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 Bel-Air Edison community. Each day Violence Interrupters and Outreach workers 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 Site Supervisor reports to the Safe Streets Site Director and manages the team of Violence Interrupters and Outreach Workers, staffing patterns, and strategic planning of site coverage and canvassing.
· plan the day-to-day and week-to-week activities with and for the staff
· plan and hold daily meetings to review current shootings and assess what additional interventions are needed
· connect with additional resources from neighboring communities (e.g., gang mediation assistance) to get needed support, when necessary
· supervise staff of outreach workers, including daily communication with each staff
· outreach to the community to build strong relationships with youth, residents, businesses, and community groups
· coordinate interview panels to hire outreach staff
· attend ONSE weekly supervision meetings every week as set by the ONSE
· advocate for youth through court testimonies, when necessary
· increase staff visibility when shootings/killings take place (developing networks with other outreach program workers to coordinate an inclusive and immediate strategic response)
· investigate the causes of shootings/killings to assist in mediating situations and preventing retaliation between individuals and groups (working with the community, outreach programs and local law enforcement to gain information that may be helpful in preventing additional killings)
· identify and diffuse “hot spots” for shootings and violence (conducting eyeball surveys with residents and community organizations to identify areas frequented by potential offenders)
· attend and participate in meetings with law enforcement, community outreach workers, prosecution, probation, and agencies providing opportunities, to discuss recent situations and coordinate efforts collectively to stop the killing
· facilitate violence prevention and life skills workshops in local schools, parks, and community organizations
· document detailed client case notes and overall coordination of all staff reports
· attend weekly meetings with Violence Prevention Coordinator and Site Director
· facilitate with VPC weekly staffing meetings with outreach workers to get updates on respective clients on case load
· conduct weekly staff assessments and submit assessments to Site Director on a weekly basis
· supervise all activities at site in coordination with the Site Director ensuring that the Safe Streets’ Model is fully implemented
· other duties as assigned
· High School diploma or GED, plus four years of experience in youth development, violence prevention, and case management
· Extensive experience working with at-risk youth and adults.
· Excellent communication and writing skills
· Experience and/or training in crisis intervention and staff supervision
· Valid Maryland driver’s license, insurance, and good driving record preferred