Founded in 1984, LAWS is a 501c3, non-profit organization that has earned an outstanding reputation for delivering safe-haven and a host of essential services to adults and children directly impacted by domestic and sexual violence. LAWS’ mission is to serve adults and children who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; to empower, inform, and advocate for these individuals; to educate the community about domestic violence and sexual assault; and, to work towards the elimination of personal and societal violence. LAWS’ strives to offer a framework of comprehensive support services to victims of domestic and sexual violence so that they may live free from fear, anxiety, and danger.
Every year, LAWS’ staff of approximately 40 professionals, a committed group of volunteers, and a diverse Board comprised of community and business leaders, work to enhance the lives of the approximately 1,000 adult and child victims of domestic and sexual violence here in Loudoun County. Today, in addition to operating a 24/7, emergency shelter for adult and child victims, LAWS also delivers an array of services to include a 24-hour hotline, counseling, legal resources, support groups, a Child Advocacy Center, and community outreach programming. All services are provided with complete confidentiality, and at no cost to recipients. Additionally, LAWS operates a retail thrift shop (The Resourceful Woman) in downtown Leesburg.
To Apply for the positions below:
Send a cover letter and resume to LAWSHR@lcsj.org. Please no calls. Incomplete applications without resume and cover letter will not be considered. Please include position title in the email subject line. If applying for multiple positions, please send separate email for each position.
Director of Shelter/Housing Services
The Director of Shelter/Housing Services is fully responsible for coordinating services provided to both adult & child witnesses of domestic violence and sexual assault. Provides leadership and supervision to staff, volunteers and interns to ensure ethical and best practice guidelines are utilized in providing Shelter services. S/he works closely with all programs.
- Collaborate with the Executive Director and Deputy Director to develop annual departmental goals for shelter and creates implementation plan to fulfill them.
- Assist in the development of the shelter/housing programs as a model program for our clients and outcomes, and ensures that annual goals are met.
- Determine which clients would benefit for housing assistance, and coordinate that assistance.
- Manage the day- to- day operations of both the shelter and other housing locations, delegating as needed, to provide quality services to clients 24/7.
- Responsible for ensuring the shelter facility is maintained and a welcoming environment for clients, staff and volunteers.
- Work with the Executive Director, Deputy Director, and DART Coordinator to develop collaborative relationships in Loudoun County based on shelter client needs.
- Provide education to enhance client safety and abuser accountability, providing referral sources internally and/or externally when appropriate.
- Train and supervise shelter staff, volunteers, interns, and develop the skills in staff that are necessary to effectively perform their position responsibilities.
- Conduct assessments and intake evaluations to determine appropriate service plans, as needed.
- Assist in hiring of staff as well as input in placement of interns and volunteers.
- Conduct reviews of client records to improve and ensure quality of care and services provided.
- Ensure client records are documented and maintained according to agency and best practice guidelines. This includes the coordination of the data entry of required documentation in VAdata on a daily basis.
- Ensure client data is provided to the Leadership team as requested.
- Prepare grant reports.
- Maintain staff, intern and volunteer schedule, including approval of time off requests, to ensure appropriate shelter coverage 24/7.
- Monitor shelter timesheets for accuracy and submit them on time.
- Assess effectiveness of service planning and program components, and make recommendations to improve service delivery and reduce barriers affecting client services.
- Coordinate and document use of petty cash, gift certificates and bus tokens as well as coordinate food needs for housing clients.
- Act as advocate for clients with legal, medical, counseling, social services, housing, educational and other services as needed, making referrals for clients to community resources as appropriate.
- Interact with clients in the community areas of the shelter and role model appropriate social skills, conflict resolution, parenting and other skills of daily living.
- Attend and participate in weekly staff meetings, After Hours Shelter Advocates meeting, supervisors’ meeting, case management and other training and meetings as requested.
- Manage and coordinate on-call rotation.
- Understand the requirement to fulfill position as on-call supervisor at the Shelter as scheduled.
- Attend 30 hours of training annually, including ‘Volunteer Training.’
- Work as a team player in the organization.
- Perform all other duties as assigned.
- Master’s degree in Social Work or Counseling, Business Management, or Public Health. Will consider Bachelor’s degree with extensive experience.
- Three to five years of experience in management, program development and staff supervision.
- One – three years of experience in Group Home Setting preferred.
- Clean motor vehicle, sex offender registry, CPS, and Criminal background checks required
Position Requirements and Special Notes
- Possess excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills necessary to develop strong networking relationships.
- Provide education to staff and the public and to write reports on the status of the non-residential programs.
- Excellent planning skills to develop new programs and manage existing services.
- Strong analytic and strategic thinking skills required to monitor budgets, write grant reports and goals and to evaluate effectiveness of programs and outcomes.
- Excellent organization skills to manage multiple site locations, develop staffing patterns and manage caseload.
- Strong initiative required to actively market the non-residential victim service programs.
- Ability to efficiently manage and complete multiple tasks.
- Ability to work independently and as a part of a team.
- Ability to accept, to understand, and to relate sensitively to people of varied socio-economic, racial, cultural, gender preference, sexual preference and experiential backgrounds.
- A commitment to the philosophy and program of LAWS, which includes a commitment to survivor’s and children’s issues, sharing a belief in helping to create a society free from violence, and in working in a cooperative environment.
To Apply: Send Cover Letter and Resume LAWSHR@lcsj.org
LAWS is an equal opportunity employer.
Salary: $55,000 to $65,000 annually
Overnight Shelter Advocate (Part-Time)
Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice, Inc. (LAWS), seeks a part-time Overnight Advocate. The Advocate is a member of the Domestic Violence Services/Shelter Services and Sexual Assault Services Teams and is responsible for evening, night and weekend Shelter and LAWS 24-Hour hotline coverage.
One shift is currently needed:
Monday 9pm- Tuesday 8am; Wednesday 9pm-Thursday 8am; Friday 9pm- Saturday 9am
LAWS is an equal opportunity employer.
Duties include but are not limited to:
- Respond to hotline calls and provide crisis intervention, support, information, and referrals to hotline callers.
- Respond to requests for shelter and arrange shelter for callers when appropriate.
- Respond to requests for forensic medical exam accompaniments and coordinate with advocates and on-call staff to ensure service requests are met.
- Complete LAP call follow up services for high danger victims.
- Assist in training Hotline volunteers and new night/weekend staff, when necessary.
- Participate in Shelter night and weekend coordinator meetings to receive training and provide support to staff answering hotline calls.
- Enter hotline calls and services provided into VAdata daily.
- Maintain and complete statistics and records as required by the agency and funders.
- Complete agency training for new staff as well as on-going training as directed.
- Assist and interact with shelter clients, as needed when time permits.
- Sort and store donations.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work; Psychology; Counseling, or associated field.
- One year’s experience in crisis intervention, victim support, information & referral services
- Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred
- Previous hotline experience preferred
- Clear background, sex offender registry, and CPS check required for successful candidate
To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to LAWSHR@lcsj.org. Please include position title in email subject line. If applying for multiple positions, please send separate email for each position.