Chief of Programming

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $60,000



Start Date


Application Deadline



Silver Spring
United States


Position Overview

MCASA is Maryland’s sexual assault coalition and includes the State’s 17 rape crisis centers and

others concerned with ending sexual violence. MCASA’s Program Division includes training,

policy staff working in specific subject areas, and prevention initiatives designed to respond to

and end sexual violence in the state of Maryland. MCASA’s Chief of Programming leads the

Program Division and focuses on implementation of new initiatives, developing sexual assault

program standards in collaboration with member rape crisis programs, and ensuring MCASA’s

Program Division is current and responsive. This is a full-time senior management position

which reports directly to the MCASA’s Executive Director & Counsel.

Classification: Exempt

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Ensure new policies, laws, and perspectives are incorporated into existing MCASA programming including training, online, and printed resources.
  • Develop and implement new initiatives to respond to and help end sexual violence.
  • Develop and maintain sexual assault program standards in close and respectful collaboration with member rape crisis programs.
  • Develop and direct MCASA Member Services in order to support rape crisis centers responding to sexual violence. Services may include specialized training programs, modifications to the 32 hour advocate training, written or on-line resources, and technical assistance. This duty includes delegating to staff and encouraging staff awareness of the needs of services providers as existing programs are implemented.
  • Manage Program Division staff, including managers responsible for MCASA’s training, underserved populations, SAFE/SART initiatives, and other projects as developed
  • Collaborate with the Managing Attorney on policy initiatives and projects. Current policy projects include College Sexual Assault, PREA, and Sex Trafficking.
  • Assist with strategic planning and envisioning how to create a world without sexual violence.
  • Collaborate with other MCASA staff in the development and implementation of plans for outreach, education, and continuing communication with community-based organizations, law enforcement, and services providers.
  • Participate in coalition building efforts with other stakeholders.
  • Support and promote an environment that appreciates and holds opportunities for all, regardless of race, religion, nation of origin, culture, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical or mental ability, health status, age, or other diversity factors.
  • Clearly and persuasively communicate decisions, plans, and opinions to avert crises and reduce unnecessary tension. Seek guidance or authorization from others when appropriate.
  • Ensure compliance with grant objectives, goals, collection of data and reporting requirements.
  • Prepare grant reports and assist with development of grant applications.
  • Assist MCASA’s Executive Director with program development and compliance.
  • Prioritize and fulfill responsibilities in accordance with available funding and grant requirements.
  • Such other duties as assigned by Executive Director & Counsel.

Note: This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be

performed by the employee(s) incumbent in this position. Employees will be required to follow

any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any

person authorized to give instructions or assignments. All duties and responsibilities are

essential functions and requirements and are subject to possible modification to reasonably

accommodate individuals with disabilities.


  • Advanced Degree required, preferably in Public Policy, Women’s Studies, Law, Criminal Justice, Law, Social Work, or related discipline.
  • Prior work experience required. Candidates with less than seven years work experience may be considered for a position with less or different responsibilities.
  • Knowledge and/or previous work experience with sexual assault related issues, and experience working with survivors of sexual assault, child abuse, or domestic violence preferred.
  • Strong verbal and written communications skills. Performing arts or debating experience preferred. Ability to persuasively and accurately communicate in person, by phone, via email, and in writing required.
  • Comfortable working with numbers.
  • Strong project management, supervision, and problem-solving skills. Management experience strongly preferred.
  • Common sense and sound judgement important. Healthy suspicion of bureaucracy.
  • Ability to develop goals and to communicate progress in grant reports and other formats.
  • Ability to work meet tight deadlines and work under pressure.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office applications and generally comfortable with technology.
  • Access to a car and valid driver’s license; this position requires some travel within Maryland. Out of state travel required 1-3 times annually.
  • Oral and written fluency in English.
  • Passionate about the mission and philosophy of MCASA.

Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an

employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable

accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential

functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use

hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand,

walk, and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to

10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision,

peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment:

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee

encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations

may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The

noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Commitment to Diversity:

MCASA is an equal opportunity employer. Its policy of nondiscrimination means that all

employment decisions will be based on merit and without regard to factors unrelated to job

performance, such as ethnicity, creed, marital status, national origin, religion, gender, age,

sexual orientation, and physical, emotional or mental capacity.

To apply send a cover letter and resume to: in Word or PDF. Applications will

be considered as they are received and will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is

filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by August 3rd. The anticipated start date for this position is October 1st.


Vacation, sick & personal leave, Medical, Dental & Vision Insurance.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Send resume and cover letter to with "Chief of Programming" and your name in subject line. NOTE: Deadline to apply is August 3, 2018, however applications will be considered as received and applicants are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.