Division Director, Community Health and Violence Prevention

Harris County Public Health Services

Houston, TX, USA

Full time

Healthcare / Government

Aug 19

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The Division Director of Community Health and Violence Prevention (CHVP) is responsible for the direction and assessment of agency-wide violence prevention and education at Harris County Public Health. Ensures multi-disciplinary violence awareness and risk reduction programming is executed and sustained. Serves as the liaison with county departments, academic institutions, and community-based organizations.

This position also serves as a member of the Harris County Public Health (HCPH) leadership team and provides support to all programmatic, administrative, and budget functions of the department. Assists with the recruitment, selection, training and managing of violence prevention staff, student workers, and interns. Participates in the strategic planning initiatives including program budget.


  • Uses evidence-based practices to provide strategic direction to the program’s prevention focus 
  • Maintains collaborative relationships with Community Partners who support violence prevention work 
  • Designs, implements, and conducts ongoing processes and outcome evaluations for prevention strategies and projects implemented 
  • Maintains continuous quality improvement plan and evaluation plan 
  • Develops and conducts community education on public safety issues 
  • Actively engages in relevant research within the fields of Juvenile Justice, Criminal Justice, Violence Prevention, and Youth Development 
  • Writes grants to ensure continuity of programs in addition to strategic expansion 
  • Engages with different university partners and research institutions involved in the work of youth violence prevention 
  • Participates in organizational strategies/structural activities


  • Other duties as assigned, including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event

Harris County is an Equal Opportunity Employer


If you need special services or accommodations, please call (713) 274-5445 or email



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Public Health, Education, Sociology, Social Work, Social Science, or other field of study 
  • Minimum of three (3) year of directly job-related experience.
  • Experience in education, training, or public speaking with both youth and adult audiences
  • Experience in partnership development and maintenance
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • Experience developing and implementing community-based violence prevention programming drawing from evidence-based practices
  • Thorough understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects of an analytical, technical, or professional discipline; or the basic knowledge of more than one professional discipline 
  • Knowledge of the discipline is normally obtained through a formal, directly job-related master’s degree from a college or university or an equivalent in-depth specialized training program that is directly related to the type of work being performed. 
  • Knowledge of community systems and community agencies that are working to prevent youth violence and collaborating with multiple systems (schools, law enforcement, juvenile justice system, community-based agencies, etc)
  • Knowledge of roots causes of youth violence, gangs, and the juvenile justice system 
  • Knowledge and proven experience in community-based work
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Writing sample may be requested 
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team 
  • Strong research orientation, previous experience in community data collection preferred 
  • Proven skills in data collection and analysis, experience with grant reporting 
  • Excellent organizational skills 
  • Flexibility, ability to prioritize, and experience working on multiple tasks efficiently and effectively 
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

NOTE: Qualifying education, experience, knowledge and skills must be clearly stated on your application's employment history. Resumes are welcome, but we do not use any information provided on your resume to qualify and refer you to the Hiring Department for consideration


  • Master’s Degree in a related field Licenses/Certifications
  • LCSW or JD experience 
  • A minimum five (5) years of relevant work experience
  • Bilingual in English / Spanish 

General Information


  • Houston, TX


  • 40 Hours/Week


  • Commensurate with Experience
  • Based on 26 Pay Periods

Additional Information - Core Competencies

Organizational Leadership

  • Understands the organizational mission
  • Understands ethics and public good; is concerned with public trust
  • Demonstrates respect for the opinions and beliefs of others


  • Demonstrates a sense of responsibility for the success of the group
  • Collaborates with others to improve quality and address needs


  • Ability to adapt to change

Interpersonal Abilities/Personal Characteristics

  • Uses sound judgment
  • Self-motivated
  • Organizes and maintains a work environment to allow for maximum productivity


  • Communicates clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing
  • Written and verbal English competency
  • Able to read and follow directions

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