Gang Prevention and Intervention Program Specialist
Dept of Criminal Justice Svcs - Richmond, VA

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The Department of Criminal Justice Services is seeking a qualified professional to serve as Gang Prevention and Intervention Program Specialist in the Division of Law Enforcement Services. The incumbent will coordinate statewide resources and serves as a technical expert and resource for implementation of the Statewide Gang Reduction and Intervention Program (GRIP) across the Commonwealth.

The incumbent will assist jurisdictions with the development and promotion of the essential elements of a GRIP program and provide guidance to community leaders and law enforcement management on how communities can best address an existing or emerging youth gang problem. The guidance is based on the Comprehensive Gang Model developed by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

Incumbent will also have some responsibility for writing, reviewing, monitoring, and drafting detailed reports in support of the development and coordination of school and campus security related programs, the GRIP program and providing support to other law enforcement programs and initiatives sponsored by the Department of Criminal Justice Services. Incumbent may be required to solicit grant opportunities and acquire funding to support state wide initiatives in gang prevention and intervention.

The incumbent will develop and implement specialized training for public safety personnel, school and campus safety professionals, and other community leaders. The incumbent will provide technical assistance, resources, information dissemination, and policy direction relative to constituents working in the criminal justice system, Virginia public schools, and colleges and universities in reference to prevention and intervention programs relating to gangs and school and campus safety.

Minimum Qualifications

Qualifications: Applicants should possess considerable demonstrated experience in the requisite areas of job responsibility. Applicant should possess and demonstrate strong program management skills. Applicant should also be familiar with the Gang Reduction and Intervention Program (GRIP) and possess excellent communication skills. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in gang reduction and intervention initiatives. Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience with the comprehensive gang model developed by OJJDP. Applicant should be very familiar with public school safety and campus policing and security issues. Considerable demonstrated experience in providing technical assistance to law enforcement on policy and programmatic issues. Considerable demonstrated experience preparing and making presentations. Considerable demonstrated experience in the development and delivery of school and campus security programs. Demonstrated experience in liaison activities with and leading community leaders and law enforcement management in criminal justice initiatives. Demonstrated experience in collecting, analyzing, and disseminating programmatic data. Demonstrated experience in writing, reviewing, and monitoring criminal justice grants.

Applicants should possess excellent verbal, writing, and interpersonal skills. The ability to speak publicly and effectively communicate with diverse audiences is essential. Applicant must be able to work independently as a self initiator or as a member of a team. Experience with web-based research is also desired. Word processing skills are a must. Periodic overnight travel required.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications: Prior related experience in a criminal justice, school and/or campus security field preferred. A baccalaureate degree with major course work in public administration, criminal justice or a related field is preferred. Equivalent work related experience is preferred.

Special Requirements

The selected applicant must successfully complete a criminal history record check.

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