Break the Cycle Hiring Two Positions in DC Office

Break the Cycle is hiring two positions in our DC office. Two positions are currently available, one for a staff attorney and one for either an attorney or policy expert. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until filled.

Break the Cycle is a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage, educate and empower youth to build lives and communities free from domestic and dating violence.

Break the Cycle is committed to creating a safe, supportive workplace. We are looking for talented, flexible people with the drive needed for a growing nonprofit. Applicants must be committed to working for and with youth to create a community where all are empowered to seek safe, healthy relationships throughout their lives.

Job Summaries:1) Technical Assistance Specialist:

The Technical Assistance Specialists are responsible for implementing the agency’s technical assistance programs, including conducting trainings for service providers, educators, attorneys, law enforcement and court personnel; providing one-on-one consultation with service providers and school personnel; researching and analyzing federal and state laws that impact the rights and access to services for survivors of teen dating violence; and working collaboratively with local and national organizations to help them develop and implement policies and programs to better serve teens. The Technical Assistance Specialists report directly to the Director of Training and Technical Assistance and may supervise staff and interns. This position requires some travel.

Essential Functions

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Tracking, analyzing and maintaining records on state legislation that impacts teen victims of dating violence.
  • Drafting white papers regarding policy recommendations for working with teen victims of dating violence.
  • Providing training to a variety of adults on the laws that impact their work with teen victims of dating violence.
  • Participating in the planning and facilitation of webinars, conferences and meetings.
  • Working with advocates, organizations, and schools on policy development by providing remote and on-site technical assistance.
  • Responding to requests for information, resources, and/or training on all aspects of teen dating violence and related issues.
  • Collaborating with other organizations to assess, analyze and propose solutions to issues and problems around providing domestic violence services for youth.
  • Conducting original research and reports, and keeping informed of current developments, research, best practices and trends regarding teen dating violence and related issues.
  • Assisting with program data tracking and evaluation.
  • Supervising staff and interns, as needed.

Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in law or policy preferred; work experience may be substituted.
  • Minimum 1 year experience with state or federal public policy or education policy.
  • Understanding of policy issues related to domestic and dating violence and/or education strongly preferred.
  • History of working for a dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, or youth services non-profit or for a school strongly preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including legal research and writing skills.
  • Strong interpersonal and supervision skills.
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Sound judgment and professionalism.
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people, including legislators, attorneys, law enforcement, community leaders, educators, social service providers, volunteers and funders.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.
  • Patience, enthusiasm and a positive attitude.
  • Ability and willingness to travel.

2) Staff Attorney

Staff attorneys are responsible for providing comprehensive legal services to our clients between the ages of 12-24.  They also conduct trainings for young people and adult service providers.

Essential Functions

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Representing clients at both civil protection order hearings and custody hearings.
  • Accompanying clients to criminal cases involving perpetrators when appropriate.
  • Providing training to a variety of adult service providers and young people on the laws that impact young victims of dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
  • Assisting with program data tracking and evaluation.

Qualifications

  • Qualified applicants must have a law degree and bar admission in at least one U.S. jurisdiction.
  • Admission into the District of Columbia Bar prior to hiring preferred.
  • 0 – 3 years experience.
  • Understanding of issues related to domestic and dating violence strongly preferred.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, including legal research and writing skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks while maintaining attention to detail.
  • Sound judgment and professionalism.
  • Ability to work with diverse clients.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs.
  • Patience, enthusiasm and a positive attitude.
  • Ability to speak Spanish preferred.

Salary (for both positions)

Mid to high 40’s, DOE. Break the Cycle offers generous benefits including but not limited to health, dental and vision insurance, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, 403(b) retirement plan and vacation.

To apply, email cover letter and resume to taspecialist@breakthecycle.org. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.