Violence Prevention Specialist

Violence Prevention Specialist

Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of young people at-risk?

Foundation 2 is a rapidly growing agency that is seeking a .75 FTE (i.e., 30 hours/week) Violence Prevention Specialist. This position works closely with a community-led, multi-sector taskforce working to reduce violence and victimization for young people in our area. The Violence Prevention Specialist works closely with our Community Outreach Workers and the Group Violence Intervention task force members. This position offers new opportunities to engage with children and young adults who are at high-risk to engage in unsafe behaviors.


As our Violence Prevention Specialist, you will coordinate outreach and support for a small number of Linn County residents who are at a very high risk of violent victimization by gun violence. Additionally, you will coordinate regular meetings of stakeholders, including law enforcement entities, service providers, community volunteers and others.

This position pays $30,000 per year with a generous paid time off package, as well as $12,000 per year benefit allocation (you can receive up to $500 per pay period as income if you don’t need our benefits/insurance, or put that money toward the cost of insurance, 401k, or other benefits).

Job Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a working knowledge of community social service, education, mental health, legal and vocational systems, as it relates to services required by clients and families
  • Coordinate and participate in, as appropriate, Custom Notifications and Call-In meetings as required for the Group Violence Intervention model
    • Includes logistics, communication, transportations, refreshments, arranging speakers, etc.
  • Coordinate and participate in Support and Outreach workgroups of collaborative members, including nonprofit agencies, community volunteers, law enforcement representatives, etc.
  • Assist with coordination of community events to promote social norms against violence
    • Includes logistics, communication, transportation, entertainment, refreshments, arranging speakers, etc.
  • Gather and track data on custom notifications, call-ins and community events; report data and trends to Foundation 2 and collaborative 

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree and two year’s experience within the human services field
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines
  • Self-motivated and directed with the ability to function under pressure
  • Ability to use discretion and sound judgement regarding confidentiality and the nature of this work
  • Ability to adjust to a flexible, 30-hour work week and organize tasks effectively

Desired Qualifications:

  • Two or more years working with high-risk youth and/or young adults
  • Experience with crisis response
  • Understanding of violence prevention work and violence as a public health issue

Submit your resume and cover letter to A cover letter and resume are required.

No inquiries by phone. All questions will be answered during a pre-screening phone call.

Resumes, applications and cover letter accepted until position filled.

Foundation 2 is an equal opportunity employer. Past criminal background activity won’t automatically disqualify a candidate from this opportunity. 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.

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.