Job Overview


This position is located in the Department of Justice (DOJ), Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Created in 1995, OVW implements the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and subsequent legislation and provides national leadership against domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Since its inception, OVW has launched a multifaceted approach to responding to these crimes. OVW grants help provide victims with the protection and services they need to pursue safe and healthy lives and enable communities to hold offenders accountable. OVW seeks to broaden public attention to its grant programs by forging state, local and tribal partnerships and interaction among police, prosecutors, the judiciary, victim advocates, healthcare providers, faith leaders, the public and the media.

OVW offices are near metro transportation systems or other public transportation, and are conveniently accessible to restaurants, museums and other D.C. area attractions. Most jobs in the Division offer alternative work schedules and other family friendly opportunities are available. Most employees who commute by public transportation are provided transit subsidy benefits.


As a Grant Program Specialist, in the Grants Development and Management or the Tribal Affairs Division, the incumbent will:

-Provide sound guidance to ensure grantee compliance with regulations statutory requirements, and established best practices in responding to violence against women; 

-Develop substantive expertise on specific issues relevant to OVW grant programs;

-Stay abreast of changes that impact assigned grant programs including new legislation, administration priorities, and OVW policies and initiatives;

-Identify emerging issues that need to be addressed through technical assistance;

-Perform work related to developing and maintaining relationships with stake holders in various level of federal, state, local and tribal governments, the criminal and civil justice communities, and victim service providers to communicate and disseminate information about violence against women grant programs and activities;

-Review, evaluate, oversee, and provide technical assistance on the implementation of grants and cooperative agreements involving violence against women programs;

-Review applications for grant assistance, proposed revisions to applications, and supplemental requests to ensure that: (1) all statutory and regulatory  requirements are met; (2) proposed changes are in correct with overall program guidelines, and; (3) grantees are appropriately utilizing federal resources to meet the needs of their communities in addressing violence against women;

-Perform post-award administration functions.  Interpret OVW program requirement, identify problem areas, and provide advice regarding program improvements to meet agency needs with guidance from senior grant specialists and supervisor; and 

-Participate in the implementation of national programs and policies related to assigned grant programs and OVW priorities.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Required travel may be as high as 25% of the time.

Relocation Authorized

  • No