Senior Director of Advocacy

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $60,000
Maximum: $62,000



Application Deadline



United States




·        Provide leadership and vision for Sojourner House’s client services programs, including our Residential Program, which includes our shelter for women, shelter for male-identified victims, shelter for trafficking victims, transitional housing program, permanent supportive housing program, and rapid re-housing program; our Clinical Services Program; and our Community-Based Advocacy Program, which includes our Bilingual Advocacy Program, Drop-In Advocacy Resource Center, LGBTQ Program, HIV and Sexual Health Program, Youth Advocacy Program, and Law Enforcement Advocacy Program.

·        Provide direct supervision to program directors and community-based staff; provide general support, training, and development for all direct services staff members. 


·        Working with the Business Manager and Executive Director, assist with the development of client services programs’ budgets and ensure adherence to those budgets.

·        Provide support and guidance to program directors with specific client, logistical, and programmatic issues that arise.

·        Ensure that all of Sojourner House’s client services programs are operating effectively with a high level of quality.

·        Ensure that program goals, objectives, outputs, and outcomes are being met for all of Sojourner House’s client services programs.

·        Represent Sojourner House on various statewide and regional committees/taskforces.

·        Oversee the implementation of Sojourner House’s volunteer/internship program as the program relates to the delivery of direct client services.

·        Engage community partners and stakeholders in critical conversations related to domestic and sexual violence and Sojourner House’s work.

·        Assist with the development of program proposals to potential funders. This may include helping the Deputy Director with grant proposals or event sponsorship solicitations.

·        Oversee the Drop-In Center advocacy coverage schedule and ensure that the Drop-In Center has adequate coverage at all times.

·        Stay up-to-date on program requirements and communicate program changes to all client service program staff. 

·        Monitor new and existing policies related to victim services and ensure that those policies are being implemented properly. Recommend and develop new policies as needed.

·        Lead the development and implementation of agency-wide client-focused policies.

·        Develop and implement program evaluation strategies for all client services programs.


·        Develop, cultivate, and maintain working relationships with other partner organizations.

·        Develop and present trainings on domestic violence, sexual assault, and related topics to the community when requested. 

·        Represent Sojourner House at public events and speaking engagements as needed.

·        Assist with promoting the agency’s visibility.

·        Ensure that all of Sojourner House’s client services programs are accessible, culturally-responsive, trauma-informed, and survivor-focused. 

·        Perform needs assessments for client programming. Assess the results of the needs assessments and assist with the implementation of high-quality services and programs that address the needs identified in the needs assessments.


·        The Senior Director of Advocacy will not have their own caseload of clients; however, they will respond to Sojourner House clients as back-up if needed, which may include providing assistance with the emergency hotline.

·        Review and ensure that all necessary program reports and data entry for funders and/or grant proposals are submitted on time.

·        Monitor the quality of existing programs and assist with evaluation of outcomes and strategic planning objectives.


·        Assist with fundraising tasks and the solicitation of donations to support Sojourner House programs when possible.


·        Other duties as assigned by the management of Sojourner House or as required.


EDUCATION: A master’s degree or equivalent is required, and a concentration in or experience with social services, victim services, and nonprofit program leadership, management, and development is preferred.




·        Five to ten years of professional, full-time experience working in the victim services field is required.

·        Must have exceptional interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

·        Must be organized and flexible.

·        Must be an effective, visionary leader.

·        Bilingual (Spanish and English) applicants are preferred.

  • Computer literacy (Word, Excel, and general Internet skills) is required.


  • Familiarity working with individuals from diverse cultures and backgrounds.

  • Commitment to engaging in social justice work and leading programs from a racial justice and intersectional framework required.


  • Experience developing and delivering community presentations.

  • Experience leading and managing diverse teams and multiple programs across various locations.

  • Comfortable with multi-tasking and tackling multiple challenges at one time.


  • Familiarity with social service resources in Rhode Island.


·        Support Sojourner House’s philosophy of client empowerment and respect for individual choices.

·        Applicants are required to have a reliable car and valid insurance.

·        Applicant must pass BCI check.




The Senior Director of Advocacy will work a full-time Monday through Friday schedule, with some flexibility required on nights and weekends.


Full benefits (health/dental insurance, earned time off, a 401(k) plan, and access to an Employee Assistance Program).

Level of Language Proficiency

Bilingual (Spanish and English) applicants are preferred. 

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

Master's degree

How To Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, and 2-3 references to Eileen Rasmussen with subject line, “Senior Director of Advocacy”. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and will close on Friday, August 17, 2018. 

Sojourner House is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.