Massachusetts Trial Court

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Domestic Violence Coordinator

Domestic Violence Coordinator

Office of Court Management
Posting Date 
Closing Date 
10/05/2017 11:59 PM EST
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Note: This Trial Court position is annually funded through a Department of Justice (Violence Against Women Act) VAWA Stop Grant that is administered through the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety.


The Trial Court is committed to:

• the fair and impartial administration of justice;
• protection of constitutional and statutory rights and liberties;
• equal access to justice for all in a safe and dignified environment;
• efficient, effective and accountable resolution of disputes;
• prompt and courteous service to the public by committed and dedicated professionals utilizing best practices in a manner that inspires public trust and confidence.


The mission of the Judicial Institute is to provide coordinated educational services, skills training, and professional development for judicial and non-judicial personnel of the Massachusetts Trial Court. The Judicial Institute's mission also embodies a commitment to improve the courts' response to change and believes that professional development offers the means to improve morale, communication, performance, service, and the administration of justice. Established by statute in 1988, the Judicial Institute continues to meet its mission by developing educational and professional development programs for judges and other Trial Court employees and by building networks with the larger academic community.




This Judicial Institute position involves working and coordinating with the Judicial Institute, the domestic violence committees of the relevant Trial Court Departments and the Chair of the Trial Court Domestic Violence Education Task Force. The Domestic Violence Coordinator is responsible for development of a comprehensive training curriculum to ensure baseline system-wide knowledge, as well as development of advanced programs on domestic and sexual violence issues across all Trial Court departments.  The Coordinator will manage the implementation of training for all personnel involved in Domestic Violence matters, including judges, clerks, probation officers, court officers, and other court staff.  The Coordinator will serve as a staff resource to the domestic violence committees of the relevant Trial Court Departments, the Trial Court Domestic Violence Education Task Force and judges, court staff, attorneys, advocates and community-based agencies. The Coordinator will assist in the identification of best practices and help implement standardized operating practices, and procedures for response to domestic violence issues in all courts within the Trial Court.  The Coordinator will help to ensure that data is regularly collected and utilized for metrics that promote evidence-based practices, and work to identify best practices and areas for improvement in practice and procedure. The Coordinator will provide implementation support to the courts and seek to ensure consistency of practice across all courts, as appropriate.


The Domestic Violence Coordinator will act as a liaison to the Executive Office of Public Safety with respect to the implementation and management of the VAWA Act directives, and will coordinate with other executive branch departments and the legislature as appropriate.




Receives general direction from the Director of Judicial Education and the Chair of the Trial Court Domestic Violence Education Task Force in performing duties in accordance with the goals and objectives established by the Executive Office of the Trial Court.



Assists in development of a strategic plan for the Trial Court on the issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and dating violence;


Develops a training curriculum, standards and training modules to ensure a consistent baseline level of knowledge and to provide additional advanced programs on specific topics related to domestic and sexual violence and related issues;


Assists with identification of best practices to inform training and helps to coordinate the implementation of standardized operating practices and procedures across the Trial Court for response to domestic and sexual issues; 


Identifies training faculty and instructors and coordinates the selection of training locations, development of training materials and other program details;


Facilitates communication across court departments on domestic and sexual violence issues and serves as a resource to attorneys, advocates, and judges on issues of domestic and sexual violence;


Supports the work of the Domestic Violence Education Task Force; the 209A Inter-departmental Working Group, and the individual departmental Domestic Violence Committees 


Strengthens communication with domestic and sexual violence service providers and law enforcement groups across the state, encouraging an open dialogue about what is effective and what needs improvement in regards to the Trial Court's management of domestic violence and sexual assault cases.


Serves as liaison on domestic and sexual violence to the Executive Office of Public Safety and other Executive Branch departments and the state legislature, as appropriate;


Coordinates Trial Court projects funded by the Violence Against Women Act;


Engages with Judicial Information Services Department and the Department of Research and Planning to identify key data elements on domestic and sexual violence cases and ensures that data is regularly collected and utilized for metrics that promote and develop evidence-based practices;


Works with the Trial Court’s Grant Manager and with Judicial Institute staff with to administer the Trial Court’s VAWA grant, including:


working with the Grant Manager throughout the planning, application and implementation process; 
communicating relevant grant information regarding funding, emerging trends/issues, and needs, when necessary;
working with the Fiscal Department to manage funds in accordance with the grant requirements;
preparing progress reports and evaluations and providing them to the Grant Manager when filed with the funding agency;
tracking the VAWA funding budget;
working with the Judicial Institute staff to prepare fiscal backup for expenditures;
tracking match portion of grant and preparing backup documentation for the match;
preparing budgets for carryover or cost extension applications;


Performs related duties, as required.


All applicants must be able, through the interview process, to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the following areas:


Ethics and Values

Communicates and demonstrates the ethics and values of the Massachusetts Trial Court.


Understands, upholds, and communicates the Trial Court mission.

Applied Knowledge


Can successfully use knowledge of adult education principles, program operations, applicable statutes, and best practices to assist in the Trial Court’s response to domestic and sexual violence issues.

Problem Solving


Accurately assesses operational or procedural issues and recommends and facilitates appropriate solutions, including training and education. Researches new best practices and protocols to maintain and improve court operations with respect to domestic and sexual matters.

Customer Service

Conducts oneself in a responsive, professional manner towards both Trial Court employees and the public.

Project Management

Timely and effectively coordinates implementation of standardized operating practices related to domestic and sexual violence, working with diverse constituencies, including court officials and external partners; manages the Trial Court’s Violence Against Women Act grant, including preparing budgets and reports and tracking expenditures

Data Collection & Analysis

Can successfully work with needs assessment tools and data to evaluate implications for court operations and to recommend practice changes.


Works cooperatively with internal and external partners, accepts feedback, demonstrates a willingness to be a team player, and contributes to a work environment that focuses on shared goals. 

Commitment to Diversity

Promotes an environment of cross cultural awareness and diversity through understanding, respect, and positive communication and collaboration with persons of varied racial, ethnic, economic, linguistic and cultural backgrounds.

Continuous Learning

Demonstrates a commitment to continuously improving himself or herself through professional development.


The following are the minimum requirements for consideration for the position of Domestic Violence Coordinator:


A graduate degree in law or social sciences is preferred;


Skills and abilities acquired through a minimum of five years of relevant work experience, such as case related experience within a Trial Court division and/or with legal service providers, social service agencies, and related allied service resources;


Considerable knowledge of relevant state statues, court rules and case law that prescribe the authority of the court related to domestic and sexual violence and an ability to interpret and apply them;


Experience with domestic and sexual violence-related litigation and/or with domestic violence-related social services agencies.


Knowledge of court procedures, legal documents, and laws pertaining to the court;


Demonstrated experience in the field of adult education and training, curriculum development and program evaluation; experience with creating and managing online training preferred


An understanding of the role and application of technology in education and professional development;


Strong writing skills and a comfort level with public speaking;


Experience with grant administration preferred;


Knowledge of personal computers and software used to support continuing education programs, including PowerPoint;


Demonstrated experience in formulating and implementing new organizational policies and procedures;


Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with all levels of Trial Court employees, officials, and judges, funding agency personnel and others in the course of developing, coordinating and implementing new or ongoing processes or programs around domestic and sexual violence;


Ability to perform analysis, exercise sound judgment, make recommendations, and defend positions;


Considerable knowledge of the organization, functions, jurisdiction and authority of the court;


Considerable knowledge of the work and role of legal service providers, social service state agencies, and related community resources;


Ability to maintain effective working relationships with judges, court officials, attorneys, court employees and the general public;


Ability to design and use data bases, analyze data and clearly present findings;


Demonstrated ability to independently initiate action, complete assignments and to handle multiple assignments simultaneously;


Ability to identify and pursue grant opportunities in the area of domestic and sexual violence;


Considerable knowledge of local state agency and community resources; and


Ability to travel throughout the Commonwealth.




Employment is contingent upon passage of a criminal record check.


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