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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 Executive Director

    The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV) seeks a dynamic Executive Director to build on our established record of innovation and success.

    Organizational Overview

    Formed in 1979 to support and enhance the work of domestic violence agencies across the state, the RICADV provides leadership on the issue of domestic violence at the state and national level, while working with local communities to create strategies to prevent intimate partner violence.

    The RICADV’s network consists of five full member agencies who provide comprehensive emergency and support services to victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual violence, and stalking, as well as five affiliate member agencies whose work includes some programming to address or prevent domestic violence. In addition, Sisters Overcoming Abusive Relationships (SOAR) is a nationally recognized task force of the RICADV, made up of survivors of domestic violence.

    The RICADV’s vision is to create a society where domestic violence is not tolerated because communities are enlightened and responsive to the needs of victims and their children. We strive to do this using an anti-oppression lens that is at the heart of moving our mission forward. The RICADV has a unique organizational culture, where we believe that we can only truly achieve our mission by creating a workplace environment in which all staff are empowered and feel ownership of the organization.

    The Core Guiding Principles which sustain and energize our culture include stewardship, informed decision making, truth telling, being a learning organization, conscious communication and conflict resolution, antiracism and diversity, transparency, and flexibility.

    Position Summary

    The Executive Director is accountable for the overall leadership and management of the RICADV’s resources. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the incumbent guides and directs the activities of the RICADV, collaborating with member agencies and working with staff to provide support and technical assistance. The incumbent establishes and fosters statewide tactical partnerships, strategically positioning the RICADV to create the influence necessary to best serve the needs of survivors and their families. A key influencer, role model, and principal spokesperson representing the RICADV and its member agencies, the incumbent leads community dialogue around the issue of domestic violence, contributing to the national discourse. The incumbent exemplifies the values of the RICADV and nurtures organizational culture by creating a learning community that fosters creativity, stewardship, and a healthy work-life balance.

    Key Duties and Responsibilities

    • Provide leadership and overall administration of the RICADV's objectives, initiatives, and activities, ensuring achievement of long- and short-term strategic and programmatic goals, the delivery of quality services, and the financial stability of the organization.
    • Prepare federal, state, and private foundation proposals and grant applications, and ensure compliance with the terms of all grants and contracts.
    • Work with member agencies and partners to dismantle oppression in all its forms, including racism, sexism, classism, anti-Semitism, heterosexism, ableism, ageism, and xenophobia.
    • Convene and collaborate with member agencies, represent the RICADV with service organizations and state and federal agencies, and work with multiple stakeholders and external partners in order to develop and maintain positive community relations and improve outcomes for survivors.
    • Guide and implement the public policy agenda; work with elected officials; and provide testimony on legislation at a national and state level in support of policies that improve the quality of life for everyone and lead to more just, inclusive, and healthy communities.
    • Act as the principal spokesperson for the RICADV and its member agencies, developing relationships with media that are conducive to the dissemination of information; participate in media interviews to improve the public’s understanding/awareness of domestic violence.
    • Guide the growth of the organization and culture by continually evolving and learning, and cultivating and creating new long-term alliances and funding sources.
    • Develop collaborative relationships with the Board of Directors, provide proactive communications, support committees and meetings, and manage strategic planning.
    • Recruit, hire, develop, support, and mentor staff, ensuring an organizational culture in which all staff are connected to the organization's mission, vision, and shared values.

    Key Qualities

    The preferred candidate will lead with energy that engages others in the RICADV’s mission, and embraces and encourages the multi-dimensional elements of learning, working, and living in a diverse environment. They will have personal integrity, honesty, and respect for others as demonstrated throughout their career. They must have a passion for social justice and improving systems’ responses to victims of domestic violence. The incumbent must be able to stand their ground on key issues related to domestic violence, and at the same time have the natural ability to listen to and solicit input from others to ensure that all key stakeholders have a voice in the work of the RICADV. They must have the capability to continue outreach into the community and cultivate future affiliations.

    The ideal candidate has the following:

    • Understanding of and passion for the RICADV’s mission; investment in our vision that domestic violence can and must come to an end.
    • Ability to understand and speak compellingly about our work.
    • Commitment to racial and social justice; a personal approach that values the individual and respects differences; ability to facilitate difficult conversations about diversity and inclusion.
    • Ability to work effectively with marginalized communities and support leadership among people of color in the domestic violence movement.
    • Proven relationship building skills; ability to help people build community and develop a keen understanding of how coalition members connect to the community.
    • Commitment to true collaboration; skilled written and verbal communication skills; and the ability to engage coalition members and affiliates, board members, staff, funders, elected officials, partners, and community stakeholders, and incorporate their feedback into the work.
    • Experience practicing shared leadership and comfort letting others lead.
    • Approach to problem-solving that demonstrates energy, creativity, and an open mind; communication and listening skills needed to resolve conflicts; comfort with change; willingness to make strategic recommendations, and take positive actions and calculated risks in order to improve the organization’s programming and community collaborations.
    • Ability to make sound decisions that respect the input of internal and external partners.

    Education and Experience

    The successful candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree – master’s degree preferred – and a minimum of five years of experience in a leadership role. Knowledge of domestic violence is preferred. Previous experience in policy analysis and media work is required. Advocacy experience, and experience working with governmental officials, is highly desirable. Experience supporting opportunities to end oppression and improve conditions of underrepresented communities and individuals is expected. Demonstrated capability in financial management, community relations, program delivery, empowering leadership skills, building teams, organizational development, and strategic planning is desired. Familiarity with statewide membership organizations or coalitions is preferred. Must have experience creating a work environment that values transparency and offers the opportunity for all employees to be heard and involved in making decisions.

    Working Conditions/Physical Requirements

    Ability to travel (15%-20%) in RI and nationally. Some extended hours, including occasional evenings and weekends, required. Standing or sitting for long periods, bending, stooping, occasional lifting, walking, climbing stairs. Occasional stress due to multiple demands of the position.


    This is an exciting opportunity for a thoughtful leader who is truly committed to making a positive contribution to the community. Compensation will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

    The RICADV is an equal opportunity employer and fully committed to a culturally diverse staff to better serve domestic violence victims and program staff. People of color, women, LGBQ/T candidates, and people of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

    All candidates whose application is received by July 20, 2018 will be given full consideration by the search committee.

    The search process for this position is being managed by Butler & Associates Human Resources Consulting.

    Please do not fill out the form above.

    To apply, interested and qualified candidates should submit a resume and cover letter describing their interest in this position, references, and salary requirements to: Cynthia Butler, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, Butler & Associates Human Resources Consulting, at cjbutlerhr@gmail.com.


Blackstone Valley Advocacy Center
  • Open Positions

  • Overnight Advocate

    Job Summary

    Part time position. Wednesdays and Thursdays 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 Support Assistant

    The Residential Support Assistant is an integral member of an organization that supports and provides housing to clients and their children who have been victimized by domestic violence. S/he maintains the physical building/s, and provides encouragement and guidance to people in the residential program and/or the safe home network, ensuring they have information about safety, education, healthcare, and other benefits. In this capacity, s/he maintains the residential housing facility and its safe and quality operation on a daily basis. The incumbent provides childcare for residents during case management and support group meetings. Valid RI Driver’s License and own working vehicle required. Bi-lingual (Spanish) preferred.


    • Provide support to residents during their stay in the shelter/safe home by sharing information about services outside the agency; encouraging clients to use available resources (e.g. Jonny Cake Center) and meetings with legal advocates for no-contact order and/or restraining order direction, and attend weekly support groups; arrange transportation to appointments and drive clients to appointments in the agency van; ensure curfew policies are followed; assist with search for permanent housing, and on occasion, provide crisis intervention. May provide crisis support to victims either face-to-face or on the phone.
    • Guide new arrivals through the intake screening process to ensure they understand how the safe home and/or shelter works to keep them safe, comfortable, and supported, including but not limited to providing an overview of residence regulations, expectations of respect with host families and other residents, answering questions, and settling them into their first day/night.
    • Follow up with clients to ensure they are motivated and focused on next steps, including but not limited to following a set plan to apply for housing, looking for a job, and/or being trained in areas that will be beneficial once the client leaves the program.
    • Ensure safe home volunteers and shelter physical building/s are supported. In this capacity, maintain relationships with safe home volunteers who address living situation concerns regarding the client; buy and stock food and house supplies (e.g., toilet paper, cleaning supplies, laundry detergent, pillows, and comforters) to ensure that clients have everything they need; attend to minor repairs in a timely manner with an emphasis on quality and detail; escalate issues that require more than a simple fix to the Residential Manager (or the Director of Client Services).
    • Provide childcare and support to the children of the residents during in-house support group meetings.
    • Accurately and completely enter client data into the (EmpowerDB) database to ensure that other agencies can view availability and open space at any given time.

    Experience - 1 to 3 years of experience:

    • Working with men, women, and/or children in a supportive environment, providing non-judgmental and respectful assistance to vulnerable clients, especially with “at risk” populations.
    • Domestic violence experience (e.g., hotline, advocacy, training) preferred but will train within 6 months of hire.

    Qualifications/Skills  - 2 to 3 years of experience:

    • “Handyman” (minor repairs, painting, etc.)
    • Proven ability to empathize with “at risk” populations and to multitask in a stressful and emotionally-charged environment
    • Working knowledge of Microsoft Suite products


    • Associate's Degree in Human Services
    • Mental Health First Aid Training for Adults (within first 6 months of employment)


    • Relationship Building; Resilience; Integrity; Customer Focus; Valuing Diversity



    Qualified candidates should fill out the form above, or send cover letter and resume via email (no phone calls) to Mary Roda, Executive Director, at mroda@dvrcsc.org.


  • Administrative/Special Events Assistant

    The Administrative/Special Events Assistant supports all activities of the Development Department, by providing donor stewardship activities such as following up on donor inquiries and gifts, communication as it relates to annual appeal and other types of solicitation and special events, and community outreach, communications, and special projects related to development. Additionally, the incumbent ensures the accurate and timely entry of donor information into the system, runs lists and reports for management and board members, and creates all donor acknowledgements.

    This is a part-time position, 20 hours/week, non-benefitted.


    • Maintains donor database (eTapestry); responsible for data entry and reporting
    • Serves as administrator for EmpowerDB database, providing agency employees with login credentials and reports as required
    • Provides administrative support to the Director of Development as needed
    • Organizes direct mail fundraising campaigns
    • Assists with special event mailings
    • Assists the Special Event Coordinator as needed in the planning and execution of special events
    • Serves as a representative of the agency as requested by attending community events and third party fundraisers
    • Assists the Office Manager as time permits
    • Assists helpline and drop-in clients as needed (training will be provided)
    • Performs other duties as assigned.

    Reports to: Executive Director; Director of Development; Special Events Coordinator 

    Licenses, Tools, & Equipment: Must possess a valid driver’s license and have access to and use of own insured transportation. Domestic Violence Advocacy Training will be provided.

    Environmental Conditions: This position is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.

    Qualifications: Experience with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Outlook). Prior experience working with donor database program/software. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Exemplary written and verbal skills required. Ability to speak Spanish a plus.


    Qualified candidates should submit the form above, or send cover letter and resume via email (no phone calls, please) to: Jessie Kenyon, Development Director, jkenyon@dvrcsc.org.

    An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

Elizabeth Buffum Chace Center

There are no positions available at this time.

Sojourner House

There are no positions available at this time.

Women's Resource Center

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