Coordinator, Project RESTORE
Coordinator, project RESTORE, Violence Prevention Network US
The goal of project RESTORE is to prevent radicalization to violence in Southwestern Pennsylvania by harnessing the powerful role trusted community leaders – teachers, healthcare professionals, faith leaders, and social workers – can play to change the path of ideologically-motivated members of our communities.
Carefully selected community leaders will form a small but powerful RESTORE team and be trained in evidence-based tools and methodologies that help individuals in their communities reject hate and abandon violence, and instead anchor their focus on more democratic and pluralistic ways of thinking and acting. Essential to our approach is the selection of community leaders who have identified risk of radicalization to violence in their own personal and/or professional contexts, feel a calling to join efforts to prevent further radicalization, and are valued, supported, and trusted within their communities.
The design of our project is based on the work of Violence Prevention Network in Germany with more than 20 years of experience developing programs that address violent extremism at its root causes. Violence Prevention Network seeks to ensure that people have the tools and resources available to reflect on and overcome patterns of hate and violence. Our motto best summarizes our unique, process-oriented approach to preventing and countering violent extremism: We talk to extremists, not about them. Hence, we are working directly with ideologically motivated individuals to enable them to live a life in which they do not harm themselves or others.
Violence Prevention Network US seeks a full-time consultant as “Coordinator” to manage the full implementation of project RESTORE in Southwestern Pennsylvania beginning as soon as possible. This is an excellent opportunity for an entrepreneurial individual, who seeks to hone their leadership skills and gain hands on experience in launching and running an innovative, complex project dedicated to mitigating one of the most pressing social challenges.
- Conduct research and outreach to build a community advisory council consisting of leaders of trusted (community) organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
- Develop the branding, messaging and awareness campaign for project RESTORE in close coordination with the board of directors, community advisory council, and with the help of a communications firm.
- Launch awareness campaign to build a robust partner network and to identify and recruit potential trainees (RESTORE team members).
- Design and run the recruitment and selection process for trainees (RESTORE team members), including evaluating applications, scheduling interviews, developing contracts, and dispensing sponsorship funds.
- Plan, organize and support the RESTORE training program (offline and online) in close cooperation with a team of at least three expert trainers from across the US and Europe.
- Coordinate and support the new RESTORE team members by organizing team meetings, case conferences, and adapting and implementing a case management system.
- Act as liaison between board of directors, advisory councils, contracted experts, RESTORE team members, external evaluators and partner network.
- Position project RESTORE in key networks through meetings with community leaders and attendance at conferences and other community gatherings.
- Develop and run the project’s ongoing communication efforts including updating website as well as other communications collateral such as social media accounts, brochures, presentations and press releases.
- Manage financial planning, budgets, and oversee bookkeeping for project RESTORE.
- Coordinator must be located in Southwestern, Pennsylvania.
- Driver’s license and access to a vehicle for local/regional travel required.
- A bachelor’s degree is required, preferably in a relevant field such as social work, business/entrepreneurship, humanities, or social sciences.
- At least 3 years of relevant professional experience, such as project management, community organizing, partnerships, event planning or training.
- Strong interpersonal, relationship-building, communications and conflict management skills.
- A positive, pragmatic, proactive and solution-oriented attitude.
- Reliability, authenticity, integrity, empathy, sensitivity and ability to work across differences and with a very wide variety of stakeholders and vulnerable target groups.
- Knowledge of, or experience with, the ecosystem of relevant institutions and (community) organizations in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
- Ability to prioritize and achieve overall project goals despite handling a high volume of disparate tasks on a daily basis.
- Strong written and oral communication skills in English.
- High level of competence in all typical business software and applications (MS Office Suite, Zoom, Social Media accounts, etc.)
- Experience in accounting and/or financial project management is an asset.
- Expertise in or experience with preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) or adjacent, relevant fields such as criminal justice, gang violence, education, youth work, or cults, is an asset.
The application deadline is February 21th, but interviews with qualified applicants will begin immediately and we may hire before the deadline has passed. We look forward to receiving your application materials, which should include cover letter, CV, hourly rate, and the names of two references, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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We talk to extremists, not about them.