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JOB TITLE: Executive Director


REPORTS TO: Board of Directors


Who We Are:

The mission of Safe Passage is to provide safety, education, and empowerment to victims of violence and to the community. Our agency was founded in 1977 as a rape crisis center in Coeur d’Alene.

Today, we are one of the largest victim service agencies in the state of Idaho. Each year, Safe Passage provides confidential victim services and emergency shelter to 1,600 victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child victimization. We also prevent violence through healthy relationship education, reaching thousands of youth across North Idaho. Programs include 24-hour crisis line services, an emergency shelter, legal advocacy, counseling, sexual assault intervention services, prevention education and bystander intervention training.

Safe Passage employs 14 full-time and 10 part-time employees and has an operating budget of $1.1M. In addition to staff, 20 volunteers contribute to the agency in a variety of ways, providing advocacy through direct services such as legal advocacy, shelter, Children Advocacy Center (CAC), hospital response, and administrative support. All board members are volunteers as are community advisors who provide strategic support and leadership to the agency.

About The Role:

Reporting to the Board of Directors and through the supervision of the 6-employee, director-level Leadership Team, the ED develops and manages Safe Passage’s strategy, annual plan, budget, fundraising, operations, and program delivery of trauma-informed services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault, including children.

The ED is charged with building a trauma-informed organizational culture, leading a diverse team of employees and volunteers, and leading the organization’s strategic growth to meet the community’s needs, which will include leading a capital campaign for facility and program expansion. Job duties include (not an exhaustive list):



  • Manages the day-to-day operations through direct oversight of the Leadership Team.

  • Develops and executes Safe Passage’s annual strategic plan, in collaboration with the Board, including programs,

  • fundraising, development, administration, and financial management.

  • Creates a trauma-informed organizational culture that is in line with the mission and values of: Compassion,

  • Integrity, Leading Boldly, Empowerment, Collaboration, Survivor-Centered, Empathy, Non-Judgmental, and

  • Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

  • Oversees the organization’s overall employment and volunteer practices, including recruiting, hiring, onboarding, training, job descriptions, policies and procedures, and the employee handbook.

Financial Management:

  • Creates and implements sound financial strategy, budget, and financial management practices.

  • Develops and presents the annual fundraising plan and budget to the Finance Committee and Board.

  • Oversees and approves monthly income statements and expenses, ensures budget adherence, and identifies

  • opportunities for effective cost savings as needed.

Board Relations:

  • Develops and supports an effective, engaged Board, cultivating a strong and transparent working relationship.

  • Creates and implements long-range strategy and goals, including Board Development goals.

Program Management:

  • Oversees Safety Services through the leadership of the Director of Safety Services, which includes the Confidential Safe Shelter and 24-hour crisis lines, court-based advocacy, mobile rural advocacy, and 24-hour hospital response for survivors of sexual or domestic violence.

  • Oversees Resiliency Services through the leadership of the Director of Resiliency Services, which includes the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), which provides children with evidentiary forensic interviews, and advocacy and resource navigation for their caregivers, free clinical counseling, housing advocacy and assistance, and financial support.

  • Oversees Empowerment Services through the leadership of the Director of Empowerment Services, which includes healthy relationship education for teens and bystander training for middle school, high school, and college students, on-site partnerships with one local high school and colleges to provide advocacy to teens and young adults who have experienced violence.


Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education, Social Work, Business, or a related field plus four years of related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Highly skilled in leadership, including strategic planning, developing a healthy organizational culture, and leadership of employees, volunteers, budgets, administrative operations, and programs.

  • Proven track record of success with development and fundraising, including fundraising strategy, capital campaign management, donor stewardship, grants, and events.

  • Unwavering commitment to Safe Passage’s mission and values of Compassion, Integrity, Leading Boldly, Empowerment, Collaboration, Survivor-Centered, Empathy, Non-Judgmental, and Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

  • A deep understanding of trauma-informed services for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, including children.

  • Ability to commute locally to multiple locations. Some non-local travel is required.

  • A background check is required because of our work with vulnerable populations, but criminal history does not preclude employment and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis as it relates to the duties of this role.


Compensation and Details

Flexibility/Paid Time Off:

  • Work-from-Home one (1) day per week after onboarding

  • 10 Paid Holidays

  • 16 Days PTO

  • Paid Parental Leave


  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance

  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP) with free, confidential counseling

  • Voluntary life insurance

  • Generous paid time off and flexible work (see above)

  • Values-driven, meaningful work


Exempt/Salaried, Full-Time, Monday-Friday with Some Evenings and Weekends


Primary Location:

Safe Passage Offices: 850 N. 4th St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814

Salary range:
$75,000 - $95,000, Determined on Experience

Commitment To Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

Safe Passage is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, status as a veteran, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal laws. We welcome diverse candidates to apply.


To Apply

Submit your cover letter and resume to Skye Mercer, Safe Passage’s HR Consultant at by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, August 4th, 2021.

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