Youth Violence Prevention Program Lead, City of New Orleans Health Department

The City of New Orleans Health Department is seeking a qualified candidate for the position of Youth Violence Prevention Program Lead.

Job Requirements

The Youth Violence Prevention Program Lead oversees the Health Department’s initiatives to prevent youth violence as a part of NOLA FOR LIFE, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s comprehensive murder reduction strategy.  The Youth Violence Prevention Program Lead guides program strategy and direction, manages program budgets and staff, and develops initiatives and partnerships in support of the Health Department’s goals and objectives for preventing youth violence, as outlined in the NOLA FOR LIFE PLAYbook: Promoting Life for All Youth, a strategic plan to prevent youth violence in New Orleans.  Candidates are expected to represent the Health Department publicly and should possess excellent interpersonal skills and be able to effectively engage the public around issues related to violence prevention.

Qualifications include:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • 4 years of work experience related to violence prevention, public health, or social service program management. Must demonstrate experience cultivating cross-sector partnerships to achieve desired outcomes.  Professional experience must have been gained after the receipt of a bachelor’s degree.
  • A master’s degree in public health, social work, the social sciences, or criminal justice may substitute for one (1) year of the professional experience.
  • Job responsibilities include the following:
  • Provide content expertise in violence as a public health issue
  • Lead initiatives to prevent youth violence, including strategies to:
  • Promote positive school climates
  • Address trauma among boys and men of color
  • Build youth and community power to address violence as a public health issue
  • Ensure authentic youth engagement as an essential component of program activities
  • Update the NOLA FOR LIFE PLAYbook, including the development of new violence prevention strategies, as needed
  • Develop communications strategies in support of the Health Department’s violence prevention priorities
  • Effectively manage violence prevention grant funds
  • Pursue funding opportunities in support of Health Department violence prevention priorities
  • Liaise with the Mayor’s Office and other key governmental and community partners on behalf of the Health Department
  • Identify connections between youth violence and other forms of violence and collaborate with other Health Department staff to develop joint violence prevention strategies
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Candidates should have the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • Understanding of and commitment to advancing racial equity and social justice through public health
  • A “macro” perspective: understanding of the ways that systems, environments, and policies shape health and how these factors can be influenced to improve health outcomes
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills and an ability to interact with all levels of government agencies, partners, city personnel, and community members
  • Ability to work collaboratively
  • Ability to provide logistical support and facilitation for meetings and events
  • Ability to work with diverse groups of people toward common goals 
  • Deep understanding of the public health approach to addressing violence
  • Ability to adapt to changing demands and priorities and concurrently manage multiple projects
  • Willingness to work in public health emergencies as part of the City of New Orleans’ emergency response

Program Overview

The mission of the nationally-accredited New Orleans Health Department (NOHD) is to protect, promote, and preserve the health of all where we live, learn, work, and play.  In accordance with this mission, NOHD leads activities to prevent violence as a part of NOLA FOR LIFE, Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s comprehensive murder reduction strategy.  Implementing a public health approach to addressing violence, NOHD works to stop violence from happening before it occurs by promoting positive, safe, and healthy relationships and communities.  These efforts are supported by a diverse group of local and federal partners, including the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, a network of federal agencies and cities that are working together to prevent violence.


Salary will be contingent upon an assessment of the candidate’s verified experience, knowledge, and possession of related licenses and/or certifications as determined by the Civil Service. 

How to Apply

Interested applicants should forward their resume and cover letter to Chris Gunther, Manager of Strategic Initiatives at