To heal communities affected by violence, The Health Alliance for Violence Intervention ( fosters hospital and community collaborations to advance equitable, trauma-informed care for violence intervention/ prevention programs. Our vision is to build a system of healthcare that mobilizes hospitals and communities to end violence, together. In the new national dialogue about structural racism and police brutality, our model of hospital-based violence intervention (described below) has been cited as a powerful, effective alternative to policing practices. Recently, we have been cited or highlighted in New York Times, NBC News, The Guardian, Health Affairs, The Trace, and Time Magazine (forthcoming) and more.


We represent the new and long-standing programs which can be found in roughly 70 cities. Our work at the HAVI connects, empowers, and advocates for the thousands of physicians, nurses, therapists, gang interventionists, outreach workers, researchers and patients affiliated with these programs in the U.S., Canada, England and El Salvador. We host a sold-out annual conference of over 500 professionals implementing our health approach to violence. We support working groups, have successfully advocated for policies that increase investment in health approaches to violence, and are a sought-after national expert on violence intervention strategies.


The model: Hospital-based violence intervention programs: (HVIPS)


Hospital-based violence intervention programs (HVIPs) vary in the specifics of their design and scope, but typically include a brief intervention in the emergency department or at the hospital bedside as well as intensive community-based case management services following discharge. HVIP services are provided by culturally competent Violence Prevention Professionals who often also serve in a mentorship capacity. HVIPs are rooted in the philosophy that violence is preventable and that violent injury offers a “teachable moment” and unique opportunity to break cycles of violence. HVIPs embrace a public health approach to violence prevention as they are grounded in data, which indicate that victims of violence are at elevated risk for re-injury and violence perpetration. This model has been the subject of numerous peer-reviewed studies indicating promising impact on injury recidivism, criminal justice contact, and trauma symptoms. HVIPs are now a recommended practice by the federal government.  


The HAVI is a fiscally sponsored project of Health Resources in Action, Inc. (HRiA). HRiA is a nonprofit public health and medical research funding organization based in Boston, Massachusetts with a mission to help people live healthier lives and build healthier communities through prevention, health promotion, policy, and research. HRiA works with a diverse group of clients across the country to address some of the most critical public health issues using innovative and evidence-based approaches to improve population health. Our clients include the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services, state and local health departments, hospitals, and private/corporate philanthropic entities.


Since its founding in 1957, HRiA has been at the forefront of public health, leading the way to promote healthier and more vibrant communities.  Our work recognizes the impact of social, economic, and racial factors on health outcomes.

Position Description


The HAVI seeks a Director of Strategic Communications who can leverage our national expertise to advance public discourse on racial justice and alternatives to policing practices.


The Director both designs and implements strategic communications campaigns that elevate the HAVI’s work and brand. This work also aligns our programmatic work with the interests of our key audiences: philanthropy, healthcare, and criminal justice reform. The HAVI’s communications strategy is bold, clear messaging about our work and its impact. These messages are then amplified through executive director positioning, the engagement of key national influencers, social media campaigns, sustained press engagement, and regular communication with our members and supporters. This work reinforces policy-specific campaigns, member engagement, annual conference, training and technical assistance projects and more.


The Director of Strategic Communications sits on the HAVI’s Executive Team and manages a Communications Manager as well as consultants to implement key strategies for the department.  The Director of Strategic Communications will report to the Executive Director. This is an exempt, full-time, fully remote position.


Duties and Responsibilities

This includes but is not limited to the following:



        Implement key strategies for the Communications Department through the supervision of a Communications Manager and hired consultants

        Design and coordinate quality improvement activities to monitor the effectiveness of the department’s work.


Project Work

       Email marketing: Conceptualize the HAVI’s monthly e-bulletin, audience segmentation, content development and analytics.

       Social Media: Develop an editorial calendar and increase reach on social media channels.

       Website: Develop innovative content that communicates the organization’s work

       Press Relations: Secure national and local press.

       Presentations/Toolkits: Work with program staff on the design of reports, toolkits, infographics, and/or pitch decks.

       Executive Positioning: Develop and create content for speeches, letters, social media,etc.

       Strategic Partnerships/Influencer Engagement: Manage the communications needs of influencers, partner organizations, sponsors, and so on.


Thought Leadership

       Oversee all aspects of organizational communications strategy, including campaign development and execution, content creation and channel strategy as well as measurement and insights

       Participate on HRiA Committees, workgroups, and organization-wide events, as appropriate, and suggest improvements in processes, etc


Business Development

       Assist with proposal writing and/or submission as needed

Special Requirements

       Advanced degrees and/or certifications Communications, Public Health, Social Work, or related fields;

        7+ years of progressive management experience in education, nonprofit, or management consulting sectors

       Experience with the American healthcare system specifically in clinical responses to violence, psychological trauma, and health equity.

       Experience supervising others


Candidate Qualifications


       Ability to telecommute 

       Ability to travel nationally (30-40%)

       Excellent written and oral communication skills

       Ability to supervise others according to Strengths-Based Leadership Theory 

       Operates with a lens of equity, social justice and trauma-informed approaches

       Ability to work as a part of a team--leading when appropriate and accepting feedback 

       Ability to adapt communication appropriately for purpose and audience   

       High level of organization, accuracy, and attention to detail 

       Ability to efficiently manage multiple tasks with accuracy and adapt to changing priorities

       Ability to design presentations using professional tools such as powerpoint, prezi, etc.

       Professional appearance and demeanor

       Respectful of cultural differences, and values diversity of thought, backgrounds, and perspectives.


This description is intended to indicate the kinds of work duties that will be required in this position.  It is not intended to limit, or in any way modify, the rights of any supervisor to assign, direct, and contract work of staff under his/her supervision.  The use of a particular illustration describing duties shall not be held to exclude other duties, not mentioned, that are of a similar level or difficulty.


HRiA is actively seeking to build a diverse and experienced staff. The organization encourages multiple perspectives and experiences, supports a multicultural environment, and strives to hire and retain a diverse workforce that reflects the populations we work with and the communities where we work. Diversity is a core value of HRiA resulting in culturally competent services, materials, resources, and programs. Our hiring and business practices appreciate the strengths offered through different backgrounds.

HRiA is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Health Resources in Action offers an attractive benefits package including medical, dental and life insurance, retirement plan, tax-deferred annuity, and generous starting vacation of four weeks.