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Job Opportunities at OVC

All OVC vacancy announcements are posted on the USAJobs website. Applicants must apply to each vacancy announcement for which they would like to receive consideration.

OVC Fellowship Program

Authorized by the Victims of Crime Act, the OVC Fellowship Program was established in 2002 and provides a valuable public service to the Nation while also giving victim service practitioners an exciting and rewarding opportunity to work at OVC offices in Washington, D.C. Fellows provide direct operational assistance to OVC in designing and developing innovative or enhanced service initiatives, management systems, training programs, capacity-building initiatives, and program evaluation efforts.

  • Fellowships are competitively awarded through the OVC grant process. Fellowship recipients coordinate closely with OVC victim justice program specialists and management to carry out their projects and have access to OVC staff grant monitors, victim justice program specialists, or other staff members for guidance, assistance, and consultation during their residence at the agency.
  • Applicants must be individuals who have the knowledge and skills to successfully execute the development of training, technical assistance, public awareness, and other informational resources intended for victim service providers and allied practitioners. Applicants must also demonstrate capacity to manage administrative and financial aspects of the cooperative agreement. Organizations are not eligible to apply.

Depending on the OVC program(s) to which a Fellowship recipient is assigned, he or she will primarily focus on one of the following objectives:

  • Assisting OVC in enhancing its outreach and training and technical assistance activities that strengthen the ability of state agency grantees to effectively administer formula funding for crime victims’ compensation and victim assistance programs in all states and several territories.
  • Supporting the development and institutionalization of evidence-based, culturally appropriate victim service protocols that integrate critical multidisciplinary and multijurisdictional collaborative responses to increase services and support to crime victims in tribal communities.
  • Working with discretionary grantees to develop evidence-based national-scope training, technical assistance, and models for programs and practices that build organizational and service provider capacity to serve crime victims; particularly those in populations that are underserved.
  • Assisting federal employees and contractors to assess the national-scope training and technical needs of practitioners and organizations that serve crime victims to inform the development of an evidence-based national training and technical assistance strategy for OVC.

Read the OVC Fellowship Guidelines for further information about—

  • The application and selection process.
  • Audit, programmatic, administrative, financial, and fiduciary requirements.
  • Reporting procedures.
  • Financial management
  • Salary, benefits, and budget.
  • Working conditions at OVC.

OVC's frequently asked questions (FAQ) database also offers information about OVC's Fellowship Program and guidelines.

Learn about OVC Fellows’ experiences.

Since 2002, many individuals from the victim services field and allied professions have worked with OVC on various projects through the Fellowship Program.

  • In 2008, a licensed clinical social worker came to OVC to use her expertise with child victims to support numerous OVC and DOJ projects, ensure that appropriate and ethical services are available for child victims of crime, identify gaps in resources for child victims, and develop methods for narrowing these gaps with a national scope and consistent with current professional standards of practice.

  • In 2010, OVC was joined by several Fellows, focusing on a variety of issues, including—

    • The need to develop evidence-based training, technical assistance, and model programs and practices for building the capacity of organizations and service providers to serve crime victims, especially those in underserved populations.
    • Assessing the training and technical assistance needs of practitioners and organizations that serve crime victims to inform the development of a national, evidence-based training and technical assistance strategy for OVC.
    • Helping OVC staff to ensure that their work is research-informed and promote the value of research and evidence for the victims field.
    • Developing a comprehensive victim assistance strategy that addresses gaps in traditional victim services and includes model practice recommendations for victims of financial fraud.

  • In October 2011, two State Compensation and Assistance Team Fellows joined OVC to assess the services provided with the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) formula funding and the challenges still to be overcome. Through this project, they are showcasing innovative practices developed, adapted, or implemented by state programs; articulating challenges faced by the field in general and those specific to one jurisdiction; suggesting modest and manageable changes to enhance victims’ access to assistance services and compensation benefits; and linking jurisdictions facing challenges to jurisdictions that have developed or implemented solutions to similar challenges.

  • In November 2012, three Fellows joined OVC to address two different topics; financial fraud and abuse and human trafficking.

    • The Financial Fraud and Abuse Fellow has a major focus on elder financial exploitation and the relationship between financial victimization and other types of victimization such as elder abuse, domestic violence, and child abuse, and seeks to understand and assess the needs of these victims to better assist victim service organizations.
    • Two Human Trafficking Fellows joined OVC to provide technical expertise in support OVC’s anti-human trafficking efforts, specifically working to develop or enhance training, technical assistance, public awareness, and capacity-building resources for service professionals, law enforcement, and allied professionals whose work is with or related to trafficking victims.

  • In January 2014, OVC welcomed the Strategic Engagement for Vision 21 Fellow to develop and implement an outreach plan that is strategic and uniquely tailored to address the recommendations found in the Vision 21: Transforming Victim Services document. The Fellow will develop and assist in the implementation of national communication strategies to reach victims, victim service providers, and allied professionals across a variety of communication channels; and propose innovative solutions to better leverage OVC's communication and outreach capacity.

Visit the Current Funding Opportunities section of the OVC website to view available OVC Fellowship Program opportunities.