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  • Become a Volunteer

    DVIP relies on the help of dedicated individuals in our communities to help support survivors of domestic violence.  Volunteering is a meaningful way to address the impact of intimate partner violence in our own communities.

    The first step is easy!  Just fill out the volunteer application and our volunteer coordinator will be in contact with you to talk about next steps.

    Volunteer Application Form

    If you have any questions throughout the application process, please contact our Community Engagement Department at 319-325-9223 or by email at rose@dvipiowa.org

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Group Volunteers:

    Many groups work with DVIP to do much-needed maintenance tasks, donation pick-up and perform many other vital duties that make our organization run! If you are part of a group interested in a one-time project or an ongoing monthly project please contact our Director of Community Engagement at rose@dvipiowa.org or call 319-325-9223

    Volunteer Victim Advocate:

    These trained individuals are the core of DVIP’s volunteer program. They answer crisis lines, perform emergency intakes, facilitate support groups, provide advocacy in a variety of settings, and provide information and referrals to victims of domestic violence.  Volunteers generally complete two hours of volunteer work each week.

    Youth Volunteer

    DVIP is always in need of youth volunteers. While youth make up half of our shelter residents, DVIP has funding for only two full-time staff members to handle youth issues and programming. From playing video games with a group of teenagers to taking the kids in the shelter to the park, to facilitating a pre-teen support group, youth volunteers play a vital role at DVIP. Volunteers generally complete two hours of volunteer work each week.

    Board of Directors

    Joining the Board of Directors is an outstanding way to share the resources and skills that you can uniquely offer. Our Board is very active in long-range goal planning and policy development, fundraising and community education/awareness. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Board of Directors, contact DVIP at (319) 356-9863 ext 2 for more information, or complete a Board of Directors Application(docx).

    Board of Directors Application

    Volunteer with Special Talents

    (i.e. plumbing, carpentry skills, etc. for a few hours or a weekend)

    Many volunteers provide support by donating their special skills in our office or help maintain our shelter. By providing technical assistance, office support, or home repair skills, volunteers provide an invaluable resource and help DVIP minimize overhead expenses.

    Cooper’s House
    We have pet kennels at our emergency shelter site to help keep families and their pets together in a time of crisis! Volunteers will be trained to help maintain the kennels for cats and dogs. An important part of this program will be keeping animals happy and comfortable; which can then be a fantastic therapeutic benefit to children and adults alike. Volunteers may also connect with donors and supporters in the community to help gather resources for the pets we are caring for. This will help ensure the health and well-being for the pets staying in our shelter, as well as the many pets and livestock we foster every year. Check out more about the program here.
  • With our utmost gratitude, the Domestic Violence Intervention Program would like to thank the following businesses for their ongoing financial and in-kind support in 2017!

    Our advocates could not do the work they do without such an incredible community!
    2017 Organizations and Businesses:

    100+ Women for Good
    Alpha Chi Omega
    Amazon Smiles
    AM Rotary
    Applebee’s
    AW Welt Ambrisco Insurance, Inc.
    Bayer
    Best Case Wines
    Bethany Lutheran Church
    Bethlehem Lutheran Church
    Bluebird Café
    Catholic Daughters of the Americas
    Cedar County Auditor
    Chapter HI PEO
    Christ the King Lutheran Church
    CliftonLarsonAllen LLP
    College of Pharmacy
    Conn Communications
    Continuing Education Account
    Cross Country Motor Club, Inc
    Dakin Family Charitable Fund C/O Community Foundation Greater Des Moines
    Dave Loebsack Campaign
    Delta Dental of Iowa Foundation
    Downtown Iowa City Rotary
    Embury United Methodist Women
    Emmanuel U M W
    Evereve, Inc.
    Fairfax State Savings Bank
    Faith United Church of Christ
    First Presbyterian Church
    First United Church of Christ
    First United Methodist Church
    GEICO Philanthropic Foundation
    Goldman Sachs Gives
    Grace United Church of Christ
    Great Western Bank
    Hills Bank and Trust Company
    Hot House Yoga
    IBlitz Boxing and Fitness, LLC
    Iowa City Monthly Meeting of Friends
    Iowa City Noon Kiwanis
    Iowa City Noon Rotary
    Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce
    Iowa City/Coralville Area CVB
    Iowa GFWC Tri Sigmas
    Iowa One Gift
    Johnson County
    Johnson County Sheriff Department
    Kenneth Kinsey Family Foundation
    Keystone IT
    Kim Schilling Real Estate, INC
    Lambda Chi Alpha
    Leash on Life, LLC
    Lepic-Kroeger Realtors
    Little Village Magazine
    Lone Tree Art Club
    Lone Tree Lions Club
    Marshalls
    Mc Farland Supply Company
    Medirevv
    MidWestONE Bank
    Muscatine Agility Club
    National Philanthropic Trust
    Network for Good
    Neumann Monson PC
    Newman Catholic Student Center
    Noonmark Foundation
    Old Capitol Kiwanis
    Old Capitol Quilters Guild
    P & K’s Red Hat Hotties
    Pfizer Foundation
    Quality Care
    River Products Company Charitable Foundation
    Salt Fork Kitchen
    Sanders Rentals
    Skogman Realty
    Solon Beef Days Committee
    Solon Centennial Lions Club
    Solon United Methodist Women
    Solon Women’s Club
    Southgate Development
    St Ann’s Group at St. Patrick’s Church
    St Mary’s Church of Iowa City
    St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church
    St. Anthony’s Bread of St. Mary’s
    St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
    St. Mary’s Catholic Church
    St. Patrick Church
    St. Thomas More Church
    St. Wenceslaus Altar & Rosary Society
    St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church
    Stuff Etc West Inc.
    Stuff Etc. Iowa City
    Swedesburg Lutheran Church
    The Allstate Foundation
    The Fountain Charitable Foundation
    The Governor Group
    The Gwen Johnson Team
    Thomas Cardella & Associates, Inc
    Thrivent Financial
    Toyota Scion of Iowa City
    Trumpet Blossom Cafe
    Unitarian Universalist Society
    United Methodist Women
    United Natural Foods, Inc
    United Way of Central Iowa
    United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County
    United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
    United Way of Johnson & Washington Counties
    University of Iowa Center for Advancement
    University of Iowa Community Credit Union
    Urban Acres
    VORTEX Business Solutions
    Warm Up America
    Washington United Methodist Church
    Wellmark Foundation
    White Rabbit LLC
    Women of St. Mary Catholic Church
    Zion Lutheran Church

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    Position: Finance Controller

    Reports to: Executive Director

    Hours: Salaried, Full-time position

    (**Based on support staff availability, this position may also be scheduled 30-40 hours)

    The Domestic Violence Intervention Program is a vital community resource for victims of intimate partner violence, serving eight Eastern Iowa counties.  Our mission is to provide comprehensive support and advocacy services to victim/survivors, focusing on immediate and long-term safety, empowerment, dignity, and hope.  Our work environment is creative, problem-solving, responsive and collaborative. We are lucky to have an incredibly resourceful and passionate staff of 35, providing crisis services and advocacy support to adults and youth.  We provide victim-centered services with the goal of empowerment and unconditional positive regard. We work hard and know that the work we do saves lives.

    The Finance Controller is part of the DVIP leadership team, managing a $1.8 million budget that is made up of local, state, and federal funding, as well as fundraising dollars. The leadership team practices service management – meaning our team mission is the consistent health of the organization and diminishing barriers to safety for victims of intimate partner violence by providing support to direct services staff who facilitate crisis intervention, resources, and trauma-informed healing.  Supervised by the Executive Director, the Controller oversees the day to day activities of DVIP’s finances and ensures the company’s finance function is organized, efficient and produces accurate financial and management accounts for single audit and grant contract compliance. Finally, the Finance Controller reports DVIP’s financial health to the DVIP Board of Directors and provides budget and financial information for Board processes. The Controller supervises a part-time bookkeeper.

    Qualifications:

    1. BA in bookkeeping, accounting or equivalent combination of experience and education. A Master’s Degree in accounting or an equivalent combination of experience and education is highly desirable.
    2. Experience working with a non-profit organization is highly desirable.
    3. Experience supervising staff is highly desirable.
    4. Working knowledge of basic office functions, including spreadsheet, accounting software (QuickBooks), donor software, word processing, and email.
    5. Experience with employment documentation and employee master file management.
    6. Experience with grants management, reimbursable and match documentation.
    7. Experience with monthly/annual budget reporting and audit procedures.
    8. Valid driver’s license, proof of auto insurance, and reliable transportation.
    9. Ability to pass an FBI, Iowa background, Child Abuse, and Sex Offender Registry check.

    DVIP’s administrative offices are located in Iowa City, Iowa.  Inquiries about the position can be addressed to Kristie Fortmann-Doser at 319-356-9863 ext. 2 or kristie@dvipiowa.org.

    For employment consideration, please submit a letter of interest and resume by May 10, 2019, to:

    Kristie Fortmann-Doser

    1105 S. Gilbert Court, Suite 300

    Iowa City, Iowa 52240

    kristie@dvipiowa.org

    Letters and resumes may be submitted in paper or electronically.

    Position: Iowa Accountability Program Coordinator (Access to Justice Program Initiative)    

    Job Summary: The Iowa Accountability Program (IAP) mission is to increase the accountability of the “system” to better protect victims of domestic violence, to hold batterers accountable, and improve the courts’ handling of DV cases. IAP also seeks to integrate the concerns and expertise of African Americans into DV prevention and intervention activities.

    Local IAP partners (via the IAP Access to Justice Coordinator) will provide meaningful coordination between the African American community, traditional DV victim service agencies, and the court system. This position will serve as a coordinator specializing in DV programming and/or project implementation, community development, and transformation.

    The position will assist with project development and implementation efforts as well as process and outcome evaluation, as defined by the grant project.

    Hours: Full time, day and evening as necessary.

    This position is a full-time, temporary position supported by federal grant funds beginning in mid-October.

    Reports to: Assistant Executive Director

    Salary: Compensation depends upon experience

    Certified Domestic Abuse Advocate: Training and certification required after appointment to position.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

    1. Maintaining day-to-day coordination of the project;
    2. Maintaining cooperative working relationships with collaborative partners;
    3. Providing information about the project to the director, members of Judicial and other interested parties;  
    4. Serving as first point point-of-contact for victims coming to the courts for relief from domestic violence;
    5. Conducting regular court observations of domestic violence-related cases;
    6. Engaging the African American community and providing education and outreach;
    7. Maintaining accurate record keeping for reports; Maintaining victim confidentiality;  
    8. Coordinating efforts with community service agencies;  
    9. Monitoring and evaluating program effectiveness by collecting and preparing data, surveys, and reports to conduct a program evaluation.

    Related Duties:

    1. Some travel required, with daytime, weekend and evening work.
    2. Other duties as assigned.

    Required Qualifications:

    1. Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in social work, sociology, psychology, criminal justice, research and planning OR have an equivalent combination of education and experience equal to four (4) years in social or community development  (at the local, regional, state, or national level) requiring knowledge in the following: advocacy, crisis intervention, networking, public relations, public speaking, organizational skills, community resources, and program/treatment methods.   
    2. Must possess strong oral and written communication skills.  
    3. The candidate must be able to maintain confidentiality in all areas of work.
    4. Proficient in Microsoft Office Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, as the position requires the development of presentations, training, brochures, and reports.
    5. Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation, as both in-state and out-of-state travel are required.

    Desired Qualifications:

    1. Demonstrated knowledge of domestic violence and systems advocacy.
    2. Knowledge and understanding of civil and criminal law practice related to domestic violence, particularly protection orders, immigration, and divorce.
    3. Multilingual

    Please send letters of interest to Delaney Dixon, DVIP, 1105 S. Gilbert Ct., Iowa City, IA 52240
    Deadline: Open until filled.

    Position: Rural Advocacy Specialist
    Reports to: The Director of Client Advocacy Services

    Positions covers Des Moines and Lee Counties

    Job Summary: The Rural Advocacy Specialist will provide direct services support and case
    management support to rural victims participating in the Domestic Violence Intervention Programs Rural
    Services Project. Direct services and case management will include, but are not limited to, crisis line
    support, community advocacy, individual counseling, support group, economic literacy, and life skills
    assistance. The Rural Advocacy Specialist is supervised by the Director of Outreach Services.

    Certified Domestic Abuse Advocate: Certification required after appointment to the position.

    Hours: Permanent 1 FTE (40 hours) position; schedule includes mornings, afternoons, evenings
    and some weekend hours.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
    • Responsible to fulfill the overall mission of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program in the provision
    of services to program participants.
    • Victim/survivor-focused activities to ensure the safety and security of the victim is primary.
    • Provide crisis intervention via phone or face to face contact including barriers to safety, providing
    emotional and other supports (information and referral) as requested.
    • Provide case management for survivors/victims (i.e., assessment, goal planning, regular contacts, and
    regular in-home visits) to assist them in attaining their goals.
    • Connecting survivors/victims to mainstream resources.
    • Client assessment: background history, including housing assessment; determining cultural, economic,
    ethnic, health and social factors involved; identifying special needs of victims, and gathering relevant
    information needed to develop a plan determined by and acceptable to the victim.
    • Work collaboratively with other regional victim service providers in order to best meet the needs of
    survivors in the program region, and provide appropriate referral and follow-up services.
    • Provide advocacy by providing mobile services throughout the assigned area in order to better meet victims
    in their own community or where they may be more comfortable, including home visits when safe to do
    so.
    • Maintain working knowledge of the State of Iowa statutes and codes that have an impact upon our
    services to victims of domestic violence mandating the requisite reporting mechanisms.
    • Participate in continued training as required and other related duties as assigned.
    • Work locally to improve access to services for battered women and knowledge of battered women’s
    rights. When assigned, act as a liaison, representing the Domestic Violence Intervention Program when
    interfacing with police agencies, social service agencies, commissions, committees, and other groups.
    • Document services provided as required.

    Qualifications – Required:
    1. AA degree or equivalent combination of education and experience (Two years of experience as a
    family or domestic violence case manager in a major social service program may be substituted for
    one year of college education).
    2. Demonstrated knowledge of domestic violence and systems advocacy.
    3. Understanding of issues of cultural and socioeconomic diversity as applied to domestic violence
    intervention services.
    4. Experience in peer advocacy and crisis intervention work.
    5. Working knowledge of basic office functions, including word processing and email.
    6. Ability to provide confidential services in smaller, rural communities.
    7. Be organized and detail-oriented.
    8. Ability to work in an independent and self-directed manner.
    9. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
    10. Ability to pass an Iowa background, Child Abuse, and Sex Offender Registry check.
    Qualifications – Desired:
    1. Candidates with language skills and/or past experience working with survivors of domestic violence
    are preferred.
    2. Strong writing and editing skills.
    3. Public speaking skill and ability to provide training within the scope of employment.
    4. Knowledge and understanding of civil and criminal law practice related to domestic violence,
    particularly housing issues, protection orders, immigration, and divorce.
    5. Multilingual.
    Related Duties:
    1. On-Call.
    2. Travel required, with day, weekend and evening work.
    3. Other duties as assigned.

    Please send a letter of interest and resume to Bronis Perteit, Director of Client and Advocacy Services. bronis@dvipiowa.org

    Position: Rural Advocacy Specialist
    Reports to: The Director of Client Advocacy Services


    Position covers Des Moines and Henry Counties

    Job Summary:  The Rural Advocacy Specialist will provide direct services support and case
    management support to rural victims participating in the Domestic Violence Intervention Programs Rural
    Services Project. Direct services and case management will include but are not limited to, crisis line
    support, community advocacy, individual counseling, support group, economic literacy, and life skills
    assistance. The Rural Advocacy Specialist is supervised by the Director of Outreach Services.
    Certified Domestic Abuse Advocate: Certification required after appointment to the position.
    Hours: Permanent 1 FTE (40 hours) position; schedule includes mornings, afternoons, evenings
    and some weekend hours.
    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
    • Responsible to fulfill the overall mission of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program in the provision
    of services to program participants.
    • Victim/survivor-focused activities to ensure the safety and security of the victim is primary.
    • Provide crisis intervention via phone or face to face contact including barriers to safety, providing
    emotional and other supports (information and referral) as requested.
    • Provide case management for survivors/victims (i.e., assessment, goal planning, regular contacts, and
    regular in-home visits) to assist them in attaining their goals.
    • Connecting survivors/victims to mainstream resources.
    • Client assessment: background history, including housing assessment; determining cultural, economic,
    ethnic, health and social factors involved; identifying special needs of victims, and gathering relevant
    information needed to develop a plan determined by and acceptable to the victim.
    • Work collaboratively with other regional victim service providers in order to best meet the needs of
    survivors in the program region, and provide appropriate referral and follow-up services.
    • Provide advocacy by providing mobile services throughout the assigned area in order to better meet victims
    in their own community or where they may be more comfortable, including home visits when safe to do
    so.
    • Maintain working knowledge of the State of Iowa statutes and codes that have an impact upon our
    services to victims of domestic violence mandating the requisite reporting mechanisms.
    • Participate in continued training as required and other related duties as assigned.
    • Work locally to improve access to services for battered women and knowledge of battered women’s
    rights. When assigned, act as a liaison, representing the Domestic Violence Intervention Program when
    interfacing with police agencies, social service agencies, commissions, committees, and other groups.
    • Document services provided as required.

    Qualifications – Required:
    1. AA degree or equivalent combination of education and experience (Two years of experience as a
    family or domestic violence case manager in a major social service program may be substituted for
    one year of college education).
    2. Demonstrated knowledge of domestic violence and systems advocacy.
    3. Understanding of issues of cultural and socioeconomic diversity as applied to domestic violence
    intervention services.
    4. Experience in peer advocacy and crisis intervention work.
    5. Working knowledge of basic office functions, including word processing and email.
    6. Ability to provide confidential services in smaller, rural communities.
    7. Be organized and detail-oriented.
    8. Ability to work in an independent and self-directed manner.
    9. Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
    10. Ability to pass an Iowa background, Child Abuse, and Sex Offender Registry check.
    Qualifications – Desired:
    1. Candidates with language skills and/or past experience working with survivors of domestic violence
    are preferred.
    2. Strong writing and editing skills.
    3. Public speaking skill and ability to provide training within scope of employment.
    4. Knowledge and understanding of civil and criminal law practice related to domestic violence,
    particularly housing issues, protection orders, immigration, and divorce.
    5. Multilingual.
    Related Duties:
    1. On-Call.
    2. Travel required, with day, weekend and evening work.
    3. Other duties as assigned.

    Please send a letter of interest and resume to Bronis Perteit, Director of Client and Advocacy Services. bronis@dvipiowa.org

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