Assistant Director of Programs

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $85,000
Details: Salary range starting at $85,000 per year based upon experience.




2211 Palm Avenue
San Mateo
United States


Position Title: Assistant Director of Programs

Who We Are: CORA (Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse), is the only agency in San Mateo County providing crisis intervention and supportive services to survivors of domestic violence and their children. We provide legal assistance, education and outreach, community-based advocacy, individual and group counseling, a 24-hour hotline, emergency response through our collaboration with law enforcement, two emergency shelters and supportive housing to survivors of intimate partner violence/abuse.

CORA is currently seeking an Assistant Director of Programs to effectively manage and strengthen community-based domestic violence prevention and intervention programs and implement creative strategies to facilitate vital links between CORA and other organizations to increase safety and prevent intimate partner violence.

Position Summary: Under the supervision of the Director of Programs, the Assistant Director of Programs has full responsibility for program operations and will provide direct oversight and strategic leadership for CORA’s Community Advocacy, Community Education and Supportive Housing Programs. The position will oversee multiple contracts and ensure outreach, mobile advocacy, and all community-based services are culturally and linguistically responsive to the needs of domestic violence survivors and their families. The Assistant Director of Programs is responsible for ensuring compliance with all CORA’s policies and in accordance with local, state, and federal contracts. In addition, this position will manage changes related to the strategic plan which calls upon the organization to consider new innovative models and approaches to maximize resources and increase capacity while continuing to foster staff and program development.

The Assistant Director of Programs should promote CORA’s culture, building effective relationships both inside and outside the organization that inspire others to action. Knowledge and experience in trauma-informed domestic violence is a strong preference. This individual will have the opportunity to assist in continued program development and increase community awareness and understanding of domestic violence through education and outreach. The prospective candidate must share a passion for our mission, be an adaptable, self-reflective, empathetic team player with strong interpersonal skills, and have a desire to support the needs of survivors of intimate partner abuse. The Assistant Director of Programs will bring a sophisticated understanding of cultural competency, conflict resolution and demonstrate self-initiative and a genuine interest in professional and personal growth.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Strategically design, develop and strengthen programs promoting the safety and supportive advocacy for survivors of domestic violence and their family, ensuring they are aligned with CORA’s Theory of Change and Strategic Plan. Collaborate with CORA’s Director of Programs and other program managers as needed.
  • Ensure agency’s training programs and training materials are continuously incorporating the latest and best information about domestic violence and are of the highest quality.
  • Provide direct supervision and support to program staff and volunteers. 
  • Develop and oversee training of staff protocols and ensure policy and procedures are culturally and linguistically appropriate and align with trauma-informed practices and client-centered agency goals and values. 

·       Collaborate closely with CORA’s Development Department in creating new funding proposals to sustain community advocacy programs serving marginalized communities.

·       Ensure high quality service and contract compliance for programs and contracts as assigned.

·       Develop implementation plans for new services in accordance with best practices in the field.

·       Maintain current agency collaborations and identify opportunities for new collaborations as appropriate.

·       Represent CORA at county-wide meetings and grant related public hearings, as needed.

·       Oversee timely and effective grant reporting for program areas and ensure they are meeting grant deliverables.

·       Provide strong leadership and people management that reflects CORA’s values, including mutual respect, compassion and integrity.

·       Assist program coordinators with operational issues.

·       Mentor, coach and develop a diverse and committed team of staff and volunteers, including training and implementation of protocols; complete annual staff evaluations and design performance plans for direct reports.

·       Direct the continuous development of staff and volunteers.

·       Manage program operating budgets in collaboration with the Director of Finance.

  • Oversee collection of accurate statistics and ensure timely submission of grant and board reports.
  • Establish an annual program, departmental and staff goals and objectives, ensure alignment with agency’s strategic goals, and track results against contracts.
  • Stay abreast of developments and trends in the safety net, crisis, and culturally-driven interventions and use best practices to inform program supervision and development.
  • Direct and assist program staff in after-hour emergencies as manager on duty.
  • Collaborate with the Volunteer Coordinator to maximize utilization of volunteers who provide direct services.
  • Participate in training as recommended by supervisor.
  • Attend supervision, departmental and agency staff meetings as assigned.

Qualifications/Required Skills:

·       BA degree in social work, psychology, counseling, or related field; AND a minimum of 4 years experience working with underserved, high-risk, and isolated populations providing direct client and community engagement services.  

·       5 years of supervisory and management experience required. 

·       2 years experience working with survivors of domestic violence preferred; 40-hour Domestic Violence Certification required. Candidates who have not completed the training will be required to do so.

·       Must be available to work a flexible schedule, which may include day/evening hours Monday through Friday, and some weekends and holidays.

·       Ability to provide culturally responsive services and work with a diverse staff and clientele in an empathetic and non-judgmental manner.

·       Must demonstrate acceptable level of maturity, emotional stability, and sound judgment to provide effective services to diverse populations. 

·       Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to function as a part of a team and work in collaboration with outside agencies.

  • Familiarity with community-based services in San Mateo County.

·       Valid CA driver’s license, access to reliable transportation, and insurance required. Willingness to travel to multiple sites within San Mateo County.

·       Background check, including fingerprinting clearance from the Department of Justice; Demonstrate eligibility to work in the United States.

Reports to: Director of Programs  

Benefits/Compensation: This is a regular, full-time, exempt position. Salary range starting at $85,000 per year based upon experience. CORA offers excellent health benefits (medical, dental, vision, chiropractic), generous time-off policies (including 3 weeks of vacation in 1st year), LT disability, life insurance, and a matching retirement plan.

To Apply: Please email resume and cover letter to:

CORA is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We seek diversity with respect to race, color, age, sex, (including breastfeeding and medical conditions related to breastfeeding), religion (including religious dress or grooming practices), national origin, mental or physical disability, genetic characteristics and information, ancestry, marital status, family status, political belief, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and expression), medical condition, military, or veteran status or any other category or status protected by Federal, State or other applicable laws.


CORA offers excellent health benefits (medical, dental, vision, chiropractic), generous time-off policies (including 3 weeks of vacation in 1st year), LT disability, life insurance, and a matching retirement plan.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply: Please email resume and cover letter to: