The RESTORE project aims to connect powerful and trusted community leaders—social workers, school counselors, healthcare professionals, faith leaders, therapists, teachers, and others—with evidence-based tools and methodologies for working with ideologically-motivated members of your communities.
We believe local leaders have a crucial role to play in the work of supporting individuals to decide to reject hate, to abandon violence, to embrace new ways of thinking and acting and ultimately, to prevent violent extremism in our communities.
Director, Project RESTORE
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 form a small but powerful RESTORE team and have been trained in evidence-based tools and methodologies that help individuals reject hate and abandon violence, and instead anchor their focus on more democratic and pluralistic ways of thinking and acting.
The design of our pilot 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 “Director” 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.
- 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.
- Coordinate and support the 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.
- 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.
The application deadline is January 10th, 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.