Safe Voices is currently seeking candidates for the following positions:
Executive Director Search
The Board of Directors of Safe Voices announces an extraordinary opportunity for a proven, respected and visionary leader who can build upon our history of success and engage a staff and volunteer team in developing and implementing strategies to ensure the sustainability of our organization, empower those effected by domestic abuse, and engage our communities in creating social change.
Safe Voices was incorporated in 1977 to address the needs of battered women and their children in Androscoggin County. Originally known as the “Abused Women’s Advocacy Project,” the agency opened and staffed its first emergency shelter in 1979. Since then, the organization has grown to provide shelter and support services in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties, and in 2010 the name was changed to “Safe Voices.” In addition to signaling our commitment to inclusion and better reflecting the experiences of the people we serve, our clients affirmed the change by telling us: “Before Safe Voices we didn’t have a voice, but now we do.”
From the start, Safe Voices has pursued the goals of providing emergency and support services to victims of domestic violence, promoting ways to foster healthy relationships, educating the community about the seriousness and prevalence of this crime, and working toward legislative change so that communities no longer tolerate abuse. Along the way, talented staff and dedicated volunteers have put in place a strong safety net for victims of domestic abuse.
The staff and Board of Safe Voices are incredibly proud to be on the forefront of domestic violence response and prevention in Maine. A progressive and innovative organization, we have consistently undertaken new initiatives and adopted best practices as we work together to reshape the public’s understanding of domestic violence.
Safe Voices has a $1.6 million operating budget and a dedicated staff of 22 full-time and 5 part-time employees. Last year, 1,660 victims of domestic violence received services from Safe Voices. Add to that number 9,478 hours of advocacy for victims and a total of 8,262 individuals who were educated about domestic violence and you begin to see the magnitude of the work of Safe Voices.
In addition to owning an emergency shelter in the Lewiston-Auburn area, Safe Voices has a network of local, community-based offices in Farmington, Lewiston, Norway, and Rumford. The staff in these offices provides one-on-one support, support groups, children's services, advocacy, information and referral, court advocacy, transportation and accommodation for shelter, community education, and professional trainings.
Safe Voices is proud of the role it plays in the region and deeply appreciative of the many partnerships that support the organization’s work. A sign of the community support Safe Voices enjoys is the annual “Walk/Run to End Domestic Violence,” which this year has a fundraising goal of $50,000.
The mission of Safe Voices is “to support and empower those effected by domestic violence and engage the community in creating social change in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford counties.” More information about Safe Voices can be found at www.safevoices.org.
As Safe Voices builds upon the successful leadership of its soon-to-retire Executive Director, the Board of Directors has articulated the following priorities:
- Develop and implement successful fundraising strategies to build a base of annual fund, major gift, and grant support that further diversifies our funding sources.
- Continue to assess the needs across our service area, identify gaps and opportunities, and align our scope of services and organizational strengths to maximize what we can accomplish.
- Develop and implement a marketing strategy that builds upon our existing brand, demonstrates our expertise, and engages the community in our cause.
- Maximize the web site and our use of social media to advance our marketing and communications priorities and facilitate communication with our clients.
- Continue the process of reviewing our organizational and administrative structure and practices as we seek to maximize our strengths and retain the very best staff.
- Build upon successful state-wide partnerships and develop new relationships that will support our work and further our mission.
- Further our organizational commitment to staying current with the latest knowledge and practices, and adopt strategies that can best serve our clients and communities.
- Continue the work we’ve begun to strengthen board governance, engagement, and recruitment.
We seek a confident, energetic, and highly professional leader to serve as the public “face” of the organization and as our chief spokesperson. We expect the next executive director to be entrepreneurial, visionary, and a creative problem-solver who will bring a breadth of experience and knowledge to the organization yet remain open to learning from the staff, from our clients, and from the community. The successful candidate will be approachable, have a well-developed sense of humor, and possess a high degree of empathy.
Our requirements for the next executive director include:
- Passion for our mission and the ability to convey it
- Proven fundraising ability and success in building donor relationships
- 5 or more years of experience in leading and successfully managing staff
- Demonstrated experience in budget management, development, monitoring, and reporting
- Proven public speaking ability and writing skills
- Highest level of recommendations from references and peers
- BA/BS or similar experience (with an advanced degree preferred)
- Nonprofit experience as a volunteer and/or staff member
Comprehensive benefits package and competitive salary commensurate with experience
Interested candidates should send a cover letter, résumé, and the names of 3 references (indicating relation to the candidate, phone number, and e-mail address) to Starboard Leadership Consulting at the following address: email@example.com.
Paper copies may be sent to Mary Pettegrow, Starboard Leadership Consulting, 84 Harlow St., Bangor, ME 04401, but electronic submissions of material are preferred. No phone inquiries, please. Review of applications will begin on May 4, 2015.
Franklin Community Educator
Safe Voices is searching for a dynamic, creative, and engaging individual to fill the position of Franklin Community Educator. Safe Voices is the domestic violence resource center serving Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford Counties. The Franklin Community Educator is responsible for conducting trainings, awareness campaigns and prevention programming on domestic violence. This position is based in Farmington and serves all of Franklin County. This position requires someone who is skilled at public speaking, capable of working independently, and is comfortable working with individuals throughout the community, including children. Some knowledge of domestic violence is helpful. Qualified applicants should have a bachelor’s degree. The salary range for this position is $14.50 to $16.09 an hour. Send cover letter and resume to Steven Moore, PO Box 713, Auburn ME 04212 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Safe Voices is an equal opportunity employer.
Alternatives to Abuse Batterer Intervention Program (BIP)
Alternatives to Abuse seeks a Per Diem/Substitute BIP Class Facilitator to co-facilitate weekly groups for perpetrators of domestic violence. You will work with a co-facilitator, using a curriculum to: support individuals in a process of change; enhance victim safety; and hold them accountable for their abusive choices. The right candidate will possess knowledge of domestic violence, group facilitation skills, and have experience working with diverse populations. You must also be violence free and able to pass a criminal background check.
This is a Per Diem position; classes are offered during the evenings and on weekends.
Angela Desrochers, Alternatives to Abuse Coordinator at email@example.com