Policy & Advocacy Sr. Coordinator, the HAVI

Brief Overview:

We are seeking a Policy & Advocacy Senior Coordinator to play a critical role in supporting the advocacy efforts of community members, professional organizations, lawmakers, and health care providers to foster the growth of HVIPs locally and nationally for the HAVI.

Position Description:

To heal communities affected by violence, The Health Alliance for Violence Intervention (www.thehavi.org) 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 TTA department works to assist member HVIPs and cohorts of new HVIPs strengthen their programs and improve practices through dynamic and informed training and technical assistance provided by expert HVIP trainers. Additionally, new HVIPs are launched with the guidance and training of the TTA department staff. Other TTA activities include training, module, and toolkit development, managing the HAVI National TTA Center, overseeing the HAVI Certified National Faculty and all related performance management and evaluation. The HAVI TTA activities are responsive and dynamic and are meant to inform key stakeholders, including hospital and community organization leadership, hospital medical directors and clinicians, community leaders and stakeholders, program managers and supervisors, frontline violence intervention specialists, and community-based organizations

The HAVI hosts a large annual conference, which convenes over 500 professionals implementing our health approach throughout the country and the world.  We also staff member working groups that focus on Mental Health, Research, Policy, Workforce Development, and more, and provide training and technical assistance to hospitals and communities that want to begin HVIPs and to existing programs that need support.

The HAVI is a fiscally sponsored project of Health Resources in Action, Inc. (HRiA).

The Senior Coordinator, Policy & Advocacy will play a critical role in supporting the advocacy efforts of community members, professional organizations, lawmakers, and health care providers to foster the growth of HVIPs locally and nationally. The coordinator will participate in the analysis and development of health-based violence prevention and intervention policies, monitor the policy landscape across multiple jurisdictions, and represent the HAVI within various coalitions. The Senior Coordinator, Policy & Advocacy will convene stakeholders to expand advocacy efforts through the formation of new coalitions. The ideal candidate has experience working in government on either legislative or regulatory affairs and has a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders from a variety of backgrounds (academic, community, advocates, etc). We would prefer candidates who operate with a lens of racial equity, have a passion for violence intervention work, and who understand the powerful impact of addressing social determinants of health.

The Senior Coordinator, Policy & Advocacy will report to the Director of Policy & Advocacy. This is an exempt, full-time, fully remote position. The salary for this position starts at $70,000 and is commensurate with experience.

Duties and Responsibilities:

This includes but is not limited to the following:


  • In collaboration with the Director of Policy & Advocacy, operationalize strategic priorities for the department
  • Track hours spent lobbying government agencies

Project Work

  • Analyze and monitor legislative and regulatory efforts that pertain to community violence at the Federal and State levels.
  • Promote, develop, and provide technical assistance to legislative bodies and regulatory agencies at the state, local, and federal levels for emerging community violence policies.
  • Convene stakeholders to develop and lead new policy advocacy coalitions

Thought Leadership

  • Work in a collaborative manner with HAVI partners and advocacy coalitions by participating in meetings, monitoring the state of the policy landscape, and directly supporting the coalition’s efforts
  • Produce memoranda, statements, and other knowledge products as needed
  • Work collaboratively with the HAVI communications team to translate policy efforts for diverse audiences

Business Development

  • Assist with proposal writing and/or submission as needed

Special Requirements

  • Experience working in government on either legislative or regulatory affairs, particularly with public health policy.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills are a must
  • Knowledge of federal and state funding streams for violence prevention work preferred

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Ability to telecommute
  • Ability to travel nationally (20-30%) — this will likely be a post-pandemic qualification
  • Operates with a lens of equity, social justice and trauma-informed approaches
  • Ability to work as a part of a team–leading when appropriate and accepting feedback
  • Ability to adapt communication appropriately for purpose and audience
  • High level of organization, accuracy, and attention to detail
  • Ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks with accuracy and adapt to changing priorities
  • Ability to design presentations using professional tools such as powerpoint, prezi,
  • Professional appearance and demeanor
  • Respectful of cultural differences, and values 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 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.

To apply, submit your resume, cover letter, and salary requirements online.

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