Executive Director

Bellingham, WA

Posted on 05/19/2020 by Julison Sell Search Team

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Position Details




Professional Services / Nonprofit Charitable Organization


Project/Program Management

Job Level:

Executive Management (SVP, VP, Department Head, etc)


Bachelor's Degree

Reference ID:


Executive Director

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services of Whatcom County

Bellingham, WA

DVSAS is a successful volunteer-driven 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, recognized for having stable operations, an effective management team, and a highly motivated staff and volunteer team. DVSAS supports individuals affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and commercial sexual exploitation and leads the community toward ending these abuses of power. With client-centered, accessible housing and support services, DVSAS empowers victims and survivors while offering safe housing and the possibility of a new life. The DVSAS organization has a highly collaborative relationship with the Board of Directors and strong support between and among local non-profits.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Overall operations of a nonprofit organization
  • Program and policy development, coordination, and evaluation
  • Personnel and fiscal management
  • Organizational development
  • Public policy advocacy
  • Community leadership, education, and professional training
  • Board and public relations

The ideal candidate will be rooted in social change, and will be self-reflective, transparent, politically savvy, and highly collaborative. The Executive Director should be able to walk into an established organization, assess the areas of leadership urgency, and work closely with the Board and management staff.

The ideal candidate will have the following leadership qualities and experience, listed in no particular order:

Leadership qualities:

  • Unwavering integrity and authenticity, trust, values, and strong work ethic
  • Openness to feedback and using feedback to help shape planning and agency decisions, ask for specific ways that they have handled someone who has disagreed with them, need to have a growth mindset; self-reflective and self-aware
  • Transparent in communication with staff, management, and board
  • Humble yet strong, with a sense of humor
  • Business acumen and command skills
  • Managerial courage and strategic agility
  • Ability to manage vision and purpose
  • Effective communication
  • Passionate about services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and commercial sexual exploitation
  • Prioritization of programs, supporting and stabilizing programs


  • Experience doing advocacy and direct service and managing a team of advocates
  • Engagement with all programs and staff, valuing everyone on the team and their skills and input, able to inspire employees, collaborative and strengths-based leadership
  • Knowledgeable about funding sources and how the work lines up with the grants
  • Engaged in community relations
  • Understanding of secondary trauma and how to support staff in order to increase retention
  • Balance of practical management skills and trauma-informed innovation
  • Responsible growth management, challenging unbridled growth paradigm, seeking to expand and leverage partnerships instead of always taking on all work internally
  • Demonstrated commitment to values of anti-oppression and equity movements, showing it is more than just saying the right words, demonstrating prioritizing equity, inclusion, and anti-oppression practices; social change mindset
  • Vision and ability to implement systemic change in order to remedy challenges, able to critically analyze and consider internal processes


  • Undergraduate required, Masters level preferred
  • 10 years of experience in an Executive Director position for a non-profit organization
  • Preferred experience in helping those affected by sexual assault and domestic violence, or experience in helping women and children


  • Medical, dental, eye/ear, life, disability, vacation, tuition aid, 401k match.
  • Children and/or spouses are eligible for the same medical and dental benefits as the employee, available at a different cost
  • Possible relocation package

All screening will be done by Julison Sell Search Team. Apply directly with Amanda Sell-Sande, CEO of Julison Sell Search Team.
Email amanda@julisonsell.com, call and text (360)684-1592.

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