As a member of the senior management team, the Director of Prevention and Intervention Programs will lead the organization’s comprehensive approach to avert gun violence and address community safety challenges, including all programs and collaborative efforts within the organization and community. Under limited supervision, develops, manages, promotes, and evaluates NorthStar Learning Centers’ intervention and prevention programs. The Director will work to reduce the risk of violence through linked strategies within all the existing and incoming prevention and intervention programs, and in partnership with the city, state, community providers, neighborhood, and faith organizations utilizing data-driven programs to address community needs and implement violence intervention. 

Seeking a creative, innovative, visionary superstar to serve on the senior leadership team of NorthStar Learning Centers, a New Bedford, MA-based nonprofit organization. The Director of Prevention and Intervention:

  • Be a catalyst who powers the expansion and execution of gun violence prevention and intervention programs within the agency and community.

  • Lead innovation development teams in designing impactful prevention and intervention innovation programs. 

  • Evaluate changes to structure and processes to successfully bring our organizational culture of innovation and vision to life in our service delivery.

  • Work closely with the Executive Director on all aspects of program, resource, and policy development. 

Ideal candidate must be a strong leader, self-directed, self-starter, creative, with sound judgment, detail-oriented, ability to manage complex and long-term projects, ability to anticipate and meet deadlines, ability to support staff, and model best practices. Excellent oral and written communication skills a must. Four-year college degree is required, Master’s degree is preferred.

NorthStar offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits.

If interested, please submit a cover letter and resume by June 21, 2022, to:

Attention: 

NorthStar Learning Centers
Nick Matthew, Director of Operations
53 Linden Street
New Bedford, MA  02740
Email: nm@tthew@northst@rlc.org

Title:                 Director of Prevention and Intervention Programs
Status:             Exempt
Reports to:     Executive Director  
Supervises:    GVP, Shannon, SSYI, Interns, Volunteers, and other prevention and intervention staff

Summary: The Director of Prevention and Intervention Programs will lead the organization’s comprehensive approach to avert gun violence and address community safety challenges, including all programs and collaborative efforts within the organization and community. Under limited supervision, develops, manages, promotes, and evaluates NorthStar Learning Centers’ intervention and prevention programs. The Director will work to reduce the risk of violence through linked strategies within all the existing and incoming prevention and intervention programs, and in partnership with the city, state, community providers, neighborhood, and faith organizations utilizing data-driven programs to address community needs and implement violence intervention. The Director of Prevention and Intervention Programs will report directly to the Executive Director.

The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an all-inclusive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of the employee so classified. 

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Plans, develops, manages, promotes, and evaluates the HEAL Center, Shannon, SSYI, and other future intervention and prevention programs. 

  • Provides orientation, training, clinical and other supervision, and support to program staff, including (a) work allocation, professional development, and problem resolution; (b) performance evaluation and making recommendations for personnel actions; (c) motivating employees to achieve high performance.  

  • Develops and implements policies and procedures to support efficient and productive operations in all programs.

  • Create and implement a community mobilization plan.

  • Ensures compliance with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Gun Violence Prevention Intervention, Treatment and Recovery Services (GVP), Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services (SSYI), Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security (Shannon) grant requirements to develop a city-based Gun Violence Prevention, Intervention, Treatment, and Recovery Services.

  • Assists in developing and managing the GVP, SSYI, and Shannon operating budget.   

  • Identifies and enlists public institutions (e.g., public school system), service providers, faith- and other community-based organizations, and other key stakeholders in creating and expanding an effective comprehensive mobilization approach to addressing gun violence beyond the grant period.  

  • Mobilize formal and informal leaders in a collective process of community mobilization and engagement to develop the action plan and increase our collective impact on reducing community violence.

  • Participates in the preparation of funding proposals to sustain, expand, and enhance our gun violence service delivery programs. 

  • Recruits and supports a volunteer outreach team that (a) includes representation from a broad cross-section of the community and (b) has a meaningful role in program planning, development, evaluation, and sustainment.  

  • Prepares project progress and evaluation reports required by the agency and all funding sources. 

  • Represents the grant and agency at community, regional, and state-level meetings addressing youth offender reentry and related issues.

  • Periodically, may temporarily assume a limited caseload to (a) gain firsthand knowledge of wraparound case management issues and b) maximize program impact on returning high-risk youth, their families, and the community.      

  • Manages and facilitates partnerships with other stakeholders who are part of the grant.

  • Facilitates partnership with Bristol Community College and MASSHIRE Greater New Bedford Workforce Board to provide GED training and classes in addition to workforce development. 

  • Performs other duties as determined by the Executive Directive.

Requirements:

Minimum education and experience: Master’s degree in social work, education, or a related field of study; 2 years of counseling, social work, or related experience, one year of which must have included work with youth considered at high risk for serious involvement in the court system. 

Licenses and certifications:

  • Current certification in first aid and CPR preferred; certification within six months of employment required. 

  • Satisfactory criminal history background check.

  • Evidence of compliance with agency and state health requirements. 

  • Valid driver’s license and access to a reliable automobile during work hours and on-call time that is registered and inspected in accordance with the laws of the state and has the following minimum amounts of liability insurance:

Knowledge, skills, and abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Program goals and objectives, procedures, and reporting requirements.

  • Wraparound philosophy and process. 

  • Basic functioning of the juvenile justice system.

  • Best practices in home visiting.   

  • Stages of youth development. 

  • Principles of positive youth development and best practices in assets-based youth development programming. 

  • Youth risk and protective factors.

  • Adult learning styles.

  • Effective parenting techniques.

  • Substance abuse, including how to prevent and respond to relapse.

  • Available community resources, including formal services and informal supports.

  • Grant preparation and management.

  • Budgeting, cost estimation, and fiscal management principles and procedures.

  • Responsiveness to cultural and other dimensions of difference. 

Skill in:

  • Program management and administration.

  • Employee supervision, development, support, performance management, and problem resolution. 

  • Use of personal computers and related software applications.

  • Development and maintenance of recordkeeping systems and procedures. 

  • Organizing resources and establishing priorities. 

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing; bilingualism a plus.

  • Promote a cooperative work environment that promotes recruitment and retention of qualified staff. 

  • Work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community; develop and implement collaborative projects. 

  • Develop and maintain recordkeeping systems and procedures.

  • Gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.

  • Identify, organize, prioritize, and schedule the multiple responsibilities associated with the job.

  • Carry out responsibilities with limited supervision.

  • Exercise good judgment and provide appropriate intervention in unexpected or emergency situations.

Working conditions and physical effort:

  • Ability to work flexible hours, including responding to nighttime and weekend emergencies. 

  • Physical ability to: (a) drive to and access all locations where families may be living, (b) hear and see at a distance required to identify and address safety issues, (c) move quickly to supervise and assist youth or, on an infrequent basis, to prevent injury or harm to a youth, (d) occasionally lift and move equipment and supplies.

  • Access to a registered, adequately insured vehicle.

  • Be absent from work for illness no more often than the typical adult to provide continuity in helping relationships with youth and families in programs. 

  • Ongoing participation in professional and personal development to improve competence for the benefit of youth and families. 

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