The Youth Violence Reduction Prevention (YVRP) project is a unique partnership involving public and private leaders working towards the common goal of reducing violent crimes committed by and against children and young adults. The goal for YVRP is to protect and steer at-risk youth away from violence and toward productive and positive lives.
The Community Engagement/Relations Coordinator reports to the YVRP Director, and is responsible for cultivating and developing community/local relationships. S/He will serve as a proactive street level liaison to develop and promote open lines of communication with YVRP. This person oversees the program’s community engagement component and manages a year-round Community Engagement and Response Team. The CCE will be responsible for attending or ensuring that appropriate PAAN staff attend local meetings build meaningful relationships with key local community organizations and influencers within YVRP police districts.
Key Duties & Responsibilities:
• Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all levels of internal management, local elected officials, representatives of other agencies, local businesses, community leaders, the residents of the community, law enforcement, and others encountered in the course of work
• Identify, initiate and strengthen community partnerships in order to expand the organization's community presence and impact.
• Act as a lead for developing community engagement projects.
• Attend community based and police district meetings, as required by YVRP program director.
• In collaboration with YVRP program director, conduct weekly staff briefings on “hotspots” and drug/gang related activities within the police districts;
• Establish and maintain “street level” contacts in assigned police districts;
• Establish and maintain strong working relationships with community-based organizations and resources, police, schools, faith-based organizations and community leaders in assigned police districts;
• Establish and manage the implementation of a “Community Engagement and Response Team (CERT)” that will quickly respond to community requests for anti-drug/anti-violence presentations and provide technical assistance to develop and implement anti-drug/anti-violence neighborhood strategies; as well as, to quickly respond to school incidents and the community involving youth partners, family members, and peers;
• Serve as a “floating” Supervisor, as needed;
• Perform other related duties as assigned by the YVRP Program Director.
Education, Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS:
• A high school diploma or General Education Diploma (GED) is required. An Associate degree is preferred;
• Candidate must be outgoing with strong interpersonal communication skills. S/he must be well organized, detail-oriented, with strong leadership skills. Must be able to work independently and have the ability to work with a wide variety of personalities.
• Knowledge and experience applying principles, practices and techniques of public relations and community outreach programs
• Training/Certifications in “Community Organizing and Engagement” and/or “Conflict Resolution/Mediation” is preferred;
• A minimum of 5 years’ experience working with community members and organizing community activities;
• A minimum of 5 years’ experience working with at-risk youth experiencing substance abuse, trauma and/or mental illness;
• A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a supervisory/leadership role;
• Must possess a valid driver’s license, automobile insurance, and have a good driving record;
• Must be familiar with the Philadelphia area, and have the ability/willingness to drive own vehicle or program vehicle upon request;
• Must obtain a Criminal Background, Child line, and FBI Clearances;
• Must be knowledgeable and understand Philadelphia’s social service system;
• Strong interpersonal, problem solving, and decision making skills;
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
• Must be proficient in Microsoft Office products (Excel, Word, etc.) and database experience.