Survivor Advocacy Director - VA

Position: Survivor Advocacy Director
Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance
Richmond, VA

Posted: 12-5-16

This is a full time position with the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (Action Alliance). This leadership position provides direction to a team of 8 full-time and 12 part-time staff along with a network of volunteers engaged in Survivor Advocacy services including the Statewide Hotline, the LGBTQ Helpline, the PREA Hotline and the “Project for the Empowerment of Survivors” legal advocacy services.

The Survivor Advocacy Director will provide trauma stewardship to staff engaged in direct victim advocacy services; represent the Action Alliance with state-level entities and organizations in partnerships which advocate for systems change; provide training and technical assistance on survivor advocacy issues; and support the Action Alliance’s member agencies.

Learn more about this position and how to apply.

Staff Attorney - DC

Position: Staff Attorney
ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence
Washington, DC

Posted: 11-29-16

Founded in 1994, the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence is the only national organization that focuses exclusively on improving the civil legal response to gender-based violence. The Commission addresses the acute need to increase the number of well-trained and supported attorneys providing representation to victims by:

  • providing in-person, web-based, and telephonic technical assistance and continuing legal education opportunities for attorneys, law students, courts and allied legal advocates;
  • advocating for full funding for the Violence Against Women Act and other federal legislation to increase and improve services and support for victims of domestic and sexual violence;
  • collaborating with other ABA entities and national organizations to improve the systemic legal response to domestic and sexual violence.

To learn more about the Commission, please visit www.americanbar.org/cdsv.


The ABA Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence is seeking a full-time Staff Attorney to manage national training and technical assistance projects at its Washington, DC office. Funding is from the United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women. As a part of the Commission’s Technical Assistance Unit, the attorney will have responsibility for working in a team to plan, develop and host national, multi-day, in-person, web-based and telephonic continuing legal education programs for attorneys representing victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking.

Responsibilities include: identification and recruitment of subject-matter experts as faculty; coordination of curriculum design; development of publicity and registration materials; development, editing, and publication of written resources; contracting with training sites and other vendors; managing registration; on-site coordination of in-person trainings; and budget management.

Although this is not a litigation position, the attorney must have the skills and experience to work effectively with experts to create training materials for attorneys to provide high-quality representation to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking in civil protection order cases, custody cases and related civil matters.

Qualifications: Qualified applicants must have a law degree and bar admission in at least one U.S. jurisdiction; at least four years of legal experience (preferably representing victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking in contested matters); a commitment to ending domestic and sexual violence; the ability to communicate professionally both orally and in writing; and excellent research, writing, computer, organizational and interpersonal skills.

It is critical that the attorney be self-directed and capable of managing multiple projects under tight timelines. Previous experience with conference planning or familiarity with United States Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women-funded programming is a plus. Some travel is required. Salary starts in upper-sixties depending on experience.

Application: Interested candidates should send a cover letter, resume, writing sample and contact information for three professional references to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with STAFF ATTORNEY as the subject line. Commission staff cannot respond to inquiries.

The American Bar Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V.

The Commission is committed to enhancing equity, inclusion and diversity, including our capacity for reaching lawyers from all backgrounds. An equitable, inclusive and diverse staff and curriculum are critical to our mission. We welcome and encourage applications from qualified candidates of color, with disabilities, who are trans*, and/or with other underrepresented backgrounds and experiences.

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