Drew University Community Policing Initiative AmeriCorps – New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP)



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End Date


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Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


New Jersey
United States


New Jersey’s Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP): AmeriCorps Full-time Member Service Opportunities in HAMILTON NEW JERSEY (Mercer County)

Drew University has been awarded a three-year AmeriCorps grant from the New Jersey Commission on National and Community Service to launch “Safer Communities – The Drew University Community Policing Initiative,” a comprehensive AmeriCorps program designed to improve law enforcement and community relations by promoting greater understanding, communication and positive interaction between them.

Focus of AmeriCorps Program

Through the Inter-Religious Engagement and Cooperation AmeriCorps service opportunity, members will play a vital role in the planning and execution of projects that create a forum where law enforcement, public officials, government agencies, grassroots community organizers, leaders of faith communities, educators, parents, and youth can come together to share their ideas and concerns with one another, while engaging in social activities and sustainable partnerships designed to bring police and public together in dialogue.

Overview of Member Role

AmeriCorps Members will be assigned to the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP) located in Hamilton, New Jersey. Members’ primary task will be to work with the NJOHSP’s Interfaith Advisory Council, which brings together government agencies and the interfaith communities in the State to discuss topics to establish trust and build safer, more secure communities.

Specific Duties Include

·     Participate in the planning and execution of quarterly Interfaith Advisory Council meetings.

·     Design and develop no-cost customized security training and exercise workshops for faith groups and organizations. Training topics will include, but are not limited to, terrorism awareness, active shooter response, and suspicious activity reporting. 

·     Develop security and preparedness resources to publish on website and share on social media platforms.

·     Receive training from NJOHSP as security coordinators who develop, coordinate, and oversee protective measures needed to keep houses of worship, schools, and community centers secure.

·     Disseminate NJOHSP’s Guidelines for Houses of Worship.

·     Plan, host, and participate in interfaith gatherings to help promote greater understanding and knowledge between the faith-based and law enforcement communities.

·     Assist NJOHSP with the development of programs for younger participants of faith-based organizations and creating a youth and young adult council.

·     Assist with the recruitment and retention of local community leaders to participate in NJOHSP interfaith initiatives.

·     Assist in tracking and monitoring of program statistics, including but not limited to the number of organizations receiving training and the number of workshop attendees.

·     Assist in the administration and analysis of projects which survey members of the public about their current attitudes in target communities/sites. 

·     Participate in AmeriCorps member surveys.

·     Other related duties as required.


Necessary Skills


•      An independent, self-motivated and resourceful individual who enjoys working with diverse groups of people.

•      Ability to manage multiple projects and complete tasks in a professional, organized and timely manner.

•      Experience with using the internet and social media platforms.

•      Ability to conduct online research on community policing initiatives.

•      A cooperative manner and the ability to serve as a part of a diverse team.

•      Strong interpersonal skills.

•      Experience working with diverse populations preferred.

•      Experience public speaking preferred.

•      Interest in criminal and/or community justice preferred.

•      Possession of a BA/BS preferred.

•      Possession of a high school diploma.

•      Ability to commit to the full term of service for which they are applying.

•      Must successfully pass a fingerprint criminal history background check. Also, must obtain a satisfactory report from the National Sex Offender Public Website prior to the start of the position.

•      Regular and reliable attendance and dependability.

•      Willingness to travel to local county prosecutor offices.


Other Requirements


  • Possession of a driver’s license and access to reliable vehicle required.
  • Must submit a short writing sample (2-4 pages).
  • Must provide 3 references, at least 1 professional and 2 personal (non-family members).

·     MUST serve all weeks.

·     This AmeriCorps Member position is Full Time, 35-40 hours/week, total service commitment is 900 hours over a 6-month term of service.

·     Willing to travel as required.


Our anticipated AmeriCorps start date for the Hamilton, NJ program site is Monday, May 14, 2017.

AmeriCorps members will receive a living stipend, education award, and additional AmeriCorps benefits. Members must commit to attend scheduled meetings, trainings, and in-service events. Applicants must also meet the following AmeriCorps requirements: A US citizen, US national, Lawful Permanent Resident Alien of the U.S. and/or tribal member; At least 18 years old; A minimum of a high school diploma or GED; No more than three previous terms as an AmeriCorps member; Pass a criminal history background check, including an FBI check.

Candidates can email an expression of interest to americorps@drew.edu. Please include “AmeriCorps NJ OHSP” in the subject line, and attach a list of three (3) references and a current resume.


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How To Apply



Candidates can email an expression of interest to americorps@drew.edu. Please include “AmeriCorps NJ OHSP” in the subject line, and attach a list of three (3) references and a current resume.