Welcome to the employment section of our website, where you can find career opportunities with the RICADV and SOAR as well as with our member agencies.

Browse the open positions below, then fill out the form to attach and submit required documents. You may also send application materials to the appropriate email address if one has been provided.

Member agency abbreviations are as follows: BVAC (Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center), DVRCSC (Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County), EBCC (Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center), SOJ (Sojourner House), WRC (Women's Resource Center). To learn more about our member agencies, click here.


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  • Open Positions

  • RICADV Community Engagement Specialist

    This position is responsible for implementing the community outreach work of the RICADV, supporting the work of the RICADV’s task force of survivors SOAR (Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships), and providing training and technical assistance to affiliate and full member agencies.

    Specific Responsibilities:

    Develop the training calendar with input from RICADV staff, coordinate logistics leading up to each training, and conduct post-training wrap-up activities. (Tasks include brainstorming training topics, managing timeline, selecting and hiring trainers, writing training objectives and descriptions, coordinating the marketing of training events through social media and Constant Contact, organizing the details of each training event, completing data entry, etc.)

    Convene committees, facilitate meetings with member agency staff and community partners, lead trainings, and provide technical assistance as needed.

    Work in collaboration with the RICADV’s Prevention Team to manage the Deborah DeBare Domestic Violence Prevention Fund.

    Provide outreach and community engagement support to all RICADV teams (e.g., assist with policy event communications and turnout and Domestic Violence Awareness Month distribution of materials).

    Provide support to SOAR, including logistical support during monthly meetings and events, in partnership with the SOAR Coordinator.

    Represent the RICADV on task forces and statewide committees by attending meetings and being a voice for victim safety and batterer accountability.

    Coordinate and oversee internal and external programs, including visioning, planning, collaboration, execution, and evaluation.

    Work with member agencies and affiliate members to provide support, monitoring, and technical assistance.

    Work in partnership with RICADV staff, member agencies, and others in order to meet the mission of the RICADV.


    Three years’ experience in domestic violence prevention/advocacy, community engagement/organizing, or comparable experience; excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication, relationship building, networking, planning, and organizational skills; strong skills as a trainer and facilitator; ability to work independently, take initiative, and work as part of a team. Social media savviness is a plus. Must have interest and experience in working with a wide range of communities. Must have the ability to travel statewide.

    Reports to:
     Director of Community Engagement

    Salary Range: $36,000 - $40,000


    Qualified candidates may apply by filling out the above form, or email a cover letter and resume to carmen@ricadv.org.

    Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    The RICADV is an Equal Opportunity Employer. People of color, women, LGBTQ candidates, and people of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. We are committed to a diverse workplace and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.

Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center
  • Open Positions

  • Overnight Advocate

    Job Summary

    Part time position. Sundays and Tuesdays 9:00 PM - 9:00 AM.

    The Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center's Overnight Advocate will provide overnight coverage and supervision of the Safe Home to assure its continuous operation and security for families.

    Principal Duties and Responsibilities

    • Receives and responds to all calls to the Residential Program and Victims of Crime Helpline from victims in crisis, police and medical personnel, and others. Gives information on services provided, determines appropriateness for shelter residency, and makes referrals as necessary.
    • Conducts activities necessary to admit families to the Residential Program. Records necessary information, explains house rules, distributes linens and other items, and otherwise orients new guests.
    • Responds to requests for food items, medication, etc., according to established policy and procedures.
    • Assures that Safe Home is physically secured for the night by conducting periodical check throughout entire shift and log information in log book. Must be alert for, and respond to, emergencies by following established procedures.
    • Maintains log of overnight activities, such as calls received, residents admitted, and medications dispensed. Communicates pertinent information to day staff.
    • Provides crisis intervention and support to families, including handling problems that can be resolved on shift.

    Skills and Abilities Required

    • The ability to work independently and without close supervision
    • The interpersonal skills to provide support and assistance to guests
    • Verbal communication skills to provide information to callers
    • The ability to appropriately, effectively, and calmly deal with stressful or emergency situations
    • Associate's Degree required; prior group home experience preferred



    Please fill out the form above, or send resume to info@bvadvocacycenter.org.

Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County
  • Open Positions

  • Residential Manager

    Position Summary

    The Residential Manager for the Domestic Violence Resource Center of South County (DVRCSC) leads all aspects of the agency’s residential programs (safe home and transitional housing) and four permanent supportive housing units for clients (including children) who have been involved in domestic violence situations, ensuring that they have an environment that is safe and confidential. The incumbent maintains the physical buildings and interacts on a regular basis with safe home clients to address issues and concerns. She/he facilitates client access to advocacy and resources that will enable them to move on to a healthy life free from violence. Additionally, she/he provides crisis intervention, conflict resolution amongst residents, and intake services and ensures that clients and employees follow agency procedures and regulations. The incumbent must work well independently, make quick decisions, and be committed to the vision of a three-tier residential program.

    This is a full time position (40 hours, with benefits) located in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

    REQUIRED: Valid RI Driver’s License and own working vehicle

    PREFERRED: Bi-lingual (Spanish)

    Experience - 1 to 3 years of experience:

    • Manage up to 3 people in a small organization (non-profit or business)
    • In-house property management, with responsibility to work closely with residents as well as the physical environment
    • Proven experience working with men, women, and/or children in a supportive environment, providing non-judgmental and respectful assistance to vulnerable clients
    • Proven ability to caringly work with people coming from stressful situations in an environment that requires quick thinking, problem solving, and empathy with arms-length emotional involvement
    • Domestic violence experience (e.g., hotline, advocacy, training)
      • Must complete domestic violence training within 6 months of hire

    Qualifications/Skills  - 2 to 3 years of hands-on experience:

    • Proven ability to manage a residential agency and up to 4 employees
    • Office management - attention to detail in record keeping, attending to client needs, and maintaining supplies
    • Data entry into database and ability to retrieve data in report form
    • Current certification in CPR and first aid
    • Proven ability to multi-task in a high pressure environment


    • Associate in Arts with concentration in Human Services
    • Domestic Violence Training (within first 6 months of employment)
    • Mental Health First Aid Training for Adults (within first 6 months of employment)


    • Decisiveness & Judgment; Problem Solving & Analysis; Open Communication; Client Focus; Valuing Diversity


    Qualified candidates should fill out the form above, or send cover letter and resume via email to Judy Beatrice, Director of Clinical Services, at jbeatrice@dvrcsc.org.


Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center

There are no positions available at this time.

Sojourner House
  • Open Positions

  • Development Coordinator

    Basic Function:

    Sojourner House is a domestic and sexual violence non-profit organization with offices in Providence and northern Rhode Island that provides direct services and educational programming to the community. With an annual budget of slightly over $2 million, the agency supplements federal, state, and foundation grants with fundraising initiatives that are focused on individual donor giving, corporate donations, and special events-based revenue. The Development Coordinator will work closely with the Executive Director, Deputy Director, board of directors, and volunteer committees. The Coordinator is primarily responsible for (1) recruiting and managing volunteers who are able to help with the operations of the agency, fundraising initiatives, and educational work; (2) planning, coordinating, and promoting events that raise awareness about Sojourner House’s work and bring in funds for the agency; (3) increasing the size and amounts of corporate gifts, through event sponsorship and general donations; and (4) assisting with donor communications works, including creating content for e-newsletters and social media.

    The Development Coordinator will be motivated, passionate, organized, detail-oriented, possess superior communications skills (both oral and written), have some prior experience with event management and/or fundraising, work very well with individuals, and be fluent in social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Mail Chimp, etc.).  

    Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

    Volunteer Coordination

    • Recruits and interviews individuals to volunteer and intern at Sojourner House
    • Oversees the implementation of a volunteer training at least three times a year for new interns/volunteers
    • Responds to prospective inquiries about volunteer work that is available
    • Ensures that volunteers have a work plan and direct supervisor on staff at Sojourner House
    • Works with volunteers and staff to provide assistance for tabling opportunities at community events
    • Helps facilitate the acceptance of in-kind donations from community members, and delegates donations to different shelters/locations as needed
    • Plans volunteer appreciation events as appropriate
    • Directly supervises a small number of volunteers/interns engaged with fundraising work
    • Speaks at colleges, fairs, and community events about volunteer opportunities

    Event Planning

    • Serves as a liaison for donors and business owners who offer to host fundraisers, and coordinates logistics when requested
    • Serves as the point person for small fundraising events that Sojourner House initiates
    • Is the primary coordinator for Sojourner House's major annual events (a Masquerade Ball & a spring breakfast). This includes:
      • Coordinating logistics
      • Assisting with the recruitment and supervision of volunteer event planning teams
      • Assisting with sponsorship solicitation
      • Promoting the event
      • Collecting donations
      • Managing communications related to the event
      • Managing online fundraising platforms
      • Developing strategies for corporate sponsorship opportunities and making solicitations
      • Documenting best practices and models for fundraising events
    • Works with the volunteer members of event planning committees to ensure that tasks are being delegated and executed


    • Manages social media platforms and ensures the posting of regular content
    • Develops content for a regular e-newsletter and a quarterly print newsletter
    • Drafts press release for Sojourner House events, programs, and related news
    • Assists with website maintenance, monthly e-newsletters, blog posts, and other communications work as assigned
    • Other Duties:
      • Assists Deputy Director with drafting of grant and sponsorship proposals
      • Manages the design, content, production, and bulk mailing process for donor appeals and fundraising campaign solicitations
      • Other duties as assigned by Sojourner House management

    Bachelor’s Degree required

    Experience and Special Skills:

    • A minimum of two years of experience in fundraising and/or event planning is required.
    • Applicants must have demonstrated work experience in order to apply.
    • Familiarity with nonprofit work is preferred.
    • Applicant must be able to work a flexible schedule (some evening and weekend hours required).
    • Must be exceptionally organized, detail oriented, and responsive to phone calls and email correspondence
    • Must be able to work independently and take initiative on projects
    • Must have superior communications skills, both written and oral
    • Familiarity with Spanish is a plus.
    • Must have computer literacy (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and general Internet skills)
    • Mastery of social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and basic website content
    • Experience in developing and delivering community presentations
    • Applicant must pass a BCI check.
    • Applicant must have access to a reliable vehicle.

    Location: Providence

    Reports to: Deputy Director

    Salary: $37k to $40k a year with full benefits (health insurance, dental insurance, 401(k) plan, and access to an Employer Assistance Plan)


    Please fill out the form above, or send a resume, cover letter, and 2-3 references to Eileen Rasmussen at erasmussen@sojournerri.org with subject line, “Development Coordinator.”

    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and close on Friday, August 31, 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.

  • Director of Shelter Operations

    Basic Function:

    Working with the Senior Director of Advocacy, Executive Director, and the residential housing staff, the Director of Shelter Operations will oversee the operations of Sojourner House’s three (3) shelters for victims of abuse; manage the direct services residential staff members; ensure that agency-owned residential properties are properly maintained and repairs are made in a timely manner; oversee the agency’s residential hotline and on-call phone; identify and implement new initiatives to benefit the clients of the agency’s residential housing program; provide data for grant reports and proposals; work with community partners to facilitate collaboration; and coordinate with the housing staff to ensure that advocates are working with clients to secure permanent housing.

    Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Provide supervision to residential staff for individual case management services to clients in Sojourner House’s shelter programs (including the Safe House, men’s services program, and shelter for victims of trafficking) and transitional housing program. Develop action plans with staff members so that clients are working towards goals related to obtaining education, employment, child care, and permanent housing. Assist clients in obtaining appropriate substance abuse, mental health, and/or medical services as needed.
    • Review all shelter and transitional housing intakes, refer them to the Residential Team for review, and communicate regularly with the Senior Director of Advocacy about changes in the residential housing program population. Revise residential intake policies as necessary.
    • Monitor two agency-owned properties and ensure that facilities are appropriately maintained and repairs are scheduled in a timely manner.
    • Develop programming for the shelters and transitional housing program, and work with residential staff to ensure that the programming being offered is reflective of the clients’ current needs. The Director will regularly assess the needs of Sojourner House’s residential housing clients. 
    • Serve as a resource for all residential housing staff for case management and advocacy to benefit residential clients. The Director will also oversee the volunteers/interns who work with the residential program. 
    • Become a certified Qualified Test Counselor and be eligible to administer HIV tests to clients and, where appropriate, community members.
    • Work with Rhode Island social service providers to best serve the needs of residential housing clients. Maintain regular contact with key contacts from partner organizations and represent Sojourner House at community meetings and forums.
    • Stay abreast of RI community housing issues by building and maintaining relationships with housing and social service agencies in northern Rhode Island, Providence, and throughout the state.
    • Serve as the primary on-call contact for the shelter and transitional housing programs. Respond to emergencies as they arise and/or delegate staff to respond to emergencies that may occur during off-hours.
    • Working with the Youth Advocate, oversee the coordination of children’s services and make referrals as necessary for families with minor children. This may include but is not limited to: enrollment in the local school system, art expressive therapy groups, tutoring sessions, play groups, field trips, after school, recreational, and enrichment activities, child care, and mental health programs.
    • Monitor and implement residential housing policies and ensure that residents follow these rules and procedures by creating an environment of trust and community. Make recommendations for policy changes or modifications when appropriate.
    • Complete data entry and submit necessary reports for grant compliance.
    • Support Sojourner House’s philosophy of client empowerment and respect for individual choices.
    • Perform other duties as requested by Sojourner House management.

    Bachelor's Degree required

    Experience and Special Skills:

    • A minimum of five to eight years of experience in human or social services
    • Familiarity with domestic violence and/or sexual assault
    • Previous experience providing supervision to staff members
    • Professional experience managing a shelter or residential program
    • Must be organized and demonstrate superior leadership skills
    • Strong communication skills, both oral and written
    • Computer literacy (Word, Excel, and general Internet skills)
    • Familiarity working with individuals of different cultures and backgrounds
    • Experience developing and delivering community presentations
    • A demonstrated familiarity with LGBTQ, HIV/AIDS, mental health, and/or substance abuse populations
    • Comfort working individually and in teams
    • Possess innovative thinking to approaching issues of poverty, domestic violence, and service delivery
    • Familiarity with social services in Rhode Island
    • Ability to work an irregular work schedule (subject to change), including some 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. shifts during the week and occasional work on the weekends
    • Applicant must pass a BCI check.

    Location: Northern RI and Providence

    Reports to: Senior Director of Advocacy

    Status: Full-Time

    Rate of Pay: $52,000 to $55,000 a year, depending on experience, with full benefits (health/dental insurance, earned time off, a 401(k) plan, and access to an Employee Assistance Program)


    Please fill out the form above, or send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for 2-3 references to Eileen Rasmussen at erasmussen@sojournerri.org with subject line, “Director of Shelter Operations.”  No phone calls, please.

    Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and 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.

  • Relief Advocate

    Basic Function:

    Responsible for the overnight and/or daily operation of Sojourner House’s Shelter and the helpline, creating an atmosphere of advocacy where guests are able to heal and redirect their lives.

    Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

    Maintain a safe and secure environment at the shelter facility.

    Provide all temporary guests of the shelter with the support and assistance they need, including emotional support and education on domestic violence, in adjusting to their new environment.

    Answer the helpline, providing crisis intervention, emotional support, and referral information to clients.

    Perform intake interviews and refer cases to full-time case managers if the shelter is the appropriate place for the client. If so, orient the client to the facility. If not, direct the client to the appropriate services available to them.

    Support clients to secure basic needs: food, clothing, safety, transportation, education, etc. Support their work towards their personal goals.  

    Support guests to follow shelter rules and procedures, creating an environment of trust and community.

    Assist in the cleaning and maintenance of the facility as needed.

    Maintain communication with other shelter staff.

    Other duties as assigned by supervisor or as required.

    Education: Associate's degree or equivalent experience

    Experience: Two to three years in human services. Domestic violence experience preferred.

    Special Skills:

    Must be organized and demonstrate superior leadership skills

    Bilingual preferred

    Computer literate in spreadsheet and word processing

    Able to work a flexible schedule


    Must pass BCI

    Organization Location: Sojourner House Domestic Violence Shelter (northern Rhode Island) and/or THEIA (Trafficking) Shelter (Providence)

    Reports to: LGBTQ+ Manager

    Rate of Pay: $13 an hour (hourly; no benefits)


    Interested candidates should fill out the form above, or submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for 2-3 references to Kassie Hawkins at khawkins@sojournerri.org or by mail to Sojourner House, 386 Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 

    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.

  • Senior Director of Advocacy

    Basic Function:

    The Senior Director of Advocacy serves as a member of the agency’s senior management team and is charged with leading and overseeing all of Sojourner House’s programs dedicated to clients, including our residential programs, clinical program, and community-based advocacy programs. Working with the Executive Director, as well as with the residential team, the Director of Immigration Advocacy, and the Director of Clinical services, the Senior Director of Advocacy will manage existing programs and identify new initiatives to benefit victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence; create initiatives to assess existing programs with an eye for quality improvement; provide data and program information for grant reports and proposals; work with community partners to facilitate collaboration; represent Sojourner House on various regional and state-wide committees; and act as an advisor to the Executive Director about the direction of the agency’s client services programs.

    Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

    • 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.

    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.

    Experience and Special Skills:

    • 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 is 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.

    Location: Providence

    Reports to: Executive Director

    Status: Full-Time

    Rate of Pay: $60,000 to $62,000 a year, depending on experience, with full benefits (health/dental insurance, earned time off, a 401(k) plan, and access to an Employee Assistance Program)

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


    Please fill out the form above, or send a resume, cover letter, and 2-3 references to Eileen Rasmussen at erasmussen@sojournerri.org 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.

Women's Resource Center

There are no positions available at this time.

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