SAVE Violence Interrupter

Getting Out and Staying Out (GOSO) is implementing a SAVE Wagner Houses Cure Violence team, a replication of the gun violence prevention model conducted successfully by Cease Fire Chicago. The Wagner SAVE Cure Violence team will work with community based organizations to implement a “Stop the Shooting” campaign. SAVE Cure Violence is a coordinated strategy to address shootings in Wagner Houses and to mediate gun violence between surrounding housing facilities. Skilled outreach workers are a key ingredient to the success of this initiative.

Position: Violence Interrupter

Location: TBD in the surrounding Wagner Houses area

Weekly Hours: (35 hrs/Week)

Reports To: Wagner Program Manager

Annual Salary: Competitive

The SAVE Violence Interrupter will:

  1. Gaining information on potential conflicts affecting East Harlem neighborhoods
  2. Formulating action plans to help resolve conflicts with the outreach team and gang mediation projects in the area
  3. Establishing safe spaces for mediation in hospitals, churches, community centers, etc.
  4. Responding to shootings, to prevent retaliation, when notified
  5. Attending forums and coalition meetings pertaining to anti gun and gang violence
  6. Meeting with high-risk individuals on a daily basis to discuss issues
  7. Helping in the efforts to prevent all potential retaliatory shootings
  8. Developing relationships with key leaders in the community
  9. Referring potential clients to outreach workers
  10. Documenting conflicts resolved on conflict mediation forms
  11. Keeping a daily log documenting all interruptions and mediations
  12. Participating in all Cure Violence and work related trainings
  13. Distributing public education materials to the targeted audience
  14. Attending community events as needed
  15. Other duties as assigned

Other Duties:

  1. Anticipate and be responsive to Program Manager’s requests and needs Continuously keep Program Manager informed as to what is going on in the community
  2. Participate, as necessary, in organizing responses to shootings and increasing visibility when shootings/killings take place (e.g., developing networks with other outreach program workers to coordinate an inclusive and strategic response)
  3. Investigate causes of shootings/killings to assist in mediating situations and prevent retaliation between individuals and groups (e.g., working with the community, outreach programs and local law enforcement to gain information that maybe helpful in preventing additional killings) and provide documentation
  4. Identify and diffuse “hot spots” for shootings and violence (e.g., conducting eyeball surveys with residents and community based organizations to identify areas frequented by potential offenders) and provide documentation
  5. Advocate for youth through court testimonies, when necessary
  6. Support team in planning and executing both community and client events
  7. Document shootings and other acts of violence prevented
  8. Respond to shootings in other communities, when necessary
  9. Document detailed client case notes
  10. Complete all other duties assigned by supervisor 

Qualifications:

  1. Experience working with at-risk youth and gang members
  2. No pending criminal cases or prior convictions for sexual assault, child abuse or domestic violence
  3. Excellent communication skills
  4. Experience or training in crisis intervention
  5. Knowledge of East Harlem Neighborhoods- specifically in the Wagner Houses area
  6. Bilingual in Spanish a plus

How to Apply

Please send your resume and cover letter to Shaquala Fields by emailing sfields@gosonyc.org.