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 a Violence Interrupter for the Save Our Streets (S.O.S.) Bed-Stuy. S.O.S. Bed-Stuy 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 Violence Interrupter Supervisor/Outreach Worker Supervisor, the Violence Interrupter will work individually and as a team to prevent neighborhood shootings and killings. They provide conflict mediation services and serve as conduits to the program’s Outreach Workers.
About the Position
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;
- 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 Bedford -Stuyvesant that includes Louis Armstrong House and Marcy Green Houses about potential conflicts and assist in preventing them;
- Work with community partners to identify and diffuse “hot spots” for shootings and violence;
- Report to the S.O.S. Violence Interrupter Supervisor/Outreach Worker Supervisor and keep him/her informed of all relevant community activities;
- Document all contacts with high-risk individuals in a computer database;
- 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 and help facilitate community events and organizing shooting responses to increase visibility when shootings/killings take place;
- Attend and participate in all staff, Mediation Center, and Center for Court Innovation trainings, meetings and conferences as required.
The ideal candidate will have an in-depth knowledge of Bed-Stuy in particular the target area (from Marcus Garvey Blvd. to Nostrand Avenue and Kosciusko Avenue to Madison Avenue). Ability to enter community and participant engagements in the program database on a daily basis required. Experience working with at-risk youth and gang involved individuals required. Knowledge of the street sets, crews, gangs and/or groups required. Must be able to walk 30 blocks or more on a regular basis in all temperatures. Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes late evenings, weekends, and holidays. Committed to working toward positive community change. Excellent communication skills. No pending criminal cases or prior convictions for sexual assault, child abuse, or domestic violence. Able to pass a drug screening. Individuals who live in the Bed-Stuy catchment (Kosciusko Ave to Madison Ave, Nostrand Ave to Marcus Garvey Boulevard) strongly encouraged to apply.
How to Apply
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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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The Fund for the City of New York/Center for Court Innovation is an equal opportunity employer.