Ohio Domestic Violence Network

Executive Director

The Executive Director’s primary purpose is to provide the strategic and operational leadership to ensure ODVN achieves its mission and purpose aligned to the guiding principles.   The position reports to the Board of Directors.


This job description defines areas for which an individual has primary responsibility and is not intended to limit the scope of the job in any way.


Key Responsibilities

  • Establishes the mission, strategies, operational priorities and short/long term goals of the organization
  • Engages and builds relationships with key stakeholders/advocates to ensure support and advocacy for the organization’s goals and objectives
  • Provides leadership for Board of Directors governance, committees and meetings
  • Sets short and long term financial objectives to include establishing and managing annual operating budgets
  • Works with Finance Manager and Board Finance Committee to provide monthly/quarterly reporting, P&L and Balance Sheet management and ensures proper accounting and financial controls are in place and effective 
  • Builds and executes a Development (i.e. fundraising) strategy and plan utilizing staff, Board members and external support/resources
  • Develops Policy and Legislative agenda and priorities (at the state and federal level) to include effectively working and building coalitions with key legislators, lobbyists, advocates, allies, affiliated government agencies, community leaders and other key influencers to achieve policy and legislative objectives
  • Provides program and systems advocacy to include identifying and sharing key trends, best practices and innovative solutions
  • Serves as liaison to national and state agencies, coalitions and committees and governmental agencies addressing domestic violence
  • Develops and executes public relations/media relations strategy and plan to include engaging with appropriate media outlets providing awareness and insights into domestic violence
  • Serves as the principal spokesperson for ODVN and participates in media interviews
  • Works with members and partners toward a broad vision of social equity and inclusion
  • Manages directly, and with staff, all grant activities to include identifying, requesting and writing grants, validating funding, monitoring, compliance and auditing    
  • Directly manages staff to ensure the organization attracts, develops, trains and retains competent and capable talent
  • Ensures day to day management of ODVN programs and services are delivered effectively and with high level of service
  • Mentors staff and ensures an organizational culture where staff are valued and connected to the mission of the organization
  • Manages all Human Resources policies, processes and programs
  • Manages external vendors/partners to support the achievement of goals and objectives



  • Deep expertise in domestic violence knowledge, laws, trends, best practices, etc.
  • Effectively builds relationships, influences and engages internal (Board, staff) and/or external stakeholders, advocates and allies
  • Inspires, motivates and engages staff and other organization resources
  • Effective communicator in various settings and audiences (media, policy/legislative hearings, other public forums, etc.)
  • Collaborates effectively with program directors, coalition members, and key stakeholders
  • High levels of compassion and empathy

Experience Required

Qualifications • Bachelor’s Degree in related field (public health/policy, social work, sociology, criminal justice, etc.) • Master’s degree preferred, but not required • 10+ years of experience in leading a Domestic Violence (or affiliated) program, function or organization • Previous advocacy experience in policy analysis and development preferred • Strong leadership/management skills (managing staff, setting strategic/operational goals, etc.) • Ability to effectively build rapport, relationships and influence others • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with Board of Directors • Strong financial acumen (fiscal management, finances, budgets) • Prior experience in grant development and management • Experience in Development (i.e. fundraising) • Demonstrated commitment to the organizations guiding principles, social justice and advocacy • Must have valid driver’s license, access to own transportation, and a willingness and ability to travel statewide in Ohio and nationally (20-25%).

How to Apply

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter describing their interest in this position, to Kristin Flock, the Cardinal Health Executive Recruiter leading this effort by September 28, 2018. She can be reached at kristin.flock@cardinalhealth.com.

Ohio Domestic Violence Network
1855 E Dublin Granville Rd, Suite 301
Columbus, OH 43229
Phone: 6147819651


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