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Join a passionate community dedicated to advocating for social change and making a meaningful impact every single day. At WOAR – Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence (WOAR), we have been at the forefront of the movement to end sexual violence since 1971. Our mission is to empower survivors, provide healing support, and work towards creating a culture that prevents sexual violence through education and advocacy. To accomplish this mission, we fight all forms of oppression including racism and gender-based violence. 

WOAR is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value diversity and are committed to equal employment opportunities for all. Regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other protected status, we believe in creating an inclusive and supportive work environment. Join our team and be part of making a difference in the lives of the people who live in the city of Philadelphia.

With approximately 40 dedicated staff members and many passionate volunteers, WOAR thrives on the contributions of our team. Explore the current opportunities below:


WOAR – Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence (WOAR) is partnering with Bob Madonna, (Diversified Services LLC) on a search for an Executive Director (“ED”) to lead a thriving, community-centric, and collaborative nonprofit in Philadelphia, PA.

WOAR’s vision is to eliminate all forms of sexual violence in our communities.  Founded as one of the first centers of its kind in the nation, for 50 years WOAR has provided an empathetic ear, a caring heart, and a helping hand to anyone who has experienced sexual violence at any time in their life. Our mission is focused on specialized treatment, comprehensive prevention education, and advocacy for the rights of the victims of sexual abuse and harassment.  Each year, we help thousands of survivors of sexual violence through our continuum of services that includes a 24/7 hotline, crisis services, in-person counseling, court advocacy, anti-human trafficking support, and a wide range of education, training, and advocacy programs. WOAR is the largest member of the Pennsylvania Coalition Advancing Respect (formerly the PA Coalition Against Rape) which is the organization’s primary regulator and largest funding partner.

WOAR’s 24/7 hotline and crisis services have provided a critical path to support for the entirety of its history. Individuals who call the hotline are able to connect with a trained sexual assault counselor and can access WOAR’s other services through the hotline. WOAR’s team of Crisis Advocates provides medical advocacy and other crisis services at the Philadelphia Sexual Assault Recovery Center (PSARC), a unique partnership with Drexel University’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examination Team and the Philadelphia Police Special Victim’s Unit. WOAR staff and a dedicated team of trained volunteers provide backup services for the hotline and medical advocacy.

Counseling and therapy is a critical part of the healing process for sexual violence survivors. WOAR works with survivors (children and adults) and their loved ones to support healing, understanding, and thriving. WOAR offers Individual Trauma Therapy and employs a team of trained therapists who hold a master’s degree in psychology, counseling, or social work, have a diversity of evidence-based specializations and trainings, and are also trained Sexual Assault Counselors. WOAR offers Group Therapy for Women, Men, Teens, LGBTQ+, a Trauma Processing Yoga Group, and other groups on a regular basis. WOAR also offers a CORE Psychoeducational Group, an open, drop-in, psychoeducational group for people 18 and older. This psychoeducation group uses evidence-based therapeutic interventions for survivors and their loved ones to provide knowledge and support to help you better understand and cope with trauma so that you can work together with our WOAR Crisis Advocates and Graduate Interns to achieve a better overall outcome. WOAR provides court advocacy services to help survivors navigate the legal system, and also runs an anti-human trafficking program. WOAR also offers generalized individual counseling services to ensure that all individuals receive the support they seek in ways appropriate to their needs.

All direct services offered at WOAR are free of charge.

Finally, the embodiment of WOAR’s vision is its prevention, education, and training programs. WOAR’s Prevention Education team works in a wide variety of settings, from K-12 school environments to institutions of higher learning and their Title IX offices; from community centers to regional networks like SEPTA; from community centers to employment centers. Special initiatives such as the Safe Touches Program, Healthy Masculinity Initiative, LatinX Initiative, LGBTQ+ Initiative, Transformative Justice Initiative, and other special programs and partnerships ensure that sexual violence prevention training and information reaches all communities within the City of Philadelphia. WOAR also operates a survivor advocacy program that includes the Keynotes Program that accompanies survivors to become public speakers and advocates for positive change.

Leadership Opportunity

The ED will bring a record of bold and proven leadership to effectively deliver an inspiring vision: to eliminate all forms of sexual violence in our communities. The ED is responsible for articulating WOAR’s mission internally and externally; managing staff and sustaining an effective leadership team; collaborating with WOAR’s Board of Directors; identifying, prioritizing, and executing on goals outlined in its strategic plan; maintaining and building an expansive network of partners and collaborators; stewarding federal, state, and local funding streams; raising private funds from the community; and setting local and regional agendas for thought leadership, public policy, and advocacy.

The ED will join an organization with a rich legacy, vision and mission, solid financial position, and a purposeful course of action. As they guide the delivery of this community-driven plan, the ED will pursue and innovate our current internal practices that advance an equity-focused team culture. Through community-based hiring, personal and professional development, and rewarding compensation packages, the ED will build on the agency’s track record of success with sustaining talent. The ED represents WOAR as a leader as part of numerous local, state, and regional collaboratives and groups.

The ED reports to and works in partnership with a Board of Directors, comprised of influential community and civic leaders. The Board fulfills its fiduciary responsibilities through regular board meetings, committee participation, and resource development efforts. The ED leads a staff of 30+ employees and contractors and works closely with a senior leadership team of 4. The direct reports include the Director of Finance, Clinical Director, Director of Prevention Education, Grants Manager, Events Manager, and various consultants and contractors.

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How to Apply

Diversified Services, LLC is conducting this Executive Search on behalf of WOAR. Please send a Resume and Cover Letter to Bob Madonna at:

Community Outreach

Job responsibilities include:

  • Works collaboratively with other community-based agencies, schools, and other community-facing institutions
  • Establish critical linkages to sexual violence information and services for community members.
  • Use a multicultural approach to engage and educate the community about WOAR, its goals, and the availability of services for sexual violence survivors
  • Engage community key stakeholders and participate in effective marketing and outreach campaigns designed to reinforce and extend agency visibility in the community
  • Provide the critical link between the communities served and the internal WOAR teams tasked with providing the education and training activities.
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