Search Completed: The DC Center is looking for a Psychotherapist/Program Director

Update (November 2023): We have found our new team member and the search is complete!

The DC Center is looking to hire a Psychotherapist/Program Director for Behavioral Health Services and the DC Anti-Violence Project

You can apply by submitting your resume and cover letter to after reading the full job description below. We are accepting applications through October 9, 2023.

Psychotherapist/Program Director
Behavioral Health Services and the
DC Anti-Violence Project
The DC Center for the LGBTQ+ Community 

The DC Center LGBTQ+ Community Center has a mission of educating, empowering, uplifting, celebrating, elevating and connecting the LGBTQ+ community of Washington, DC. The Psychotherapist/Program Director position leads the Behavioral Health Services Team and the DC Anti-Violence Project to assist in the DC Center mission by offering trauma-informed individual and group counseling, case management, advocacy and empowerment to LGBTQ+ survivors of violence, abuse and trauma, and LGBTQ+ expertise to partnering providers in the DMV District. These services are available free-of-charge to our community members due to grant funding from the Office of Victim Services and Justice Grants (OVSJG). The Psychotherapist/Program Director Position reports to the Executive Director. 

Skills & Experience

  • Appropriate licensure to practice clinical mental health therapy in DC and MD (examples: LICSW, LGSW, LMSW, LPC)
  • At least 2 years’ experience working as a clinician with diverse client populations
  • At least 2 years’ experience in program coordination or management
  • At least 2 years’ experience in overseeing or supervising others
  • Experience working with LGBQ+, TGNC, BIPOC adults
  • Demonstrated ability to problem-solve and communicate at all levels verbally as well as in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to build and maintain relationships, both with colleagues and with key stakeholders in the larger victim-serving network of Washington, DC
  • Prior nonprofit/grant management experience
  • Experience working professionally with a diverse team
  • Organizational skills suited to multitasking in a fast-paced environment. 

Bilingual capabilities are strongly preferred, but not required. 

Please note that this position does not have on-site clinical supervision. If the Psychotherapist/Program Director wishes to pursue clinical supervision, they can do so with support from a budgeted amount in the contractor budget line, as per the DC Anti-Violence Project grant award. 

Functions and Duties

  • Provide programmatic direction and support to BHS/DCAVP team members
  • Deliver trauma-informed, culturally competent crisis and short-term individual and group mental health support services to LGBTQ+ survivors of violence, abuse and trauma who seek services with the DC Center
  • Conduct intake assessments with all new potential clients to assess safety, job status, financial resources, living arrangements, current support system, type and history of victimization, legal issues, related medical history, and clinical symptomatology to determine appropriate treatment approaches 
  • Assess clients in crisis and provide necessary intervention (safety plans, hospitalization, referrals, etc.)
  • Provide clients with LGBTQ-friendly and affirming referrals to community-based services, aimed at assisting individuals affected by crime, violence and trauma
  • Keep current and accurate records of all clinical interactions in our clinical database system
  • Provide community-based expert consultations, training and collaborations in line with OVSJG grant requirements  
  • Manage grant deliverables for the OVSJG grant throughout the fiscal year — quarterly and annual reports, stats collection and coordinate annual grant applications
  • Work in partnership with The DC Anti-Violence Project community members to further the mission, vision, and values of DCAVP
  • Oversee Case Management & Advocacy Specialist’s community advocacy work with the DC Anti-Violence Project
  • Help facilitate an open, supportive, and warm environment for all individuals who visit The DC Center

Salary range $65,000 – $75,000.

Position includes health insurance, vacation and personal leave benefits.


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