Senior Director, Research & Evaluation, The HAVI

Brief Overview:

We are seeking a Senior Director of Research & Evaluation to collaborate with the HAVI’s senior leadership to develop opportunities to advance our understanding of hospital-based violence intervention and trauma-informed care in the field of community violence prevention.

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 the specifics of their design and scope, but typically include a brief intervention in the emergency department or at the hospital bedside as well as intensive community-based case management services following discharge. HVIP services are provided by culturally competent Violence Prevention Professionals who often also serve in a mentorship capacity. 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, therapists, gang interventionists, outreach workers and researchers who are affiliated with 41 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’s work is carried by three distinct, yet interconnected clusters. These clusters include: Capacity Building, Strategy & Impact, and Research & Evaluation. The Research & Evaluation Cluster is a new entity within the HAVI which has emerged from a need to elevate existing research in the field and to promote new research that could be used to support stakeholders across the network. These stakeholders include city and state government, hospitals/health systems, medical and public health organizations, researchers, the broader gun violence prevention movement, as well as other racial justice organizations.

The HAVI is a fiscally sponsored project of Health Resources in Action, Inc. (HRiA). HRiA is a nonprofit public health and medical research funding organization based in Boston, Massachusetts with a mission to help people live healthier lives and build healthier communities through prevention, health promotion, policy, and research. HRiA works with a diverse group of clients across the country to address some of the most critical public health issues using innovative and evidence-based approaches to improve population health. Our clients include the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, state and local health departments, hospitals, and private/corporate philanthropic entities.

The Senior Director of Research & Evaluation will collaborate with the organization’s senior leadership to develop opportunities to advance our understanding of hospital-based violence intervention and trauma-informed care in the field of community violence prevention. The Senior Director will help increase multi-site HVIP research, create resources to support manualized training and technical assistance, and promote the establishment of a diverse research workforce that includes underrepresented groups as well as those with relevant lived experiences

We seek candidates with a passion for violence intervention work and who understand the contributions our inter-disciplinary communities play in advancing this powerful model across the country. Candidates will also need to demonstrate an ability to pivot quickly as new opportunities arise.

The Senior Director of Research & Evaluation will report to the Managing Director, Capacity Building. This is an exempt, full-time position with a salary range between $125,000 – $135,000, based on skills and experience. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, staff are working remotely. Staff who are fully vaccinated may work in HRiA’s Boston office as desired and/or conduct in-person work activities as necessary. HRiA’s office will reopen more fully in 2022 in a “hybrid model,” enabling Massachusetts-based HRiA employees the option to work remotely and/or in the office. This position can be fully remote or hybrid, based on the candidate.

Duties and Responsibilities:

This includes but is not limited to the following:


  • Lead and manage research & evaluation department including staff, hiring, budgets, program planning, implementation, evaluation, and other related responsibilities;
  • Establish and implement departmental goals and priorities;
  • Build and sustain departmental identity, relationships, and portfolio;
  • Supervise and/or mentor at least 3 staff;
  • Provide guidance to Directors and other senior staff on relevant research in the field and its impact on project development and implementation;
  • Cultivate and maintain positive working relationships with key national/state partners and leaders including: clients, community stakeholders, potential funders and the HAVI Board (as requested);
  • Work alongside the Executive Team to manage important internal and external opportunities and challenges.

Project Work

  • Set a research agenda focused on violence intervention and prevention;
  • Act as central point of contact for external research inquiries;
  • Characterize the site-specific variabilities among HVIPs to inform research design and interpretation of findings across programs (emergency medicine, trauma, pediatrics, hospital-linked, and others);
  • Develop and maintain a catalogue of HVIP research;
  • Partner with Executive Director and resource development team to apply and secure research funding from private and public sources;
  • Facilitate research collaborations among member programs;
  • Promote mentorship of junior faculty, post-docs and graduate students conducting HVIP research with an emphasis on advancing careers of underrepresented minority researchers;
  • Coordinate multi-site research studies;
  • Contribute content expertise/specialty to projects and teams, in addition to management duties;
  • Implement project activities or tasks as appropriate.

Thought Leadership

  • Work with Research and Evaluation working group and the training and technical assistance department to support HVIP implement an appropriate data collection;
  • Promote innovative research methodologies and the value of different types of evidence (i.e. randomized control trials are one of many methodologies that generate new evidence).
  • Identify partners in multi-site research
  • Connect with outside organizations and agencies involved in injury prevention, public health, policy/advocacy, and criminal justice research
  • Join the leadership team of the Research and Evaluation working group
  • Submit and/or contribute to publications (e.g. journal manuscripts, practice beliefs, etc.) and/or conference abstracts, presentations, and workshops;
  • Suggest ideas/improvements through participation in teams and committees.

Business Development

  • Partner with the Executive Director and resource development team to secure funding for projects and initiatives;
  • Identify and assess funding opportunities;
  • Lead and contribute to proposal writing;
  • Support staff members’ new business development efforts;
  • Write and contribute to proposals, scopes, budgets, etc.


Candidate Qualifications:

  • Strong analytical and planning skills;
  • Well-developed oral and written communication skills, including public speaking and audience engagement;
  • Knowledge of and facility with budget development and management;
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a wide range of people representing various backgrounds, levels of training, and career stages;
  • Ability to work independently, juggle multiple tasks and responsibilities, and meet deadlines;
  • Ability to telecommute;
  • Ability to travel nationally (10-25%, pandemic nonwithstanding);
  • Ability to supervise others according to Strengths-Based Leadership Framework;
  • Ability to work as a part of a team–leading when appropriate and accepting feedback;
  • Ability to adapt communication appropriately for purpose and audience;
  • Ability to design presentations using professional tools such as powerpoint, prezi, etc;
  • A healthy sense of humor and the ability to work with grace under pressure.

Special Requirements

  • Advanced degree, preferably doctorate level, in the fields of epidemiology, public health, or related field
  • Methodologic expertise in quantitative and qualitative research
  • Experience in research design and interpretation with the following considerations:
    • Site-specific variabilities between HVIPs to inform designs
    • Community-based participatory research methods including understanding of clinical aspects and culture of research in community settings
    • Implementation science
    • Quasi-experimental design
    • Multi-site research
  • History of obtaining federal funding or similar grant acquisition for own research
  • Demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining a research team
  • Solid management experience and demonstrated success in developing and leading strategic projects;
  • A proven track record in securing large contracts from a diverse portfolio of funders (e.g., federal, state and local agencies, health care institutions, non-profit organizations, and philanthropic foundations)

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 work force that reflects the populations we work with and the communities where we work. Diversity is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally competent 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.

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