About the Program
Neighbors in Action, formerly known as the Crown Heights Community Mediation Center operates out of a storefront since the summer of 1998, and 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.
Neighbors in Action (NIA) seeks an Outreach Worker Supervisor. Reporting to the S.O.S. Program Manager, the Outreach Worker Supervisor oversees the Crown Heights Outreach Workers. 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 Outreach Worker Supervisor will work individually and as a team to prevent neighborhood shootings and killings. They provide conflict mediation services and provide direction to the team.
About the Position
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Work closely with the Program Manager and Violence Interrupter Supervisor (VIS) to plan the day-to-day and week-to-week activities with and for the outreach staff.
- Have daily communication with each member of the outreach team; Meet weekly at a regularly scheduled time for supervision sessions with each team member;
- Lead the outreach workers and collaborate with the VIS in researching causes of shootings/killings and assist in mediating underlying conflicts and prevent retaliations between individuals and groups;
- Identify and build relationships with individuals who are at high risk of involvement in shootings and killings to help them rethink their attitudes and beliefs about violence and redirect their lives in more positive directions;
- Maintain a small caseload of five participants. Create and monitor a risk reduction plan with each participant;
- Plan, prepare, attend and help to facilitate participant events including violence prevention and life skills workshops in local schools, parks, and community-based organizations;
- Lead outreach workers in identifying and cooling “hot spots” for shootings and violence (e.g., conducting eyeball surveys with residents and community-based organizations to identify areas frequented by high risk individuals);
- Conduct outreach to the community to build strong relationships with youth, residents, businesses, and community groups.
- Work with the Program Manager to provide program participants with support and linkages to programs including wrap-around services (e.g., job programs, GED, drug treatment, and mentoring);
- Attend weekly supervision sessions with the Program Manager and report regularly to the Program Manager on all violence reduction strategies, relevant community activities, personnel issues, or communications with press, politicians, or law enforcement;
- Document all work including shootings and other acts of violence prevented, case notes, referrals, contacts with participants, and changes in participants’ status.
- Collaborate with the Program Manager and VIS in planning and executing the community mobilization strategy;
- Assist the Program Manager in organizing community rallies in response to shootings and deploying the outreach workers to increase its visibility when shootings/killings take place in the target area.
- Maintain a schedule of all approved S.O.S. Hospital Responders (including the Coordinator) that tracks the rotation of responses to hospital calls;
- Monitor Hospital Responders’ log entries to ensure that the data regarding is accurate and up to date
The ideal candidate will have a detailed personal knowledge of the program’s target area (Utica Avenue to Kingston Avenue and Eastern Parkway to Atlantic Avenue) including individuals and groups in the neighborhood who are known to have had past involvement with gangs and/or gun violence, influential people in the neighborhood and the area’s hotspots. A stable residence within or nearby the target area (highly preferred). Excellent communication skills and basic computer skills. Experience with (or eagerness to develop) administrative skills in reporting, and documentation. Ability to walk 40 blocks. One or more years of supervisory experience preferred. Able to pass drug screening. No sexual assault, child abuse or domestic violence convictions or pending cases for these offenses. Formerly incarcerated persons are encouraged to apply.
Position Type: Full-time (ability to work a flexible schedule that includes late evenings, weekends and holidays)
How to Apply
Send resume, cover letter and a short proposal with Outreach Worker Supervisor, S.O.S. Crown Heights in the subject line to: email@example.com.
The cover letter should explain what skills and experience you possess that you think will make you successful at this position. The proposal should be based on if you had $300 to take 10 youth on an educational trip, what would you plan.
If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:
Neighbors in Action
256 Kingston Ave, Ground Fl
Brooklyn NY 11213
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