Department: Community Services
Supervisor: Director of Community Services
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.
- Medical Insurance or $100/month medical insurance waiver reimbursement
- 403b retirement plan: 4% APM contribution PLUS 3% APM matching contribution
- 20 PTO Days
- 12 Paid Holidays
- Life Insurance
- Long and Short-term Disability
APM is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.
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.