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

*re-open as of 2/1/18

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.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Board of Directors, staff and community allies to promote and fulfill the mission of PAVSA
  • Ensure financial stability, solicit and manage grants, expand fundraising capabilities, and identify new revenue sources to support growth of the organization
  • Provide leadership and clear direction to the management team and staff, nurture and support a positive work environment that encourages respect, inclusion, self-care and professional development
  • Set vision and strategic direction with the Board of Directors and staff, implement strategic organizational goals, lead organizational change
  • Lead on issues regarding sexual violence, messaging and promoting education and awareness on sexual violence issues
  • Nurture deeply rooted relationships PAVSA has with funders, partners, legislators, victims/survivors of sexual violence, media, and the public
  • Cultivate relationships with new partners and allies working in related fields and on social justice issues

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in human services field, public administration or related discipline; Master’s Degree preferred
  • A minimum of 2 years’ experience as a nonprofit executive or 5 years’ experience in financial management, project management, staff supervision, and program administration
  • Experience as a mission driven leader capable of providing focused leadership to a growing nonprofit
  • Demonstrated effectiveness as strategic and motivating leader with experience in program development, project management, fund development, and strategic implementation
  • Proven fundraising/revenue generating experience and capacity for developing, writing and securing grants
  • Experience in nonprofit financial management
  • Experience working with Boards of Directors
  • Excellent written and verbal skills including meeting facilitation and public speaking
  • Knowledge of local, state, and regional legislative processes
  • Knowledgeable about the root factors and causes of sexual violence
  • Knowledgeable about emerging issues in the movement to end sexual violence and the intersections with other social justice issues

The Executive Director position offers a competitive benefits package.  Starting salary DOQ; open until filled.

Interested applicants will provide a cover letter and resume to pavsaEDHC@yahoo.com or

Ann Clancey, PAVSA Hiring Committee

1427 London Road

Duluth, MN  55805

PAVSA is an equal opportunity organization, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  Candidates from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply




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.