University of Maryland, Baltimore Center for Violence Prevention in Baltimore*
* This descriptive name of the Center will be changed once the Executive Director and a Community Advisory Board have been appointed.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore invites nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the inaugural position of Executive Director of the Center for Violence Prevention in Baltimore. The University seeks a strong, innovative, entrepreneurial, and collaborative leader to ensure excellence in community engagement, research, and applied evidence-based solutions. The Executive Director will be expected to develop and lead this new Center to levels of excellence, impact, and innovation, and to secure the support and resources to achieve that vision.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore envisions a program to help reduce and respond to violence in our city, state, and region. By combining the expertise of the School of Social Work, School of Medicine, and the Carey School of Law with that of colleagues at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center at the University of Maryland Medical Center, the mission of the Center for Violence Prevention is to prevent and intervene before violence and violence-related trauma occur.
We accomplish this mission through collaborations and partnerships across sectors (community, academic, nonprofit, government, corporate, philanthropy) and across types of violence (physical, sexual, financial, emotional, gun, and community violence) focusing on education, research, practice, and policies that advance racial, social, economic, and environmental justice. We envision resilient and equitable communities that are safe for all.
The Center will build off of the strengths and capabilities of individual scholars, researchers, community activists, and existing centers currently housed at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and Shock Trauma. This Center seeks to bridge the activities of those at the University and those in the community in an inter-disciplinary, collaborative fashion to conduct community-based participatory research, provide creative and impactful education, learn from and enhance practice, and inform and advocate for policies that strengthen our communities. The Center will promote and support existing activities occurring at UMB and in the community such as:
- Providing healing-centered engagement and trauma-informed health and mental health interventions at the individual, family, and community levels;
- Integrating racial equity through restorative healing and cross-racial and cross-cultural community building;
- Creating educational activities on restorative practices, conflict resolution and mediation skills focusing on all age groups from pre-K to primary and secondary education to universities and colleges;
- Integrating public health initiatives to reduce injuries and gun violence;
- Building capacity of communities and organizations to address violence and trauma in their own communities through healing-centered engagement;
- Providing holistic legal services that focus on crime victims’ rights, protective and peace orders, housing challenges, and bankruptcy;
- Implementing financial empowerment programs that build personal, employment, and financial assets; and
- Focusing on dissemination to community leaders and policy makers to inform them of significant research and practice findings and advocate for changes.
The community will provide feedback and partnerships on all activities; the results of these activities will then prevent and intervene with violence and violence-related trauma in the community. This continual feedback loop will require equal partnerships that build off the strengths found in the community, in the University, and in Shock Trauma.
THE UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF MARYLAND
The University System of Maryland (USM) comprises 12 institutions, three regional higher education centers, and a system office. USM creates a dynamic educational environment that supports a unique array of programs; fosters groundbreaking research, innovation, and entrepreneurship; and fuels the engine that is helping to power Maryland forward. As a public system of higher education, USM advances the state of Maryland and benefits all of society.
THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, BALTIMORE
Founded in 1807, The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is comprised of a 61-acre research and technology complex that encompasses 65 buildings in West Baltimore near the Inner Harbor. UMB remains Maryland's only public academic health, human services, and law center with six professional schools and a graduate school which train the majority of the state's nurses, physicians, dentists, lawyers, social workers, and pharmacists. UMB enrolls over 7,100 students in six nationally ranked professional schools — dentistry, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work — and an interdisciplinary Graduate School. The University offers 80 doctoral, master’s, baccalaureate, and certificate programs and confers most of the professional practice doctoral degrees awarded in Maryland. UMB is a thriving academic health center combining cutting-edge biomedical research and exceptional patient care with extramural funding totaling $688 million in Fiscal Year 2020.
The mission of UMB is to improve the human condition and serve the public good of Maryland and society at-large through education, research, clinical care, and service. The University will excel as a pre-eminent institution in its missions to educate professionals, conduct research that addresses real-world issues affecting the human condition, provide excellent clinical care and practice, and serve the public with dedication to improve health, justice, and the public good. The University will become a dominant economic leader of the region through innovation, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and interdisciplinary and interprofessional teamwork. The University will extend its reach with hallmark local and global initiatives that positively transform lives and our economy. The University will be a beacon to the world as an environment for learning and discovery that is rich in diversity and inclusion. The University’s core values are respect and integrity, well-being and sustainability, equity and justice, and innovation and discovery. The University will be a vibrant community where students, faculty, staff, visitors, and neighbors are engaged intellectually, culturally, and socially.
Today, this 71-acre research and technology complex encompasses 67 buildings in West Baltimore, near the Inner Harbor. The University is one of Baltimore City’s major anchor institutions and is a leading partner in the redevelopment of Baltimore’s Westside. Adjacent to the campus is the University of Maryland Medical Center, the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and the University of Maryland BioPark.
THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK
Since 1961, the University of Maryland School of Social Work has grown to become one of the largest and most respected schools of social work. The School is ranked #17 by US News & World Report and #3 by College Choice. The School produces outstanding social workers whose practice advances the well-being of all the people they serve, especially members of populations at risk. The School is dedicated to developing competent, caring professionals who are qualified to assume leadership roles in social work practice and research and thrive on enriching the lives of people they touch. In response to growing social and cultural needs, the School has become the leader in social work education for the state of Maryland, with a growing national and international audience. The mission of the School is to develop practitioners, leaders, and scholars to advance the well-being of populations and communities and to promote racial, economic, social, and environmental justice. The School’s vision is to foster community-based collaboration; advance racial, social, and economic justice; and promote empowerment and human well-being in a changing global landscape.
THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND FRANCIS KING CAREY SCHOOL OF LAW
As the state’s flagship law school, and one of the oldest law schools in the country, Maryland Carey Law has a strong history of excellence in legal scholarship, education, community engagement, and social justice. In the last decade, Maryland Carey Law has demonstrated substantial growth, both programmatically and financially. The School of Law boasts 10 specialty programs, four of which are ranked in the top 20 nationwide (Health Law - #7; Clinical Law - #9; Dispute Resolution - #15; and Environmental Law - #17). The law school’s Center for Dispute Resolution provides conflict resolution education training and services—including peer mediation, restorative practices, and conflict de-escalation—to K-12 public schools throughout Maryland and is collaborating with the Maryland State Department of Education to develop restorative practices resources for schools. The law school’s nationally ranked clinical law program and renowned Cardin Requirement allow law students to represent clients and make a difference in the lives of members of the Community. The law school has numerous clinics and programs that would complement the Center for Violence Prevention in Baltimore, including the Center for Dispute Resolution; Gender Violence Clinic; Mediation Clinic; Levitas Initiative for Sexual Assault Prevention; Justice for Victims of Crime Clinic; Youth, Education and Justice Clinic; and the new Rebuild, Overcome and Rise Center, which supports survivors of violence, including survivors of gun violence.
Maryland Carey Law is a public school with a public mission. It seeks to promote a more just society by advancing the understanding of law and legal institutions through innovative and influential scholarship; educating outstanding, public-spirited lawyers; and enhancing access to justice through engagement with the community. This fundamental mission is grounded in an institutional dedication to connecting law with policy and theory with practice. The result is a deliberate and comprehensive integration of scholarship and curriculum with experiential learning and some of the nation’s leading interdisciplinary and specialty programs.
THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
Now in its third century, the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) was chartered in 1807 as the first public medical school in the United States. From the beginning, the School was part of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), the founding campus of the University System of Maryland. UMSOM has 43 academic departments, centers, institutes, and programs, and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians, scientists, and allied health professionals, including members of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Medicine, and a distinguished recipient of the Albert E. Lasker Award in Medical Research. Over the past five years, research funding has grown 50% with distinguished programs in cancer, infectious diseases, vaccines, genomics, and health disparities. It is ranked #7 among public medical schools and #22 among all schools in total grant and contract expenditures. The clinical programs and services of the UMSOM have also grown with nationally recognized excellence in cardiovascular disease, neurosciences, cancer, orthopaedics, shock trauma, and transplantation.
THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND MEDICAL CENTER
The University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) —the flagship academic medical center at the heart of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS)—includes the 789-bed downtown Baltimore campus and the 177-bed midtown campus. The medical staff comprises nearly 1,200 attending physicians who are faculty members at the University of Maryland School of Medicine as well as 900 residents and fellows in all medical specialties. UMMC is home to the Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Comprehensive Cancer Center and The R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, the highest volume trauma center in the United States. UMMC was established in 1823 in partnership with the first public medical school in the nation. Today, as then, all attending physicians at UMMC are faculty members at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
THE R ADAMS COWLEY SHOCK TRAUMA CENTER
For more than 50 years, The R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center has been a worldwide leader in trauma care. Shock Trauma is the heart of Maryland’s exceptional Emergency Medical Services (EMS)—the first coordinated system in the country and a national model of excellence. To date, more than 200,000 people have been cared for at Shock Trauma.
Seed funding has been secured to launch this critical Center. Such funding will be used to hire an Executive Director whose community efforts, research, advocacy and/or professional experience addresses violence, violence-related trauma prevention and intervention, and/or healing-centered approaches through community-based participatory methods. The Executive Director will be charged to pull researchers, practitioners, and community members together and seek additional funding to support initiatives. Part of the work is to create and manage a Community Advisory Board, comprised of key leaders invested in the work and outcomes of the Center. These leaders include the deans at the School of Social Work, Carey School of Law, and School of Medicine as well as the director at Shock Trauma or their designee. Additional community leaders will include a representative from Baltimore City Schools, the Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Safety and Engagement (MONSE), and several key leaders from communities in Baltimore. Partnering with this Community Advisory Board, the Executive Director will create a strategic plan with the ultimate goal of creating safe and resilient communities in Baltimore. The strategic plan will identify:
- violence prevention and intervention initiatives;
- possible funding sources; and
- the outcomes to be generated by the various projects and activities.
The Executive Director will also be responsible for hiring a Managing Director of the Center, who will help support the project leaders and ensure the implementation of the vision and work of the Executive Director. This Managing Director will be responsible for coordinating activities within the University, across the sectors, and within the community and for pursuing additional funding to support and expand the work of the Center. Additional staff will be hired as needed to support these efforts.
The inaugural Executive Director will lead this new Center, becoming an effective champion for collaborators conducting violence prevention research, programming, advocacy, and/or practice in the City of Baltimore. This Executive Director will harness the combined strengths and commitment of invested community stakeholders and the faculty, staff, and students across UMB’s campus, as well as other USM campuses, to act as the catalyst for a compelling vision of the future of violence prevention and intervention at UMB. The Executive Director will also ensure that opportunities for participation exist for students from all disciplines at UMB—including, but not limited to Social Work, Law, Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing, Pharmacy, and the Graduate School.
Reporting to the Provost, the Executive Director will have an appointment as a professor or professor of the practice in the School of Social Work, the Carey School of Law, the School of Medicine, or the Graduate School depending on the candidate’s credentials.
CHARACTERISTICS OF AN IDEAL CANDIDATE
- A visionary leader who embraces research, fieldwork, and teaching; supports a culture of innovation, openness, and intellectual curiosity; and who can inspire others to engage broadly in solving intractable problems
- A champion of the University’s mission of inclusion and diversity with the necessary experience to make strong contributions to enhancing faculty and student diversity
- An agent for change with experience in organizational development, team building, and coalition leadership
- An experienced leader who will advocate for racial, social, economic, and environmental justice in vulnerable communities across the city
- A highly relational leader who values working in partnership with other leaders and looks for opportunities to foster partnerships around research, teaching, and practice
- An experienced leader accustomed to interacting with local community organizers as well as the state legislature and other government leaders in order to transform the root causes that precipitate violence and lead collaborative efforts with stakeholders across grassroots organizations, advocacy groups, and victims of violence groups and practitioners
- A person with the skills necessary to raise funds for the Center and for its projects, including funds from private, philanthropic sources as well as government grants and contracts
- An individual committed to building antiracist, and healing/reparative systems for individuals, families and communities whose lives have been impacted by community violence
- A person of great energy, enthusiasm, and spirit who can successfully work with others in the academy, government entities, and the local Baltimore community
- Academic qualifications coupled with professional accomplishments in academia and/or career experience sufficient to qualify for appointment as professor or professor of the practice in the School of Social Work, Carey School of Law, School of Medicine and/or the Graduate School
- A passion for and commitment to the field of violence prevention and intervention
- Significant administrative and/or leadership experience
- A demonstrated track record for serving in a leadership capacity
As research demonstrates that advanced education requirements can be a deterrent for qualified candidates to apply and can perpetuate gender and racial disparities, candidates are not required to demonstrate an advanced degree. Instead, we encourage all candidates with an undergraduate degree coupled with the professional experiences, values, and skills related to social work, law, medicine, or other behavioral, social, and policy sciences to apply.
Interested and qualified candidates are welcome to submit a formal application (inclusive of (1) CV, (2) Letter of Interest, and (3) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement) to [email protected]
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY STATEMENT
UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.