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Executive Director Search


Executive Director Search
We are seeking a principled, visionary and compelling leader!

The Partnership has closed the search to new applications and interviews are well underway with an impressive pool of candidates. We look forward to announcing our new leader in 2021!

We are seeking a dynamic, inclusive, courageous and inspiring leader with a demonstrated commitment to our coalition’s mission. Ideal candidates will be strategic-thinkers and risk-takers grounded in social justice values, and racial and feminist theory. The Partnership’s next executive director will exhibit a coaching-style of leadership that builds consensus and lifts-up the voices of survivor-leaders, members, the staff team, and traditionally marginalized people. Apply or help us spread the word today!

Revised Position AnnouncementRead the Letter from Rabeya Sen, Board President – Sent to our Members August 21, 2020Update to our Members and Public Supporters – August 21, 2020Read the Letter from Rabeya Sen, Board President – Sent to our Members May 8, 2020

Executive Director Search Overview – Sent to our Members January 23, 2020 Executive Director Search Timeline InfographicExecutive Director Search Committee Roster

Read about the Partnership’s work below. Questions? Please contact us at


Explore Our Theory of Change to see the principles that guide our work.

  • We are dedicated to dismantling white supremacy in systems impacting survivors, families, and communities. Following the heinous murder of George Floyd, and outpouring of activism against racism in the criminal legal system, the Partnership wrote a statement that held a mirror up to our own movement’s complicity with silencing Black, Native and Indigenous, and People of Color. The statement inspired a new blog series with accounts of people being silenced/pushed out of the field; working to achieve meaningful equity, even in the face of pushback; and grappling with sharing power, challenging one’s own leadership style, and wanting to do more.

  • We advocate for increased and sustained resources in the state budget to support efforts to prevent sexual and domestic violence and to address homelessness among survivors. As a result, in 2018 and 2019, the Governor and legislature allocated unprecedented funding toward sexual and domestic violence prevention, a show of confidence in the Partnership’s vision to reinforce healthy relationship skills early in life, improve school climate, engage boys and men in gender equity, and promote racial justice.

  • We believe in listening to the voices of those with lived-experiences and letting them guide solutions through efforts such as the Survivor Advisory Committee that is organizing a one-day conference designed by survivors for survivors later in 2020.

  • Through every aspect of our work, we recognize the intersectionality of domestic violence with race, gender, income and immigration status.

  • We proudly lift up young people’s voices through the Youth in the Lead Campaign for Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. At the Partnership’s recent Orange Day Rally and Educational Briefing, young people spoke truth to power, discussing their strategies for promoting healthy relationships, calling on adults to enhance their allyship, and sharing powerful stories that affirm the need for broad social change.

  • We leverage proven models such the innovative Domestic Violence Housing First Model (DVHF) created by the Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence that is providing 65 California organizations with guidance from survivors on how to meet their immediate safety needs and support their long-term goals.

  • We know that the most effective solutions are culturally relevant, which is why we created the Culturally Specific Collaborative for members to share information and lessons about community-specific strategies. In addition, the Partnership continues to promote our Cultural Responsiveness Organizational Self-Assessment (CROS) Tool to strengthen culturally responsive, sustainable practices and collaborations that serve survivors.

  • We are committed to addressing the strong connection between economic insecurity and intimate partner violence. The Partnership is working with the California Work & Family Coalition to create a Paid Family Leave Toolkit that addresses economic stressors, and promotes healthier, more equitable relationships and is focused on reaching immigrants and low-wage earners.

  • We are “Shifting the Lens” on domestic violence through our statewide annual conferences. Last year more than 520 advocates, survivors, policymakers and other allies joined in groundbreaking conversations on embracing vulnerability to change abusive behavior, maintaining accountability to survivors and communities of peers, recognizing that not all people who do harm are male, supporting healthy masculinity, and affecting lasting change. Working with the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, the Partnership has carried this work forward through regional trainings that are building bridges between domestic violence advocates and youth, boys and men from communities of color.

  • We’re strategic about policy change. The Partnership’s Policy Advisory Council is a group of diverse subject-matter experts that provides guidance to our coalition on the many challenging and complex policy issues impacting survivors and communities. The 24 Council Members, 7 of whom identify as survivors of domestic violence, represent a wide range of programs in all 7 member regions, including shelter-based, culturally specific, and legal services.

  • We raise our collective voices beyond California. Together with other coalitions and national organizations, the Partnership advocates for federal funding that addresses the needs of domestic violence survivors. Recently, we weighed in to the CARES Act and contributed to a subsequent sign-on letter to U.S. House and Senate leadership. Other key areas of federal funding advocacy have included the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act, the Victims of Crime Act, and the Violence Against Women Act.