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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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.

 

Shelter Advocate

Responsibilities

This person is a member of the Shelter Services Team, and is the staff person responsible for providing advocacy and case management for all Shelter clients. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Provide trauma informed case management and advocacy for all Shelter clients. Assess needs and refer to appropriate resources within agency and community.
  • Provide supportive counseling and structured goal planning to reduce trauma, build resiliency and promote safety while residing at shelter.
  • Coordinate the entire life-cycle of Shelter clients (from intake, program participation, case management and discharge).
  • Meet with clients according to clients’ schedules when they are available (nights, weekends as needed).
  • Coordinate client care with After Hours Shelter Advocates.
  • Provide accompaniment and transportation to appointments.
  • Provide support to on-call staff.
  • Enter data about clients and services provided in VAdata daily.
  • Maintain and audit client records to ensure compliance and accuracy.
  • Provide hotline coverage, to include trauma informed crisis counseling, support, and referrals.
  • Maintain and update client resource lists.
  • Assist Shelter Director in overseeing maintenance and care of shelter facility.
  • Coordinate shelter donations, supplies and food.
  • Attend weekly staff meetings.
  • Attend night/weekend shelter staff meetings.
  • Attend client-related meetings at shelter or at Community Services Center.
  • Provide support, scheduling and training for volunteers as necessary, including participation in agency volunteer training.
  • Attend 20 hours of training each year, including 40 hr mandatory ‘Volunteer and New Hire Training.’
  • Be a team player to work toward fulfilling LAWS’ mission.
  • Participate in on-call rotation.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Type: Full-time
Pay: $47,000-$52,000

Minimum Qualifications

Education Level: Bachelor’s degree required.

Disciplines: Social Work, Psychology, Counseling or related field

Yrs Experience: 1

Preferred Qualifications and Special Notes: Bilingual Preferred. Experience working with victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking preferred. Able to work independently in a high stress environment.

Post-Conditional Offer Contingencies: Criminal background check required for successful candidate

Child Forensic Interviewer/Family Advocate- Bilingual

Responsibilities

The bilingual (English/ Spanish) child forensic interview specialist/family advocate functions in a multidisciplinary team (MDT) environment and works directly with the Coordinator and Director to ensure services are organized, holistic and meet the best practice standards for the Loudoun Child Advocacy Center. The child forensic interview specialist/family advocate serves as equal parts forensic interviewer and family advocate for the families referred to the center for services. In the role of forensic interview specialist, this position provides evidence-based forensic interviews to support the investigation of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse. In the role of family advocate, this position provides consistent and comprehensive advocacy and support services from inception of a case, throughout investigation and prosecution, until the family has achieved access to all necessary support services to promote healing.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: Forensic Interviewing

  • Conduct forensic interviews with children in English and Spanish 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.
  • Assist Coordinator in facilitating monthly MDT case review meetings.
  • Assist Coordinator with forensic interview scheduling.
  • Participate in court proceedings as requested.
  • Participate in monthly forensic interviewer peer review with other MDT members.
  • Provide interpretation of forensic interviews with children and non-offending caregivers.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 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.
  • Translate letters and other written materials from English to Spanish for victims
  • 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.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities for Both

  • Maintain orderly, accurate, VOCA/VAWA-compliant client records to reflect service plan, client interaction, and referrals made in NCATrak.
  • 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.
  • Serve as a member of the MDT and maintain communicative and collaborative relationships with all members of the Loudoun Child Advocacy Center’s Multi-Disciplinary Team. These agencies include; Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Leesburg Police Department, Commonwealth’s Attorneys’ Office, County Attorney’s Office, Loudoun County Mental Health, Department of Family Services/Child Protective Services, Inova’s FACT/SANE Department, Juvenile Court Services Unit, LCSJ/LAWS, and Loudoun County Public Schools.
  • 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.
  • Spanish fluency and ability to provide language interpretation and translation for non- Spanish-speakers.
  • 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.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Fulfill the mission of the Loudoun CAC by adhering to our motto of: The Child is our First Priority.
  • Attend and participate in MDT Case Review meetings and present results of forensic interviews when requested.
  • Represent the Loudoun CAC at various inter-agency meetings.
  • Attend weekly supervision with CAC Coordinator.
  • Attend all required staff meetings, case reviews, trainings and conferences.
  • Receive continuing education in accordance to NCA Accreditation Standards for both forensic interviewing and victim advocacy and support.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Participation in CAC on-call rotation.

Minimum Qualifications

Education Level: Bachelor’s

Discipline: Social Work, Psychology, Counseling, or associated field.

Yrs Experience: Minimum of 1 years’ experience working with victims of abuse/ violence.

Comments: Fluency in Spanish. Previous training in forensic interview models/protocols. Previous experience working with child victims of abuse.

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.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $47,000.00 – $52,000.00 per year

 

After Hours Shelter Advocate (Sat & Sun 9am-5pm, Part Time)

Responsibilities

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

Program and Services

  • 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.
  • Enter data about clients and services provided in VAdata.
  • Assist in training Hotline volunteers and new After-Hours Shelter Advocates, when necessary.
  • Maintain communication and support with on-call staff.
  • Operate alarm system.
  • Perform regular household checks of locks and supplies
  • Shelter maintenance as required.

Other duties as requested:

  • Obtain a minimum of 20 hours of job-related training annually.
  • Attend night/weekend shelter staff meetings.
  • Collaborate with other local service providers.
  • Coordinate care for clients with direct client support staff

Minimum Qualifications

Education Level: Bachelor’s Degree

Discipline: Social Work; Psychology; Counseling, or associated field

Yrs Experience: 1 (Crisis intervention, victim support, information and referral services)

Comments: Bilingual in English and Spanish preferred. Previous hotline experience preferred.

Post-Conditional Offer Contingencies: Criminal background, sex offender, CPS background check, and motor vehicle record checks.

 

Grants Administrative Assistant

Responsibilities 

Reporting directly to the Grants Manager, the Grants Administrative Assistant is a key member of the Administrative Services Team and is responsible for accurately and efficiently assisting with administrative, financial, and grant duties for the organization. This position works closely with the Grants Manager to coordinate and assist with all aspects of public and private grant financial management to ensure compliance with funder requirements and accounting standards. Specific responsibilities include but are not limited to:

Grants Accounting and Reporting

  • Collects and organizes grant expenses and documentation for federal, state and local grants
  • Assists Grants Manager with preparation of monthly grant invoices and financial reports
  • Works with contracted accounting firm to ensure all revenues and expenditures are posted to appropriate accounts
  • Assists with the preparation process for LAWS’ annual audit
  • Serves as back up for Grants Manager and other administrative staff, when needed
  • Reviews financial transactions and documents for accuracy
  • Manages the office petty cash fund
  • Coordinates monthly reconciliation of credit card statements and assigns account codes based on appropriate grant account, class and account code
  • Reconciles invoice submissions with recognized revenues
  • Coordinates accounts receivable and accounts payable with Grants Manager and contracted accounting firm
  • Coordinates the processing of all gift card donations
  • Assists with preparation for grant monitoring visits
  • Maintains grant files/binders
  • Completes organization applications to maintain compliance with federal, state and local laws
  • Researches grant opportunities
  • Conducts data entry and tracking

Other

  • Answers phone calls on the administrative line.
  • Serve as back up for payroll processing
  • Complete miscellaneous administrative tasks
  • Responsible for determining risk management with regard to financial practices
  • Complete 30 hours of training annually.
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

Education Level: Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Accounting, Non-profit Management preferred; Associates Degree required

Experience Required: Non-profit Grant Management, Government Grants, Government Accounting, Non-Profit Accounting, Finance, Business Administration, Public Administration

Years’ Experience: 2- 3

Post-Conditional Offer Contingencies: Clear criminal background, sex offender registry, motor vehicle and CPS background check.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $22-$24 per hour