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Director, Training and Technical Assistance, The HAVI

Rate of Pay: $110,000.00 - $125,000.00 Annually

Position Description

To heal communities affected by violence, The Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (www.thehavi.org) fosters hospital and community collaborations to advance equitable, trauma-informed care for violence intervention/ prevention programs. Our vision is to build a system of healthcare that mobilizes hospitals and communities to end violence, together.

Hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) vary in their design and scope. Essential components of HVIPs include a brief intervention to violently injured patients in the emergency department or at the hospital bedside and intensive community-based case management services following discharge. HVIP services are provided by culturally specific Violence Prevention Professionals. HVIPs are rooted in the philosophy that violence is preventable, and that violent injury offers a “teachable moment” and unique opportunity to break cycles of violence. HVIPs embrace a public health approach to violence prevention as they are grounded in data, which indicate that victims of violence are at elevated risk for re-injury and violence perpetration. This model has been the subject of numerous peer-reviewed studies indicating promising impact on injury recidivism, criminal justice contact, and trauma symptoms. HVIPs are now a recommended practice by the federal government.?

The network has grown to hundreds of individuals, including physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, violence prevention professionals, outreach workers and researchers who are affiliated with 49 member programs in the U.S., Canada, England, and El Salvador. Our goal is to support the growth of HVIPs throughout the United States. The HAVI is structured within 5 divisions: Capacity Building, Organizational Growth and Equity, Policy and Communications, and Communities of Practice, and the Kaiser Permanente Center for Gun Violence Research and Education.

HVIPs are one of a handful of evidence-informed practices that support cities reduce violence and scale trauma-informed care. The field has been fractured, and recent federal, state, and local advocacy efforts have helped encourage collaboration and coordination across various approaches. This shift – from individual programs to integrated strategies – has led to an emergent concept of a community violence intervention ecosystem (CVI ecosystem).

The HAVI is a fiscally sponsored project of Health Resources in Action, Inc. (HRiA). Health Resources in Action, Inc. (HRiA) is a non-profit organization working to improve and reimagine public health. We connect, consult, and collaborate to solve complex challenges of access and equity in our health and social systems. Together with our partners, clients, and collaborators, we create actionable solutions so that all people can thrive.

In 1957, The Medical Foundation (TMF) was created to primarily fund biomedical research in Massachusetts. Since then, we’ve been on a journey of evolution. We changed our name to Health Resources in Action (HRiA) to reflect our impact in the field of public health. Today, HRiA works with individuals, organizations, and communities to drive a policy and systems change approach to advance health and racial equity.

HRiA seeks sustainable solutions for complex problems using an anti-racist approach. We aim to be adaptable and flexible in meeting clients and partners where they are, offering our decades of knowledge and resources to collectively realize our dream of equitable, sustainable health for all. The foundation of this work is centered on our values:

  • Health and racial equity by identifying and addressing the root causes of health inequities, intentionally working to shift narratives and power imbalances and disrupt all systems of oppression.
  • Leading with heart by demonstrating our passionate commitment to our work, continuously challenging ourselves with humility and vulnerability while pursuing and holding ourselves accountable to our mission.
  • Collaboration by intentionally and respectfully leading, partnering, and following to strengthen relationships, uplift different voices and build trust.
  • Innovation by driving toward new strategies, questioning norms, and continuously learning and evolving to support the needs of our clients and communities.

HRiA offers exciting, engaging, and challenging employment opportunities for facilitators, trainers, researchers, analysts, policy specialists, grant managers, and more. People come to HRiA because of our commitment to advancing health equity and inspiring work; they stay for our wonderful clients, partners, and dedicated and dynamic staff. With our growing portfolio of high-impact work, person-centered policies, and generous benefits, our team continually invests in making HRiA a great place to work. Our diverse staff of over 270 people hail from 30+ states, with a homebase in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood.

To learn more, visit HRiA at hria.org, and the HAVI at thehavi.org 

Position Description
The Director of Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) will play a critical role in developing and sustaining training and technical support for HAVI clients as part of a larger framework of national and international capacity building assistance. The ideal candidate has experience within the US healthcare system and designing training programs with a health equity lens. The candidate will collaborate with a variety of staff and consultants in the violence-intervention community. We seek leaders with a passion for violence intervention work who understand the powerful impact of HVIPs and have experience lifting nascent programs off the ground. It is critical that the candidate can focus on clear and achievable goals while also being able to pivot quickly as new opportunities/circumstances arise.

The HAVI's TTA Department assists new and emerging HVIPs to strengthen their programs and improve practices through dynamic and informed training and technical assistance provided by expert HVIP trainers. Additionally, new HVIPs are launched with the guidance and training of the TTA department staff. Other TTA activities include training, module, and toolkit development, managing the HAVI National TTA Center, overseeing the HAVI Certified National Faculty and all related performance management and evaluation. The HAVI TTA activities are responsive and dynamic and are meant to inform key stakeholders, including hospital and community organization leadership, hospital medical directors and clinicians, community leaders and stakeholders, program managers and supervisors, frontline violence intervention specialists, and community-based organizations

The Director of Training & Technical Assistance will report to the Managing Director of Capacity Building. This is an exempt, full-time position with a salary range of $110,000 to $120,000 based on skills and experience. The HAVI is a fully remote organization that is fiscally sponsored by HRiA. Massachusetts-based HAVI/HRiA employees have the option to work remotely and/or in the office. This position can be fully remote or hybrid, based on the candidate.

Duties and Responsibilities
This includes but is not limited to the following:
  • Drive the development and expansion of the HAVI Training & Technical Assistance Department.
  • Identify and operationalize key training and technical assistance strategies
  • Design and coordinate evaluation and quality improvement activities to monitor the effectiveness of the HAVI’s TTA.
  • Supervise and manage all staff and projects within the TTA Department
  • Identify, create, and support leadership and professional development opportunities for staff and for HVIPs.
  • Provide oversight and supervision for a cohort of HAVI faculty trainers in the development and delivery of TTA
Project Work
  • Conduct training and provide technical assistance to current hospital-based violence intervention programs, emerging HVIPs, and other constituencies such as lawmakers, health departments, etc. Sample TTA activities include site visits, in-person and virtual workshops, webinars / presentations, and individual coaching meetings/calls
  • Collaborate with federal, state, and/or local leadership teams to develop national, state, or local demonstration sites for enhancement and expanded research grantees
  • Disseminate outcomes and lessons to stakeholders via regular communications (reports, newsletters, curriculum, technical assistance briefs, research papers, etc.)
  • Communicate and provide resources to funders and stakeholders
Thought Leadership
  • Coordinate with the Director of Planning & Design to modify new and existing training curricula
  • Work alongside Directors of Planning & Design, Frontline Worker Engagement, and Peer Learning, to develop new training opportunities
  • Participate and present at regional and national conferences and forums on behalf of the HAVI
  • Liaise with leaders on related local, regional, state, and federal projects and organizations as required
  • Participate in strategic planning for the growth and direction of the network
Business Development
  • Assist in fundraising objectives through presenting on conference calls, public speaking engagements, and board meetings
  • Lead or assist with grant proposal writing and/or submission as needed
  • Oversee all TTA fee-for-service contract proposals with external clients
Special Requirements
  • Experience scoping, standardizing, operationalizing, managing, and/or rapidly iterating an emerging HVIP
  • Advanced degrees and/or certifications in Public Health, Social Work, or related fields
  • At least 7-10 years of progressive management experience in education, nonprofit, and/or management consulting sectors
  • Experience with the US healthcare system specifically in clinical responses to violence, trauma, and health equity
  • Demonstrative effectiveness in supervising staff and leading teams
Candidate Qualifications
  • Proven commitment to racial equity and embodiment of racial equity practices
  • Demonstrated understanding of health and racial equity, the root causes of inequities, and racism as a public health crisis
  • Experience with a trauma-informed violence prevention approach
  • Excitement to advance the values and impact of the HAVI
  • Demonstrated cultural humility and celebration of diverse perspectives and lived experiences
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills, including communicating by videoconference, phone, and/or in person (when needed) with community members and organizational partners
  • Demonstrated growth mindset and capacity to pivot and reprioritize in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to thrive in both a collaborative team environment and self-motivated work environment
  • Flexibility and a sense of humor
  • Ability to travel nationally *the HAVI covers travel expenses
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Outlook, Excel, Word, Teams, OneNote, and PowerPoint
  • Proficiency in or capability to learn new software, including Zoom, Insightly (CRM), Adobe Acrobat, and other tools used by the organization
  • Demonstrates a solution-oriented and collaborative work style
This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties required in this position. It is not intended to limit, or modify, any supervisor's rights to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under his/her supervision. The use of a particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.

Procedure for Candidacy
HRiA is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced staff. The organization encourages multiple perspectives and experiences, supports a multicultural environment, and strives to hire and retain a diverse workforce that reflects the populations we work with and the communities where we work. Equity is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally appropriate services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds.

HRiA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

We are committed to creating an accessible recruitment and hiring process for all candidates. We welcome applications from individuals with disabilities and will work to provide accommodation at any stage of the process. If accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, please contact kareyk@thehavi.org.

Health Resources in Action offers an attractive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and generous starting vacation of four weeks.

To apply, submit your resume and cover letter online.

Please include in your cover letter experience (paid or unpaid) as it relates to this job description and any other relevant or adjacent skill sets. Please note that the interview will consist of at least two video interviews and the submission of relevant work samples or a written skills-based exercise. If accommodation is required, we welcome any request at any point in the application process.