About the Program
Operating out of four storefronts in Central Brooklyn, the Crown Heights Community 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 an Outreach Worker/Hospital Responder for the Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) Crown Heights program. 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. Reporting to the Outreach Worker Supervisor, the Outreach Worker/Hospital Responder will serve as a mentor and peer counselor to a caseload of 15 high-risk individuals, redirecting them toward positive attitude, behavior and lifestyle changes.
About the Position
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
- Identify and form relationships with individuals who are at high risk of involvement in shootings and killings to help them rethink the impulse to act violently and redirect their lives in more positive directions;
- Build and maintain a caseload of high-risk participants, and develop and implement a personalized risk reduction plan with each participant;
- Work with community partners and the rest of the S.O.S. team to identify and diffuse “hot spots” for shootings and violence;
- Intervene in local conflicts to try to prevent an outbreak of violence, and work to prevent retaliations when violence does occur;
- Provide clients with support and linkages to programs and opportunities in the community (e.g., job programs, GED, drug treatment, and mentoring);
- Conduct outreach to the community (individually and as a team member) to build strong relationships with youth, residents, businesses, and community groups;
- Participate in organizing responses to shootings and increasing visibility when shootings/killings take place in the target area and surrounding target area;
- Report to the Outreach Supervisor and keep him/her informed of all relevant community activities;
- Document all work including shootings and other acts of violence prevented, case notes, referrals, contacts with participants, and changes in participant’s status as directed by the outreach Supervisor and Program Manager;
- Refer participants (as needed) to programs that are a part of the New York City “Crisis Management System” including therapeutic services, legal services, and employment services;
- Plan, attend and help facilitate community and participant events;
- Attend and participate in all mandatory staff meetings, trainings, workshops and other team meetings as required, which may include non-traditional business hours;
- Attend weekly supervision and keep Outreach Worker Supervisor informed of all work-related activities.
- Work closely with staff from SOS Crown Heights, Kings County Hospital, and other partners to reduce the possibility of retaliatory violence and the return of the victim to the hospital.
- Assess each victim’s need for case management services.
- Educate the victim and family members about the trauma and typical response to trauma and typical responses to chronic stress.
- Attend a minimum of three in-service training sessions.
- Program activities may include having a scheduled shift in the Emergency Department and/or responding in an “on-call” manner.
- Ensure that the data regarding hospital calls and responses is kept up to date and notify leadership if there are significant trends.
- Capable of passing drug screening, HIPPA Test and Hospital Training.
The ideal candidate will preferably reside in and have an in-depth knowledge of Crown Heights, especially the target area (Atlantic Avenue to Eastern Parkway, Kingston Avenue to Utica). Experience working with at-risk youth and gang members, and knowledge of the street sets, crews, gangs, and or groups is a must. Candidate must be able to walk 30 blocks or more on a regular basis, pass a drug screening, and work a flexible schedule that includes late evenings, weekends, and holidays. Excellent communication skills, commitment to working towards positive community change, and interest in learning new skills and information are a must for this position. Candidates who are formerly incarcerated or have other experience in the criminal justice system are particularly invited to apply, but must have no pending criminal cases or prior convictions for sexual assault, child abuse, or domestic violence.
Position Type: Full-time, Evenings, and Weekends. Schedule may be flexible, changing, and include late nights.
How to Apply
If you are unable to access email, you may submit materials by mail or fax to:
Attn.: David Gaskin
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 calls please.
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