Director of Advocacy & Policy

100 W 10th St, Wilmington, DE 19894, USA
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Job Description


DCADV’s Commitment to Racial Equity

DCADV understands that preventing and responding to violence requires uprooting all forms of oppression that contribute to power imbalances. DCADV is committed to anti-oppression principles and is actively working towards advancing equity and justice.

DCADV strongly encourages People of Color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and non-binary people, veterans, parents, and individuals with disabilities to apply. DCADV is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes everyone to our team. If you need reasonable accommodations at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know. In your application, please feel free to note which pronouns you use (For example – she/her/hers, he/him/his, they/them/theirs, etc.).

Primary Job Responsibilities:

The Director of Advocacy & Policy is a member of the Leadership Team and leads DCADV’s advocacy and policy efforts, including collaborating with member programs, community partners, taskforces, and system partners to advance policy initiatives that address intimate partner violence. The Director oversees the Coalition’s Community Health programming and supervises its staff as well as the policy’s team staff.


· Manage the Coalition’s advocacy & policy initiatives, including staffing the Policy Committee, collaborating with member programs to develop policy priorities, and working collaboratively to advance these priorities.

· Supervise DCADV policy and community health program staff.

· Engage with Delaware’s legislators to raise awareness of policy issues that impact victims of domestic violence.

Manage policy program grant budgets, contract development and management; including the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) grant annual application and bi-annual reports.

· Collaborate with system partners, including Department of Justice, Family Court, Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (DVCC), Division of Public Health, Law Enforcement.

Represent DCADV in community committees/taskforces including the DV Taskforce, Victims’ Rights Taskforces, and Joint Legislation Sub-Committee.

· Engage in training, in coordination with DCADV’s Training & Outreach Coordinator.

· Provide technical assistance to community and system partners, including staying knowledgeable of federal policy.

· Participate in DCADV Leadership Team, staff meetings, team meetings and staff the Board Policy Committee.

· Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.

Summary of Qualifications:

· Bachelor’s degree or comparable experience in public policy, advocacy, social work, public health, social science, women’s studies, or related field with a minimum of five years’ professional experience.

· Demonstrated knowledge of domestic and a commitment to ending gender-based violence.

· Understanding of legislative advocacy strategies.

· Demonstrated leadership skills including experience managing programs, people and projects.

· Knowledge and experience with grant writing and reporting and understanding of contracts management.

· Excellent written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated public speaking ability.

· Willingness and ability to constructively confront issues of gender, race, ability and oppression and a commitment to diversity and an ability to work with a variety of persons.

· Willingness to participate in internal diversity, racial, and inclusion crucial conversations to advance racial equity.

· Ability to develop and maintain cooperative relations with a diverse group of individuals and community partners.

· Technology skills, including proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint).

· Access to transportation and willingness to travel.

To Apply: Email a cover letter & resume to Include “Director of Policy & Advocacy” in subject. No phone calls.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $58,000.00 - $68,000.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Health savings account
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Vision insurance


  • 8 hour shift


  • Bachelor's (Preferred)

Work Location: Hybrid remote in Wilmington, DE 19801