ORGANIZATIONAL SUMMARY: Safe & Sound develops, supports and facilitates collaborative approaches to measurably reduce violent crime by blending law enforcement, neighborhood organizing and youth development, making Milwaukee neighborhoods safe places to work, live and raise families. Safe & Sound is a community-based, community building and anti-crime strategy designed to reduce crime and violence. It utilizes the interdependent strategies of positive youth development at Safe Places, neighborhood building and organizing through the Community Partners and Community Prosecution Coordinators, and law enforcement through the Milwaukee High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA). It is a unique, collaborative approach to fighting crime, violence, illegal drug and alcohol sales, and other neighborhood problems. Safe & Sound’s collaborating partners empower youth and adults to work together, creating a better, safer community for all.
The Community Partners Program is one of the three prongs of the Safe & Sound Strategy and is made up of: Community Partners Organizers, Community Prosecution Unit Coordinators, Drug Free Communities staff, and Restorative Justice staff. It is a proactive collaborative strategy involving the District Attorney’s Office, the Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Department, Probation and Parole, Department of Neighborhood Services, community-based organizations, and citizens in the Safe & Sound sectors. The program strives to reduce crime, engage our Safe Place youth, mobilize citizens, and utilize limited resources in the most efficient manner to make our neighborhoods safer.
SUMMARY: Under the direction of Safe & Sound’s Executive Director, the Community Partners’ Director will be responsible for operation of the Community Partners’ program. Administer and coordinate the strategy, partnerships, and collaborations, planning and supervising the day-to-day activities of the program by performing the job duties described below.
The Director must function with the sophistication, political savvy, and community understanding to manage a complex set of strategies in partnership with numerous public agencies such as the Milwaukee Police Department, the District Attorney’s office, the Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services as well as other partner organizations and actors such as funders, elected officials, neighborhood development organizations, youth serving groups, churches, and business people.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Responsible for the overall day-to-day coordination and supervision of the Community Partners program, including the Community Partner Organizers, Community Prosecution, Drug Free Communities programs, and any other additional programs and staff as assigned.
- Manage and supervise all Community Partners Program staff, including the Community Partner organizers, the Community Prosecution Coordinators, Drug Free Communities staff, Restorative Justice staff, and any others as assigned. This includes recruiting, hiring, evaluating, training, supporting and mentoring staff as well as developing procedures and criteria. All hires will be approved by the Executive Director.
- Coordinate Community Partners’ work with the Executive Director, other Directors and staff. Work as a team with all Safe & Sound staff. Build positive linkages with the Safe Places program staff, and coordinate strategies.
- Build linkages with the District Attorney’s Office, particularly the Community Prosecutors and restorative justice programs and develop collaborative synergies with them on applicable projects.
- Build positive working relationships and facilitate staff networking with Aldermen, County Supervisors, the Mayor’s and County Executive’s offices and any other appropriate elected officials. Assist in the development of relationships, partnerships and funding opportunities with the goal of reducing violence and enhancing neighborhood vitality.
- Develop and maintain relationships, and work with public and private actors, community based organizations, and the media on collaborations and funding opportunities.
- Build and strengthen linkages and relationships with the Milwaukee Police Department, Milwaukee HIDTA and the Milwaukee County Sheriff’s Office, including the Captains and District Community Liaison Officers.
- Serve as the Project Director for the Drug Free Communities initiative, insuring that goals and objectives are met and supervising DFC staff.
- Working with the Community Partners staff, develop, evaluate and disseminate best practices related to crime-reduction and other neighborhood specific initiatives. Facilitate development of efficient working relationships between Community Partners, law enforcement and Safe Places in coordination with Safe Places Program Director, other staff and outside agencies.
- Develop and coordinate effective neighborhood outreach and community mobilization plans as part of Safe & Sound’s community –building strategy; identify innovative processes and programmatic materials to provide information and recruit residents for strategies.
- Work with the Executive Director, Development staff and the Safe Places’ Program Director in developing proposals for funding and development of additional funding for existing and new program components.
- Work with the Executive Director to develop and coordinate training programs for staff, and adult and youth constituencies.
- Attend and facilitate meetings, including those at community organizations; develop and provide presentations as required.
- Work with Executive Director and Accountant to develop and monitor program budget.
- Develop procedures, monitoring and evaluation processes for the Community Partners programs as needed.
- Collaborate in the development of data collection processes, and evaluate data to prepare reports as required. Identifying progress toward meeting goals, objectives and outcomes for Community Partners, law enforcement and Safe Places. Prepare weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual reports as required by the Executive Director and funding sources.
- Collaborate and serve as the Community Partners program representative and technical contributor on Safe & Sound evaluations, strategic development, public relations, website and communications.
- Perform all other duties and tasks assigned by the Executive Director.
Directly supervise Community Partners Program staff. Ensure that performance goals are met for all. Carry out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Hire, train, mentor staff.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE:
B A. in a social science area; Master’s Degree preferred; 5-8 years related experience and/or training in a setting that demonstrates the skills, knowledge and abilities needed to perform the above tasks; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Administrative and management experience. Five years of supervisory experience managing several programs. Experience in working with elected officials, law enforcement, neighborhood organizations, residents, churches.
Extensive experience in developing and leading complex partnerships
Ability to effectively utilize job-related software including, but not limited to, Microsoft Word, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and the internet development tools. Familiarity with social media and its uses is critical
Ability to write reports and business correspondence. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from staff, public officials, law enforcement, neighborhood residents, youth, adults, as well as staff of various community-based organizations. Effective public speaking and public relations skills required. Must be able to represent Safe & Sound to all of types of audiences.
OTHER SKILLS and ABILITIES:
Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a multicultural environment. Maintain confidentiality of written or verbal information. Knowledge of community issues, the Milwaukee community, and community organizations. . Experience and ability to coordinate a large program; ability to administer a variety of projects at the same time; strategic planning in fluid internal and external environment required.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Work will be performed in an office setting, in neighborhoods, at meetings. . Required to work some evenings and weekends for meetings, projects to accomplish assigned tasks, and to carry out management responsibilities.
Please submit a resume, cover letter, at least 4 professional references and a salary history. You must include all of these four items to be considered.
Submit them to:
Barbara Notestein, Executive Director
Safe & Sound
801 W. Michigan St.
Milwaukee, Wi 53211
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