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NVMS Executive Director Job Announcement

Applications due 12/10/2017

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NVMS has been transforming conflict into successful outcomes since 1990

NVMS (Northern Virginia Mediation Service) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization affiliated with the George Mason University School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution that delivers mediation and conflict management related services, training and certifications.

NVMS provides our clients (individuals, organizations, and communities) with the broadest array of communication and conflict management services of any other organization in the Northern Virginia/Washington, DC metropolitan area by having highly skilled trainers, mediators, coaches, and facilitators, and by making these services customized and accessible.

NVMS helps its clients to be their best at managing conflict with a range of services and audiences including but not limited to:

  • The Community: Restorative Justice Facilitation, Civil Court Mediation, and Neighborhood Dispute Resolution;
  • The Workplace:  Skill-building Training, Facilitation, Mediation, and Coaching; and
  • Families: Divorce/Separation Mediation, Co-Parenting Education, and Intra-Family Facilitation.

Visit for more information on the organization’s programs and services.




Role and Responsibilities:

The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the administration, budget development and execution, programs, fundraising, marketing, community outreach and strategic plan of the organization.

The position provides leadership to three full time staff, part-time consultants and volunteers, and reports directly to the Board of Directors. The Executive Director maintains and grows relationships with other partners, consultants and affiliates (including local government, organizations and Virginia lawmakers).  They also work to drive growth and revenues from training and services, fundraising and grants.

Required Qualifications:

  • Excellence in organizational management: specifically the skills to coach staff, manage, and develop individuals and teams, set and achieve strategic objectives, and proficiency in project management and budget management
  • Knowledge of the field of conflict resolution and mediation
  • Understanding of and/or direct experience with non-profit organizations
  • Masters degree in a related field, or a Bachelors degree in related field and equivalent work experience
  • 5 years of professional work experience
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills with excellent interpersonal and multidisciplinary project skills
  • Presentation or public speaking experience
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and preferably Access
  • Action-oriented, entrepreneurial, adaptable, and innovative approach to business planning and driving revenue
  • Comfortable working with partners and local lawmakers to promote mediation
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people (including, staff, community partners, mediators, volunteers, consultants, board members, and clients)
  • Track record of effectively leading groups and/or an organization

Preferred Qualifications and Experience

  • 3-5 years of experience managing people (volunteers or employees)
  • Conflict resolution practitioner experience; Facilitative mediation strongly preferred
  • Supreme Court of Virginia Mediator Certification (Civil and/or Family)
  • Conflict resolution or soft skills training
  • Working with a volunteer Board of Directors
  • Paid or volunteer leadership in a nonprofit organization
  • Sales and marketing
  • Contracts management
  • Grant writing and grant management
  • Program development, execution and evaluation
  • Human resources management
  • Networking skills
  • Budget development and financial management
  • Partnership development
  • Volunteer management
  • Professional writing, as in small article publications or for on-line content
  • Advocacy
  • Familiarity with accounting software, such as QuickBooks
  • Basic computer maintenance, networking and trouble-shooting
  • Social media (e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook, blogging)
  • Website management/familiarity

Salary and Benefits:

This is a full-time position with a starting salary of $55,000 – $60,000 with the opportunity to earn more as revenue grows.  16 paid holidays and additional 13 days paid leave in the first year. Health insurance stipend is available.

How to Apply: Send a resume and cover letter to by December 10, 2017.  The position is anticipated to start in March 2018.

NVMS is an equal opportunity employer.  NVMS recruits qualified applicants and makes all employment-related decisions based exclusively on job-related qualifications, without regard to characteristics such as race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other status protected by law.  U.S. work authorization required.



Call for Training Applications!

NVMS is always looking to expand our training offerings to meet the needs of conflict resolution and mediation practitioners.

At this time, we are accepting applications for courses on the following topics:

  • Questions – A course focused on improving questioning techniques, and using questions to overcome situations where the parties are at impasse, resolving deadlocks, and using alternate approaches for handling evaluative and distributive disputes.
  • Interpersonal communication and conflict resolution skills without a focus on a particular process such as mediation.
  • Appreciative Inquiry
  • Leading positive change
  • Having difficult conversations

To submit a proposal, please submit the application with the appropriate attachments by November 30, 2017.


Part-Time Internships

The Northern Virginia Mediation Service (NVMS) offers opportunities for students to perform unpaid, credit-based internships, throughout the year. All positions are also available as externships and volunteer opportunities.

Interns develop skills in mediation and conflict resolution, communication, client service, administration, case management, training design and delivery, marketing and non-profit management. Interns also have the opportunity to work closely with a dedicated group of staff, mediators, and trainers.

Benefits of an NVMS Internship
  • The opportunity to fulfill all requirements for Virginia General District Court State Mediator Certification free of charge
    • Certification requirements: 3 day basic mediation training, 4 hour orientation to the Virginia judicial system; 2 observations OR 2 day Mediation Practicum training; 3 co-mediations, 5 hours and 1 written agreement
  • 2 additional days of training
  • Meet and collaborate with a large community of experienced ADR professionals
Internship Opportunities

Description: Interns will work with the program manager and trainers to develop and deliver skill-based workshops and support the NVMS training program.


  • Plan NVMS Monday Night Forum presentations and other outreach/educational events
  • Conduct market research regarding new outlets for advertising the program
  • Develop print and website-based promotional materials for NVMS training services and training center rental
  • Collect Customer testimonials, enhance public relationships and customer follow-up
  • Answer client questions about training workshops and mediation certification
  • Support the program by managing daily tasks
  • Occasional travel may be necessary for public and networking events

Special Qualifications (preferred):

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience with Adobe Suite, e.g. Photoshop, Illustrator, Fireworks
  • Experience in managing websites

Deadline to apply:

  • Spring: November 10th
  • Summer: April 15th
  • Fall: July 25th

How to Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to Izabela Solosi,


Description: The Court Mediation Intern will support Court Mediation Program Manager with all aspects of NVMS court mediation programs in Arlington, Fairfax, Falls Church and Loudoun County General District Court. This includes on-site coordination, monthly reporting, database management, and help with special projects. Interns will also assist with NVMS’s Restorative Justice program.


  • Coordinate Fairfax Small Claims Court mediations each Friday.
  • Manage case files and enter new court mediation cases into Access and VA Supreme Court databases,
  • Prepare case paperwork for Fairfax and Arlington courts
  • Prepare Mentee Orientation binders as needed
  • Assist the Program Manager with monthly court reporting procedures, including preparing invoices to send to the VA Supreme Court


  • Strong verbal and written communications skills
  • Familiarity with the workings of the Virginia Court System (preferred)
  • Interest in Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Ability to work independently, self-manage, and complete tasks within deadlines
  • Positive attitude and flexibility

Deadline to apply:

  • Spring: November 10th
  • Summer: April 15th
  • Fall: July 25th

How to Apply: Submit a cover letter and resume to