The mission of AVDA (Aid to Victims of Domestic Abuse) is to end family violence by advocating for the safety and self-determination of victims, promoting accountability for abusers and fostering a community response to abuse. AVDA is a unique non-profit that has served Houston for over 37 years. We envision a non-abusive and violence-free environment where relationships are based on mutual respect.

In 2018, AVDA served more than 4,042 adult and child victims of domestic violence, served 1,464 survivors through the legal process, and helped 96% of legal clients feel safer because of AVDA services. Outreach efforts reached more than 11,000 adults and almost 5,000 youth, and 901 abusers were provided intervention and counseling through AVDA’s Battering Intervention and Prevention Program.

The Chief Executive Officer is the face of AVDA to the community, supporters/donors, agency partners, advocacy and government relations organizations. This position requires strong leadership skills and a dynamic public persona to lead the organization to its next level. AVDA is poised for major growth and the CEO will lead initiatives toward this growth along with the Board of Directors requiring comfort with making connections, networking and appearing in public and in the media.


Work with the Board of Directors to execute the strategic vision for the organization

Serve as the head of AVDA’s executive team and assume overall managerial responsibility for the AVDA’s programs, personnel, communications, legal and regulatory compliance, and finances

Set the tone for the AVDA’s culture, values and overall stakeholder experience (employees, clients, donors, board, community, media)

Develop and implement policies and procedures for the agency in cooperation with management team

Oversee and provide guidance on the three main AVDA programs: Battering Intervention and Prevention Program, Legal Advocacy Program, and Youth and Outreach Program

Consult with staff regarding direct client services and to ensure program effectiveness

Write and monitor government grants and provide support to the Director of Development in solicitation of non-government grants and donor solicitation

Establish and maintain productive relationships with AVDA’s funders, including a range of individual donors, foundations, philanthropic organizations, and corporate supporters, to ensure a diversified, sustainable funding base

Ensure, with the Board of Directors, adequate funding for programs to provide quality services

Attract and retain highly qualified staff and provide professional advancement opportunities for promising employees in the organization

Ensure compliance with all laws governing employees, including maintenance of records, responding to TEC, Texas Workers' Compensation Fund, etc.

Work with the Board of Directors to develop policy and procedures for the agency, staff, and participate in all board meetings, including committee meetings, and assist the board with long range and strategic planning

Propose and monitor operating budget, in cooperation with the treasurer, and oversee all fiscal aspects of the agency, including payroll, supplies, insurance, contracts, and leases

Ensure compliance with tax deposits, annual audit, and required filing of tax returns

Attend meetings, participate on relevant boards, work with other organizations and agencies locally, regionally and nationally as appropriate to communicate AVDA’s mission and programs

Participate in efforts to effect systematic change to benefit domestic violence survivors, including participation in legislative and other public policy matters, both locally and at the state level

Work in tandem with the executive team to help strengthen agency brand and community awareness of issues relevant to domestic abuse and AVDA services

Serve as the key spokesperson and brand ambassador for AVDA promoting the mission, educating the public, and participating in media, community, AVDA hosted and other awareness building events

Report to: AVDA Board of Directors

Direct reports: Director of Development, Director of Legal Advocacy Program, Director of Battering Intervention and Prevention Program, Director of Youth and Outreach Program, Executive Assistant, Financial Grants Manager, Bookkeeper, and approximately 38 total employees plus four contractors in total


15+ years of professional experience, ideally in a non-profit organization or a private or public policy administration, government, fundraising or related field

5+ senior executive management experience, with a demonstrated ability to work at the most senior levels of the business community, non-profit and/or public sector. Ideally, has led a team of 10+

Passion and understanding of domestic violence and the laws and regulations pertaining to domestic violence

Successful track record of fundraising

Experience and comfort with media interviews and public speaking. Ideally, has existing media contacts

Advanced degree in business administration, non-profit management or related field, and/or equivalent work experience

Professional stature, substance, and presence to earn the respect of and interact effectively with a wide variety of internal and external contacts

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills with exceptional attention to detail

High level of initiative, energy and creativity with a proven ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines

Exceptional organizational skills

Experience with diversity and sensitivity to people of varying lifestyles, ethnicity, and religious groups


Qualified candidates may submit their resume via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Join Our Mailing List

Connect With Us

facebooktwitterlinkedingoogle plusyoutube