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Wellness Coordinator

Start Date: September 1, 2018 – Open until filled

Full-time Permanent

Background

The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence 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. Through the promotion of the four components of the Beloved Healthy Community, ISPN staff work to build healthy selves, healthy clients, and a healthy community.

Today ISPN seeks a Wellness Coordinator to work to build capacity in the Victim Service Center, connect ISPN clients and staff with opportunities to promote and maintain wellness, and develop relationships that empower victims to find their voice in the community.

Responsibilities

  • Identify and cultivate relationships with wellness providers throughout the community
  • Create and maintain ISPN health and wellness awareness calendar and include local, national and international happenings around wellness
  • Create, post and monitor wellness content for ISPN and social media engagement
  • Create and maintain contracts with local businesses that provide opportunities to learn about or promote wellness
  • Facilitate wellness activities at ISPN headquarters (for clients and staff) and in the community
  • Refer clients and ISPN staff to appropriate community resources
  • Create and maintain free screening events/locations for clients and staff to access
  • Work with the Department Director to increase department capacity and build a more comprehensive grief network throughout Rhode Island
  • Connect Victim Support Center clients with community agencies that empower victims to find their voice and use their stories to enact change.
  • Collaborating with ISPN’s Director of Volunteer Services, develop and supervise volunteers and interns assigned to Victim Services
  • Plan and manage budget for wellness events and activities
  • Document contacts with clients and agencies and assist director with data collection and required reporting

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Experience working in human services, providing advocacy for individuals, and/or working with victims of trauma
  • Experience with program design and implementation
  • Experience recruiting participants for programs/services
  • Experience working with people from various ethnic, economic, and educational backgrounds both as colleagues and as clientele
  • Bi-Lingual – Spanish/ English – highly encouraged to apply
  • Comfort working autonomously
  • Comfort using computer programs
  • Ability to provide necessary self-care
  • Candidate must have their own fully registered vehicle, valid driver’s license, and valid insurance

To Apply

If interested in this life changing position, please send a cover letter and resume to Wanda Laracuente, Director of Operations and Executive Assistant, at

 ISPN is an equal opportunity employer, women and minorities are highly encouraged to apply.

Victim Advocate

Open Until Filled

Permanent, Full-time

Background

The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence (ISPN) 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.  ISPN 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 ISPN seeks an experienced, creative, and relentless Victim Advocate to provide high quality supportive services to victims of crime.  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 ISPN’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.  ISPN Advocates also respond to living victims of violent crime, helping victim’s plan for care and potential needs after the incidents. Advocates respond to all violent crime incidents; including shootings, stabbings, and violent assaults and use these responses to build relationships and intervene in the complex cycles of violence in which victims are so often caught. The staff of Victim Services collaborates with other ISPN programs to best serve the needs of youth and families whose lives are affected by violence and to implement a holistic violence reduction strategy.

Responsibilities

  • Perform crisis intervention with clients suffering trauma
  • Support victims of violent crime in their healing through intervention and advocacy
  • Provide information on Victim’s Rights, assess victims, and make referrals to appropriate community agencies
  • Assist clients in applying for Victim’s Compensation
  • Establish and maintain relationships with other victim service and community agencies; serve as a go-between for victims and their families
  • Assist victims with the timely return of property and items of evidence
  • Connect victims with the Victim Services team at the Attorney General’s office; work with this team to ensure that victims are kept informed in regards to their case and are supported through the entire criminal justice process
  • Provide continued support to victims and their families through home visits and phone calls
  • Keep up to date on current laws, regulations, and trends in victim assistance
  • Develop and update resource directory for victims of crime and other traumatic incidents
  • Coordinate educational forums, mutual support sessions, and other gatherings
  • Prepare print materials for distribution to crime victims
  • Use personal vehicle to transport clients and attend appointments
  • Develop and supervise volunteers and interns
  • Document client contacts and services provided and assist director with data collection and required reporting

Qualifications

  • A Bachelor’s degree; in Human Development, Criminal Justice, Social Work, or equivalent work experience is preferred
  • Bilingual Spanish/English speaking preferred – highly encouraged to apply
  • A commitment to learn and promote ISPN’s logic model and the principles and practices of Nonviolence
  • Experience as a counselor and/or advocate preferred
  • Experience working with populations from diverse backgrounds
  • Understanding of the complex and varied needs of victims
  • 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 ensure the success of the overall department and of ISPN
  • Must have a fully registered and insured vehicle and a valid U.S. Driver’s license

If interested in this life changing position, please send a cover letter and resume to Wanda Laracuente, Director of Operations, at wanda@nonviolenceinstitute.org

ISPN is an equal opportunity employer.

Director of Training and Special Projects
Open Until Filled
Permanent, Full-Time

The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence (ISPN) 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.  ISPN has helped to significantly lower violence in the City of Providence and other cities in the state, through offering quality comprehensive services to both victims and perpetrators of crime and other community stakeholders.  ISPN was founded as a nonviolence training institute, specifically teaching MLK’s Theory of Nonviolence.  It is the foundation from which all other services are based.  The Training and Special Projects Department is critical to the mission of ISPN.

Today ISPN seeks an experienced, energetic, organized, creative and driven Director of Training and Special Projects, to bring the organization’s Training and Special Projects Department to the next level.  This position offers the right individual an opportunity to impact the future of a vibrant and critical community organization.

The Director of Training and Special Projects is a full-time staff member at the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence.  Responsibilities and qualifications of the Director are as follow:

Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the daily operation of the Training and Special Projects Department
  • Be a contributing member of the Senior Leadership Team
  • Conduct nonviolence and other related trainings
  • Collaborate with others to update Nonviolence Trainings and other specialized trainings offered by ISPN
  • Oversee all grant(s) requirements which are awarded to the Training and Special Projects Department, ensuring that data and reports are timely and done accurately
  • Ensure all grant reports are presented to the Executive Director in a timely manner to be reviewed
  • Oversee ISPN staff, AmeriCorps members and clients nonviolence development.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Volunteer Management to conduct training in professional/programmatic development of the AmeriCorps Team.
  • Strengthen current partnerships through expanding nonviolence programming
  • Seek out new creative partnerships that increases ISPN’s impact on the communities it serves.
  • Continue with fully integrating nonviolence into all services at ISPN.
  • Build the Training and Special Projects Department capacity to be able to respond to the needs of the communities and audiences of ISPN.

 Qualifications:

  • Knowledge and commitment to the Institute’s mission and the principles of nonviolence
  • A degree in Human Development, Peace and Conflict Studies or related degree preferred or a minimum of 3 years equivalent experience in related fields doing similar work.
  • Experience with grants (writing and management)
  • Experience in teaching, group facilitation and/or training (all settings and ages – classrooms to boardrooms)
  • Strong desire to work with vulnerable high-risk, gang affiliated youth and a solid understanding of youth developmental stages and responding to the complex and varied needs of at-risk youth required
  • Knowledge of trauma informed services and implementation
  • Experience managing a staff, volunteers and youth required
  • Must have strong leadership qualities
  • Must have strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Must be self-motivated and independent
  • Experience in conflict resolution, conflict management, mediation, problem solving, community organizing, or job training highly preferred
  • Must be able to work well in a diverse and fast pace environment
  • Comfortable working independently, as well as part of a team
  • Must be willing to work nights and weekends and some holidays (MLK Day and as needed)
  • Understand the special needs that nonprofits have to accomplish the work
  • Must be willing to submit and pass a criminal background check and sex offender check
  • Reliable fully insured and registered vehicle (required)
  • Bi-lingual is very helpful

Key Relationships: Executive Director, Director of Operations/ Executive Assistant, Nonviolence Streetworker Department, Victim Services Department, Juvenile Re-Entry Department, Data and Evaluation Team, and Community Organizations and External Partners

If interested in this life changing position, please send a cover letter and resume to Wanda Laracuente, Director of Operations and Executive Assistant, at

ISPN is an equal opportunity employer, women and minorities are highly encouraged to apply.

Choose Peace AmeriCorps Member
Application Deadline July 31st, 2018

The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence works to foster a community that addresses
potentially violent situations with nonviolent solutions. By teaching and exercising the principles and
practices of Nonviolence, ISPN has helped to reduce violence in cities throughout Rhode Island,
while assisting in increasing the amount of services offered to victims of violence throughout the
state.
Position Overview:
The AmeriCorps Nonviolence Team Members commit to 10 months of service, providing nonviolence
training to 1000 economically disadvantaged students in Providence, Pawtucket and Central Falls,
Rhode Island. Members will be trained in the Kingian Nonviolence philosophy and curriculum, and
act as role models for how to live a nonviolent lifestyle within their assigned schools. Each AmeriCorps
Member will be assigned to a team and placed at one of ISPN’s partner schools. Specifically,
Members will conduct nonviolence trainings, develop nonviolence programming, and participate in
community events and meetings at their assigned school. Members are expected to establish
relationships with school staff, parents, and key stakeholders in an effort to provide a more thorough
support system for students. AmeriCorps Teams are responsible for organizing and performing one
service project outside the general scope of their work as a means of symbolizing their cohort’s
collective mission.
Benefits:
 $13,732 living stipend
 $5,815 Segal education award (upon completion of 1700 hours of service)
 Student loan forbearance & paid interest on qualified student loans for term of service
 Individual health care coverage (excludes dependents)
 Child care allowance
 Professional development & training opportunities including: nonviolence, mediation, classroom
management, and youth development

Requirements:
 Commit to 10 months of service: August 27th 2018 – June 28th 2019
 Complete a minimum of 1700 hours of service
 At least 18 years old
 Adhere to a drug-free workplace policy
 U.S. Citizen, U.S. National or Permanent Resident and able to provide documentation
 Possess a high school diploma/ GED, or able to provide proof of plans to obtain
 Undergo criminal history background check
 Able and available to work a full-time, 40 hour a week, flexible schedule including some nights
and weekends
 Experience with youth and/or youth development
 Strong desire to work with high-risk, gang affiliated youth
 Strong leadership qualities, self-motivated, and independent working abilities
 Strong interpersonal and communication skills
 Experience with computers and basic programs
 Able to work independently and within a team
 Access to reliable transportation
 Attend weekly professional development trainings and reflections at the Institute
 Able to function in a professional setting
Preferred:
 Experience in a classroom setting and/or group facilitation
 College degree or some college experience
 Experience in conflict resolution, problem solving, and community organizing
 Bilingual/Multilingual individuals strongly encouraged to apply

To apply to serve as a Choose Peace AmeriCorps Member, visit www.americorps.gov, and complete
the application for the Choose Peace program.

ISPN is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind. We
are committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees. All employment
decisions are based on business needs, job requirements, and individual qualifications, without
regard to race, color, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family or
parental status, disability, or age.

Pawtucket Nonviolence Streetworker (NVI-SW)
Timeframe to apply: Open until Filled

The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence (ISPN) 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. ISPN has helped to significantly lower violent crimes in the City of Providence, particularly youth violence. ISPN operates Statewide, with a few programs that operate solely within specific areas. In 2009, the Institute was selected as Outstanding Philanthropic Organization by the RI Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Today ISPN seeks a passionate, empathic, creative and relentless Nonviolence Streetworker to work as a team member at ISPN, a nationally recognized best practice organization in reducing violence, particular street-level violence. ISPN’s client base are individuals that are most likely to be shot, shoot, commit a violent crime or has been victim of violent crime.

The Nonviolence Streetworker (NVI-SW) will be a member of team that reports directly to the Director and Assistant Director of Nonviolence Streetworkers. Nonviolence Streetworkers utilize their understanding and familiarity with street dynamics of youth crews and gangs, in ways that help gather information, understand a conflict’s dynamics, control rumors, reduce retaliation, prevent conflict from erupting, communicate nonviolent messages to active crew members, and when possible connect them to positive skill based and mentoring outlets.

The NVI-SW Team is expected to work a minimum of 40 hours and operates an on-call schedule and adhere to strict protocols and policies. Long nights and weekends are not uncommon, as violence routinely occurs outside of “normal”business hours. NVI-SWs need to have the skills to operate in many different settings and be able to build trusting relationships with individuals that are prone to violence.

All ISPN staff members are trained in MLK’s Nonviolence Theory and ISPN’s logic model. It is the expectation that all ISPN staff members constantly are studying and practicing living a nonviolent lifestyle. This position offers the right individual an opportunity to impact the future of a vibrant and critical community organization.

Responsibilities of this position include:

*Be a productive member of ISPN’s staff
*Maintain a nonviolent lifestyle by embracing the philosophy
*Available to be On call 24/7 for violence related incidents – Scheduled in advanced
*Conduct daily outreach to proven- risk individuals in various locations to specific groups or assigned clients
*Broker services for clients through coordination and referrals within ISPN and other agencies
*Provide support, overall problem-solving assistance and advocacy on behalf of ISPN clients
*Maintain a small client case load – based on ISPN Risk Assessment
*Keep updated client information in ISPN Database
*Submit weekly paperwork/reports while maintaining intake, assessment, and referral system
*Develop individual service plan to meet client needs
*Maintain high quality communication with management of NVI-SWs and ISPN

Qualifications:
*High School Diploma or GED required (Case Management or some college preferred)
*Submit to a full intense background check
*A valid driver’s license, have daily access to a registered and insured vehicle – required
*Experience working with “Proven/High risk” individuals
*Ability to work on a diverse team
*Conflict Resolution skills required
*Submit to an extensive background check, involving a community and law enforcement check
*Willingness to work on the street and in other unstructured situations
*Comfortability with computer programs such as WORD, EXCEL, OUTLOOK, GMAIL, and Communication
skills, both written and verbal

Qualified applicant are requested to send a cover letter and resume to Juan Carter, Director of the Streetworker Department, via email at juan@nonviolenceinstitute.org or mailed to 265 Oxford St. Providence, RI 02905 attention

The Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence is an equal opportunity employer.