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Program Manager – Mental Health Worker

POSITION TITLE: Program Manager – Mental Health Worker


DEPARTMENT: Administration – Office of Violence Prevention

REQUIREMENT: Applicants must be a City of Newark Residents



The Deputy Director of the Office of Violence Prevention and Trauma Recovery (OVP& TR) reports to the Director and provides overall office management and coordination on behalf of the Director. The Managers in the Office coordinate with the Deputy Director to ensure the smooth and efficient operation of for the overall implementation of programs and for the strategic direction of violence prevention initiatives. The Division has over 25 staff working in seven distinct programs and is growing to an annual budget of $11 million including city, state, federal and private sector funds. A significant portion of these funds are contracted to community agencies that work in close partnership with Division programs and staff to accomplish violence prevention goals.

OVP&TR works with communities to address and prevent multiple forms of violence and trauma by supporting strengths and assets so all residents and neighborhoods thrive. It uses a public health framework to develop and implement initiatives for the primary, secondary, and tertiary prevention of community, domestic, and gender-based violence. Its programs include direct services; training and capacity building for community organizations; community organizing; social marketing; and youth development.


  • Provide administrative and clinical oversight of the Office Violence Prevention program contracts and staff.
  • Work with supervisors to maintain positive work environment to support productivity and staff retention
  • Provide weekly coaching, supervision and professional development to supervisors. Promote trauma informed supervision and practice and self -care. Promote a healthy work-life balance.
  • Facilitate weekly team meetings and host monthly Leadership meetings with professional development.
  • Provide case and staff coverage in the absence of a supervisor.
  • Track activities and outcomes of prevention programs and contribute to office reporting of prevention and awareness programs
  • Oversee all grant deliverables

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master's in public health, social work or public administration and 6 years' experience of increasingly responsible leadership in a relevant field required; OR Bachelor's degree and 8 years of increasingly responsible leadership in a relevant field may be substituted; OR 5 years of increasingly responsible leadership in a relevant field.
  • 3 years supervisory experience, including with professional and management-level staff.
  • Commitment to and experience in supporting racial justice. Understanding of the role of systemic racism in violence and inequitable health outcomes.
  • Understanding of the causes and consequences of violence, and of public health approaches to violence prevention, including community, domestic, sexual, and gender-related violence and vicarious trauma.
  • Significant experience and skills in complex program planning, development, and management. Prefer public sector management experience. Knowledge of performance measures and quality/process improvement methods.
  • Experience leading in a visible role that includes interests of multiple stakeholders. Ability to represent and advocate for program goals in a complex, public sector context.
  • Strong facilitative leadership skills and commitment to collaborative, delegated processes with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong personnel management skills and commitment to staff growth and professional development. Experience leading a diverse staff.
  • Experience with contract management of services.
  • Systems thinking approach, including strong analytical skills, and experience that includes population and prevention-based frameworks.
  • Strong organizational skills including attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience and skill in interpreting and applying public health data and methodologies for needs assessment, program development, evaluation, and community education purposes.
  • Experience with trauma-informed, restorative justice and positive youth development frameworks.
  • Prefer knowledge of public health communications, including social marketing to influence behavior change.
  • Intermediate or advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office and common online platforms.
  • Prefer candidates who are representative of communities most impacted by violence. Bi-lingual skills a plus.
  • Prefer knowledge of Newark.
  • Prefer valid drivers' license


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City of Newark

Division of Personnel

920 Broad Street, Room 212

Newark, NJ 07102