Open Positions

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, VA.

Deputy Director

LAWS seeks a highly talented and capable Deputy Director to oversee day-to-day operations of LAWS direct service programs.  This position provides clinical direction and oversight to direct services staff (domestic violence, sexual assault, shelter, youth & children’s services, and advocates), ensuring the delivery of quality services for all clients.  The Deputy will also guide the agency in being trauma-informed for both clients and staff alike.

Responsibilities

  • Direct supervision and mentorship to a team of direct services staff. Provide individual supervision to staff, as well as group supervision.
  • Provide orientation and ongoing training to staff on DV survivor empowerment. Responsible for ongoing assessment of training needs for all staff and scheduling appropriate training opportunities as necessary.
  • Oversees the daily functioning of LAWS direct client services. Also, provide direct support to walk-in crisis clients: crisis counseling to victims; risk assessments for suicidal ideation/risk; crisis stabilization; and advocacy and court accompaniment when needed.
  • Provide program oversight to ensure grant compliance and successful completion of program objectives. Ensure all required reports are submitted on time and that VAdata entries are complete.
  • Maintain and develop client filing system in compliance with US federal grant regulations. Develop and implement policy and procedure revisions as needed.
  • Maintain flexible work schedule and participate (on a rotating basis) in week-long on call rotation schedule (once every 4-6 weeks).
  • Develop and strengthen relationships with community partners, advocating on behalf of clients and networking with local and statewide stakeholders as needed.
  • Participate in efforts to raise awareness of domestic violence prevention, including presentations to community groups as needed.
  • Represent LAWS on external task forces, workgroups and community meetings as needed.
  • Participate in staff meetings, individual supervision with staff, as well as group supervision for counselors, advocates, shelter, and other supervisory meetings.
  • Participate in agency volunteer training.
  • Other duties as requested. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Social Work, Licensed preferred.
  • Three years of experience working in a victim services agency.
  • Prefer experience with domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, or stalking victim services.
  • LCSW preferred.
  • Prefer a minimum of 3 years of experience with approval by the Virginia Board of Social Work to seek supervision for licensure.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred.
  • Clean criminal background, sex offender registry, and CPS background check required.

To Apply: Send Cover Letter and Resume to LAWSHR@lcsj.org

LAWS is an equal opportunity employer

Director Youth and Children’s Services

LAWS seeks a talented individual to perform in the role of Director of Youth and Children’s Services.  The Director will implement programs and services to meet the specific needs of youth and children who have been exposed to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking; provide information and modeling of effective parenting skills; supply other support services to parents in crisis; and coordinate community efforts and advocate for children with CPS, schools and the court system.

Responsibilities

Program and Services

  • Supervise YCS Advocate, YCS Therapist, and Violence Prevention and Outreach Program Manager.
  • Provide individual counseling for children, teens, and youth who have been exposed to violence.
  • Develop personal safety plans with children and provide a safe environment to process their feelings.
  • Acts as an advocate for children, who have been exposed to violence whenever a need exists.
  • Provide information, referrals and case management to clients regarding service needs for their children.
  • Plan and implement support groups for children; secure facilitators, materials, and supplies.
  • Coordinate and participate as a facilitator for the STARS (Sexual abuse Treatment And Response Services) groups.
  • Participate on the MDT for the Loudoun Child Advocacy Center.
  • Collaborate with community professionals to effectively provide treatment and referrals for children exposed to violence.
  • Provide training on the effects of family violence and child abuse as requested.
  • Provide program direction and supervision for Youth & Children’s Services staff, interns and contractors to ensure completion of grant goals and objectives.
  • Provide on-call support for Shelter Services on a rotating basis.

 Support Services for Parents       

  • Provide specific information regarding impact of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking on children.
  • Provide opportunities for parents to discuss their concerns or issues concerning their children.
  • Work cooperatively with Shelter staff to assist clients in Shelter with parenting issues.

 Miscellaneous

  • Participate in weekly case review and service coordination meetings with LAWS staff.
  • Participate in collaborative community efforts to end child abuse and family violence.
  • Obtain weekly clinical supervision and 20 hours of training annually.
  • Participate in bi-weekly clinical group supervision at LAWS.
  • Supervise undergraduate and graduate level interns as needed.
  • Process and enter VAdata information daily.
  • Maintain accurate records and complete all reports as required.
  • Compile data and prepare grant reports.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Masters in Social Work; Psychology; Counseling, or associated field ;
  • Licensed preferred; working under supervision for licensure required.
  • Background in counseling, early childhood, or special education settings is preferred.
  • Must be able to work evening hours.
  • Clear Criminal background check, Sex Offender Registry Check, and Child Protective Services background check required

LAWS is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply: Send Cover Letter and Resume to LAWSHR@lcsj.org

Salary: $60,000-$70,000

Youth and Child Therapist

LAWS seeks a full-time Youth and Child Therapist for our Loudoun Child Advocacy Center (CAC).  The Loudoun CAC located in Leesburg, VA, provides a child-focused response to the investigation, treatment and prosecution of child neglect and abuse cases. The Therapist works in a multidisciplinary team (MDT) environment and provides individual and group therapy to victims of child abuse to reduce trauma symptoms.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide comprehensive bio-psycho-social assessments for child victims of trauma and utilize standardized assessment measures to identify trauma-related symptoms
  • Provide treatment services, including crisis intervention, TF-CBT, and group therapy, to child victims of trauma and non-offending family members
  • Refer clients with non-trauma related mental health concerns to appropriate community providers as needed to ensure access to indicated treatment
  • Maintain orderly, accurate, HIPAA-compliant case files, including assessments, treatment plans, progress notes and termination summaries
  • Effectively compile and prepare statistical reports, case records, data, and input information into data tracking software
  • Maintain detailed case records and other documentation
  • Provide expert testimony in court as needed
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with persons from varied backgrounds, including law enforcement, child protective service workers, attorneys, medical personnel, and victim advocates
  • Maintain current licensure and/or certifications
  • Attend all required staff meetings, case reviews, trainings and conferences
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Qualifications & Requirements

  • Master’s degree in Counseling, Social Work or a related field
  • Licensed preferred; working under supervision for licensure required.
  • Minimum 1-year experience providing professional counseling to children and families; previous experience in TF-CBT and working with child victims of crime preferred
  • Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Work effectively under stressful conditions, while demonstrating discretion and good judgment in handling confidential matters and sensitive information
  • Possess tact, good judgment, and flexibility
  • Ability to work as a team member with individuals from a variety of disciplines
  • Ability to respond quickly to challenges
  • Strong and effective spoken and written (English) communication skills; Spanish fluency and ability to interpret a plus
  • Schedule is based on the needs of clients; flexibility is required. Some evenings and weekends required
  • Clear Child Protective Services, Criminal, and Sex Offender Registry background checks required.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to LAWSHR@lcsj.orgPlease no calls. Incomplete applications without resume and cover letter will not be considered. Please include position title in email subject line.

LAWS is an equal opportunity employer.

Salary: $50,000-60,000 /year

Bilingual Mobile Advocate

LAWS seeks a Mobile Advocate to provide services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. This individual is a member of the Shelter/Housing Services Team, and is responsible for providing advocacy and case management for clients in the Housing program.

Responsibilities

  • Provide advocacy and case management for all Housing clients. Assess needs and refer to appropriate resources within agency and community.
  • Meet with clients according to clients’ schedules when they are available (nights, weekends as needed)
  • Provide accompaniment and transportation to appointments and court hearings as necessary.
  • Provide support to on-call staff.
  • Enter data about clients and services provided in VAdata daily.
  • Maintain client records.
  • Provide hotline coverage, to include crisis counseling, support, and referrals.
  • Assist in updating resource lists.
  • Participate in Loudoun Continuum of Care meetings and activities.
  • Assist Shelter/Housing Director in overseeing maintenance of shelter facility.
  • Assist clients in obtaining household items.
  • Coordinate donations of supplies and food.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings.
  • Attend night/weekend shelter staff meetings.
  • Attend client-related meetings at shelter or at Community Services Center.
  • Assist in scheduling volunteer coverage at shelter.
  • Provide support and training for volunteers as necessary, including participation in agency volunteer training.
  • Attend 30 hours of training each year.
  • Be a team player to work toward fulfilling LAWS’ mission.
  • Participate in on-call rotation.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 Minimum Qualifications

  • Masters preferred in Social Work, Counseling
  • One year experience
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English
  • Clear criminal, sexual predator and CPS background check is required for successful candidate.

LAWS is an equal opportunity employer.

To Apply: Please send a cover letter and resume to LAWSHR@lcsj.orgPlease no calls. Incomplete applications without resume and cover letter will not be considered. Please include position title in email subject line.

 Salary: $47,000.00 to $52,000.00 /year

After-Hours Shelter Advocate-Part-Time

Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice, Inc./Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS), seeks a part-time After Hours 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. Currently, the following shifts are available: Wednesday overnight 9pm to 7am; Saturday and Sunday from 9am to 5pm; and substitutes for overnight and weekend shifts 

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.

Minimum Qualifications

  • 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

Salary: $15/hour

To Apply: Send 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 email subject line. If applying for multiple positions, please send separate email for each position.