Manager, Center for Gun Violence Research and Education, the HAVI

Brief Overview:

We are seeking a Manager to support the HAVI’s development and growth of a Center for Gun Violence Research and Education that focuses on research, innovation, education, and community solutions.

Position Description:

To heal communities affected by violence, The Health Alliance for Violence Intervention ( 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 4 divisions: Capacity Building, Organizational Growth and Equity, Policy and Communications, and Communities of Practice.

HVIPs are one of a handful of evidence-informed practices that support cities reduce violence and scale trauma-informed care. The field has largely 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).

The vision for Center on Gun Violence Research and Education is a national center focused on improving community capability to develop, deploy and scale evidence-based community and health care solutions to prevent gun violence, and mitigate the impact of this violence on families and communities. Furthermore, the center would promote a public health approach to reducing gun violence through public and professional communication campaigns. The center would facilitate collaborative partnerships with academia, governmental organizations, foundations, and private/non-profit organizations. The Center will seek to sponsor research, as well as care innovation and educational initiatives. The work produced by the Center will aim to 1) reduce the incidence and impact of gun violence, including suicide, 2) address the emotional and psychological trauma related to the aftermath of shootings, including the disparate impact that gun violence has in communities of colors, and 3) focus on providing strong leadership and collaboration with other organizations seeking to participate in solutions that will have a real impact. The Center will develop, test, and scale public health and healthcare solutions to addressing gun violence.

Additionally, the Center will amplify its impact through the provision of funding a set of non-profit organizational partners.  In addition, the Center may also collaborate with non-governmental organizations, universities, community-based organizations, healthcare organizations and other stakeholder with a shared interest in gun violence prevention research, innovation, education, and community-based solutions to gun violence. The Center will lead efforts in four pillars 1) care delivery innovation, 2) research, 3) education, and 4) community-based solutions. The Center will oversee sub-grant funding and serve as a convenor and thought leader for collaborating organizations.

We seek candidates with a passion for violence intervention work and who understand the contributions our inter-disciplinary communities play in advancing public health approaches to violence and research that transforms systems across the country.

The Manager will support our development and growth of a Center for Gun Violence Research and Education that focuses on research, innovation, education, and community solutions. The Center will authentically engage institutional and community partners to produce rigorous science and implement evidence-based/informed approaches to address the scourge of violence through multi-sector, collaborative initiatives that impact individuals, groups, and systems.

The Manager, Center for Gun Violence Research and Education is an exempt and full-time position with a salary range between $75,000 – $85,000 based on skills and experience. The HAVI is a fully remote organization that is fiscally sponsored by HRiA. All HAVI staff who are fully vaccinated may work in HRiA’s Boston office as desired and/or conduct in-person work activities as necessary. This position can be fully remote or hybrid, depending on the location of the candidate.

HRiA offers strong benefits to its employees, including competitive salaries, health insurance, retirement plan, flexible summer hours, vacation starting at 4 weeks, 13 paid holidays, plus office closure time during the last week of December.

The Manager, Center for Gun Violence Research and Education will report to the Managing Director, Center for Gun Violence Research and Education. This is an exempt, full-time, fully remote position.

Duties and Responsibilities:

This includes but is not limited to the following:


  • Manage community engagement efforts to gather input and feedback on design of funding opportunities
  • In collaboration with the Director of Grantmaking, manage Request for Proposals and application requirements for funding opportunities
  • Provide ongoing technical and other types of assistance for applicants
  • Lead post-award activities in partnership with other Center staff
  • Assist with departmental planning, implementation, policies, and evaluation
  • Maintain effective and mutual working relationships with key national/state partners and leaders, community stakeholders, prospective and current funders, and the Center’s Advisory Committee

Project Work

  • Support in the dissemination of funding opportunities
  • Participate in partner organization events on violence prevention/intervention strategies
  • Assist with a landscape analysis for the Center to identify strengths and gaps as they align with our approach
  • Engage in internal standards and policies development
  • Develop, implement and manage projects in the Center
  • Actively review Center materials and provide suggestions for improving design or implementation practices
  • Communicate and provide resources to funders and stakeholders, as assigned
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

Thought Leadership

  • Expand the HAVI and HVIP capacity and expertise to deepen connections and alignment to the fields of gun violence research, violence intervention and prevention and racial and health equity.
  • Be a trusted, informed source of expertise for HAVI, clients, funders, and the community
  • Document and share knowledge and best practices to replicate success
  • Develop and provide content for website
  • Suggest ideas/improvements through participation in teams and committees

Business Development

  • Assist with grant proposal writing and/or submission, as requested

Special Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • Minimum of five to eight years project management experience or Master’s degree in a relevant field (Public Health, Social Work, Program Administration, Public Policy, or other)
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply strategic planning concepts, frameworks, and processes to develop innovative, tailored solutions for various clients.
  • Ability to work in a virtual, remote environment
  • Ability to travel nationally as needed.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Operates with a lens of equity, social justice, and trauma-informed approaches.
  • Commitment to and understanding of health and racial equity and strong understanding of the root causes of inequities and how racism is a public health crisis.
  • Ability to work as a part of a team–leading when appropriate and accepting feedback.
  • Strong written, public speaking and interpersonal communication skills, and the ability to adapt communication appropriately for purpose and audience.
  • Ability to provide, hear, reflect, and act on feedback.
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to juggle multiple, competing priorities and timelines.
  • Strong problem-solving and analytical skills, with an ability to anticipate challenges and propose solutions.
  • Ability to identify priority project tasks, gather input and guidance, and accomplish them independently with minimal additional oversight.
  • Keen attention to detail and a strong commitment to high-quality products, customer/client service, and team interactions.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including strong communication, negotiation, and collaboration skills.
  • Proven ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a wide variety of individuals and organizations relevant to the project.
  • Ability to design presentations using professional tools such as PowerPoint, etc.
  • Ability to manage conflict.
  • Comfort with learning and using digital tools (e.g., Microsoft Office, Zoom)
  • Respectful of cultural differences, and values the diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives.

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position.  It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor 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.

How to Apply:

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. Diversity is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally specific 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.

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 as well as any other relevant or adjacent skill sets. To apply, submit your cover letter and resume online by May 31, 2023. Please note that the interview process will consist of a minimum of 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.

* NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE, if you have a question please click the button below*