Executive Director

Website New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault (NJCASA)

Who We Are
NJCASA is the statewide advocacy and capacity building organization that currently represents the New Jersey county-based sexual violence organizations, and the Rutgers University Office of Violence Prevention and Victim Assistance (New Brunswick). There are plans for the current base of member organizations to be expanded to support the goals of inclusivity and diversity.

NJCASA elevates the voice of sexual violence survivors and service providers by advocating for survivor-centered legislation, training allied professionals, and supporting statewide prevention strategies that work to address and defy the socio-cultural norms that permit and promote rape culture.

Formed in 1981, NJCASA has a team of nine full-time staff and an operating budget of $2.4M. NJCASA provides a statewide voice for survivors of sexual assault and for the organizations that serve them, with a focus which includes:

  • Advocacy for survivor-centered policies and legislation;
  • Training and education for sexual violence programs, law enforcement, and allied professionals; and
  • Prevention programs equipping teens and adults with skills to prevent sexual violence before it occurs

Our Vision
We envision a world free from all forms of oppression, where sexual violence does not exist, and the dignity of every person is valued and respected.

Our Mission
NJCASA centers anti-oppression and anti-racist principles to eradicate sexual violence and support survivors and their loved ones by working collaboratively to promote equity, justice, and healing.

Our Guiding Principles

  • Uprooting Oppression
  • Dismantling Racism
  • Centering Survivors
  • Promoting Healing

Who We’re Looking For
The Executive Director (ED) provides vision and direction for the NJCASA mission; acts as the public voice of the organization, its work, and its history; and works with the leadership team to manage daily operations and advance organizational strategic plans. The ED is responsible for coalition engagement, personnel management, funding and fiscal solvency, and development planning in alignment with the Board of Trustees. The ED is responsible for making key decisions to achieve mission outcomes. Collaborative engagement with NJCASA stakeholders in the larger community, partner organizations, and agencies is critical to the success of this role. At NJCASA, we apply servant leadership, grounded in listening, developing leadership at all levels, and empathy, as a framework of person-first services; with leadership operating in service to the staff, and the organization operating in service to the community. The ED will model this kind of leadership in practice throughout their work.


What You’ll Do

Strategic Vision

  • Provide movement-building vision and direction for NJCASA by developing and implementing strategic plans, in partnership with the Board of Trustees, that achieve those goals and leverage the expertise and experience of key staff, partners, and coalition membership
  • Ensure that an equity and racial justice lens is applied to organizational operations, including internal processes and infrastructure
  • Implement goals and quantitative metrics for success;
  • Implement the necessary systems and tactics to track and share critical programmatic, operational, and financial data and information across the organization to align staff and stakeholders

Organizational and People Management

  • Responsible for effective administration of day-to-day operations
  • Supervise, coach, and collaborate with agency staff
  • Cultivate a culture of transparency internally and externally
  • Oversee and approve contracts for services/vendors
  • Oversee marketing and other communication efforts

Board Governance

  • Along with the Board of Trustees, recruit and cultivate new board members
  • Convey all necessary information to the Board of Trustees
  • Support leadership that upholds the organization’s mission as defined by the Board of Trustees

Fund Development

  • Responsible for NJCASA’s fiscal integrity, including compliance with all grant funded requirements and maintenance of a positive organizational financial position
  • Responsible for developing other sources of revenues necessary to support NJCASA’s mission
  • Manage the development of new grants and annual grant renewals; nurture and grow donor and stakeholder relationships to increase financial support
  • Drive and carry out fiscal operations to achieve organizational funding goals as determined by the ED and Board of Trustees

Stakeholder Relations

  • Cultivate and maintain positive relationships with stakeholders and community partners
  • Serve as the primary spokesperson and advocate for the agency. This includes speaking with the press, representing NJCASA at statewide and national forums, and approving all press releases
  • Work collaboratively with other statewide stakeholders to appropriately respond to and prevent sexual violence
  • Coordinate staff activities in support of the needs of member organizations

Reporting Relationships

Reports to: NJCASA Board of Trustees

Direct Reports:

Staff (current)

Managing Director
Program Manager
Community Engagement Manager
Director of Community Development
Communications Manager
Human Resources Specialist
Financial Director

Government Affairs
Others as contracted

Required skills and capabilities:

  • At least five years of experience in a nonprofit executive leadership role, plus a strong knowledge base of the field of sexual violence prevention and service.
  • Experience leading and effectively managing a non-profit organization of similar staff and/or budget size as NJCASA; track record in effectively managing staff, coaching, mentoring, and creating opportunities for professional development and staff advancement
  • Expertise in federal and state public funding sources related to the provision of support services, and all related regulatory reporting requirements.
  • Exemplary organizational leadership skills, both in managing and building a strong teams and in interacting with and cultivating an active, governance-oriented Board of Trustees
  • Excellent communication skills in written and verbal communications, active listening, and public speaking and presentations
  • Values-driven servant leadership style with an emphasis on integrity and transparency
  • Center and solidify NJCASA’s commitment to inclusivity through the development of aligned policies, systems, and practices

We especially support applications from people who have these additional skills and capabilities:

  • Experience working in the field of sexual violence prevention and service
  • Experience in legislative advocacy, particularly in collaboration with county & state coalitions and agencies
  • Provide proven track-record of success in cultivating and managing stakeholder relationships internally and externally, with staff, Board of Trustees, coalition membership, partner organizations, and local, state, and federal agencies
  • General knowledge of trauma and trauma-informed approaches within sexual violence prevention and/or nonprofit management

Physical Demands, Accommodations, and Pandemic Employee Support

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and/or hear. The employee frequently is required to use a computer and reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to sit; stand; walk. The employee may regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.

NJCASA understands that the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately impacted women, people of color, immigrants, parents, caregivers, and essential workers (among others). While this is a full-time position, NJCASA has worked with all staff and will work with final candidates to develop a schedule that is manageable for them and their family during the pandemic, including flexible hours, paid leave, and remote work until conditions improve. NJCASA seeks to remove any barriers that would prevent anyone disproportionately affected by the pandemic from applying.

Our Hiring Process & Timeline

How to apply: Submit your resume, cover letter, and responses to our application questions.

Dates to apply: Applications accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled. We will prioritize applications received prior to January 31st, 2022.

Hiring process:

  • We will begin scheduling screening interviews in January 2022.
  • After screening interviews, we will request any specific supplemental materials from candidates moving forward in the interview process.
  • Starting in February 2022, we will schedule initial 1-hour panel interviews with members of NJCASA’s Hiring Committee. Interviews will take place on Zoom.
  • Finalists will be invited to additional panel interviews and meet-and-greets with NJCASA board members, staff, and/or other stakeholders as needed. We will make an offer shortly thereafter.
  • A criminal history background check will be conducted with the final candidate pool prior to an employment offer being made.
  • We would like to have the selected candidate start in April 2022.

NJCASA offers, upon request, accommodations for candidates with disabilities during the application, interview, and hiring process, such as additional time for hiring exercises, captioned video calls, or additional accommodations as required.

If you require accommodations during the application or interview process, please contact us.

Equal Opportunity Employer
NJCASA does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, country of origin, citizenship, ancestry, genetic information, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, political affiliation, exercising one’s right to family care and medical leave, medical condition, including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. We are not offering US visa sponsorship at this time.

If your experience doesn’t exactly match the qualifications listed but you believe you would shine in this role, we want to hear from you! Please apply and tell us why you’re the right person for the job.

People who identify as Black & Indigenous people of color, women and femmes, immigrants, LGBTQIA+ individuals, disabled people, neurodivergent people, and formerly incarcerated or systems-impacted people are highly encouraged to apply.

To apply for this job please visit njcasa.recruitee.com.