Urban Peace Institute (UPI), a project of Community Partners, develops and implements policy, practice and systems solutions to reduce violence, achieve safety and improve community health so that families can thrive.  Our goal is that all members of all communities have the safety, opportunity and health they need to thrive.  We use innovative tools and strategies to strengthen social movements and achieve high impact policy change.

Building on 15 years of successful track recrord in Los Angeles, UPI partners across the country to address community violence through the implementation of a comprehensive violence reduction strategy.  Through advocacy for smart justice policies, systemic reform, provision of technical assistance, and training for law enforcement, gang intervention workers, and community and public sector leaders, UPI seeks to sustain community-specific strategies to increase safety.

Jul 10, 2019
The Urban Peace Institute is seeking a highly qualified Community Engagement Program Manager to support our successful place-based initiatives and community engagement strategies which include the facilitation of school safety collaboratives, leadership development trainings, and facilitation of neighborhood-level stakeholder tables. This position will be supervised by the Executive Director. Working with UPI team members the Program Manager will be responsible for the development and implementation of place-based strategies as well as building and maintaining strategic partnerships and initiatives. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: Manages the implementation of community-level place-based initiatives including program development, budget and contract management, staff supervision, strategic partnership development, and community engagement. Provide leadership and support to staff executing program deliverables and ensure the highest quality; Oversees and manages Place-based Initiatives development on issues such as community and school safety, community policing, neighborhood-level leadership development, community research, and coordination of collaborative stakeholder tables; Works in alignment with organization-wide initiatives to strengthen overall UPI agenda; Researches and integrates best practices into program work such as safe passages, leadership, community-based campaigns, and violence prevention; Demonstrates appropriate organizational leadership; Develops and maintains county-wide networks and partnerships with multiple sectors involved in community and public safety efforts; Tracks national, state and local developments in policy forums including legislative activity around UPI issues; Directly supervise assigned program staff; Works with Executive Director and Senior Team on fundraising, strategic planning, staff management and contract development; Participates in organization-wide planning, development, and communication activities as needed and ensures adherence to organization-wide goals and policies within the program area; Conducts presentations, briefings, and workshops to a broad array of stakeholders and partners; Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director. Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required: 4+ years experience in senior program management, community engagement, staff supervision and partnership management required; Master’s degree in relevant field of study including public policy, criminology, sociology, social work, public health and others or BA with equivalent experience is required; Demonstrated commitment to social justice and a disposition to work in an organization focused on civil rights and equity; Demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse people across the spectrum of socio-economic status, race, ethnicity and gender orientation; Bilingual Spanish preferred; Substantive background in public safety, violence prevention, and/or community organizing is required. Successful candidates will have high level of comfort and experience with two or more of these areas. Experience working specifically on issues of gang violence, violence prevention and/or the needs of the formerly incarcerated is a plus; Strong familiarity with data from a variety of sources, including economic development or public health studies, census reports, law enforcement agencies, nonprofit database systems, etc.; Direct experience working on program development, community engagement, staff management, and report-writing is required.; Excellent interpersonal skills and the proven ability to work with communities of color; Excellent written and oral communication skills, i.e. facilitation, outreach, report writing, and message delivery; Flexibility to adjust and contribute to continually evolving work situation and changing priorities; High computer proficiency and comfort a must Urban Peace Institute is an “at will” and equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce.  Women and people of color are encouraged to apply.  In addition, the organization will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.     careers@urbanpeaceinstitute.org https://www.urbanpeaceinstitute.org Please send resume and cover letter stating interest in the position specifically detailing: 1) experience with community engagement/organizing, 2) program development, and 3) commitment to urban peace issues and/or social justice to: ATTN: Fernando Rejón, Executive Director 1910 W. Sunset Blvd., Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90026 Or e‐mail to:  careers@urbanpeaceinstitute.org
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