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    Youth Prevention Specialist, Violence Intervention Project (VIP)

    Title: Youth Prevention Specialist, Violence Intervention Project (VIP)
    Reports to: Program Coordinator
    Employment Type: Full-time
    Work Location: Broward County
    Salary Range: $34,000-$36,000

    Position Summary

    Gang Alternative, Inc.’s Violence Intervention Program, is a gang suppression program with the primary goal of reducing youth gang activity through the employment of prevention and intervention strategies. The program services high-risk youth in Fort Lauderdale and surrounding areas.  The Youth Prevention Specialist (YPS) is responsible for the intake, assessment of client needs, and preparation of intervention plans as well as the facilitation of evidence-based programming and community-based initiatives. The YPS will support the planning, organization, and execution of the program goals designed to address the full range of personal, family, and community factors that contribute to high levels of juvenile delinquency and gang activity.

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities

    • Facilitate the afterschool program utilizing the identified evidence-based programs: Aggression Replacement Training (ART) and Botvin Life Skills Curriculum.
    • Conduct intake and needs assessments and develop individualized service plans.
    • Provide guidance and monitor individual client activities as outlined in development plans to track client progress toward attainment of identified goals.
    • Provide educational and remedial services for participants.
    • Coordinate mentorship program and community service project components.
    • Provide case management and facilitate wraparound services to youth and families.
    • Participate in implementation team meetings.
    • Administer the evaluation instruments and collect data.
    • Maintain systems, procedures, and methods for programmatic record keeping while ensuring accuracy.
    • Serve as liaison to program partners and community members.
    • Recruit and schedule program volunteers (or community service hour volunteers).
    • Attend funder trainings, staff trainings, and meetings during and outside of program hours to improve professional skills and enhance the program activities.
    • Organize family involvement activities.
    • Serve as an ambassador of GA.
    • Other duties as assigned.

    Qualifications and Competencies

    • Bachelor’s degree in Social Science, Social Work, Criminal Justice, or related field.
    • Two years of experience serving youth and families preferably in Outreach & Case Management.
    • Experience working in the field of gang violence prevention or
    • Demonstrated experience in working with evidence-based violence intervention and prevention models and culturally relevant adaptations for the target
    • Strong interpersonal skills, cultural competence, and ability to work effectively with youth and adult volunteers in a collaborative, team-oriented approach.
    • Ability to maintain confidentiality, professionalism and maturity in handling sensitive information, participant interaction, and community relations.
    • Ability to organize, plan, and manage multiple tasks.
    • Ability to manage time efficiently and meet deadlines.
    • Knowledge of Broward County community and youth preferred.
    • Bilingual in English/Spanish or English/Haitian Creole strongly preferred.

    Note:

    • This position may require independent travel between work station and other sites. Consequently, the incumbent must maintain valid Driver’s License and insurance coverage on personal vehicle at all times during
    • Performing the duties of this position requires the ability to walk, sit, stand, reach, talk, hear and lift presentation materials, including equipment.

    Gang Alternative, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity employer. Personnel are chosen on the basis of ability without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation, in accordance with federal and state law.Gang Alternative, Inc. is a Drug-Free Workplace.

    Compensation

    This is an outstanding opportunity to be a part of a highly effective nonprofit program and partnering with the other members of the Middle Management team. Gang Alternative, Inc. will offer a competitive compensation package including base salary, health, 403b and vacation benefits.

    HIPAA

    This position shall have access to information in a personnel and client’s record only to the extent that such information is required to carry out job duties. Any information obtained will only be used by or disclosed to those who have a need to know to ensure the provision of quality client care. Staff and client information is to be held strictly confidential.

    The above statements are intended to describe the nature and level of work performed. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties required of personnel so classified. Responsibilities, knowledge, skill, abilities and working conditions may be supplemented or revised at any time.

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