Employment Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in employment with PAVSA. Please consider that all PAVSA employees must complete our 40-hour sexual assault advocacy training. Watch our website for upcoming employment opportunities!

Descriptions for the open positions at PAVSA are listed below:

Executive Director

Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault, (PAVSA) offers both long-term and short-term support to adults and adolescents who survive sexual violence. All services are free. The services are provided in Southern St. Louis County, and the organization is located in Duluth, MN. PAVSA serves approximately 1000 survivors of sexual violence annually. The support is designed specifically to address the needs of sexual assault survivors as they work towards healing from the victimization they have experienced. Survivors receive assistance with navigating the complex systems of forensic medical exams, law enforcement investigations, and harassment orders. Survivors may also access free professional services such as therapy, legal advocacy, and support groups.

We are seeking an individual who will lead PAVSA in its efforts to support victims, educate the community, and advocate for social change. As a dedicated Executive Director, you are knowledgeable in the field and are able to lead a growing, dynamic organization.

Your responsibilities include oversight of all aspects of PAVSA’s mission. You will cultivate an environment in which the organization drives vision and empowers staff. As the only sexual assault program in the region, constituencies on community, state and regional levels rely on the services and expertise of PAVSA. Issues related to organizational stances and the strategic direction of our work depend on your leadership. We seek an individual committed to building a diverse and pluralistic environment.

PAVSA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to a culturally diverse staff committed to working in a multicultural environment; applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans are strongly encouraged. We embrace the perspective and contributions of each individual including their diversity.  PAVSA believes that a wide array of perspectives resulting from diversity and inclusion allows us to be more effective.  We value increased awareness and sensitivity to the richness of multiple perspectives and unique talents brought by each individual.  PAVSA is committed to cultivating inclusion through curiosity, sensitivity, and developing awareness of one’s self. PAVSA acknowledges and honors the inherent dignity of all individuals. 

For the full job description, please click here. If you are interested in applying please click here to view full instructions.


Becoming a Sexual Assault Advocate is a rewarding and meaningful volunteer experience, providing absolutely critical services to victims of sexual assault in our community. Our advocates accompany sexual assault survivors to the hospital or work with individuals who call into our crisis line. It is a great way to gain experience in the field of Human Services. All volunteers are required by state law to attend a 40-hour sexual assault advocacy training. These trainings are generally held once or twice a year.

If you are interested in our next training dates and becoming an advocate please fill out the Volunteer Application and return to Erin Naughton, Volunteer Coordinator. Any questions about this training can be directed to Erin by phone 218-726-1442ext.18 or email enaughton@pavsa.org


PAVSA offers excellent internship opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Interns can be involved in many of our programs based on their interests and availability. These opportunities include, but are not limited to: crisis line and hospital advocacy, support groups, outreach groups, community education, legal advocacy, youth advocacy, and organizing events and awareness campaigns.

If you are interested in an internship at PAVSA, please submit a cover letter and resume to Vanessa at vlebens@pavsa.org. In the cover letter, please answer the following questions:

  • What are the requirements for your internship? (ex: hours, timeline)
  • What would you bring to an internship at PAVSA?
  • What would you hope to learn at PAVSA?

Application deadlines for each semester are:

  • Fall 2017: July 15th, 2017
  • Spring 2018: November 15th, 2017
  • Summer 2018: April 15, 2018

Keep in mind that we have limited spots available, so get your resume and cover letter to us prior to the deadline! All interns are required to complete our state-mandated 40-hour sexual assault training.