End Gun Violence Director-City of Savannah (GA)

The City of Savannah is looking for a forward-thinking leader who will partner effectively with senior stakeholders and the community to manage an effective End Gun Violence Program! The position will be responsible for establishing a new office dedicated to neighborhood safety and crime reduction. The position will report directly to the City Manager’s office.

This position provides leadership, daily management, oversight and coordination of the End Gun Violence Program. The EGV Director will utilize a public health approach to eliminate violence in healing and transformational ways; research and implement best and evidence-based practices; identify and engage individuals at the highest risk of participating in or being a victim of violent crime and connect them to comprehensive support services; assist with the development, establishment, and implementation of goals, objectives, policies, and procedures; collaborate with City and County partners and concerned citizens to align efforts and sustain a citywide network of violence prevention and intervention services.

The Community: As America’s first planned city, Savannah boasts historic architecture, luxurious parks, and a government culture that aims to build upon its early success in providing superior planning, infrastructure, and services for its citizens and visitors. In addition to its assets as a city, Savannah offers great weather, nearby beaches, and a tradition of hospitality and cultural offerings. Savannah is home to a vibrant arts and cultural scene that plays host to over 200 festivals each year focused on a variety of themes including music, food, and film. A growing Savannah Music Festival has garnered international acclaim as performers from Savannah and all over the world showcase talent in a variety of musical genres. The City is committed to promoting numerous festivals and special events throughout the year and is particularly known for its St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

Savannah has a diverse economy consisting of manufacturing, one of the fastest-growing seaports in the nation, tourism, regional medical services, and the military. Retail and service businesses are also important factors.

Savannah’s warm weather allows participation in outdoor activities year-round. The city has more than 100 public recreational neighborhood parks, 13 swimming pools, more than 70 athletic fields, more than 75 basketball courts, 50 tennis courts, 2 public golf courses, and a marina. For boating, fishing, and swimming enthusiasts, Savannah offers marinas throughout the 420 miles of navigable waters and 87,000 acres of tidal marshland, as well as the Intercoastal Waterway. Tybee Island is Savannah’s public beach and is located approximately 20 minutes east of the downtown area.

With its well-preserved history, fascinating architecture, natural beauty, unique squares and mild climate, Savannah is a splendid spot for sightseeing. We boast the nation’s largest National Historic Landmark District. Savannah has been voted one of “The World’s 30 Friendliest Cities” and the fifth “Best Small City in the United States” according to Condé Nast Traveler’s Reader’s Choice Awards. In 2019, Forbes named the City of Savannah as “one of the best employers and top local government in the State of Georgia.” Savannah has earned its reputation and has received accolades: USA Weekend Magazine declared Savannah one of the “top 10 Most Beautiful Places in America.” The New York Times named us one of the “World’s Top Ten Trendy Travel Hot Spots.” Conde Nast Traveler picked us as a “Top 10 U.S City to Visit.” Southern Living placed us as second on its “Best Southern City” list. Outlook Magazine called us one of the “Top 25 Places to Live and Work.” This is a wonderful community for your next career move.

With over 146,000 year-round residents, the population of Savannah also includes the students of four colleges and universities offering bachelor’s, master’s, and professional or doctoral degree programs: Georgia Southern University-Armstrong Campus, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah State University, and South University. With six distinct historic districts, coastal beaches, and a globally recognized food and art scene, tourism is a major driver in the economy with over 14.5M visitors in 2018. Home to the Port of Savannah, nearby Fort Stewart – Hunter Air Base, International Paper, Gulfstream Aerospace, Titlemax, and others; Savannah’s economy is diverse and robust.

Essential Job Functions:
Plan, organize, manage, and direct, through subordinate staff, the activities of the EGV Program including: service coordination through nonprofit contracts; partnerships with community and local stakeholders; guiding citywide gun violence service response; fund development; and progress reports to public officials and other stakeholders.

Develop, direct, and coordinate a network of community-based organizations to provide comprehensive, high-quality violence intervention programs for individuals who are most at-risk for engaging in or being victimized by violence or who reside in priority neighborhoods; develop a technical assistance and support program to enhance the capacity of the network; establish protocols that ensure consistency and transparency and that prioritize the well-being, safety and rights of program participants.

Coordinate the work to partner with public agencies, service providers, community members, and other City stakeholders to develop shared priorities and maximize effectiveness of collective violence prevention efforts that align with the department’s mission/vision and meet the needs of the affected target population; oversee and facilitate information exchange and collaboration among partners.

Serve as facilitator of and liaison for communication between EGV- contracted service providers and law enforcement regarding service response to group related and/or gun-involved incidents of violence; coordinate gun violence response efforts among service providers including City staff.

Lead grant-making and contracting efforts, including large scale Request for Proposal processes; manage and administer grant contracts, including thorough recordkeeping for program monitoring and evaluation purposes; work closely with independent evaluators to assess program effectiveness and modify strategies based on findings.

Serve as a representative for the City at meetings and in public forums to articulate EGV priorities and objectives; respond verbally or in writing to questions and requests from community members.

Ensures adequate resources are available and recommends solutions to barriers.
Communicates progress to all relevant stakeholders orally and written.

Performs other related duties as required and assigned

Minimum Qualifications:
Education: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public administration, human services, health services, sociology, psychology, social work or closely related field. Master’s degree in a related field is desirable, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Experience: Three years of full-time experience in a similar position providing senior-level management and analytical support in public, non-profit or private sector; three or more years’ experience in program development and evaluation. Experience in applied crime reduction and/or statistical analysis is preferred, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Must possess and maintain a valid state driver’s license with an acceptable driving history.

For more information and to apply online, please visit: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/savannah/jobs/3136257/end-gun-violence-director?keywords=end%20gun%20violence&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs