee capacity building programs, including assisting in private funding grant submissions and reports. 
  • Meet or exceed identified training benchmarks.
  • Participate in external committees as required to fulfill the other duties of this position.

Training and Technical Assistance Delivery & Coordination (approximately 35% of the position)

  • Coordinate the development and delivery of ongoing public education trainings, supported by the Training Coordinator:
  1. Domestic Violence 40-Hour Training: the foundational 40-hour training (6 full day sessions) for new domestic violence workers.
  2. Advanced and Specialized Trainings: enhance knowledge of domestic violence program staff and the community-at-large
  3. Allied Professional Trainings: for professionals that are from systems that frequently encounter domestic violence survivors, their children, and those who abuse.
  4. Internal Professional Development: the development of staff to ensure that up-to-date theories and best practices are utilized.
  • Develop and revise training and education programs to deliver state-of-the-art educational curricula, which requires ongoing research. Stay current on Domestic Violence-related trends, laws, policy, and practice and adult training delivery methodologies.
  • Oversee the Capacity Building team in new business development, working in partnership with other Network teams.
  • Work with the Training Coordinator to Identify, recruit and maintain a cadre of diverse “expert speakers” to deliver training for Capacity Building Programs.

Supervision (approximately 15% of the position)

  • Recruit and supervise staff and interns in the Capacity Building team.
  • Conduct supervision and prepare evaluations for all direct reports. Conduct necessary disciplinary and other personnel actions in accordance with personnel policies. Provide ongoing mentoring including strategic growth for assigned staff and the development and monitoring of individual work plans.

Communication (approximately 5% of the position)

  • Partner with the Network’s communications staff to market public education programs through the development and dissemination of informational materials including brochures, flyers, information for The Network’s website, manuals, training packets, evaluation tools, press releases and media advisories.

Other (approximately 5% of the position)

  • Attend and actively participate in departmental and staff meetings.
  • Protect The Network’s value by keeping information confidential.
  • Update knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, maintaining networks, participating in professional organizations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.


·      This position operates primarily in an office environment that is accessible. Some work at off-site locations may be required and those may not necessarily be fully accessible

·      This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, scanners, filing cabinets, and fax machines

·     While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms.

·      The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 40 pounds

·       Travel between the main office and remote locations is required. Must possess a valid driver’s license and an insured vehicle.

·      Occasional night and weekend hours are required a few times a year

·      Work place is a smoke- and drug-free environment.

·       The Network is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ qualified individuals based on individual merit.

The Network does not discriminate against any individual with respect to the terms and conditions of employment based on that individual’s race, sex, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, genetic information, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, housing status, or any other non-merit factor protected under state, local or federal laws. Equal Employment Opportunity applies to all personnel actions such as recruiting, hiring, compensation, benefits, promotions, training, transfer, termination, and opportunities for training. The Network is committed to a fair and equitable workplace where everyone is a respected and valued member of the team.



  • Bachelor degree in gender studies, social work, social sciences, or humanities preferred.


·       Minimum 3-5 years’ progressively responsible experience in training delivery and course development, project coordination, and fundraising with violence against women issues from a social justice perspective.

·       Experience working in a direct-service provider serving survivors of domestic or sexual violence and/or human trafficking

·       Demonstrated commitment to social change in the area of violence against women.

·       Excellent verbal and written communications skills; presentation skills; project coordination skills; interpersonal skills and multi-tasking skills.


·       40-Hour Domestic Violence Training required

·       Status as an Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional or eligibility for Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional status preferred.

Computer and software knowledge

·       PC literate with strong skills in MS Office Suite (Word, Excel) and digital media skills (graphic design, Constant Contact knowledge, and social media platforms).

It is not the intention of this position description to limit the specific duties of this job, but rather to describe the major responsibilities associated therewith at the time the position description was prepared.  As the organization changes, or simply with the passage of time, the specific tasks and responsibilities that comprise any job also tend to undergo changes. Such changes may consist of additions to, reductions in, or substitutions of duties and responsibilities.  This position description should be revised on an annual basis to reflect such changes.

Location: 1 E. Wacker Drive, Ste. 1630, Chicago, IL 60601

Supervised by: Executive Director

Supervises: Training Coordinator, Interns, Contractual Trainers

Status: Full time, Exempt

Date revised: January 8th, 2021


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  • Full Time Schedule
  • 4-Year Degree Required


1 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1630, Chicago, IL 60601

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