Violence Interrupter

Type: 
Part-Time
Project/Site: 
Crown Heights Community Mediation Center
Location: 
Brooklyn, New York

The Center for Court Innovation, a project of the Fund for the City of New York, is a non-profit organization that promotes new thinking about how to reduce crime and incarceration while strengthening public trust in justice.  The Center creates operating projects that have been documented to improve public safety and reduce the use of jail and prison.  Nationally and internationally, the Center performs original research on topics of justice reform and provides consulting services to criminal justice innovators. One of these demonstration sites is the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center.  Operating out of a storefront since the summer of 1998, the Mediation Center provides anti-violence programs, youth programs and resource links to community residents. Its mission is to encourage communication and understanding, prevent future conflicts, and help foster stronger, healthier neighborhoods. 

The Mediation Center is seeking three, part time Violence Interrupter for the Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) Crown Heights program who will report to the Violence Interrupter Supervisor. S.O.S. Crown Heights is a replication of the Cure Violence program, a gun violence prevention model that aims to reduce and prevent shootings through the use of public health strategies. The Violence Interrupters will work individually and as a team to prevent neighborhood shootings and killings from Kingston Avenue to Utica Avenue and Atlantic Avenue to Eastern Parkway. They provide conflict mediation services and serve as conduits to the program’s Outreach Workers.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work to intervene in circumstances in which gun violence is likely, including possible retaliation.
  • Identify youth who are at-risk for being involved in violent activities and assist them.
  • Make referrals of high risk to Save Our Streets Outreach Workers
  • Learn about the causes of shootings/killings in order to assist in mediating situations and preventing retaliation between individuals and groups (e.g., working with the community, outreach programs to gain information that may be helpful in preventing additional killings).
  • Form relationships with the people who are at the highest risk to experience violence in the community, as well as the people who know them
  • Conduct outreach to the community (individually and as a team member) to build strong relationships with youth, residents, businesses, and community groups
  • Talk to residents in the area of Crown Heights that includes Albany Houses and Weeksville Houses
  • Participate in organizing responses to shootings and increasing visibility when shootings/killings take place
  • Work with community partners to identify and diffuse “hot spots” for shootings and violence
  • Report to the S.O.S. Violence Interrupter Supervisor and keep him/her informed of all relevant community activities
  • Document all contacts with high-risk individuals
  • Document shootings and other acts of violence that are prevented
  • Respond to shootings in other communities, when necessary
  • Distribute public education materials to targeted audience
  • Distribute information about community events and important resources
  • Attend all program trainings
  • Attend and help facilitate community events and shooting responses
  • Attend weekly staff meetings and other team meetings as required
  • Attend and participate in all mediation center and center for Court innovation trainings, meetings and conferences as assigned by supervisors.

Qualifications: 

  • High School Diploma preferred
  • Able to pass a drug screening
  • Committed to working towards positive community change
  • An in-depth knowledge of Crown Heights in particular the target area
  • Reside within and are familiar with the Crown Heights area preferred
  • The ability to Interrupt potential, violent activities
  • Experience working with at-risk youth and gang members
  • Basic computer skills and ability to navigate Social Media
  • Knowledge of the street sets, crews, gangs and or groups
  • Able to walk 40 blocks or more on a regular basis
  • Willingness to work in inclement weather ex; rain, snow and hot days
  • No pending criminal cases or prior convictions for sexual assault, child abuse or domestic violence
  • Excellent communication skills

Position Type:  Part Time, Evenings and weekend hours

Salary: 
Competitive salary commensurate with experience and excellent benefits package.
Deadline to Apply: 
September 1, 2017
How to Apply: 

Send resume to:

Subject line: Violence Interrupter S.O.S. Crown Heights
Crown Heights Community Mediation Center
256 Kingston Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213
E-mail: jobs@crownheights.org

Note: In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete an employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.  Only applicants under consideration will be contacted. No phone 

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