Executive Director, SurvJustice

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $85,000
Maximum: $100,000
Details: With substantial room for growth



Start Date


Application Deadline



1015 15th Street, NW
United States



SurvJustice, Inc. (“SurvJustice”) is a national nonprofit organization that increases the prospect of justice for survivors of sexual violence through effective legal assistance, policy advocacy, and institutional training. SurvJustice envisions a world where sexual respect is a norm that is reinforced by strong institutional responses that ensure accountability for perpetrators while providing support for survivors. The primary focus of SurvJustice is to provide effective legal assistance that holds accountable both perpetrators and enablers of sexual violence in campus, civil, and criminal legal systems. SurvJustice broadly defines sexual violence to include rape, sexual assault, intimate-partner violence, and other forms of gender- or sexual-identity-based violence affecting survivors of any sex, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity. In addition to this assistance, SurvJustice provides policy advocacy and training to changemakers and institutions working within their communities to prevent and address sexual violence. SurvJustice’s unique model combines revenue from pro bono and low bono legal representation, co-counseling, and case referrals with traditional tax-exempt giving to maximize its reach and impact. SurvJustice takes no funds from governments or institutions of higher education so that it can provide uncompromised representation to survivors. Founded in 2014, SurvJustice is headquartered in Washington, DC. Learn more at www.survjustice.org.


SurvJustice seeks an exceptional Executive Director to lead the organization and facilitate our growth while maintaining and expanding our national reputation. This is a unique opportunity to assume leadership of a national nonprofit that is in a period of high-profile growth. SurvJustice is a leading voice in the national reckoning over sexual harassment and violence, pursuing high-impact change in court, administrative agencies, institutions of higher education, and the broader culture, including as lead plaintiff in a challenge to Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s rollbacks of Title IX protections.

The position pays $85,000-$100,000, depending on experience, with substantial room for growth, and competitive benefits.

The Executive Director reports directly to the Board of Directors and has responsibilities that include, but are not limited to, the following:


  • Oversee development, direction, and implementation of all programmatic aspects of SurvJustice.
  • Implement SurvJustice’s strategic plan.
  • Provide leadership and represent SurvJustice in media, coalitions, presentations, and before governmental and legal bodies.
  • Advance the organization’s strategy through crafting, along with the Board, strategic long-range planning.


  • Serve as legal director for SurvJustice.
  • Oversee and direct all aspects of the case-intake process, including determining or supervising which cases to decline, refer to other counsel, or accept for representation as co-counsel or full counsel, set pricing, and oversee initial document review and potential-client engagement.
  • Oversee representation in all campus-complaint processes.
  • Supervise staff attorneys in their performance of legal work.


  • Supervise and support all aspects of fundraising, including prospect identification and research, donor cultivation, annual giving, endowment, and other campaigns and programs.
  • Actively seek out individual, corporate, and foundation support for SurvJustice’s work.

Personnel Matters

  • Coordinate all employment-related training and other legal compliance efforts for all hired personnel.
  • Conduct annual reviews of employee performance.
  • Review and approve all employee requests for reimbursement or compensation.
  • Supervise all SurvJustice personnel including volunteers, interns, and staff members.

Finance & Administration

  • Work with Board, staff, and any necessary contractors to prepare the annual budget.
  • Coordinate and attend all Board and committee meetings, serve as an ex officio member on all committees, and prepare and distribute agendas and minutes for meetings.
  • Maintain effective procedures for proper accounting and careful monitoring of the operating budget.
  • Prepare for, supervise, and review any annual audit of SurvJustice that is performed.
  • Negotiate and administer all contracts and leases, maintain adequate insurance coverage, and act as designated business agent for SurvJustice.


Ideal candidates will be highly strategic, engaging, and team-oriented leaders who can represent SurvJustice’s mission and theory of change to a wide variety of internal and external stakeholders through outstanding oral and written analysis, persuasion, and problem-solving. Candidates must first and foremost demonstrate a passion for ending sexual violence and securing justice for survivors. Ideal candidates will have experience in senior organizational leadership roles with a proven ability to drive growth and conduct strategic advocacy. Candidates should be excited about raising funds and other resources to support this work and comfortable working with the Board of Directors and outside advisors to identify new resources and opportunities. Candidates should have experience with organizational management and the ability to coach staff, manage workflow, develop high-performing teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and manage a budget. The best candidates will be able to handle this difficult work with a combination of humor, kindness, and effective self-care practices.

Because SurvJustice is a legal services organization, candidates must have a J.D. from an accredited law school and be a member of good standing of the bar of the highest court of a U.S. jurisdiction and eligible to waive into or seek admission to the District of Columbia bar within twelve months. Ideal candidates will have deep experience in sexual-violence law, federal court litigation, or both. Candidates should be familiar with or eager to master Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Jeanne Clery Act, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), Administrative Procedure Act, and relevant civil, criminal, and constitutional law doctrines. The position is based at the Washington, DC headquarters of SurvJustice, but we may consider geographic flexibility for truly outstanding candidates (for example, a period of transitional telework to accommodate family moving needs). We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis and expect to extend an offer before the end of summer 2018.


To express your interest in this role, please submit materials to search@survjustice.org. Materials should include a thorough resume, a compelling letter of interest, and a short writing sample or link to published work. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

​SurvJustice, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color, people with disabilities, women, LGBTQ individuals, and survivors of sexual violence or those with a personal connection to sexual violence are strongly encouraged to apply.



Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply


To express your interest in this role, please submit materials to search@survjustice.org. Materials should include a thorough resume, a compelling letter of interest, and a short writing sample or link to published work. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential. We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis and expect to extend an offer before the end of summer 2018.