Management Tips

For an "Energized, Incredible" Board
WCSAP Webpage
April, 2011

Each member of your Board of Directors has accepted crucial responsibilities for the welfare of your agency, and needs training of the highest possible quality to carry out those responsibilities. The Office of Crime Victims Advocacy (OCVA) Accreditation Standards state:

Each member of the governing board or advisory committee for a sexual assault program must have orientation and training specific to their role.

The suggestions below are relevant…

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Nonprofit Governance
WCSAP Webpage
September, 2017

Recently, WCSAP worked with a facilitator on clarifying our organizational values. It occurred to us that, as an organization, we may have been working under similarly understood implicit values of a Movement but had not, in recent years, explicitly stated our organizational values. Like us, you too, may wish to enrich your agency by identifying, revisiting, and discussing values with your board and staff.

Why identify organizational values?

Organizational values…

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Nonprofit Governance, Planning
WCSAP Webpage
April, 2011

Sexual assault program managers are drawn to the coaching model of supervision because it is in line with the values we have in our field. The coaching approach is attractive because:

  • it is strengths-based
  • it is based on respect for staff members
  • it encourages professional growth and development

When we coach, we listen more than we talk, we facilitate rather than control, and we work with staff members to come up with solutions that are a good…

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Supervision
WCSAP Webpage
April, 2016

Washington State has 37 accredited community based advocacy agencies serving each county, as well as many community based by and for community specific advocacy agencies. Some counties also have system based advocacy; many ask why have both and what are the differences? It is crucial for system partners, advocates and communities to understand the importance of the differences, and it is our role as community based sexual assault advocacy agencies to be able to clearly communicate this to…

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Program Provision, Theory & Concepts
WCSAP Webpage
March, 2016

The Office for Victims of Crimes (OVC) has recently released two free resources that should be helpful to community sexual assault program managers:

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Confidentiality & Privilege, Management
WCSAP Webpage
December, 2016

Ensuring the sustainability of your organization is dependent upon its preparedness for the unforeseen. Agencies should not only be prepared for external factors such as natural disasters but also should be prepared for personnel emergencies, such as the sudden illness or resignation of the executive director.  Plans can be made to make an unexpected transition smoother and ensure the agency maintains services in a crisis.

First review the executive director job description and…

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Planning
WCSAP Webpage
March, 2018

What is a Staff Workplan?

A staff workplan serves as a road map for an individual staff person. It is not a job description, but it serves as a tool for every staff person to outline or map out their responsibilities for a specific time frame, such as the coming week, month, quarter, or year. The workplan should be developed by each staff person to include their respective projects (whether individually or team-based), deliverables, training activities, and self-care plans with the…

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Supervision
WCSAP Webpage
July, 2014

The National Sexual Violence Resource Center and the Resource Sharing Project have provided some excellent information on how dual or multi agencies can ensure that their sexual assault advocacy and community activism remains strong. Their article, Opening Doors: Building Strong Sexual Assault Services in Dual/Multi-Service Agencies identifies ten…

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Program Provision
WCSAP Webpage
January, 2013

When you have a staff member who has a negative attitude and doesn't really seem to care about the work, the first thing that comes to mind is "burnout." However, it is important to distinguish whether the attitude and behavior is a result of vicarious trauma — the changes in a person's inner experience that come about because of handling an overload of other people's traumatic experiences — or burnout, which is dissatisfaction with the job itself. In either case, it is important to assess…

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Supervision
WCSAP Webpage
August, 2017

As survivor-centered agencies, we often think about accessibility in terms of the clients who come through our doors or call our hotlines; however, as organizations we should also be thinking about how we can accommodate those individuals with disabilities that work within our agencies.

By way of creating inclusive and diverse workplaces, we need to access technical assistance and planning tools to help us be intentional, proactive, and lawfully compliant. Here are a collection of…

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Nonprofit Governance, Supervision

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