Executive Director Job Announcement

COURT WATCH MONTGOMERY (CWM) is seeking a new EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (ED) to provide vision, energy and leadership in our efforts to make systemic improvements/changes in how our courts manage civil and criminal domestic violence cases.

OUR VISION AND MISSION: Court Watch Montgomery aims to ensure that all victims of intimate partner violence in Montgomery County and throughout Maryland have access to responsive justice and vital services that will stop abuse quickly and permanently. To achieve this goal, we monitor and collect data on court hearings, recommend changes to improve policy and practice, and hold judges and court personnel accountable for providing a safe and respectful court environment.

ED REPORTS TO: Court Watch Montgomery Board of Directors

ED SUPERVISES: CWM staff (1 part-time Volunteer Coordinator and 1 part-time Data Manager) and occasional interns. Works with CWM staff to oversee and provide guidance for volunteer court monitors and other volunteers (up to 70, on a range of project teams).



  1. Acts as principal spokesperson, liaison and advocate with other organizations, vendors, partners, government agencies, and the media. Fosters relationships and pursues steps toward the achievement of our mission with local and state judicial officials.
  2. Fosters external relationships and coalitions with public and private organizations and individuals to obtain necessary insights and develop partnerships to advance CWM’s vision and mission.
  3. With CWM staff and Board members, identifies key issues, opportunities, legislative and other strategies to advance CWM’s vision and mission, including through advocacy, publication of CWM reports and other communications, media outreach, education of policymakers (including Montgomery County’s state delegation) and the public, and other initiatives as identified.
  4. Leads internal teams (e.g., Board, staff, volunteers, donors) in initiatives and activities to advance CWM’s vision and mission and achieve our goals and objectives.



  1. Manages all aspects of organizational program operations, including supervision of staff, oversight of timely completion of tasks, and application of sound decision-making skills.
  2. Ensures smooth day-to-day management of the organization, while demonstrating commitment to the delivery of high-quality products and performance.
  3. Ensures high level of program quality including regular tracking, evaluation and reporting on measures of success.
  4. Oversees/responsible for use of website and social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter) to (a) educate existing and new stakeholders; (b) communicate CWM priorities and findings; and (c) incentivize existing and new donors.
  5. Ensures legal integrity of the organization, monitoring organizational compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
  6. Works with Data Manager to (a) ensure high quality data is collected, entered and analyzed; (b) identify and assess new sources of data; (c) incorporate new data sources into existing databases wherever possible; and (d) use statistical software to analyze and prioritize key issues, including identifying new and emerging evidence-based topics/issues that promote the CWM Mission.
  7. In consultation with the Board and working with CWM staff, takes lead role in preparing or supervising preparation of CWM reports and other communications that include CWM data and analysis as a component of advocacy, education and other initiatives to advance our vision and mission.



  1. Oversees financial management of the organization, including (a) ensuring compliance with financial policies; (b) managing accounts; and (c) providing quarterly reports to the Board of Directors on the financial status of the organization.
  2. Develops annual budget, subject to approval by the Board of Directors.
  3. Manages financial planning, budget development and oversight, including execution of all contracts, grants, and agreements.



  1. Cultivates a strong, transparent working relationship with Board of Directors and provides accurate, complete and timely information on programs, operations and finances.
  2. Works in partnership with the Board of Directors to develop and implement CWM’s strategic plan, including vision, mission, goals and annual objectives.



  1. Oversees staff hiring, training, workflow, retention, professional development and performance reviews.
  2. Oversees administration of payroll, accounting, state non-profit filings (including the 990 form annually), and taxes.
  3. Works with Volunteer Coordinator to oversee varied tasks including (a) monitoring civil and criminal hearings; (b) researching issues around judicial accountability; (c) interviewing and mentoring new volunteers; (d) assisting with scheduling court monitors; and (e) other tasks and projects as they arise.



IPV-Related Non-Profit Leadership and Management Experience

  • At least three (3) years of experience in non-profit leadership, management and advocacy, ideally in efforts to end IPV. Experience in related areas and/or demonstrated interest and desire to learn may substitute for specific knowledge of IPV. Proven record in leadership, management and advocacy beyond the non-profit sector may substitute for specific non-profit experience.
  • Experience with the judicial system, ideally including knowledge of the courts’ handling of civil and criminal domestic violence cases, and commitment to efforts to stop IPV through systemic court reform. Experience or knowledge of the judicial system in related areas and/or demonstrated interest and desire to learn may substitute for specific knowledge of IPV.

Fund-raising and Grants Management

  • Ability and commitment to finding and reviewing private (foundations, corporate) and public (federal, state, local) grant opportunities, crafting persuasive grant applications to secure grants, stewarding existing individual donors and growing our donor base via periodic and end of year fundraising campaigns and other efforts.
  • Management of all grants, including achieving associated reporting requirements.

Communication and Collaboration

    • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, including collaborating and communicating with multiple audiences thorough multiple channels.
    • Promotion and expansion of diversity in the composition of our volunteer, staff, intern(s) and Board.
    • Ability to travel within the state, as needed, to work with other non-profits and court administrators



Negotiable, depending on time commitment, funding and other factors.


TO APPLY: Applicants must live in the DMV area and may work remotely when appropriate. Please send a cover letter and resume to Court Watch ED Search Committee at EDsearch@courtwatchmontgomery.org. Please include “ED Search” in the subject line. Ideally, you will share in your cover letter how your experience can help Court Watch to achieve our goals. Applications must include cover letters to be considered.