New Jersey's Center on Gun Violence Research (GVRC), currently supported through funding by the state of New Jersey, is seeking an innovative and productive scholar, policy maker, and leader to join the Rutgers School of Public Health as an Assistant Director. This faculty position will be an open rank (Instructor to Full Professor), tenure-track or non-tenure track (Clinical or Professional Practice). The New Jersey GVRC is one of only three publicly funded centers in the nation. The Assistant Director will be working directly with Michael Anestis, PhD, who has just been appointed as the Executive Director.
GVRC is an interdisciplinary center at Rutgers University that works in collaboration with and is supported by New Jersey's Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. Its mission is to create safe and healthy environments for New Jersey residents to live, learn, work, and play by providing high- quality, multi-disciplinary research on gun violence causality and prevention, and to translate this research into clear and actionable policies and programs. GVRC partners with city and community leaders and relevant local-, state-, and national-level experts to conduct and support research that identifies etiologic factors for gun violence, develop and rigorously evaluate interventions to reduce the burden of gun violence, and translate science into effective programs and policies to ensure their widespread adoption.
GVRC is housed primarily in the School of Public Health (Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences) working in conjunction with the School of Criminal Justice (Rutgers University-Newark). The Assistant Director will have a primary academic appointment in the School of Public Health within the Department of Urban-Global Health.
The Assistant Director will report to the Executive Director and will assist with management and administration of GVRC while also serving as a spokesperson of the GVRC. This person will work with the Executive Director and with GVRC staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through empirical research, program development, strategic planning, and community engagement and advocacy. GVRC seeks to address all forms of gun violence. One of the primary roles of the Assistant Director will be assisting the Executive Director in efforts to ensure that the many forms of gun violence and the diverse communities impacted by gun violence are sufficiently represented in GVRC research, outreach, and education efforts.
The Assistant Director will:
Oversee communications with relevant local, state, and national stakeholders including community partners
Lead efforts with the Executive Director to secure external funding and philanthropy
Provide real-time oversight to the GVRC budget by managing fiscal resources to align the functions of GVRC with the approved budget, ensuring maximum resource utilization, and maintaining a positive financial position
Develop and implement strategic planning process while collaborating with governmental, academic, and community stakeholders
Direct the planning of GVRC events including conferences, seminars, speaking engagements, and meetings with local, state, and national governmental entities
Ensure community voice and empowerment are both at the focal point of GVRC scholarly efforts
Maintain active communication and potentially coordinate collaborations with the other violence research centers throughout the United States
Assist the Executive Director in managing center operations
Assist the Executive Director with coordinating the marketing, communications, and community outreach efforts including dissemination to various media outlets
Minimum Education and Experience:
We are open to candidates with a wide range of scholarly expertise that would complement the expertise of current GVRC members. The individual will possess a doctorate in public health, the social sciences, criminal justice, law, public policy, or a relevant health discipline, and expertise in working in a multidisciplinary framework. Applicants should have demonstrated leadership experience; skills in public advocacy and public speaking; ability to interface and engage with diverse populations through active and cooperative community engagement; success in collaborating with faculty and staff; working across disciplines to help shape the health and safety of individuals, families, communities, and populations who are affected by firearm violence. These goals should be accomplished through the implementation of community based applied research with vulnerable populations. Preference will be given to those with a doctoral degree, although we will also consider applicants with other post-secondary degrees.
Posting Number: 20FA0062
Location: Piscataway (RBHS)
Internal Number: 109990
About Rutgers University
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