Mar 14, 2022

Anti Violence Project Director

$62,000 - $65,000 yearly
  • Center on Halsted
  • Hybrid
Full-Time Nonprofit - Social Services

Job Description

Mission:  Center on Halsted advances community and secures the health and well-being of the LGBTQ people of Chicagoland.

AVP Domestic Violence Philosophy:  AVP Domestic Violence Philosophy Statement: Center on Halsted’s Anti-Violence Project believes that no one deserves to be abused and that individuals affected by domestic violence have a voice that must be heard, including those of children. AVP also believes that any person in an intimate relationship could be harmed and so services should be offered without regard to a person’s resources. The Anti-Violence Project also firmly believes that all individuals should be treated with respect. Further, AVP believes that all services must be trauma-informed and accessible to the full, authentic lives of individuals affected by domestic violence. 

Essential Functions:

Center on Halsted Anti-Violence Project provides a range of direct services to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer survivors of violence with a focus on domestic, sexual, and community based violence. 

The Director will report on the AVP work plan, reflective of the scopes of work within all related funding streams. The Director will provide direct services to LGBTQ survivors of Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence. Direct services include short term individual counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention, safety planning, case-management, advocacy, education, and outreach. This position is responsible for cultivating relationships with DV/IPV providers within the community and establishing community partnerships to facilitate client care. This position manages the Anti-Violence Resource line and staffs the line during working hours. The position provides clinical coverage during designated client walk-in hours. The position also provides administrative support to the Anti-Violence Project through activities such as data collection, monthly report writing, and supervision of interns and represents the Anti-Violence Project in the community by serving on various community committees. 

Job Description



    Maintain State of Illinois clinical license 

    Collect and maintain data for the program

    Contribute to AVP monthly program reports and board dashboard reports 

    Contribute to grant writing process and submit grant reports 

    Clinically supervise 1-2 practicum students 

    Clinically supervise the AVP staff 

    Attend Directors Meetings

Direct Services

    Maintain caseload of counseling clients who are survivors of domestic and community-based violence

    Provide case management, advocacy, safety planning, referrals, and crisis services to walk-in clients who are survivors of violence

    Responsible for overall management of Anti-Violence resource line

    Staff the Anti-Violence resource line during working hours 

    Maintain accurate, confidential, HIPAA compliant, timely records, reports and files

Community Engagement

    Serve as a COH representative in the community with stakeholders and serve on appropriate committees, coalitions, and task forces

    Deliver training and presentations on serving LGBTQ survivors of violence   


    Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer cultural humility

    Master’s degree in counseling, social work, psychology or a related field required

    Licensed in the State of Illinois as a professional counselor or social worker required. Licensed in the State of Illinois as a clinical professional counselor, clinical social worker, or clinical psychologist preferred

    Five years of experience providing direct services to clients, preferably to those who are survivors of violence

    Excellent verbal skills, oral and written

    Microsoft Office proficiency required, Microsoft Excel proficiency preferred 

Results – proven track record of exceeding goals; bottom-line orientation; evidence of the ability to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, wisdom, experience and judgement; ability to balance the delivery of programs against the realities of a budget

Strategic Vision and Agility – ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends and incorporate them into the organizational plan

Leadership and Organization – exceptional capacity to manage and lead people; a team builder who is able to scale up a program; ability to connect to staff on an individual level and in group contexts; ability to develop and empower leaders

Action Oriented – enjoys working hard and looks for challenges; able to act and react as necessary; not afraid to take charge of a situation; can overcome resistance to leadership and take unpopular stances when necessary

Personal Qualities – integrity, credibility, accountability and commitment to the mission of Center on Halsted

Flexible – can work in an ambiguous, fast-moving environment, while also driving toward clarity and solutions; demonstrates resourcefulness.

 Application Instructions

Please provide a cover letter that address the following three items:

What is your experience working with the LGBTQ population and how would you integrate your clinical theories to help clients experiencing trauma.

Please describe your managerial style and how could you improve performance on the team as well as efficiency outcomes

How would you go about building relationships internally and externally

Equal Opportunity Employer: Center on Halsted hires the most qualified candidates without regard to any person’s race, color, sex, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, national origin, ancestry, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, pregnancy, military discharge status or source of income.




This job description is not a comprehensive list of all of the possible job-related responsibilities, tasks and duties that are required of this position, and further, Center on Halsted reserves the right to change as it sees fit any and all of the employee’s responsibilities, tasks and duties. 


Mental Health, Social Service





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