DAWN Executive Director Job Opening




DAWN's mission is to promote healthy relationships and end abuse in the Deaf community of the Washington,

DC area. We do this in two ways:

● Providing survivors of abuse with help they need to heal and progress with their lives

● Educating Deaf and hearing communities on the issues and how to foster positive relationships.

DAWN provides Community Education, Survivor Support Services, Network Advocate Program, and Deaf Men as Allies Project to Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard-of-Hearing communities in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia metro area. For more information, please visit: www.deafdawn.org


DAWN is seeking an exceptional leader to apply for the position of Executive Director. The successful candidate will be a proven administrator, have a vision, be passionate about working with survivors, be able to inspire a culture of collaboration, to promote strategic and innovative thinking, and take DAWN programs to the next level while expanding the donor and active volunteer/community participation base in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia Metro area. The skilled and dedicated candidate will have the knowledge in promoting healthy relationships through prevention and outreach, providing culturally and linguistically-appropriate advocacy services to all members of the Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard-of-Hearing community who are survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, sexual harassment, and/or stalking of any kind.


Through active collaboration with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will fulfill the mission of ending abuse in the Deaf community, have overall strategic and operational responsibility for DAWN's staff, programs, and execution of the annual plan. The Executive Director will develop the deep knowledge of core programs, operations, and business plans for programmatic and financial expansion. The Executor Director will work with grantors to fulfill the grant obligations and required information.


● Provide leadership, direction, and guidance for DAWN's services

● Demonstrate competency in domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, and sexual harassment topics

● Regularly evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of operations and personnel

● Coordinate and monitor the development, planning, and delivery of programs

● Responsible for grant writing, grant compliance, and work with the Board of Directors for fundraising

● Establish, maintain, and advance community relations in MD, VA, and DC metro area

● Conduct needs assessment periodically and find available resources to be used for DAWN programs

● Monitor and oversee strategic and financial management of the organization

● Conduct strategic planning in making decisions of allocation of resources and analysis of the programs

and service providers

● Be able to arrange advocacy, awareness, and education about public policy on survivors’ issues

● Represent DAWN to regulatory bodies, community and civic organizations, donors, grantors,

supporters, participants and the general public

● Act as a liaison between the Board of Directors and staff


● Master’s in Social Work, Mental Health, Counseling, Psychology, or related field

● 3+ years of management and/or non-profit organization operation experience

● Fluency in American Sign Language and the ability to communicate with diverse clientele and staff in

their preferred mode

● Exceptional at written communication, interpersonal communication, and presentation skills

● Exceptional at conflict resolution skills

● Exceptional at establishing a positive professional working environment

● Detail-oriented self-starter with the ability to manage many programs, fiduciary responsibilities, and

operational tasks

● Strong commitment to cultural competency and diversity

● Strong knowledge of the field of domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking

● Working knowledge of legislations, policies, and laws in the Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia

metro area

● Ability to build and sustain collaborative relationships with individuals, organizations, and grantors

● Strong marketing, public relations, and fundraising experience with the ability to engage a wide range

of stakeholders and cultures

● Working knowledge of budget development, grant writing, and grant compliance

● Familiarity with Windows and Mac computer applications and accounting programs


● Five or more years of experience in non-profit organization management

● Experience in working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking

● Excellent communication, interpersonal and presentation skills

● Experience in developing, implementing, and tracking operational budget and funding sources

● Experience in program development and evaluation

● Experience in staff management and volunteer coordination

If interested, please submit resume and cover letter to Dr. Connie Pucci, Chair of DAWN Board of Directors at connie@deafdawn.org .

Salary is based on experience, qualifications, and expertise. Health, Dental, Vision, and Life coverages provided.

DAWN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, national origin, religion, age, hearing status, disability, covered veteran status, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, political affiliation, or any other unlawful basis.

DAWN values the diverse lived experiences of our employees. Members of the Deaf, DeafBlind, DeafDisabled, and Hard of Hearing community who identify as People of Color, LGBTQIA, and/or as survivors of abuse are welcome to apply.