PLAN Program Application Form

Executive Director Training Opportunity!
An Eight-Week Hybrid  Education Series:
January 2022 to March 2022

New Application Deadline:  Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Note:  Applications submitted after the deadline may be considered, depending on availability of space.

Futures Without Violence’s Supporting Organizational Sustainability to Address Violence Against Women Institute (SOS Institute), invites executive directors of domestic violence and sexual assault organizations to participate in the second Professional Leadership & Advancement Network (PLAN) Program. PLAN is an eight-week course to support leaders in their role to effectively manage, lead, and strengthen their organization’s infrastructure and culture, in order to advance their mission.

This hybrid education series will include a unique blend of live and self-paced sessions, group and individual activities, peer exchange and mentoring, one-on-one technical assistance, and implementation planning. PLAN is an opportunity to engage with other survivor-serving organization leaders across the country and foster leadership skills rooted in the values of the anti-violence movement. 

Course Learning Objectives:
As a result of the program, participants will be better able to:
  • Examine and develop leadership skills and roles in relation to self, staff, and organization. 
  • Analyze the importance of organizational culture and start an organizational equity assessment process (racial equity, LGBTQ equity, and accessibility).  
  • Identify strategies for engaging an effective board of directors.
  • Define and discuss succession planning strategies within DV/SA organizations. 
  • Create an asset map of existing external resources in the organization’s service area. 
  • Develop strategies to refine interpersonal skills and managerial approaches with boards.
PLAN Program Schedule
First two weeks of January (asynchronous): Orientation, introductions, and preparatory assignment.
PLAN Program Road Map Overview 

90 minute weekly live session at 2:00 p.m. EST, (subject to change).
Dates Topics
Wednesday, January 19 Individual Leadership
Wednesday, January 26 Effective and Positive Leadership
Wednesday, February 2 Leadership and Management Styles
Wednesday, February 9 Leadership Challenges and Organizational Culture
Wednesday, February 16 BREAK, optional office hours with faculty 
Wednesday, February 23 Succession Planning
Wednesday, March 2 External Communication and Relationships
Wednesday, March 9 BREAK, optional office hours with faculty
Wednesday, March 16 Board Engagement
Wednesday, March 23 Implementation Planning Peer Exchange
Who May Attend?
Executive directors of OVW grantee and subgrantee organizations, grant partners, past participants of the SOS Institute, and potential OVW grantees. Participation will be limited to 40 executive directors.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  We will prioritize prioritize applications from organizations working with undeserved communities or struggling with a variety of organizational development challenges.  Applicants must certify that they can attend all session and fully participate in the self-paced work.  

Program Participation Commitments 
In advance of this program, you will be required to complete a brief needs assessment and other tasks resulting in about 2 hours of pre-program work. There will be 8 live zoom sessions for 90 minutes each. There will also be additional assignments each week that will take approximately 2 hours of time to complete. We anticipate a total time commitment of up to 4 hours per week.

As a culmination of the course, participants will create a professional development plan based on their work throughout and provide a brief presentation on next steps for a small group of peers.

Upon acceptance, FUTURES staff will provide detailed instructions and guidance, a syllabus, and access to other materials needed.

Note: This program is not didactic, the success of this program depends on the engagement and peer exchange among participants. Participation is expected for all sessions--with an understanding participants may miss up to two live sessions with the agreement they will view the session recording and complete any assignments. 

Applicants will be contacted regarding the status of their application, no later than December 17, 2021. Please note that your registration is not confirmed until you have received an acceptance letter.

For assistance or questions, please contact Abby Larson at
Please note that there are several sections in the application form:
  • Contact information
  • Experience questions
  • Accessibility needs
  • Grantee Information
  • Final review and commitment
NOTE: Application process will take about 10 minutes. Please know that your personal information will not be shared, this will help assess your needs and also possible follow-up support.  You may send additional information and questions over e-mail (listed above). 

This project was supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K047, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.