Violence Prevention Coordinator

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Safe Streets-McElderry Park

Violence Prevention Coordinator

Established in 1985, Living Classrooms Foundation (LCF) strengthens communities and inspires people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.” For over three decades, we have worked to make neighborhoods that are lacking opportunity in Baltimore safer, stronger, and healthier by developing diverse programs designed to disrupt the persistent cycle of generational poverty and provide the skills necessary for individuals to overcome barriers to success in life, work, and family. 

For the past 12 years, Living Classrooms has operated a Safe Streets site in East Baltimore’s McElderry Park community.  Each day Violence Interrupters canvass the targeted neighborhoods, building and maintaining a rapport with community members, engaging youth, and mediating conflicts. These staff members are mainly ex-offenders who have turned their lives around and are committed to giving back, helping to strengthen the community, and providing opportunities for youth.  

The Safe Streets Violence Prevention Coordinator reports to the Safe Streets Site Director and is key to site programming, developing community partnerships, and connecting high risk individuals with needed resources.

Responsibilities include:

•planning, promoting within the appropriate timeframe, and implementing responses to shootings with community residents and other local partners

•publicizing Safe Streets educational messages throughout the year and ensure materials are widely displayed throughout the target community, especially area schools

•planning and hosting monthly events to spread the Safe Streets message

•developing relationships with local providers to ensure links to resource for participants.  This includes but is not limited to:

     oEmployment Opportunities

     oEducational Opportunities

     oSubstance Abuse Treatment

     oHousing Opportunities

     oMental Health Services

•convening and leading a group that is representative of the community to develop support for initiative.  Ensuring that this group:

     ohas the ability to assess the nature and extent of shootings and killings in the Safe Streets community using data and other community input;

     outilizes the framework for violence prevention to prioritize strategies and identify outcomes;

     ois willing to offer partnership and resources for responses and events;

     ohas a working knowledge of community barriers and needs.

•documenting meetings, including minutes of planning committee sessions, and correspondence to area residents and community partners, etc.

•facilitating implementation of the strategies identified in the plan with an emphasis on maximum engagement of community residents and existing community services.

•attending weekly team meetings with Site Supervisor and Site Director

•conducting a community assessment to identify resources and community organizations/groups that can assist in furthering the mission of Safe Streets Baltimore

•completing and submitting mandatory reports and documents in a timely manner

•representing LCF at local events, community gatherings, workshops, trainings, and to community leaders, local politicians, and community-based organizations

•participating in evaluation activities of the community-based violence prevention program and organize and participate in a review of program progress

•participating in regular meetings with MOCJ staff to 1) review and assess progress of the program; 2) assess relevance and adequacy of the plan as it is developed; 3) refocus the plan as needed based on these meetings; and 4) determine other priority needs and goals.

•attending Intercommunity Forum (ICF) meetings and contribute to the success of the forum by contributing to the agenda, participating at meetings and by interacting with representatives from other agencies that do similar work in the city.

•planning and conducting a range of activities celebrating Safe Streets week

•other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

•BS/BA in Human Service field (i.e., Sociology, Social Work, etc.) or equivalent experience

•Excellent communication and writing skills

•Proven ability to document program details

•Experience and/or training in crisis intervention and staff supervision

•Valid Maryland driver’s license, insurance, and good driving record

 
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