Executive Director, CureViolence Initiative, Temple University

Posted by Temple University on October 5, 2021

Cure Violence is a strategic evidence-based public health approach to reduce and prevent shootings and killings in areas with a high prevalence of gun violence. The Director of Violence Prevention Programming is responsible for overall management of the Cure Violence program, the outreach teams, and facilitates implementation of the program with fidelity to the Cure Violence Global model. The Director is also responsible for building relationships with community-based groups, residents, and elected officials to educate community stakeholders about the Cure Violence program, to identify resources, collaboration efforts, and to assist community mobilization efforts around the issue of gun violence to help facilitate community norm change.

Responsibilities include: Direct management and oversight of all activities regarding the Cure Violence teams (street, hospital, and school teams; Victim Advocacy); Supervising day-to-day operations and activities of all Cure Violence activities including canvassing, hospital outreach, victim support, vigil attendance, outreach to high-risk participants and mediations; collaboration with the program managers and supervisors; participating in evaluation activities of the community-based violence prevention program and organize and participate in a review of program progress; monitoring and enforce documentation of activities using designated tracking software; assisting in data analysis to support data reporting and publications; attending Community Partners meetings and contribute to the success of the meeting by submitting potential agenda topics, actively engaging in these meetings and interacting with representatives from other agencies that do similar work in Philadelphia and other cities with high rates of gun violence.

The Director also recruits and develops training procedure for all new hires; establishes and manages relations with external stakeholders including the Department of Behavioral Health, hospitals, congregations, and other stakeholders and leadership in North Philadelphia communities impacted by gun violence; plans and implements responses to shootings with community residents and other local partners within 72 hours of notification of a shooting; develops and continuously manages a violence program implementation and strategic plan for how to address gun violence in neighborhoods where Cure Violence is active; develops, manages and tracks Cure Violence public education materials in the target area Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Education and Experience: Bachelor’s degree, ideally in social work or criminal justice related fields, and at least six years of directly related community engagement and/or violence reduction experience. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be considered.

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