BronxConnect Release the Grip Program Manager

Job Type

Full Time




432 East 149th Street
New York
United States


Position Description:

Hiring a Manager for a community-based gun violence prevention program that aims to reduce and prevent shootings through the use of public health strategies. The program is a replication of the evidence-based Cure Violence model and is part of the Crisis Management System of New York City.

The program works to prevent gun violence by 1) mediating conflicts that may end in gun violence, 2) changing the mindset of individuals who are most at risk of being victims or perpetrators of violence, and 3) working closely with a broad coalition of local partners to promote a visible community-wide message that shooting is unacceptable behavior.

The Program Manager will be responsible for leading all program operations, as well as ensuring that the program remains true to the Cure Violence model. The Program Manager reports to the Tara Brown-Arnell, BronxConnect Director. 

 Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

§ Develop, coordinate and maintain relationships with local service providers and program partners including City agencies, law enforcement, faith leaders, and community stakeholders, in order to identify and access resources for high risk individuals in targeted neighborhoods.

§Liaising with community based organizations and city government to build synergy and expand programmatic offerings.

§ Create and implement a community mobilization plan that encourages resident involvement in activities designed to change local norms towards gun violence. This may include: the creation of an anti-violence coalition or participation in a pre-existing coalition and coordinating themed weekends of action geared towards public safety allowing community organizations and affected populations to work collaboratively.

§ Identify emerging community issues affecting public safety to help guide the site’s response.

§ Working with NYC neighborhoods who may be at increased risk for violence to organize and execute regular community events, including responses to shootings in the target area.

§ Supervise Outreach Worker Supervisor and the Outreach Team.

§ Participate in regularly scheduled meetings with Outreach Workers to ensure proper referrals and case management.

§ Monitor late night staff activities through “spot checks.”

§ Identify professional development opportunities for staff.

§ Organize and participate in regular reviews of program progress and any other responsibilities that may develop in the course of the work.

§ Review and assess progress to programmatic goals Participate in administration/management meetings and ensure that meeting proceedings are communicated to staff and supervisor(s).

§ Prepare grant progress reports and other program reports as needed.

§ Regular and timely completion of documentation and reports.

§ Report regularly to supervisor about successes concerns and needs.

§ Recruit and supervise volunteers.

§ Help to develop the social media presence.

§ Fulfill speaking engagements and media events on behalf of the program.

§ Develop and disseminate public education and outreach materials, talking points and presentation materials for CMS site.

§ Identify and interface with new community groups, public or private initiatives and current and potential funders to build and maintain relationships and apply for funding.

§ Coordinate fiscal reporting and human resources matters with other staff as needed.

§ Collaborate with and maintain regular contact with local technical assistance providers.

§ Work with the program evaluator to effectively track, manage, and analyze all program data

§ Coordinate and facilitate CMS hiring panels including: outreach and recruitment for site staff.

§ Serve as a CMS site’s primary representative to their specific neighborhood, precinct and catchment area.


Looking for an enthusiastic, energetic self-starter with a passion for preventing gun violence. The ideal candidate will have a BA or higher (MA preferred) in a human services field or equivalent experience; significant program management experience (e.g., supervising staff, monitoring budgets, documenting activities and outcomes, meeting program goals, etc.); and proven community organizing abilities. He or she should have knowledge of the Bronx, with experience in the relevant community a plus. The BronxConnect Release the Grip catchment area centers around 167th and Findlay, Bronx New York. Past criminal justice system involvement is a plus, but no pending criminal cases or prior convictions for sexual assault, child abuse or domestic violence. He or she will have excellent communication skills (written and verbal.) The ideal candidate would be equally at home conversing with gang members, community activists, law enforcement personnel, and public officials. Experience hiring and supervising credible messengers and returning citizens a plus.

Level of Language Proficiency

Spanish Speaking is a plus.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

To Apply:

STEP 1: Write 1) a short description (no more than two paragraphs) of a community-based anti-violence event or activity you’d like to implement, and 2) a draft implementation plan for this event or activity.

STEP 2: Please email a resume, cover letter (with Desired Salary included), and your community mobilization description and implementation plan to:


Director Brown-Arnell,




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