Community Connector - Violence Intervention Project
Description

Department: Community Services

Supervisor: Director of Community Services


JOB SUMMARY:

The Community Connector will perform community outreach based on referrals received from community contacts about victims of non-fatal shootings and persons at risk of perpetuating a cycle of violence in North Philadelphia, and engage those persons together with APM’s Violence Intervention Therapists. 


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • In collaboration with the APM Violence Intervention team, provide community engagement and in the 24th and 26th Philadelphia Police Districts under the direction of the Program Director and community leadership. 
  • Outreach to non-fatal shooting victims as identified by Police Department, ideally within 48hrs of an incident occurring;
  • Working with Hospital Based Violence Programs to engage with and deem eligibility for non-fatal shooting victims in their care;
  • Meet varying criteria for different services offered to each young person deemed eligible within a specific time-frame—i.e. mental health screening, safety planning meetings, healing circles, etc.;
  • Carrying a small caseload when necessary of non-fatal shooting victims;
  • Represent APM as appropriate in community events, meetings, learning communities in coordination with other APM Program Staff;
  • Collaborate with APM Directors to engage with key partners to increase referrals, resources and supports for participants;
  • Maintain the Non-Fatal Shooting  Victim Outreach list which will range from 20-30 young people depending on capacity;
  • Collaborate with APM Directors to design plans to engage young people on a weekly basis. This will include off-track young people, red flags who have been difficult to locate, young people who have not been attending programming and those who      may need intentional conversations around safety issues;
  • Maintain weekly contact with young people who are on the Non-Fatal Shooting Victim Outreach list that have not yet been deemed eligible for a TR-Caseload;
  • Locate young men who have been newly identified as non-fatal shooting victims by the Police Department;
  • Perform initial eligibility assessments and vetting procedures for those on the Non-Fatal Shooting Victim Outreach List;
  • Work with supervisor to gather new information from partners for locating young men;
  • Other duties as assigned.

BENEFITS:

  • Medical Insurance or $100/month medical insurance waiver reimbursement
  • 403b retirement plan: 4% APM contribution PLUS 3% APM matching contribution
  • Vision
  • Dental
  • 20 PTO Days
  • 12 Paid Holidays
  • Life Insurance
  • Long and Short-term Disability


Salary:  $41,600


APM is an equal opportunity employer.

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Requirements

EXPERIENCE AND QUALIFICATIONS:

  • BA preferred/Equivalent experience accepted-Minimum of three years of direct service work with high-risk young people.
  • Understanding and experience working with street involved high risk young people.
  • Capacity for creative problem-solving, conflict resolution, violence prevention
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Capacity to think and act intentionally and strategically to help young people change behaviors.
  • Creative problem solving and thinking.
  • Excellent at organizing, managing and completing multiple complex projects and tasks simultaneously with thoroughness, accuracy, timeliness and good humor.
  • Self-motivation, initiative, sound judgment, and commitment to ongoing learning are essential.
  • Ability to work as a part of a team.
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish preferred but not required.
  • Commitment to equity, justice, and inclusion.
  • Bilingual a plus. 
  • Access to personal transportation a plus. 
  • Preference for someone from or familiar with the Eastern North Philadelphia neighborhood.