Chief Executive Officer

(Full-Time, Exempt)

About Domestic Violence Action Center
Founded in 1990, the Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC) has been committed to alleviating the problem of domestic abuse and intimate partner violence for over 30 years.  Three decades later, DVAC boasts a staff of more than 50 paid employees, plus numerous volunteers.  This talented and dedicated team works tirelessly to provide the most comprehensive services for victims and survivors and their children in the state of Hawaiʻi, ranging from prevention to direct services to housing.  Services are multicultural and multilingual.  Additionally, DVAC’s legislative advocacy, has resulted in the provision of shelters statewide and aided in the enactment of dozens of laws to protect victims. DVAC remains steadfast in its goal to end domestic violence. 

Position Summary

In January 2023, DVAC is embarking on search for a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to build on the legacy of its founder, Nanci Kreidman.  DVAC is seeking a compassionate, business-minded, and visionary leader to continue to evolve the organization and create an even stronger and dynamic future serving the people of Hawaiʻi. 

DVAC’s new CEO will continue the momentum and provide inspiring, thoughtful, and strategic leadership while successfully ensuring the organization’s continued relevance and impact.  The CEO will build and maintain strong collaborative relationships across diverse constituencies including community and business leaders, government and elected officials, and colleagues in the nonprofit sector that enhance DVAC’s effectiveness and capacity to fulfill its mission.

The CEO will be a skilled, courageous leader with a demonstrated commitment to supporting vulnerable communities and experience creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive organizational culture. Leading with a collaborative approach, the ideal candidate will promote transparency and accountability among the staff while confident and decisive. Fluent in the language of equity, justice, diversity, and inclusion, the CEO will also be well versed in issues related to the client/survivor communities DVAC serves. This leader will be present and will deftly hold space for all DVAC staff to bring an authentic approach to their work and will actively build a culture that values empowerment, collaboration, and equity.

Responsibilities and Duties


  • Demonstrate an on-going commitment to addressing domestic violence and embrace DVAC’s core values of justice and equality, respect and dignity, collaboration, and compassion.
  • Envision, develop, and grow agency programs and best practices (e.g., client-centered, trauma-informed services, social justice advocacy, organizational capacity building, women’s issues).
  • Implement and enhance sustainable business model and marketing strategies for the agency.

Board Relations and Networking

  • Facilitate an effective board of directors and work with the board to further sharpen the organization’s strategic direction.
  • Build relationships and work effectively across Hawaiʻi’s diverse communities, including both allies and those who hold differing views.

Advocacy/Public Awareness/Community Relations

  • Be an articulate spokesperson and persuasive champion for safety, survivors, nonprofit organizations, and social justice issues.
  • Provide comment and maintain visibility through media and coordinated campaigns to highlight interpersonal and family violence as a community problem.
  • Seek opportunities as the lead organization or as participants in appropriate and relevant community events.
  • Use active listening skills with care and understanding and know when to speak up with clarity and firmness.


  • Lead the staff in strengthening the organization’s infrastructure, client relationship management, and consulting practices to achieve the agency’s mission.
  • Recognize and respect the organizational culture of DVAC.
  • Plan, administer and oversee all phases of budgeting and execution, providing financial reports for approval of the board.
  • Oversee recruitment, performance evaluations, employment practices and benefits, and any employment terminations.
  • Assure that services and facilities meet all applicable standards and requirements by government and accrediting agencies.

Fund Development

  • Maintain existing funding sources and cultivate ongoing strategies that support and grow DVAC’s financial resources and strengthen its financial position.
  • Diversify the organization’s sources of income, generate unrestricted discretionary income, and increase financial reserves. 

Required Skills/Abilities

  • Experienced manager, spokesperson, fundraiser, leader for organizations with programs addressing complex issues and large annual budgets.
  • Excellent managerial and financial skills and the ability to take leadership over any business operations area.
  • Thorough understanding of management and financial practices in all areas and phases of business operations.
  • Established allies within the nonprofit funding community, with demonstrable success in cultivating and maintaining relationships with foundations, corporations, government agencies, and individuals.
  • 3-to-5 years of experience in senior level management, including working with supervisory and content-expert staff and a board of directors.
  • Respected reputation as a leader, particularly within the nonprofit and community-based arena, with the ability to implement practical strategic plans.
  • Excellent communicator, particularly the ability to communicate as a leader, and able to actively increase public awareness of a DVAC-focused brand and issues around domestic violence with a strong and diverse media presence.

Education and Experience

  • Knowledge and experience in domestic violence, leadership and management, and fund development.
  • Extensive knowledge of Hawaiʻi’s unique community and cultural diversity.
  • Effectively proficient in organizational development, including team building, delegation and empowerment, optimizing technology, and improving operational efficiencies.
  • Education may vary; an advanced degree in social work, human/organizational development, business administration, marketing/communications, law, or other related field is preferred, but not required.

Physical Requirements

  • Prolonged periods sitting at a desk and working on a computer.
  • Must be able to lift up to 15 pounds at times.
  • Must be able to navigate various departments of the organization’s physical premises.

Compensation: Salary negotiable based on experience.

To submit your resume and cover letter to Human Resources, email: