Job Posting for Boston Public Heath Commission: Director of the Division of Violence Prevention

Title: Director of Violence Prevention

Organization: Boston Public Health Commission

Summary of Position

The Director of the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) provides leadership for the overall implementation of DVP programs and for the strategic direction of violence prevention initiatives at BPHC. The Division has over 25 staff working in seven distinct programs, and an annual budget of $7 million including city, state, federal and private sector funds. A significant portion of these funds are contracted to community agencies that work in close partnership with Division programs and staff to accomplish violence prevention goals.

DVP partners with Boston communities to address and prevent multiple forms of violence and trauma by supporting strengths and assets so all residents and neighborhoods thrive. It uses a public health framework to develop and implement initiatives for the primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of community, domestic, and gender-based violence. Its programs include direct services; training and capacity building for community organizations; community organizing; social marketing; and youth development.


  • Provide overall leadership, management, and ongoing development of Division strategy and programs. Set strategic direction in concert with other BPHC programs, leadership, and program staff, and in collaboration with City of Boston departments, state agencies, and community partners. Assure alignment of Division programs with BPHC and City priorities.
  • Ensure equitable approach to violence prevention that incorporates BPHC racial justice principles and strives to dismantle systems of racial, sexual, and gender oppression.
  • Provide external leadership and communication, collaborating with residents, community-based organizations, healthcare providers, law enforcement, educators, and others.
  • Provide fiscal oversight to a complex budget that includes city, state, and federal grant funds to implement program objectives. Develop budget and monitors expenses with assistance of fiscal staff.
  • Identify and pursue new funding opportunities, including public and private grant funds.
  • Build and maintain a cohesive team of staff that are knowledgeable, skilled, and motivated to lead services in their areas of expertise. Directly supervise 7 senior-level managers. Assure appropriate systems for recruitment, hiring, professional development, and performance management of all Division staff.
  • Use data, research, and best/emerging practices across multiple dimensions of violence prevention to guide ongoing development and evaluation of impactful programs.
  • Ensure systems for and monitor program process and outcome data. Implement process improvement measures on continuous basis.
  • Represent Division and BPHC on internal and external workgroups and committees.
  • Participate in on-call rotation for Neighborhood Trauma Team incident response management.
  • Respond to emergency situations as needed on evenings and weekends.
  • Exercise independent judgement. Work in a confidential capacity with senior leadership.
  • Take on other duties as assigned.


  • Master’s in public health, social work or related field and 8 years’ experience of increasingly responsible leadership in a relevant field required; OR Bachelor’s degree and 12 years of increasingly responsible leadership in a relevant field may be substituted; OR 16 years of increasingly responsible leadership in a relevant field.
  • 5 years supervisory experience, including with professional and management-level staff.
  • Commitment to and experience in supporting racial justice. Understanding of the role of systemic racism in violence and inequitable health outcomes.
  • Understanding of the causes and consequences of violence, and of public health approaches to violence prevention, including community, domestic, sexual, and gender-related violence and vicarious trauma.
  • Significant experience and skills in complex program planning, development, and management. Prefer public sector management experience. Knowledge of performance measures and quality/process improvement methods.
  • Experience leading in a visible role that includes interests of multiple stakeholders. Ability to represent and advocate for program goals in a complex, public sector context.
  • Strong facilitative leadership skills and commitment to collaborative, delegated processes with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong personnel management skills and commitment to staff growth and professional development.Experience leading a diverse staff.
  • Experience and skill in budget development and management across multiple funding streams. Experience with contract management of services.
  • Systems thinking approach, including strong analytical skills, and experience that includes population and prevention-based frameworks.
  • Strong organizational skills including attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience and skill in interpreting and applying public health data and methodologies for needs assessment, program development, evaluation, and community education purposes.
  • Experience with trauma-informed, restorative justice and positive youth development frameworks.
  • Prefer knowledge of public health communications, including social marketing to influence behavior change.
  • Intermediate or advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office and common online platforms.
  • Prefer candidates who are representative of communities most impacted by violence. Bi-lingual skills a plus.
  • Prefer knowledge of Boston.
  • Prefer valid MA drivers’ license.

To Apply

To see the full job description and to apply, visit, and search for requisition number 1356.

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