Cure Violence Program Director

Far Rockaway, NY
Full Time
Youth Services

Organization Overview: Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.

About the Program: A community-based gun violence prevention program that aims to reduce and prevent shootings through the use of public health strategies. The program is a replication of the evidence-based Cure Violence model.

The program works to prevent gun violence by 1) mediating conflicts that may end in gun violence, 2) changing the thinking of individuals who are most at risk of being victims or perpetrators of violence, and 3) working closely with a broad coalition of local partners to promote a visible community-wide message that shooting is unacceptable behavior. 

Job Summary: The Cure Violence Program Director will be responsible for leading all program operations, as well as ensuring that the program remains true to the Cure Violence model. 

Essential Functions

  • Develop and maintain relationships with the local service providers and program partners, including law enforcement, faith leaders, and community stakeholders, in order to identify and access resources for high risk individuals
  • Coordinate meetings with elected officials and media entities as authorized by the agency 
  • Supervise Outreach Worker Supervisors, Violence Interrupter Supervisors and the Community Coordinator 
  • Recruit and supervise volunteers 
  • Create and implement a community mobilization plan that encourages resident involvement in activities designed to change local norms towards gun violence. This may include the creating of an anti-violence coalition or participation in a pre-existing coalition
  • Organize and execute regular community events, including responses to shootings in target areas
  • Develop public education with support and approval of the agency to disseminate the materials to community members and key stakeholders
  • Collaborate with Development and Marketing to develop the social media presence
  • Participate in regularly scheduled meetings with Outreach Workers to ensure proper referrals and case management 
  • Monitor late night staff activities through “spot checks”
  • Identify professional development opportunities for staff
  • Prepare grant progress reports and other program reports as needed
  • Report regularly to supervisor about success concerns and needs
  • Participate in administration/management meetings and ensure that meeting proceedings are communicated to staff and supervisor(s)
  • Fulfill speaking engagements and media events on behalf of the program
  • Interface with current and potential funders and supporters
  • Coordinate fiscal reporting and human resources matters with other staff as needed
  • Collaborate with and maintain regular contact with local technical assistance providers
  • Work with the program evaluator to effectively track, manage, and analyze all program data
  • Complete documentation and reports on a timely basis
  • Organize and participate in regular reviews of program process and any other responsibilities that may develop in the course of the work
  • Coordinate interview panels to hire field staff
  • Regular, timely completion of documentation and reports
  • Review and assess progress to programmatic goals
  • Liaison with Sheltering Arms Development Department and Senior Leadership to ensure all external engagements, events and communication meet agency brand standards 


  • Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services or other related field is required; Masters Preferred 
  • Significant program management experience (e.g., supervising staff, monitoring budgets, documenting activities and outcomes, meeting program goals, etc.)
  • Experience hiring and supervising formerly incarcerated individuals 
  • Knowledge of the criminal justice system and relevant knowledge of the community
  • Proven community organizing abilities
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • At ease conversing with gang members, community activists, law enforcement personnel, and public officials
  • Enthusiastic, energetic self-starter with a passion for preventing gun violence
  • For this role, COVID-19 vaccination is a requirement of the job.

Annual Salary: $65K-$75K


It is the policy of Sheltering Arms that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment without unlawful discrimination as to an individual’s perceived or actual race, creed, color, national origin, alienate, citizenship status, gender, gender identity, age, disability, marital status, partnership status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion, or veteran status in all employment decisions, including but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff and termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.



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