International Justice Mission

  • Field Office Director, Dominican Republic

    Job Location US-DC
    Field Operations
    Position Type
    Jobs | Regular Full-Time
  • The Need

    We’re International Justice Mission, and we believe that justice for the poor is possible. As the world’s largest anti-slavery organization, our mission is to protect the poor from violence by rescuing victims, bringing criminals to justice, restoring survivors to safety and strength, and helping local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts.


    Motivated by God’s call to seek justice for the oppressed, we believe that the way we work is as important as the results we achieve. We are a global community that cares for one another. We value joy and celebration, and we strive to provide professional excellence to all those we serve.


    International Justice Mission (IJM) is seeking a proven leader to lead IJM’s Field Office in the Dominican Republic to combat the sex trafficking of children. In close collaboration and partnership with local law enforcement, public justice system agencies, and non-government civil society organizations, the Field Office Director (FOD) will lead IJM’s Justice System Transformation program to strengthen the capacity of Dominican authorities to rescue and restore survivors, hold perpetrators accountable, and reduce the prevalence of child sex trafficking through improved public justice system performance.


    This position is based in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and reports to the Vice President of Regional Operations, Latin America.


    Attain Justice System Transformation

    • Lead and manage the design and successful implementation of a cooperative plan to transform key pillars of the Dominican public justice system so that it provides accessible and sustainable protection of law to victims of sex trafficking and deterrence to perpetrators;
    • Secure, through networking and advocacy, the political will, endorsement and resources from key government and non-government partners, stakeholders and donors for the implementation of a plan to accomplish Justice System Transformation;
    • In coalition with civil society groups, NGOs and churches, galvanize a movement that generates social demand to end the sex trafficking of children;
    • Design and implement rigorous systems and processes for effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting of the office’s Justice System Transformation activities and programming; and
    • Effectively represent and leverage IJM Dominican Republic’s programs and results to key constituents and stakeholders for thought leadership and increased investment in Justice System Transformation.

    Achieve Collaborative Casework Objectives

    • Lead and manage IJM-assisted casework interventions to ensure that clients are protected from sex trafficking and that perpetrators of such exploitation are held accountable under the law;
    • Build mutually beneficial relationships with and the capacity of key government and non-government actors to ensure holistic care and protection of IJM clients consistent with the law and best practices;
    • Design, implement, monitor and evaluate strategies and best practices for effective IJM-assisted intervention on behalf of clients; and
    • Design and implement rigorous systems for effective monitoring, evaluation and reporting of IJM Dominican Republic’s collaborative casework activities and programming.

    Develop National Leaders

    • Lead and empower a highly effective, resilient and cohesive team of result-oriented justice professionals;
    • Serve as a model of servant leadership and IJM’s operational values for IJM staff;
    • Develop, monitor and evaluate concrete performance and leadership development objectives for all IJM staff;
    • Provide regular feedback and evaluation to IJM staff regarding their performance and leadership development;
    • Ensure that Field Office staff, interns and fellows have clearly defined job descriptions and performance objectives, their performance is monitored, and that appropriate job performance feedback is regularly provided; and
    • Ensure the security of all operations and IJM staff, interns, fellows and volunteers, maintaining compliance with IJM’s security policies and reporting to IJM Headquarters on security matters as they develop.

    Spiritual Leadership

    • Foster a culture of spiritual health and integrity by setting an example of mature, authentic Christian discipleship; and
    • Continually lead and encourage Field Office staff to prioritize their own spiritual formation and Christian discipleship as they engage in the work of justice.
    • Ensure Stewardship of IJM Resources
    • Develop strategic plans and budgets;
    • Ensure spending of allocated funds in accordance with IJM’s budgetary and stewardship principles and policies; and
    • Ensure compliance with all relevant laws, IJM policies and best practices.

    Identify Potential New Opportunities

    • Evaluate possible opportunities for IJM Dominican Republic to engage in the battle against gender-based violence in the country; and
    • Assist in pursing funding opportunities for new projects in the Dominican Republic.


    • Minimum of five years successfully leading teams to achieve aggressive objectives in challenging environments with excellent outcomes;
    • Graduate degree– JD, MBA or Master’s in International Development;
    • Strong proficiency in both spoken and written Spanish;
    • Proven ability to serve as a spiritual leader and mentor;
    • Proven ability to lead cross-culturally to achieve significant outcomes and impact;
    • Proven ability to develop and implement effective leadership development and succession plans;
    • Strong research, writing and verbal communication skills;
    • Effective networker with key stakeholders necessary to accomplish significant objectives;
    • Demonstrated ability to appropriately handle stress and conflict; and
    • Demonstrated interest in human rights and social justice.

    Critical Qualities

    • Mature orthodox Christian faith as defined by the Apostles’ Creed;
    • Courageous, confident, humble and servant leadership;
    • Sound and disciplined in judgment and problem solving;
    • Rigorously result-oriented; and
    • Resilient: persevering in joy through challenge and failure.

    Relocation/Travel Requirements

    • This position requires full-time residence in the Dominican Republic and periodic travel to other parts of the Latin America region and the United States.


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