Job Type

Full Time


Details: This is a full-time (40 hours per week), FLSA exempt, at-will position. It is expected that the President and CEO will work as required to complete the necessary tasks on behalf of NVRDC. Compensation is commensurate with experience.



Application Deadline:



6856 Western Avenue
District of Columbia
United States



The Network for Victim Recovery of DC (NVRDC) empowers victims of all crimes to achieve survivor defined justice through advocacy, case management, and legal services.

Located in the heart of Takoma Park, we are a growing DC non-profit organization with a team of passionate and dedicated staff. We are looking for a talented and motivated professional to lead NVRDC with experience in fundraising and strategic communications who will be responsible for ensuring the organization is achieving its mission and financial objectives.


The President and CEO leads this vital organization in our nation’s capital, liaising with the Board of Directors to: establish and pursue the strategic direction of the organization; oversee the financial management of the organization, including leading and engaging in major fundraising efforts; direct the administration and human resources of the organization to ensure the proper infrastructure to meet the organization’s mission and direction; and provide leadership to the organization’s staff members. The President and CEO provides a visionary approach to organizational development and the promotion of social justice, ensuring the delivery of unparalleled case management and legal services to victims of crime, and helps guarantee the organization’s financial sustainability and its high profile in communities in and around the District. 


The President and CEO works in partnership with the staff and Board of Directors to ensure that NVRDC is financially sustainable, delivers high quality legal and case management services, and retains its excellent reputation in the field of crime victims’ rights.

Specific responsibilities include:

Leading Operations:

  • Leads all operations, including overseeing the programmatic work, fundraising, budget development and forecasting, staffing and management of the organization;
  • Manages all financial, administrative, and human resources related issues; and
  • Ensures continuity of operations as NVRDC continues to grow and enhance its services.

Strategic Planning, Vision Setting, and Culture:

  • Develops the vision and a strategic plan for the organization in conjunction with the Board of Directors and staff, along with input from other relevant stakeholders;
  • Develops and oversees project action plans with legal and case management staff that align with the organization’s overall vision and strategic plan to ensure organizational goals are met; and
  • Creates and maintains a strong culture of inclusiveness, empowerment, and competency within the organization’s staff and volunteers.

Working with Board of Directors:

  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board of Directors, and providing timely and accurate information to allow the Board to make informed decisions; and
  • Supports all Board Committees and assists the Board with actively recruiting and orienting new board members.

Financial Oversight and Fundraising:

  • Ensures the organization’s financial health by developing and maintaining budget and financial management systems, including preparation of budgets and oversight of financial systems and controls;
  • Leads the organization to raise funds and manage the budget by:
  • Assisting with writing foundation and government grants for organizational and programmatic funding and ensuring compliance with all grant and financial reporting requirements;
  • Ensuring the long-term sustainability of NVRDC through a diversified fundraising program focused on individual and law firm contributions, corporate contributions, foundation grants, government grants, and fundraising events.
  • Serving as the fundraising point person by identifying, meeting with, and soliciting financial contributions from major donors, law firm representatives, corporate donors, foundation and government program officers, and other prospects; and
  • Assisting the Board Chair and Fundraising Committee Chair to ensure the consistent and enthusiastic participation of the Board of Directors in the fundraising effort.


  • Supports NVRDC’s culture of inclusiveness, sustainable passion, and zealous advocacy;
  • Meets at least monthly with entire staff to convey organizational updates and foster a strong and supportive working environment among the staff;
  • Ensures open and regular (at least once per month) communication, including written updates, between staff and the Board of Directors;
  • Ensures open communication among program directors, attorneys, case managers and other support staff;
  • Works with staff to develop annual and monthly reports and other communications materials to tell the organization’s story in a compelling and comprehensive manner to the community and to the Board of Directors; and
  • Engages and inspires staff members, board members, and other stakeholders in the execution of NVRDC’s mission.

Public Relations:

  • Develops a comprehensive communications plan designed to raise NVRDC’s profile in the community and to educate service providers, systems-based entities and community members on NVRDC’s services and crime victims’ rights generally;
  • Actively seeks opportunities to represent NVRDC in a variety of settings, including media interviews, public speaking engagements, and government hearings and briefings; and
  • Creates and implements the strategic branding scheme for NVRDC through the development of media and community contacts.

Programmatic Oversight:

  • Oversees the existing case management and legal programs and develops and manages opportunities that enhance these programs;
  • Fosters staff development and ensures continuing education requirements are met;
  • Develops and maintains case management protocol internally and externally; and
  • Actively participates in the development and deployment of comprehensive educational and awareness training and materials.

Collaboration with Other Organizations:

  • Develops, supports, and sustains NVRDC’s network of community partners in and around the District, which is a key component of this organization; and
  • Builds effective relationships with community leaders, funders, donors, community members, and allied professionals and agencies.

Skill and Knowledge Acquisition and Growth

  • Participates in training and networking events in alignment with professional development goals set in annual performance review with the Board of Directors or as directed or determined by the Board of Directors; and
  • Continues to grow and seek professional development opportunities for individual position(s) and the organization.


The successful candidate for this position must have deep experience with leading and managing non-profit organizations, including stewarding non-profits through periods of significant growth and change. The position also requires significant experience with fundraising, development, and organizational budget planning for a non-profit entity. The candidate must also possess relevant experience in one or both of NVRDC’s direct services fields (legal or case management for victims of crime) through a combination of education and direct services experience that supports working with victims of crime and demonstrates commitment to public interest and serving vulnerable populations.

This position requires a self-starter who works well independently and as a team player. The successful candidate will combine this commitment with the ability to inspire and lead staff members and volunteers.

Specific skills and background include:

  • Integrity, dependability, and professionalism;
  • Substantial management and supervisory experience;
  • Experience in building a workplace “team environment” and encouraging professional development of staff;
  • Resourceful, highly organized, a team builder, a critical and analytical thinker, self-reflective and self-aware, and open to growth and learning;
  • Strategic planning experience;
  • Experience working effectively and harmoniously with a Board of Directors;
  • Experience leading staff, board, and volunteers in accordance with an organizational vision;
  • Experience cultivating donors, raising funds, managing funds, and budgeting for a program or organization;
  • Demonstrated experience in non-profit budgeting, finance, and fiscal controls;
  • Demonstrated commitment to social justice, anti-oppression, and/or ending gender-based violence;
  • Demonstrated desire and ability to work with crime victims experiencing acute trauma and ensure they receive the services they need;
  • Experience working with survivors of crime in a direct service capacity preferred;
  • Experience working for marginalized communities and crime victims;
  • Experience working in the non-profit arena;
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully apply for and manage local, federal, and private grants for a non-profit organization;
  • Experience in public relations for a non-profit organization, including working with the media to secure a higher profile for the organization in the community;
  • Experience working with federal, state, and local governments (D.C. preferred);
  • Experience working with specialized government subcommittees and members on local policy initiatives desirable;
  • Experience working with on within the criminal justice system in a professional capacity preferred;
  • Experience working and collaborating with a multi-agency disciplinary team preferred;
  • Commitment to working with people from diverse cultural, linguistic, economic, educational, and vocational backgrounds to demonstrate NVRDC’s dedication to social justice and access to justice for all victims in DC;
  • Strong oral and written communications skills; and
  • Master’s degree in relevant field and/or JD highly preferred.


Benefits include 15 days of paid vacation, 10 days of paid sick time, and all federal holidays. Flexible work arrangements (such as teleworking) are negotiable with the approval of the Board of Directors. NVRDC offers a competitive benefits package, including medical and dental care coverage, retirement plan options with a 3% employer match, and a dedicated professional development budget.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

NVRDC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, creed, sex, national origin, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, marital status, veteran status, or status as a victim of sexual or domestic violence or stalking, or any other status protected by applicable federal and District of Columbia laws. Reasonable accommodations are available to qualified applicants upon request. Auxiliary aids and services are available in alternative formats.

Please send a resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and short writing sample to Emma Kieran ( Please note where you saw this posting in your cover letter. All applications are due by April 30, 2018. No phone calls please.