Full-Time Violence Prevention Program Coordinator

Full-Time Violence Prevention Program Coordinator

Reports to: Fostering Futures Project Manager

Location: Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Hours: Full time 

About Foundation 2 Crisis Services

Foundation 2 Crisis Services is a mission-driven, non-profit organization that provides critical crisis intervention and prevention services across Iowa. We operate a 24/7 crisis center, including phone, text, and chat services. We also operate an emergency youth shelter, mental health support groups, community-based crisis programs, violence prevention, training, and more. We have been saving lives for over 50 years. Join our team today! 

Overview of the role

The Violence Prevention Program Coordinator is a crucial role within the Foundation 2 Fostering Futures department, focused on creating a safer community through the implementation of the Group Violence Intervention (GVI) strategy. GVI focuses on the groups at highest risk for violent victimization and offending, with the intention to keep group members alive, safe, and out of prison. The majority of clients identified through GVI and served through this program are black men, ages 14 – 26.

This position will serve as the Project Manager for the GVI implementation within the city of Cedar Rapids. The Program Coordinator will coordinate, develop, and manage project implementation, which includes working with many area agencies and stakeholders. 

Benefits

  • The annual base salary range for this position starts at $45,000 – $50,000 per year, plus our generous benefit package of $12,000 per year. Flexible benefit dollars can be used toward medical insurance and other benefits. Funds not used for benefits will be added to your paycheck as taxable income. To learn more about the Foundation 2 benefit package visit: https://bit.ly/F2Benefits
  • Generous paid time off, including floating mental wellness days.
  • Quarterly wellness benefit reimbursements to support a sense of wellbeing.
  • Two weeks of paid parental leave following the birth or adoption of a child.
  • Optional pet insurance to cover emergency expenses.
  • Retirement plans with Foundation 2 Crisis Services’ matching contributions.
  • Go to sleep at night knowing that work you did matters. Foundation 2 staff save lives every day.

Who you are:

  • Role model and leader. You are a strong leader with the ability to establish trust manage and maintain strong relationships with the diverse stakeholders of GVI, including frontline and executive law enforcement partners, government officials, social services agencies and community members.
  • Street-based violence prevention work requires flexibility and a willingness to address complex problems outside of traditional working hours. You are able and willing to work a flexible schedule that will include some evenings and weekends. You understand that violence is a complex issue and solutions will often require a team approach.
  • Client-centered. You are dedicated and passionate about working with individuals at the highest-risk of group violence and/or victimization. You know it is an honor to be trusted and to support people at their most vulnerable.
  • Quick Thinking. You recognize that you will often have to manage multiple tasks at one and will be challenged to manage competing priorities.
  • Team Player. You enjoy working with individuals from diverse backgrounds and are proud to represent your programs and staff to a wide array of stakeholders. You are great at giving and getting respectful, productive feedback.  

What you’ll do

  • Coordinate the day-to-day operations of GVI, including preparation and communication on law enforcement review calls, ongoing case management and recruitment of community member participation.
  • Create and provide regular reports on the progress and status of the GVI implementation to stakeholders, including the governance committee, law enforcement, social services agencies and the community by effectively communicating the purpose, mission and outcomes of GVI to the community (i.e. agendas, meeting notes, grant reports, etc.).
  • Oversee and participate in the work of the project including, development, implementation, and quality control aspects of the GVI strategy.
  • Manage and communicate organizational structure of GVI collaboration, including stakeholders, government and city officials, community groups, GVI partners, staff and citizens to explain or coordinate plans for proposed projects and to solicit their support. Represent GVI at related events and committees.
  • Maintain project uniformity and integrity. Ensure that all activities are in alignment with the overall GVI mission and are in direct support of established project goals, objectives, policies, and protocols, while allowing for unique local conditions, resources and needs.
  • Work with funders and Violence Prevention Specialist to facilitate appropriate data collection and necessary data reporting.
  • Oversee the development of relationships with outside services and collaborate with Violence Prevention Specialist on appropriate referrals based on needs identified in the individual goal plan or other client needs as they occur.
  • Work effectively with other staff both within and outside of the Fostering Futures department.
  • Identify program challenges and solutions. Work with Program Manager and GVI partners and working groups to work through challenges as they arise.
  • Represent Foundation 2 Crisis Services by having an understanding of our role in the agency as well as larger community implementation of the GVI strategy.

What you need

  • Bachelor’s degree in a human service-related field required.
  • 1-3 years of full-time experience in community-focused or related work.
  • Ability to pass all background checks completed by Foundation 2.
  • Strong verbal and written communication as well as organizational skills.
  • Ability to work effectively both individually and as a team.
  • Ability to relate to, understand and be creative in meeting the needs of individuals with disabilities and disadvantaged conditions, coming from various economic levels, nationalities, cultures, etc.
  • Ability to make sound judgments from established policies and procedures when working independently and in collaboration with all stakeholders of the GVI strategy work.
  • Ability to manage relationships among diverse stakeholders.
  • Ability to adjust to a flexible schedule based upon a 40-hour work week (which include some nights and weekend work), organize tasks effectively and prioritize job duties with placement of clients taking priority
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license and be insurable by Foundation 2’s automobile insurance.

Your Application

We’re excited to hear from you! To join the Foundation 2 Crisis Services team, please email your resume and cover letter to jobs@foundation2.org. No inquiries by phone. All questions will be answered during a pre-screening phone call. Resumes and cover letters accepted until position filled.

Because Foundation 2 Crisis Services cares deeply about our employees, clients, and the communities we serve, our agency requires team members to be vaccinated against COVID-19. All newly hired team members must submit proof of the COVID-19 vaccine or have an approved medical or religious exemption to begin work at Foundation 2 Crisis Services.  Proof of vaccine or completed exemption paperwork will be required on the first day of work.

Foundation 2 is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to age, race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, political affiliation, veteran, or disability status.