Violence Prevention Training Manager
Evanston, IL Domestic Violence
Job Type

This position is located in Evanston, Illinois 

The Violence Prevention Training Manager oversees programming that seeks to advance intersectional equity through helping stakeholders build knowledge and skills that diminish the prevalence of interpersonal relationship violence in our communities. The position develops and implements programs that promote positive sexual health with an emphasis on equitable interpersonal relationships, develops youth leadership programming to support youth in shifting peer culture and advocating for gender equity within youth-serving institutions, and provides community-based trainings on trauma and professional trainings on domestic violence including the Illinois 40-Hour Domestic Violence Certificate Training.

The manager is responsible for ensuring overall organizational goals and objectives related to programming are met by exercising discretion in implementation decisions and providing recommendations on the scope of goals for the program. The manager is a motivated self-starter who embraces the opportunity to build innovative, best-practice programming, acts as a catalyst for change, and influences others to translate vision into action.

Program Management (40%)

  • Leads the development and deepening of core programming including the K-12th grade Building Healthy Relationships (BHR) program, based on comprehensive sex education with an emphasis on equipping youth to cultivate equitable interpersonal relationships both in universal educational settings and targeted small group settings; youth advocacy and leadership programming which partners with youth to build their knowledge, skills, and confidence to advocate for responsive youth-serving intuitions and positive shifts in peer culture; and community-based and professional trainings for diverse stakeholders on trauma and interpersonal relationship violence.
  • Identifies new partnership opportunities and strategically cultivates relationships with school leaders and community partners to expand fee-based trainings to new locations and manages contract or MOU development and approval process.
  • Ensures effective relationship management of key partners and clients to facilitate smooth coordination of trainings and looks for opportunities to promote and expand the array of services offered to partners based on partner needs.
  • Works with school partners upon request to coordinate targeted psychoeducational groups drawing from the BHR and Expect Respect! curricula to address pervasive issues of sexual harassment and encourage healthy interpersonal peer relationships.
  • Strategically plans out how staff allocate their hours to support program coordination and ensuring at least 20 hours a week of direct training time per team member.
  • Collaboratively partners with key staff to ensure the development, implementation, and usage of program evaluation data to drive program improvement and impact.
  • Works with supervisor to establish annual program goals and regularly reports progress on identified benchmarks.
  • Directly coordinates other community-based trainings and the delivery on a quarterly basis of the Illinois 40-Hour Domestic Violence Certificate Training including but not limited to booking trainers, coordination of registration, attendance at training, supporting participants, and ensuring full compliance with the training requirements of the Illinois Certified Domestic Violence Professional Board.
  • Prepares all necessary reporting and submits in a timely manner.
  • Fills in for Coordinators as needed.
  • Collaborates with Chief Innovation Officer to assist school districts in institutionalizing comprehensive sex ed including but not limited to fielding inquiry calls, assessing needs, interest, and commitment of initial inquiries; working collaboratively with CIO to assess needs of school district partners; assisting the selection of sex-ed curricula, and coordinating professional development in coordination with partners and the Violence Prevention Training Coordinator.

Training (25%)

  • Assists team in implementing school-year sexual health education with an emphasis on delivering the Building Healthy Relationships curriculum in elementary, middle, and high schools, as well as at community-based organizations.
  • Trains participants in summer and school-year Youth Advocacy Leadership programming to prepare them to be advocates for safe and equitable relationships.
  • Trains participants in the Illinois 40-Hour Domestic Violence Certificate Training.
  • Fills in as needed as a trainer across programs.
  • Delivers community-based trainings on trauma and other relevant topics.

Curriculum Development (10%)

  • Maintains current knowledge of best practices and trends in training skills, healthy relationship and youth advocacy training content and regularly reviews existing training curricula to implement innovative improvements.
  • Ensures the BHR and Youth Leadership curriculum are formally documented, sequenced, and available for staff as needed.
  • Assess needs for new training areas, conducts research and develops or adapts curricula, and develops training assessment strategies and tools.

Outreach & Education (10%)

  • Represents and speaks about the services of the organization to community organizations.
  • Participates in a variety of coalitions and committees to promote collaborative responses encouraging healthy relationships.
  • Initiates regular planning with the communications team to update and maintain program communication materials and timely announcements.

Supervision (10%)

  • Develops, motivates, and maintains a highly functioning team of staff and interns that demonstrates positive morale and adheres to high standards of service delivery.
  • Hires a diverse staff in accordance with agency policies and procedures and submits timely, accurate, and completed hiring paperwork.
  • Ensures new hires are on-boarded in accordance with agency policies and procedures including, but not limited to, developing, reviewing, and submitting new-hire work plans for those working 20 hours or more per week, and training on agency operations, policies, procedures, and job responsibilities.
  • Regularly observes staff to ensure high-quality trainings.
  • Oversees the workflow and productivity of staff including, but not limited to, maintaining accurate work schedules, reviewing and approving timesheets and activity reports in a timely manner, setting and regularly reviewing professional goals, expectations, and accomplishments.
  • Develops staff capacity and morale by providing regular supervision and effective coaching including but not limited to meeting individually with staff working 20 hours or more a week at least twice a month and providing consistent and timely feedback to those working less than 20 hours a week as determined by performance needs, recognizing and recording staff accomplishments and disciplinary issues, ensuring all staff who are regularly scheduled to work 20 or more hours a week receive a timely annual appraisal within 2 months of their anniversary date, and organizing and leading team meetings at least four times per year.
  • Maintains current knowledge of best practices in the field and oversees ongoing professional development and required certification of all staff ensuring a commitment to high-quality, innovative service delivery. Schedules trainings, maintain attendance and completion documentation.
  • Stays current with agency technology and its proper usage including, but not limited to, taking the initiative to seek out personal training opportunities, training direct reports on proper usage, and ensuring staff maximizes their efficiency with the use of available technology.
  • Ensures timely, thorough, and effective departmental communication so staff feels informed and aware of organizational policies, practices, and procedures, and growth. Effectively advocates for staff by regularly soliciting staff input and representing staff needs and interests to the department director.
  • Ensures all staff understand and adhere to all policies in the Employee Handbook.


  • Works collaboratively on grant proposals as requested.
  • Contributes to annual budget planning.
  • Attends management and other committee meetings and contributes to the overall strategic growth of the organization.
  • Pursues professional development.
  • Understands and adheres to all of YWCA Evanston/North Shore procedures and policies as well as YWCA Employee Handbook.
  • Performs other duties as assigned by management.

Salary Range: $55,000 - $63,000


Experience and/or Training

  • Professional experiences in the fields of trauma, intimate partner violence, violence prevention, or positive youth development with increasing levels of responsibility.
  • At least three years developing and delivering trainings on topics of trauma, intimate partner violence, sex education, or positive youth development.


  • Successful completion of the Illinois 40-Hour Domestic Violence Training within 3 months of hire.
  • Successful completion of the Illinois 40-Hour Sexual Assault Training within 6 months of hire.
  • Successful completion of a professionally recognized sex educator certification within 24 months of hire • Valid driver’s license and proof of valid insurance. • YWCA requires that all employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 unless a request for a medical or religious accommodation is granted.


  • Intermediate proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite, particularly PowerPoint
  • Reliable access to a personal vehicle to conduct agency business


Education: Master’s degree in social work, counseling, education, public health, sexual health education or related field with a focus on understanding trauma and healthy youth development.

Experience and/or Training

  • At least 3 years experience offering direct support to trauma survivors, with an emphasis on intimate partner and family violence.
  • At least 3 years experience working directly with youth on developing knowledge and advocacy skills on issues of violence prevention and gender equity.
  •  Experience with public schools, navigating decision making processes, and supporting social emotional learning  
  • Supervisory experience.

Language: Spanish/English bilingual