HIRING Manager of Capacity Building and Systems Change

FOR MARCH/APRIL 2020 HIRE: Due to the nature of the projects this position will be charged with, we strongly encourage candidates with diverse identities, backgrounds, and experiences to apply.

The Center for Survivor Agency & Justice is looking for a junior attorney to serve as the Manager of Capacity Building and Systems Change. They will play an integral role in CSAJ’s work to enhance individual legal advocacy in the domestic and sexual violence field, primarily by leading and/or substantially contributing to two national technical assistance projects. They will also help build-out CSAJ’s policy and systems change advocacy . This is a leadership position that will contribute to CSAJ’s overarching work and development. We’re looking for applicants with passion for economic justice, a J.D. and experience in direct legal representation, and experience with (or willingness to learn) about national and/or federally funded projects, partnership and coalition building, and policy, legislative, and/or systems advocacy.

About CSAJ

The Center for Survivor Agency and Justice is a national organization that addresses the link between gender based violence, poverty, and social inequality.

We envision a world where all people have equal access to physical safety, economic security, and human dignity. CSAJ’s mission is to develop and promote advocacy approaches that remove systemic barriers, enhance organizational responses, and improve professional practices to meet the self-defined needs of domestic and sexual violence survivors.

CSAJ’s work operates on three Levels of Impact: Enhancing Individual Advocacy to address the physical and economic safety needs of survivors, Advocating within Organizations & Communities through partnership building within and between movements, and Changing Systems and Policies to remove institutional and structural barriers facing survivors and their communities. We identify and uphold the following organizational values, as a team and in our project work: survivor-centered advocacy, agency, multi-level advocacy, margins-to-center, intersectional, partnership and collaboration, and praxis.

We currently engage in this work through a number of national, technical assistance projects and context-specific demonstration site work, primarily:

As an integral leadership position for CSAJ, the Manager of Capacity Building and Systems Change will report directly to CSAJ’s Executive Director, and work in close collaboration with the Director of Research & Programs, Legal & Policy Advisor, and a cadre of on-the-ground substantive experts, consultants, trainers, and organizational partners.

About the Position

The Manager of Capacity Building and Systems Change will lead CSAJ’s work to enhance the capacity of domestic and sexual violence lawyers, advocates, and other practitioners across the nation to engage in individual advocacy, as well as enhance program and coalition capacity to effect systems change. This includes directing, managing, and developing a portfolio of projects as well as contributing legal and other expertise across all CSAJ projects. Specifically, this includes directing and managing CSAJ’s ACCESS to Justice Project and leading significant portions of the Consumer Rights for Domestic & Sexual Violence Survivors Initiative (CRDSVSI). This position will provide direct technical assistance to lawyers, advocates, and programs across the country, manage federally funded grants and projects, offer substantive expertise to other CSAJ programs, seek to expand capacity-building projects and initiatives, as well as build-out a policy and systems change department and portfolio of work.

Specific roles and responsibilities for this position, include:

Provide and manage all training and technical assistance activities, including supervising staff (as developed) and coordinating expert advisors and consultants. Technical assistance and training efforts for this role have a focus on enhancing individual level advocacy among on-the-ground attorneys, as well as non-legal advocates, programs, statewide coalitions, and national entities or initiatives. We are looking for someone with the skills to support this critical on-the-ground effort and with the energy and interest in helping CSAJ leverage individual advocacy expertise towards organizational and systems change work.

A long-term goal of this position is to build-out CSAJ’s Policy & Systems Change Advocacy by: * Steering the development and execution of CSAJ’s policy agenda.

In addition to the above primary roles, the Manager will work closely with the Director of Research & Programs by: * Collaborating on grant monitoring, reporting, and organizational evaluation activities, as directed;

To carry out the responsibilities above and in support of the organization as a whole, the Manager of Capacity Building and Systems Change will contribute to the following:

Experiences & Qualifications

What you bring:

We’re looking for someone who is:


The starting salary for this full-time position is $57,000, along with health insurance, a generous vacation package, and flexible working hours.

Location and Remote Working

CSAJ is a small but mighty nonprofit with staff located in Washington, DC and Brooklyn, NY, and with Expert Advisors located in states across the nation. Staff work mostly remotely, but near CSAJ’s DC or NY offices. Preference for candidates to be located in DC/NY, but can arrange remote work elsewhere with the right candidate.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter describing what interests you in the position and how it is linked to previous experience, a resume / CV, a list of 2-3 references, and 1-2 writing samples that exemplify your experience and can be applied to this position.

Visit www.csaj.org for more information about our philosophy, work, and impact.

Submit application materials to [info@csaj.org](mailto:info@csaj.org) with subject heading: “Manager of Capacity/Systems [your name]”

NOTE: This position is for March/April 2020 hire. Due to the nature of the projects this position will be charged with, we strongly encourage candidates with diverse identities, backgrounds, and experiences to apply.