Executive Director

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DC Coalition to End Sexual Violence (DCCESV)

Published 7 days ago

January 1, 2021
December 16, 2020
$100,000 - $115,000

Job Description:

DC Coalition to End Sexual Violence (DCCESV) is seeking an Executive Director with visionary leadership, a deep passion for social change, the capacity to influence systems’ response to sexual violence, a sustained commitment to engaging community-based organizations in coalition work, and an in-depth knowledge of non-profit financial management and fund development. This dedicated and compassionate professional will report to the Board of Directors and bring a wealth of experience to help establish and guide this new organization as they coordinate DCCESV’s activities and programs, including education, training and technical assistance, advocacy, and policy. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

I. Strategic Planning and Visionary Leadership

  • Leverage DCCESV’s strengths and seek opportunities to sustain and maximize services to meet the growing needs of members
  • Partner with the Board of Directors to define and articulate the organization’s vision in the development and implementation of a strategic plan
  • Implement short- and long-term goals and objectives in service of the strategic plan
  • Oversee project, program, and training development in service of the organization’s goals and objectives
  • Maintain the philosophical and programmatic integrity of the organization, consistent with the movements to end violence against women and anti-oppression
  • Stay abreast of current trends related to services and programs and anticipate future trends likely to have an impact on the work
  • Promote and foster an organizational climate that creates and sustains a productive and motivated climate for staff, Board members, volunteers, and other key stakeholders

II. Financial and Administrative Management

  • Provide leadership and oversee the financial management and day-to-day operations of the organization
  • Effectively manage the organization’s financial resources, including grant requirements
  • Assure compliance with financial, grant, and human resource rules and regulations
  • Develop financial and administrative processes and protocols that support the health, infrastructure, and growth of the organization
  • Create the annual budget for Board approval

III. Earned Revenue, Philanthropy, and Public Support

  • Effectively package and communicate the mission, vision, core values, goals, and accomplishments of DCCESV to funders, donors, business partners, and the broader community
  • Cultivate effective funder, donor, and business relationships
  • Promote innovative marketing and communications strategies to enhance awareness and increase visibility of the organization and its offerings
  • Oversee the development and implementation of annual fundraising plans that support strategies adopted by the Board of Directors
  • Explore and identify new funding opportunities, diversify funding streams, and oversee grant applications and reporting associated with awards
  • Sustain existing funding support

IV. Internal Leadership and Performance

  • Serve as an advocate for staff, leading with an open-door policy, flexibility, and acknowledgement of the talent and expertise of the entire team
  • Guide, motivate, and maintain a highly effective, productive, cohesive team with professional and technical expertise and operational success
  • Evaluate policies, positions, and infrastructure to ensure all are clearly defined and actionable in order to achieve maximum impact
  • Hire, train, and supervise staff in accordance with personnel policies and procedures
  • Conduct annual staff evaluations
  • Hold regular staff meetings

V. External Relations, Systems Coordination, and Community Engagement

Policy and Legislation:

  • Based on member needs and priorities, establish legislative priorities, draft legislation, and respond to relevant legislation
  • Monitor local, regional, and federal legislation related to sexual violence
  • Organize and educate partners to respond to legislative changes
  • Work in partnership with DCCESV members and key stakeholders to develop position statements and strategies for accomplishing legislative goals
  • Participate in the development of public policy, funding, and legislation supporting member organizations and victim services
  • Network with other organizations in legislative efforts


  • Foster and grow an active membership program representing the communities of DCCESV
  • Maintain effective relationships with other coalitions, city- and state-level agencies and organizations, national organizations, and other relevant organizations
  • Represent DCCESV to appropriate government and non-government agencies, key stakeholders, and the general public
  • Organize local and regional forums and meetings that facilitate discussions amongst multi-disciplinary stakeholders
  • Research and obtain resources that will support the work of members and victim service providers
  • Serve on relevant boards and committees
  • Advocate for member organizations and victim services with funders

Public Relations:

  • Serve as an articulate, passionate, and visible advocate and spokesperson of DCCESV and as the primary “face” of the coalition
  • Create and sustain DCCESV as a reputable, thriving organization with great integrity that public and private sectors seek as a partner and leader locally, regionally, and nationally
  • Engage in social change by issuing public statements, working with like-minded partners, educating policy makers, and speaking out via social media and earned media to impact attitudes about sexual violence
  • Act as media representative for the organization
  • Provide final approval for DCCESV publications

VI. Board Relations and Development

  • Communicate effectively and promptly with Board of Directors
  • Work with the Board in setting goals and priorities for DCCESV
  • Keep the Board informed of financial activities and the financial health of the organization
  • Support the Board in fulfilling their fiduciary, governance, and fundraising roles
  • Attend and report out at quarterly Board meetings and provide necessary staff services and assistance to the Board and its committees
  • Assist in the recruitment and selection of new Board members and Board leadership
  • Perform other work-related duties as may be necessary or assigned by the Board

VII. Other Duties as Assigned

Key Qualifications:

The ideal candidate for this position will have acute business acumen and a proven record of cultivating leadership and management that supports financial sustainability and organizational growth. They will also have a deep commitment to the mission of DCCESV and the individuals served and supported by DCCESV’s members and key stakeholders. We are seeking someone who is excited about the opportunity to promote social change that emphasizes gender and racial equity, anti-oppression, and social justice. This includes, but is not limited to, the following:

I. Experience

  • Demonstrated commitment to working with staff to develop an anti-oppression stance in the community and within the organization
  • Demonstrated commitment to recruiting, maintaining, and supporting a diverse, multicultural workforce, Board, and advisory committees
  • Demonstrated ability to develop a highly productive, effective team by mentoring staff, building teams, and enhancing professionalismUnderstanding of Washington, DC’s political landscape and how it relates to regional and national politics, both historically and present-day 
  • At least seven (7) years of experience in human services/non-profit sector, with at least five (5) years of experience as a senior level employee, preferably working in the violence against women movement
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing trauma-informed and victim-centered education, tools, and resources to membership organizations serving and responding to the victims of sexual violence
  • Comprehensive knowledge of non-profit management, including organizational development, policy development, board and committee structures, personnel management, and non-profit governance
  • Record of successful fundraising, including the ability to marshal resources and devise strategies to generate revenue, especially during times of financial downturn in the non-profit sector
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and manage strategic and operational plans
  • Progressive leadership roles with demonstrated success working on systems change and effective change advocacy with state and government agencies
  • Comprehensive knowledge of legislative practices and processes, principles, practices, and trends of the sexual violence movement
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate strong relationships across a diverse landscape of internal and external stakeholders, thought leaders, government officials, and the media
  • Advanced degree in related field or equivalent years of experience

II. Skills and Qualities

  • Embraces an egalitarian leadership approach to accept and motivate others and handle complications with grace, rather than a traditional command-and-control hierarchy
  • Values collaboration as an essential strategy for organizational effectiveness, problem solving, and innovation
  • Strong analytic and strategic-thinking skills with demonstrated ability to create and monitor complex plans, and translate them into concrete strategies in a fast-moving, constantly changing environment
  • Ability to lead complex projects and initiatives and navigate ambiguity
  • Strong mediation and negotiation skills
  • Critical thinker and creative problem solver
  • Excellent interpersonal and public communication skills, including transparent, clear, and concise oral and written communication, for both small and large audiences
  • Ability to conduct skillful dialogue, discussion, and inquiry; ability to communicate large amounts of information in concise, actionable language to varied stakeholder groups, over the phone, in person, and via electronic media
  • Knows how to actively listen to other viewpoints, receive input, and communicate directly but kindly to state needs and directions and express gratitude

Equal Opportunity Employment:

The DC Coalition to End Sexual Violence (DCCESV) is an equal opportunity employer, and in accordance with the District of Columbia Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, does not discriminate on the basis of "race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, and place of residence or business."

Job Description:

DC Coalition to End Sexual Violence (DCCESV) is seeking an Executive Director with visionary leadership, a deep passion for social change, the capacity to influence systems’ response to sexual violence, a sustained…

Details at a glance

  • On-site Location
  • Full Time Schedule
  • Executive


This position will have full benefits, including health insurance, paid time off, and retirement. The Executive Director will work with the Board of Directors to determine the details of this benefits package.

This position will have full benefits, including health insurance, paid time off, and retirement. The Executive Director will work with the Board of Directors to determine the…


Washington, DC

How to Apply

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