The Nonviolence Institute is hiring. See two opportunities below.
Director of Employment Services
Timeframe to apply: Open until Filled
Salary: Based on Experience
Start Date: ASAP 2019
The Nonviolence Institute seeks to teach by word and example the principles and practices of nonviolence and to foster a community that addresses potentially violent situations with nonviolent solutions. The Institute has helped to significantly reduce violence in the City of Providence and other cities in the state, through offering quality comprehensive services to both victims and perpetrators of crime. Employment Services specifically works to increase the employability of Institute clients and other individuals referred for services.
The Nonviolence Institute seeks an experienced program design and implementation leader to be the Director of Employment Services. The vision for Employment Services is to create a structured, yet flexible, set of opportunities that allow for the greatest impact for participants and the community at-large. This position offers the right individual an opportunity to impact the future of a vibrant and critical community organization.
It is important that the Director of Employment Services understands the employment needs and challenges of individuals that have had experienced trauma in different forms resulting from past violent incidents as well as individuals who are formally incarnated.
Employment Services, through innovative partnerships with for-profit and nonprofit organizations, creates internal and external opportunities that are tailored to the interests and skill levels of the clients. A team of six Institute staff members, including the Employment Program Coordinator, work closely to support clients in navigating challenges as they transition to self-sufficiency and they begin to practice a nonviolent lifestyle. Employment Services utilizes a positive development approach, emphasizing individual strengths and assets while fostering skill building around employment readiness.
- Implement the Institute’s employment programming vision
- Oversee activities specific to self-efficacy and team building among clients
- Guide the Employment Program Coordinator with identifying and coordinating activities that support clients’ employment and life goals
- Oversee client interview, selection process, and program onboarding
- Collaborate with Institute Program Directors and assigned Institute staff on case management of clients
- Develop and oversee implementation of Institute’s two current employment readiness programs, 10-month work readiness and two 6 week summer employment readiness programs in Providence and Pawtucket, based on specific program outcomes
- Implement an evaluation structure for client feedback
- As needed, train clients in building employment soft skills
- Represents the Nonviolence Institute and enhance the visibility of the Employment Services and its goals at various meetings and events and with stakeholders.
- Seek and create innovative partnerships that provide paid opportunities for clients to gain employment skills and knowledge
- Develops and cultivates connections and collaborations with other community and private sector organizations, with local businesses, and with post-secondary education institutions
- Other duties and special projects as assigned
- A Bachelor’s degree; in Human Development, Criminal Justice, Social Work, or equivalent work experience is preferred
- A minimum of four years of experience working directly with high-risk individuals
- Goal-oriented individual able to inspire and motivate others to work toward setting and achieving goals and to navigate and manage obstacles around meeting educational, employment, and personal goals
- Superior organizational and communication abilities with a strong attention to detail
- A commitment to learn and promote the Institute’s logic model and the principles and practices of nonviolence
- Experience working with populations from diverse backgrounds
- Understanding of the effects of trauma and the value of trauma informed service provision
- Proficient with Word, Excel, Photoshop, Outlook, Gmail
- High quality writing skills
- Ability to work creatively and independently in a diverse organization with staff that have various skill levels
- Able to bring a high level of energy every day
- Willing to work late and on weekends as needed to ensure the success of Employment Services, clients, and of the Nonviolence Institute
- Must have a fully registered and insured vehicle and a valid U.S. Driver’s license
- Fluency in a language other than English
- Some knowledge of business structures and financing
If interested in this life changing position, please send a cover letter and resume to Wanda, Director of Operations, at .
Nonviolence Institute is an equal opportunity employer.
Victim Services Housing Coordinator
Timeframe to apply: Open until Filled
Salary: Based on Experience
Start Date: ASAP
The Nonviolence Institute (the Institute) seeks to teach by word and example the principles and practices of nonviolence, and to foster a community that addresses potentially violent situations with nonviolent solutions. The Institute has helped to significantly lower violence in the City of Providence and other cities in the state, through the offering of quality comprehensive services to both victims and perpetrators of crime. Victim Support Services specifically works to increase trauma informed, client-centered services being offered to victims of violence throughout the State of Rhode Island regardless of background or circumstance.
Today the Institute seeks an experienced, creative, and relentless Housing Coordinator to assist those members
of our community who find themselves most vulnerable due to housing instability. This position offers the right individual an opportunity to impact the future of a vibrant and critical community organization. Victim Services has been part of the Institute’s programming since 2007. It is the only program in the state that specifically serves the families and friends of homicide victims. Our programs consist of a monthly mutual support session, Victims Compensation filing, funeral planning, victim impact statements, family support, victim advocacy, expressive arts and alternative therapeutic activities, referrals to counseling, and crisis response. In response to an overwhelming need for relocation assistance in this population, Victim Services created a program to address these needs through funding provided by the United Way. Priority is given to those shut out of traditional relocation assistance programs and/or those whose safety concerns dictate an immediate need to move.
Use the “Housing First” model to support clients in growth and progress through placement in safe
and stable housing
Become immersed in the Institute’s Nonviolence curriculum and logic model and use these tools to
provide best practice services to clients
Develop a local network of landlords who are willing to rent to Institute clients in a timely fashion
Provide information to clients on their rights as tenants and resources available to support their
Assist clients in navigating other helping source for which they might be eligible (such as Victim’s
Compensation, Food Stamps, SSI etc.)
Work collaboratively with other Institute staff and partner organizations around housing referrals
Work with clients to identify and work toward health and wellness goals once they have been
Connect clients with appropriate job training, work, or assistance to ensure their ability to maintain
rental agreements after emergency financial assistance has been used
Work with clients to identify and eliminate barriers to future long-term housing stability
Develop and maintain a network of referral sources to meet client needs
Keep up to date on current housing laws, regulations, and trends
Use personal vehicle to transport clients and attend appointments
Develop and supervise volunteers and interns
Attend United Way grantee meetings and workshops when applicable
Document client contacts and services provided and assist director with data collection and required
A Bachelor’s degree; in Human Development, Criminal Justice, Social Work, or equivalent work
experience is preferred
Bilingual Spanish/English preferred
A commitment to learn and promote the Institute’s logic model and the principles and practices of
Experience working with populations from diverse backgrounds
Understanding of the effects of trauma and the value of trauma informed service provision
Superior organizational and communication abilities
Proficient with Word, Excel, Photoshop, Outlook, Gmail
High quality writing skills
Ability to work in a diverse organization with staff that have various skill levels
Ability to work creatively and independently
A high level of energy
Willing to work late and on weekends as needed to accommodate landlord’s schedules and
ensure the success of the Victim Services department and of the Institute as a whole
Must have a fully registered and insured vehicle and a valid U.S. Driver’s license
If interested in this position, please send a cover letter and resume to Wanda Laracuente, Director of Operations and Executive Assistant, at email@example.com or by mail addressed to Nonviolence Institute, 265 Oxford St. Providence, RI 02905.
The Institute is an equal opportunity employer.