Senior Advisor, Training and Technical Assistance, The HAVI

Brief Overview:

We are seeking a Senior Advisor of Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) who will play a leadership role in strategic initiatives for the department, provide direct training and technical assistance to programs and partners, and contribute to the direction of the department and the organization as the HAVI grows and deepens its impact.

Position Description:

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 over 50 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 5 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).

Health Resources in Action, Inc. (HRiA) is a non-profit organization working to improve and reimagine public health. We connect, consult, and collaborate to solve complex challenges of access and equity in our health and social systems. Together with our partners, clients, and collaborators, we create actionable solutions so that all people can thrive.

In 1957, The Medical Foundation (TMF) was created to primarily fund biomedical research in Massachusetts. Since then, we’ve been on a journey of evolution. We changed our name to Health Resources in Action (HRiA) to reflect our impact in the field of public health. Today, HRiA works with individuals, organizations, and communities to drive a policy and systems change approach to advance health and racial equity.

HRiA seeks sustainable solutions for complex problems using an anti-racist approach. We aim to be adaptable and flexible in meeting clients and partners where they are, offering our decades of knowledge and resources to collectively realize our dream of equitable, sustainable health for all. The foundation of this work is centered on our values:

  • Health and racial equity by identifying and addressing the root causes of health inequities, intentionally working to shift narratives and power imbalances and disrupt all systems of oppression.
  • Leading with heart by demonstrating our passionate commitment to our work, continuously challenging ourselves with humility and vulnerability while pursuing and holding ourselves accountable to our mission.
  • Collaboration by intentionally and respectfully leading, partnering, and following to strengthen relationships, uplift different voices and build trust.
  • Innovation by driving toward new strategies, questioning norms, and continuously learning and evolving to support the needs of our clients and communities.

HRiA offers exciting, engaging, and challenging employment opportunities for facilitators, trainers, researchers, analysts, policy specialists, grant managers, and more. People come to HRiA because of our commitment to advancing health equity and inspiring work; they stay for our wonderful clients, partners, and dedicated and dynamic staff. With our growing portfolio of high-impact work, person-centered policies, and generous benefits, our team continually invests in making HRiA a great place to work. Our diverse staff of over 270 people hail from 30+ states, with a homebase in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood.

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Position Description

The Senior Advisor of Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) will play a leadership role in strategic initiatives for the department, will provide direct training and technical assistance to programs and partners, and will contribute to the direction of the department and the organization as the HAVI grows and deepens its impact.  We seek a professional who is well-versed in Hospital-Based Violence Intervention Programs and the Community Violence Intervention field, understanding the challenges and opportunities to strengthen the HVIP model.

The ideal candidate has experience developing curriculum and providing training for various audiences in health care and community violence intervention using a trauma-informed care and racial equity lens. Candidates should have advanced skills in developing and facilitating virtual and in-person training as the Senior Advisor will plan, lead, facilitate, and contribute to the variety of trainings that the HAVI currently provides. The Senior Advisor will identify and develop new training as the need arises.

The Senior Advisor will also play a leadership role in key strategic initiatives that require deep knowledge, relationships, and expertise. The ideal candidate brings to this role demonstrated leadership in violence prevention and intervention, direct experience working with or for HVIPs, and a drive for making an impact nationally.

The Senior Advisor, TTA will report to the Director, TTA and work closely in support of the Associate Director. This is an exempt, full-time position with a salary range of $90,000-$100,000 depending on skills and experience. This position will require the ability to travel nationally, 1-2 times per month, for 3-7 days at a time, to conduct training or convene with national partners.

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. This is an exempt, full-time, fully remote position.

Department Description

The HAVI’s TTA department works to assist member HVIPs and cohorts of new HVIPs to 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. As such, the Senior Advisor will provide technical assistance with sites and partners nationally and help codify and strengthen this work in collaboration with internal and external colleagues and stakeholders.

The HAVI TTA activities are responsive and dynamic and are meant to engage with and 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.

Duties and Responsibilities:

This includes but is not limited to the following:

Project Work

  • Lead, facilitate, and evaluate all core HAVI trainings, including the Violence Prevention Professional training
  • Develop training content and standardized materials, including facilitator’s guides and train-the-trainer manuals
  • Participate in organizational wide meetings, in-person staff convenings, and contribute to policy and practice materials.
  • Provide support on other projects as assigned by the Director of TTA and Director of TTA


  • Assume the lead on project management and thought leadership for key strategic initiatives
  • Provide technical assistance to current hospital-based violence intervention programs, emerging HVIPs, and other partners. Sample technical assistance activities include site visits, participating in learning communities/working groups, conducting webinars and presentations, and individual staff coaching
  • Manage communications with contracted partners, consultants, and collaborators for training and technical assistance projects
  • Assist with departmental planning, implementation, policies, and evaluation

Thought Leadership

  • Lead and contribute to the development of improved and new materials, including trainings, webinars, reports, TA documentation
  • Contribute to the direction of the department and organization’s work through participation in cross-departmental efforts, workgroups, and standing internal meetings
  • Represent the HAVI and its work in local, regional, and national convenings, either through attendance, participation, or presentation.

Business Development

  • Contribute to grant proposal development and grant report writing as assigned.
  • Manage the tracking and development of TTA contracts.

Candidate Qualifications:

Special Requirements

  • Significant understanding of community violence intervention models and content/subject matter expertise in community violence, health care systems, trauma-informed and healing centered practices, and HVIPs
  • Advanced skills in providing customized training and technical assistance
  • Ability to analyze direct service violence intervention models, HVIPs, and health care responses to violence and psychological trauma
  • At least 5-10 years of experience conducting trainings on violence prevention/intervention for a diverse audience
  • A degree and/or certification in Public Health, Social Work, or at least 10 years of experience working in violence intervention or prevention services.

Candidate Qualifications

  • Ability to work in a remote organization
  • Ability to travel nationally (15%-30%)
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated commitment to centering racial justice and health equity
  • Strong attention to detail and able to synthesize new information quickly
  • Strong time management and ability to complete work tasks autonomously
  • Committed to respecting cultural differences and values diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives.
  • Ability to work as a part of a team–leading when appropriate and open to feedback
  • Ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks with accuracy and adapt to changing priorities
  • Ability to design presentations using professional tools such as PowerPoint, Prezi, etc.
  • High proficiency in Microsoft Office, especially Outlook, Excel, Word, Teams, OneNote, and PowerPoint

This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties required in this position. It is not intended to limit, or modify, any supervisor’s rights 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:

To apply, submit your cover letter and resume online. Please include in your cover letter experience (paid or unpaid) as it relates to this job description and any other relevant or adjacent skill sets. Please note that the interview process will consist of at least two video interviews, submitting relevant work samples and/or a written skills-based exercise. If you require accommodation, we welcome your request at any point in the application process.

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.

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