JCADA is excited to be hiring an AWARE® Program Manager to help grow our prevention and educational programming! The ideal candidate has a public health background, experience with program monitoring and evaluation, and has a self-starter attitude. Experience working within the field of power-based violence is preferable but not necessary. If breaking to end the cycle of violence in the Greater DC community through hands-on work is your passion, then this job is for you! For questions about the position, or to submit your resume and cover letter for consideration, please contact Cha’Koya Smith at

AWARE® Program Manager

Job Description

For over 18 years, JCADA has served the Greater Washington, DC community by providing services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, sexual harassment, and elder abuse. AWARE®, a prevention initiative of JCADA, is dedicated to empowering a generation of young people with the skills and information they need to build healthy relationships. JCADA also provides high-quality trainings to community organizations and professionals on appropriate responses to victims of power-based violence.  Each year, JCADA’s prevention and education programs engage over 2,500 individuals about this important public health issue. To further our efforts, JCADA is seeking a dynamic Program Manager to grow and develop our prevention and education initiatives. This position is ideal for an individual who has the desire to be an essential part of a committed effort to break the cycle of abuse. Our holistic approach utilizes prevention and community education programs to create a gateway for victims and their friends and families to access our support services.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Primary responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage and coordinate the schedule and presentation of prevention and education workshops;

  • Recruit, train, and manage a team of workshop facilitators;

  • Supervise high school and college interns;

  • Oversee a teen advisory committee;

  • Facilitate prevention and education workshops;

  • Respond to individuals who come forward for support at the conclusion of a workshop or other education program;

  • Manage AWARE®’s online and social media presence including maintenance of; Create a monthly e-newsletter for facilitators and partner organizations that features articles about youth and dating violence, trends in social media and tips for facilitating tough conversations;

  • Coordinate review/assessment of existing workshops to update content and create new workshops to meet the needs of our audiences;  

  • Research existing prevention program models and evaluate best practices;

  • Contribute to the development of curriculum and content updates for workshops and trainings;

  • Work with JCADA’s clinical team to integrate trauma-informed approaches into content and materials; and

  • Coordinate implementation and evaluation of new workshops and trainings.


  • Demonstrated knowledge of public health approaches to prevention and education

  • Experience in coordinating or developing prevention programs and initiatives

  • Demonstrated experience working with numbers, data analysis, and program evaluation

  • Experience facilitating workshops and/or trainings;

  • Demonstrated experience in curriculum development;

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills;

  • Proficiency with MS Office products, including Word, PowerPoint and Excel, with ability to learn additionally required agency software.

Preferred Experience:

  • Master’s and/or Graduate degree in public health, social work, criminal justice or a related field.  May substitute an undergraduate degree with training, facilitating, and coordinating experience;

  • Experience with statistical analysis software (SPSS, SAS, STATA)


  • Excellent listener and communicator;

  • Self-motivated;

  • Ability to work in and manage a team;

  • Ability to handle stress as it relates to an organization that services victims of power-based violence;

  • Ability to maintain and support a flexible schedule; evening and/or weekend hours are periodically necessary.

  • Commitment to professional and personal growth within the work space;

  • Flexible approach to time required to handle varying situations/problems;

  • Evening and weekend work is required.  Flexible scheduling of work time is expected.

For questions about the position, or to submit your resume and cover letter for consideration, please contact Cha’Koya Smith at

If you know any teens or young adults, it is likely that they have watched, or at least heard of, a new Netflix's show called YOU. A tense, drama-filled psychological thriller, YOU centers on the mind and obsessive behavior of one “nice guy,” Joe. Throughout the show, the viewer hears Joe’s increasingly erratic and fevered inner monologue, which contrasts with his deceptively “normal” behavior that he uses to get closer to the object of his fascination. That object: Beck, a girl he meets in passing at the bookstore where he works. After this brief encounter, he takes her name from her credit card payment information, and proceeds to deep-dive on her public social media accounts. He justifies this invasion of her privacy by claiming that her use of public social media encourages his unhealthy interest and pursuit. From there ensues a string of Joe’s increasingly obsessive stalking behaviors, from following her directly, eavesdropping on her conversations, breaking into her home, observing her from outside her window, and making concerted efforts to isolate her from her friends. 

All of this behavior takes the viewers on a conflicted journey. The shows takes us back and forth from Joe’s good-looking and charming public face to his frightening inner thoughts. (The alternating sinister and upbeat musical score only encourages this back and forth.) At times it is difficult to decide if he really is “all that bad,” despite having witnessed him stalk and scheme. Maybe he really does have good intentions, but he is simply damaged by a dark past and is therefore unable to express his romantic interests in a healthy way? Other reviews of the show also reflect this conflicted feeling. This is no doubt the point that the creators of the show are trying to convey: the world is not black and white and people who do evil things or display unhealthy or dangerous behaviors may not be entirely unsympathetic. Or maybe the creators were trying to warn people to be careful, and to not be fooled by a perfect, pretty face. Rather than intending to cause sympathy, they mean to cause suspicion.

Regardless of the creators’ intentions, the fan response to the show is somewhat worrisome in itself. Professions of sympathy, obsession, and even “love” regarding Joe in the show have begun popping up from those who claim to be part of the show’s fandom, exhibiting a clear disregard, or implied forgiveness, of his chilling behavior in favor of his outward charm and appeal. Penn Badgley, the actor who plays Joe, has even taken to his own social media to carefully remind viewers not to romanticize his unhinged and dangerous character. The romanticization of things like stalking, inadvertent or not, is not new in entertainment. Not only does this normalize stalking and violence by making is casual and familiar, it creates a link between love and obsession, between expression of caring and a willingness to go to extreme, unsafe lengths to “win” or “keep” someone else. This equation is plainly wrong, clearly dangerous, and serves to reinforce existing gendered structural violence on a broader cultural level. 

January is stalking awareness month, and while shows like YOU may be entertaining, and to make positive, thoughtful statements about dangerous behaviors and relationships, they still pose a potential risk for normalizing or encouraging those same behaviors and relationships. One of the most immediate ways you can combat the impact of these influences is by educating yourself about the warning signs of stalking or power-based violence, learning about the resources that are available to victims, and sharing this information with those in your network or community.  For more information about stalking and its warning signs click on the in-text links or visit any of the websites listed below.

General FAQs: (The Stalking Prevention, Awareness, and Resource Center (SPARC)):

Reference Sheets (Coercive Control):

Stalking and Harassment Assessment & Risk Profile (SHARP) (Coercive Control):

Criminal Stalking Laws by State (Stalking Resource Center):

Civil Stalking Laws by State (Stalking Resource Center):

Legal Resources and Information (U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women):

Effective February 19, 2019, Ms. Katz to lead organization dedicated to ending power-based violence.

Rockville, MD, January 9, 2019 – The Board of Directors of the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse (JCADA) is pleased to announce that Amanda Katz will be the new Executive Director beginning February 19, 2019. Ms. Katz, holds a B.A. from The George Washington University and an M.S. in non-profit management from Gratz College. Since 2013, she has been the Assistant Executive Director at Congregation B’nai Tzedek in Potomac. Among her many accomplishments, Ms. Katz was the Development Officer at Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) as well as the Associate Director of the American Jewish Committee (AJC), Washington, DC.

According to Susan Schor, Board President, “After a thoughtful and strategic search, Amanda was the Search Committee’s unanimous choice for the Executive Director position. Her previous experience, thoughtful approach and calm presence immediately impressed both the Board and staff. Over the past 19 years, JCADA has grown substantially to meet the increasing needs of the Greater Washington community and we are confident that Amanda will continue to build on the success that JCADA has achieved.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to serve our community as the new Executive Director of JCADA. I look forward to continuing to strengthen JCADA’s commitment to serving all residents of the Greater Washington D.C. area, working with a phenomenal staff, committed board and dedicated volunteers to move our mission forward,” says Ms. Katz.

Ms. Schor added, “As we approach our 20th anniversary, we know that Amanda will continue to advance JCADA’s mission to support victims of domestic abuse to become empowered and obtain safe environments; to educate community professionals and others about domestic abuse and appropriate responses to it; and to prevent future generations from suffering domestic abuse by raising awareness.”

JCADA is committed to providing high-quality services to all residents of the Greater Washington DC community without regard to race, national origin, ability, background, faith, gender, or sexual orientation.