Executive Director, Center on Gun Violence Research
Open Rank Faculty Position
School of Criminal Justice & School of Public Health
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
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 and leader to join the Rutgers School of Public Health as its Executive Director. The Rutgers GRVC is one of only two such centers in the nation.
GRVC 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. The Center 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.
GRVC 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 Executive Director will have a joint academic appointment in the School of Criminal Justice and in the School of Public Health.
We are open to candidates with a wide range of scholarly expertise that would complement the expertise of current GRVC members. The individual will possess a demonstrated record of successful nationally competitive extramurally funded community-based participatory research in firearm violence, an earned doctorate in public health, the social sciences, criminal justice, or a relevant health discipline, and expertise in working in multidisciplinary frameworks. 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.
The Executive Director will be the primary management and administrative leader as well as spokesperson of the GVRC. This person will work with the GVRC staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through empirical research, program development, strategic planning, and community engagement and advocacy.
The Executive Director will be responsible for the following:
Leading in a manner that supports and guides the organization’s mission
Communicating effectively with relevant local, state, and national stakeholders
Maintaining all information necessary for the center to function properly and for the leadership to make informed decisions
Overseeing the administration, programs, and strategic plan of the organization
Overseeing fundraising, marketing, communications, and community outreach efforts
Maintaining the fiscal integrity of the GVRC, which includes submitting a proposed annual budget and required financial statements that accurately reflect the financial conditions of the organization
Managing fiscal resources to align the functions of the Center with the approved budget, ensuring maximum resource utilization, and maintaining a positive financial position
Overseeing the GVRC’s research portfolio, aligning it with the center’s mission and stated research focus
Regularly Conducting strategic plan reviews to ensure that the GVRC can successfully fulfill its mission
Enhancing the Center’s image by being active and visible in the community and by working closely with other professional, civic, and private organizations
Establishing and maintaining relationships with various organizations throughout the state, and leveraging those relationships to strategically enhance the GVRC’s mission
Effectively administering center operations
Hiring and retaining skilled staff
Under the leadership of Dean Perry N. Halkitis, The Rutgers School of Public Health is undergoing dynamic and transformative growth, including the addition of multiple faculty members this year. The Rutgers School of Public Health is devoted to employing an innovative, interdisciplinary model, which aims to improve health locally, domestically and worldwide through a unique blend of public health research, practice, and education. The CEPH-accredited Rutgers School of Public Health offers multiple master and doctoral degrees, dual-degree, certificate, and articulated BA/BS-MPH degree programs. Applicants will find a wide range of collaborative experts within the School (sph.rutgers.edu) and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS; rbhs.rutgers.edu), including the Cancer Institute of New Jersey (cinj.org), the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research (ihhcpar.rutgers.edu), and the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute (eohsi.rutgers.edu). Rutgers is a leading national research university and New Jersey’s preeminent public institution of higher education. Chartered in 1776 as Queen’s College, it is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States and a member of the AAU, the Big Ten and the CIC. Rutgers is comprised of Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Rutgers University-Newark, Rutgers University-Camden, and arching over all three locations, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Rutgers is located at the center of the Boston to Washington, DC corridor, with access to New York, Philadelphia, and the Atlantic Ocean beaches within an hour.
The School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University-Newark was founded in 1974 by an act of the New Jersey Legislature—the only school in America with this kind of legal charter. With a dynamic faculty of 24 nationally and internationally renowned scholars, the School’s mission is to produce leading edge, high quality scholarship; to engage with stakeholder communities to enhance justice, equity and public safety; and to educate the next generation of leaders in practice, policy and scholarship.” The School is a partner rooted in the anchor mission of Rutgers University-Newark. Rutgers University – Newark’s vision is to be a national leader in 21st century higher education through a commitment to the values of educating a diverse citizenry, producing high impact scholarship, engaging in our community as an anchor institution, and drawing the connection between local and global, for the improvement of the economic and social well-being of society as a whole. Rutgers University – Newark (RU-N) is a remarkably diverse, urban, public research university that is not just in Newark but of Newark—an anchor institution of our home city. The RU-N community has long recognized that our location is both a defining influence in our story and a distinctive strength. It attracts and cultivates talent on many levels, ranging from generations of students hungry for the opportunities afforded by a first-rate higher education in a major American urban center, to faculty who vigorously embrace the opportunity to produce high-impact scholarship, and engage the community while preparing these students for professional success and informed citizenship. Our location is also a magnet for professional staff committed to advancing our research, pedagogy, and social impact within an inclusive campus culture focused on excellence. Our anchor activities to date range from cross-disciplinary initiatives rooted in community, to partnerships with diverse “communities of experts,” to co-created spaces in the city and region. Throughout, we seek to pool the expertise and energies of our faculty, staff, and students with those of partners from across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
Applications will be received and reviewed until the position is filled.
To apply, please submit:
Cover letter addressing candidate’s qualifications with regard to the position responsibilities
Statement of (a) research goals; (b) community engagement activities as they relate to research program; and (c) teaching and mentoring philosophy
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent public institution of higher education. Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.
Internal Number: 19FA1674
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