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.

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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 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

Legal Services Coordinator

LAWS seeks an experienced individual for the role of Legal Services Coordinator.  The Coordinator will work under the supervision of the Director of LAWS Legal Services (LLS), and the Family Law attorney to provide administrative support to LAWS attorneys and coordinate legal services for clients experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.  Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

Responsibilities

  • Answer LLS phone line, provide crisis interventions, screen potential clients, perform legal conflict checks, schedule legal appointments and consultations for clients with LLS Attorneys, describe LAWS Legal Services, provide agency information and procedural information about court as needed.
  • Provide court advocacy for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence, when needed.
  • Provide clients with general information about court processes and procedures and provide handouts with this information
  • Maintain up to date knowledge of Court filing requirements and file documents as needed with the Court Clerk.
  • Draft and prepare documents (e.g. subpoenas, motions for simple pleadings, discovery questions and answers, requests for medical records, etc) for Attorneys’ approval.
  • Prepare and mail routine correspondence.
  • Establish and maintain client forms and legal files in an organized manner.
  • Track legal program statistical records and assist with completing grant reports
  • Participate in and complete Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter 30-hour training, including learning the psychodynamics of domestic violence, empathic listening, community resources and crisis intervention.
  • Exercise independent initiative and maintain positive relationships with clients and colleagues from peer agencies (e.g. court clerks, police personnel, other attorneys, etc.)
  • Work with allied professionals from the community to ensure a coordinated, comprehensive response to survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence
  • Participate in agency on call rotation.

Miscellaneous

  • Participate in weekly Legal Meetings and case review.
  • Attend weekly all LAWS’ staff meetings.
  • Process and enter VAdata information for all clients served by LLS.
  • Maintain accurate records and complete all reports as required.
  • Must possess solid computer skills, including ability to create and maintain Excel spreadsheets.

 Minimum Qualifications

  • BA or BS degree preferred
  • Experience as an Administrative Assistant, Legal Assistance or Paralegal preferred
  • 2 years of legal administrative experience required
  • Professional experience working with domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and/or stalking clients is preferred, as well as some knowledge of Virginia and Loudoun County court filing procedures.
  • Criminal background, sex offender registry, child protective services, and motor vehicle records checks required for successful candidate.
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred but not required.

LAWS is an equal opportunity employer.

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

Salary: $45,000-$50,000

Protective Order Attorney

The Protective Order Attorney will directly report to LAWS’ Executive Director to provide legal services for clients experiencing domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.  Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, the following:

Responsibilities

  • Representation of women in the civil justice system, as related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking to obtain permanent protective orders. The work will include: Individual consultations; case investigation; trial preparation; preparation of court documents; court appearance; witness interviews; and intervention with the court system and clerks. Additional legal representation on family law matters as time permits.
  • Advocacy for clients within the criminal justice system, including the Sheriff’s office and the Commonwealth Attorney’s office; and intervention with the court system.
  • Liaison to outside groups including Virginia State Bar Association, Loudoun County Bar Association, Virginia Women’s Attorney’s Association, and VSDVAA.
  • Participate in and complete LAWS’ 30-hour training, including learning the psychodynamics of domestic violence, empathic listening, community resources, and crisis intervention. Complete six hours of LAWS refresher training and 12 CLEs per calendar year.
  • Maintain accurate time sheets, prepare quarterly reports, write grant applications and necessary reports; attend staff meetings and participate in volunteer training.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Juris Doctorate required
  • Experience with domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse or stalking cases preferred
  • Criminal background, sex offender registry, child protective services, and motor vehicle records checks are required for successful candidate.

Post-Conditional Offer Contingencies

  •  Extensive domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse and stalking training will be provided.

LAWS is an equal opportunity employer.

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

Salary: $60,000-$70,000

After-Hours Shelter Advocate-Part-Time

Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice, Inc. (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.

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 include position title in email subject line. If applying for multiple positions, please send separate email for each position.