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.

People of color, LGBTQIA+ candidates, persons of any gender identity, persons with disabilities, and people of diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. LAWS is committed to a diverse workplace and to supporting our staff with ongoing career development opportunities.

 

Bilingual Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Therapist

Department: Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services
Supervisor: COO
Work Location: Community Services Center
105 E Market St
Leesburg VA 20176
Full/Part-Time: Full-Time
Regular/Casual: Regular (40 hrs/wk)
Salaried/Hourly: Salaried, $55-65,000 (DOQ)
Maximum Hrs/Week: 40
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Benefit Class: FT 40
Schedule: M – F, Flexible
*Comments: Some evening hours are required.

Responsibilities
The Bilingual Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Therapist is a member of the Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Services Team, and is responsible for providing short-term individual counseling and support groups for survivors who speak English and Spanish.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
• Provide confidential short-term individual, survivor centered counseling for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Spanish and English.
• Provide linguistically and culturally appropriate crisis intervention, safety planning and assessments of the client’s psychological and emotional status.
• Provides a safe and therapeutic environment according to established policies and procedures.
• Organize and facilitate support groups for survivors in English and Spanish.
• Work collaboratively with agency staff to plan and implement educational, social, and therapeutic events and educational programs for Spanish-speaking clients.
• Work collaboratively with agency staff and allied professionals to coordinate client services.
• Obtain and participate in clinical supervision and work towards clinical licensure.
• Provide back-up coverage to LAWS advocacy services.
• Provide support to the Youth & Children’s Counselor with Spanish-speaking parents.
• Provide interpretation and translation services for LAWS programs and clients.
• Be a team player and work with all LAWS staff to ensure that all clients are provided quality services.
• Participate in agency on-call rotation.
• Maintain and audit appropriate client files; process and enter VAdata information.
• Maintain accurate statistics and records for client services provided and complete grant reports as needed.
• Participate in weekly case review, supervision and service coordination meetings.
• Obtain 20 hours of job-related training annually.
• Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications
Education Level: Masters
Disciplines: Social Work, Psychology, Counseling
Yrs Experience: 1-2

Comments: Must be fluent in Spanish. Must be eligible for licensure, LCSW or LPC. Must be working under supervision if unlicensed.

Preferred Qualifications and Special Notes:
Two years’ experience counseling victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Active clinical licensure (LCSW or LPC) strongly preferred. 

Post-Conditional Offer Contingencies:
Employment contingent upon successful criminal, motor vehicle, and CPS background check. Must be able to work a flexible work schedule, including evenings.

 

 

After-Hours Shelter Advocate

Department: Domestic Violence Services
Supervisor: Director, Shelter Services
Work Location: LAWS Shelter – Confidential Location Leesburg, VA
Full/Part-Time: Part-Time
Regular/Casual: Regular
Salaried/Hourly: Hourly, $15
Maximum Hrs/Week: 10 with additional shift options
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Non-Exempt
Schedule: Saturdays & Sundays 4pm-9pm

Responsibilities

This person is responsible for providing support for individuals and families who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and stalking.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Respond to hotline calls and LAP calls, and provide crisis intervention, support, information, and referrals to hotline callers.
  • Respond to requests for shelter and arrange shelter for callers when appropriate.
  • Complete LAP call follow up services for high danger victims.
  • Provide individual support to residents as needed.
  • Respond to requests and provide accompaniment for forensic medical exams and coordinate with on-call to ensure service requests are met.
  • Provide client transportation, as needed.
  • Facilitate house activities.
  • Create, maintain and/or update documentation, including client files and log notes, as described in policy manual.
  • Assist in training Hotline volunteers and new After-Hours Shelter Advocates, when necessary.
  • Attend trainings and meetings, including:
    • Monthly staff meetings
    • 30-hour New Employee Orientation Training
    • In Service Trainings
  • Maintain communication with on-call staff.
  • Operate alarm system.
  • Perform regular household checks of locks and supplies
  • Shelter maintenance as required.
  • Other duties as requested.

Minimum Qualifications
Education Level: Bachelor’s Degree
Disciplines: Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, or associated field
Yrs Experience: 1

Preferred Qualifications and Special Notes:
Direct experience working in a  shelter environment or answering a hotline. Bilingual in any language also preferred.

Post-Conditional Offer Contingencies:
Employment contingent upon successful criminal, motor vehicle, and CPS background check.

 

 

Coordinator, Loudoun Child Advocacy Center

Department: Loudoun Child Advocacy Center
Supervisor: LAWS Chief Executive Officer
Work Location: Community Services Center, 105 East Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176
Full/Part-Time: Full-Time
Regular/Casual: Regular
Salaried/Hourly: Salaried, $55,000-$65,000
Maximum Hrs/Week: 40
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Schedule: Flexible, 9-5 M-F, evenings and weekends, required

Responsibilities

  • Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT)
    • Maintain communicative and collaborative relationships with all members of the Loudoun Child Advocacy Center’s Multi-Disciplinary Team, which are comprised of members from: Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Leesburg Police Department, Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, County Attorney’s Office, Loudoun County Mental Health, Department of Family Services/Child Protective Services, Inova Ewing Forensic Assessment and Consultation Team, Juvenile Court Services Unit, and LCSJ/LAWS.
    • Organize and assist in facilitating monthly scheduled MDT Case Review meetings, Loudoun CAC Advisory board meetings, and quarterly Loudoun Peer Review.
      • Participate in MDT meetings and present results of forensic interviews when requested.
    • Provide orientation to the CAC for all MDT members.
    • Maintain positive working relations with MDT members.
    • Provide opportunities to MDT members and staff to obtain specialized training regarding the function, protocols and procedures of the CAC to meet accreditation standards.
    • Coordinate team building events for MDT members and CAC staff.

     

    Loudoun Child Advocacy Center (CAC)

    • Observe daily operations including but not limited to: managing and maintaining the Loudoun CAC space and ensuring that it is child-friendly, well-maintained, and fully-functional.
    • Provide assistance to staff, law enforcement, and child protective services workers during the interview session. Ability to interpret Spanish-speaking interviews to MDT members.
    • Assist with forensic interview scheduling.
    • Provide assistance and support to forensic interviewer and family advocate, serve as back-up
    • Maintain orderly, accurate, VOCA/VAWA-compliant client records to reflect service plan, client interaction, and referrals made in NCATrak when applicable.
    • Essential understanding of NCA and CAC standards and implementation of best practices.
    • Participate in pre- and post-interview multidisciplinary case staffing.
    • Enter and maintain data in the NCATrak case tracking system and provide statistical information & narratives for grant applications and reports.
    • Participate in regular mandatory supervision with CEO of LAWS.
    • Receive continuing education in accordance to NCA Accreditation Standards for both forensic interviewing and victim advocacy and support.
    • Work effectively under stressful conditions, while demonstrating discretion and good judgment in handling confidential matters and sensitive information.
    • Strong and effective spoken and written (English and Spanish) communication skills, including the ability to maintain detailed case records and other documentation, and to give clear testimony in court as needed.
    • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with persons from varied socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, clients, co-workers, staff of member agencies, court officials, and the general public.
    • Attend all required staff meetings, case reviews, trainings and conferences.
    • Participation in CAC on-call rotation.

     

    Back-up forensic interviewing

    • Conduct forensic interviews with children who have allegedly experienced sexual and/or severe physical abuse or have witnessed violence in accordance with nationally-recognized, evidence-based forensic interview models/protocols.
    • Participate in court proceedings as requested.

     

    Back-up family advocacy

    • Greet and orient the child and family to the center and the coordinated multidisciplinary process.
    • Answer any questions related to the investigative process as appropriate and provide feedback to the assigned investigators regarding communication with caregiver.
    • Provide crisis intervention and ongoing support for the child and family at all stages of the investigation, prosecution, and resource connection.
    • Provide caregivers with education about abuse and/or trauma and its effects on children and families, including how to mitigate the effect and build resiliency.
    • Maintain regular contact with the family in accordance with their needs through investigation, prosecution and service connection.
    • Make appropriate referrals to treatment providers who specialize in trauma-focused treatment for children, and other specialized treatment as needed.
    • Partner with CPS, Leesburg Police Department, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and Victim Witness Program, and any other agencies to ensure that needed services are provided (e.g., housing, protective orders, domestic violence interventions, food, public assistance, transportation, etc.).
    • Coordinate with Victim Witness Program regarding the following services: updates to the family on case process and status, court education/support/accompaniment; victim’s rights and compensation.
    • Communicate resource needs and treatment referrals plans to the Victim Services Specialist.
    • Administer satisfaction surveys to families as required.

     

    Community Responsibilities

    • Attend community meetings that pertain to Loudoun CAC’s mission.
    • Fulfill the mission of the Loudoun CAC by adhering to our motto of: The Child is our First Priority.

     

    Grant Monitoring and Reporting Requirements 

    • Ensure system for Case Review including process, documents, agendas, etc.
    • Ensure data collection in NCATrak system and Excel for tracking of cases.
    • Ensure, gather and maintain statistics for all services provided.
    • Ensure and complete all required progress reports and submit them to Grants Manager in a timely manner.

Minimum Qualifications
Education Level: Bachelor’s Degree
Disciplines: Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, or associated field
Yrs Experience: Minimum of 2 years’ experience working with victims of abuse/violence. Prior CAC experience preferred.

Comments: Forensic interviewing training, victim advocacy, prior CAC management experience, and Bilingual/Spanish preferred

 

 

Post-Conditional Offer Contingencies:
Clean criminal background check, sexual offender registry check, motor vehicle check, and child protective services background check required for successful candidate.