Youth Violence Prevention Program Lead, 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 collective efficacy
  • 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
  • Participate in national networks to advance violence prevention and the public health approach to addressing violence, including the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention and the UNITY Cities Network