The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is a
social change organization dedicated to creating a social,
political, and economic environment in which domestic violence no
longer exists. NNEDV advocates for law, policies, and funding to
address domestic violence, and provides training, technical
assistance, education, and support to state and territorial
domestic violence coalitions.
NNEDV is deeply committed to creating and sustaining an
organizational culture that values diversity, inclusion and equity
and envisions an organization that reflects the rich cultural
diversity of the community. In pursuit of this vision, we are
committed to educating, developing, and supporting an organization
that embodies diversity in its many forms.
NNEDV seeks an experienced Vice President of External
Affairs to join our team. The Vice President of
External Affairs oversees our Development and Communications Team
and Public Policy Team. The position is responsible to have
and build relationships with allied women's rights and social
justice organizations, governmental partners, policymakers, private
foundations, corporate partners, and other stakeholders to increase
their understanding of and support of our work to end domestic
violence. The VP of External Affairs will help lead the vision and
direction for creating and leveraging partnerships (e.g.,
financial, private and public institutions, community support,
etc.) to support and deliver on our mission of ending domestic
violence, and will develop and expand our public policy reach by
developing strategic relationships with legislative and executive
branch leaders. The VP will help lead this work in
conjunction with the President and CEO and work closely with all
NNEDV teams to define an effective strategy to advance public
awareness and change the attitudes that condone or ignore
This position reports to the NNEDV’s President and CEO, serving
as an integral, trusted, and supportive member of the NNEDV
executive leadership team.
- Support NNEDV President and CEO as a partner in executive
decisions and organizational management.
- Partner with and elevate NNEDV’s membership of 56 state and
- Advance NNEDV’s commitment to racial equity and inclusion on
all levels, internally and externally as part of its core mission.
Ensure all work is survivor centered and rooted in racial
- Responsible for the organization's overall federal policy
initiatives in close collaboration with the Policy team and Public
Policy Committee, maintaining and building relationships within
Congress and the Administration, as well as in the political and
public policy community. Advise and work on specific issues
including VAWA, VOCA, FVPSA, appropriations, economic justice,
housing legislation, and the implementation of other federal
- As needed, serve as a spokesperson with the press, represent
NNEDV in other appropriate public venues, and oversee the
development of a proactive media strategy in close collaboration
with the Development and Communications team.
- Maintain and increase existing federal and corporate funding,
grow foundation and individual donor giving support, and implement
other new funding strategies and initiatives.
- Build and strengthen relationships within and beyond the
domestic violence and sexual assault fields.
- Identify emerging issues, opportunities, and crises and develop
responses for both NNEDV and membership.
- Work closely with HR and fiscal/grant management staff to
achieve the organization’s goals.
The successful candidate will work closely with all departments
and teams, and contribute to the stewardship of the organization,
both internally and externally, promoting a culture of performance
and accountability, cross-team collaboration, and continuous
quality improvement. As an experienced subject matter expert, the
VP of External Affairs will oversee development and communications,
lead our national policy agenda, collaborate with our network of
state and territorial domestic violence coalitions, and enhance our
collaboration with governmental, non-profit, and corporate
stakeholders. Required qualifications include:
- Minimum Fifteen Years of Relevant Work Experience as an
Executive Leader. This includes: 1) significant experience
in nonprofit leadership and the management of complex
organizational systems; 2) experience leading a government affairs
office with direct experience working with Congress and/or the
Administration; 3) experience in the development and evaluation of
strategies and tactics for reaching policy objectives; 4)
demonstrated experience in raising funds from government,
corporate, foundation and individual donors; and 5) and knowledge
and experience in the development and implementation of effective
media and communication strategies, organizational voice, and
- Demonstrated Experience Working in the Domestic
Violence or Gender-Based Violence Field. This includes,
but not limited to, experience working within the movement to end
domestic violence, such as at a state or territorial coalition,
local program, or culturally-specific program.
- Commitment to the Organizational Mission. This
includes: 1) understanding of coalition building work; 2)
demonstrated commitment to anti-violence work, anti-domestic
violence work, and racial equity; and 3) an ardent respect for
domestic violence survivors.
- Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity,
and This work will include ensuring that our policy
positions, funding outreach, and communications messaging is rooted
in inclusivity and equity.
- Significant experience in identifying, cultivating,
soliciting and stewarding major donors, foundations, and corporate
entities. This includes: 1) a track record of successfully
soliciting six-figure gifts; 2) experiences securing corporate and
foundation grants for gender equality and gender-based violence;
and 3) knowledge of current trends in foundation and corporate
funders committed to supporting organizations with a similar
- Grants and Budget Management Experience. This
includes drafting, reviewing, editing, or submitting successful
grants from federal agencies, including the Office on Violence
Against Women (OVW) at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office
for Victims of Crime (OVC) at DOJ, and/or the Family Violence
Prevention and Services Office at the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS). The successful candidates should have
organizational budget experiences both in federal and private
- Excellent Writing and Communication Skills.
Outstanding communication skills, verbal and written, with the
ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences and
to strategically frame the work of NNEDV through external and
internal communication platforms. Proven success in interactions
with local and national media.
- Ability to Effectively Manage Competing Priorities and
Deadlines. This includes: 1) demonstrated ability to
handle multiple tasks, manage time, evaluate progress, and adjust
activities to complete tasks for self, supervised staff, and with
collaborating teams; 2) ability to establish timelines and keep all
relevant stakeholders informed of and in compliance; 3)
self-motivated; and 4) ability to work independently.
DESIRED SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
- Strong relationships with state and territorial domestic
violence coalitions, as well as other women's and social justice
organizations, particularly organizations that focus on
- Subject matter expertise in domestic violence policy or a
closely related area.
- Experience leading the drafting and analysis of legislation,
and the development and evaluation of strategies and tactics for
reaching policy objectives.
- Demonstrated success in developing and maintaining
relationships with partners, donors, foundations, nonprofit and
government agencies; and in the ability to build bridges between
- Analytical aptitude and experience in the development and
evaluation of strategies and tactics for reaching diverse
- Excellent computer skills, including familiarity with MS Office
(particularly Excel and Word) and online content management
- Willingness to travel as needed.
- A high degree of personal initiative and proven interpersonal
and team skills.
- Flexibility, collegiality, demonstrated ability to serve in a
confidential capacity, a positive attitude and sense of humor, and
the ability to work quickly and nimbly under pressure.
This position offers a flexible and collegial working
environment based in our offices on Thomas Circle in downtown
Washington, DC, near McPherson Square Metro. At the time of
this posting, NNEDV is in remote status. NNEDV is telework ready
and the position may initially start based at home as needed during
the COVID-19 pandemic.
Applications that do not contain all of the required items will
not be considered.
Applications received by September 30, 2021 will be
given priority; however, the position will remain open until
No U.S. mail or faxes please.
- This is a full-time, exempt position.
- The salary range for this position is $120, 000 - $155,000,
commensurate with experience.
- NNEDV pays the entire cost for each employee’s Health (HMO
plan), Dental, Life, and Short- Term and Long-Term Disability
- NNEDV contributes 3% to each employee’s 401k retirement plan
(no match required).
- NNEDV provides 18 paid holidays (including the last full week
of each year), and up to three weeks of accrued annual leave and 10
accrued days of sick leave.
- NNEDV also offers vision insurance at a nominal cost.
We value a diverse workforce workforce and an
inclusive culture. NNEDV encourages applications from all qualified
individuals without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual
orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin,
marital status, citizenship, disability or veteran