Program Liaison– Police Assisted Diversion
Vital Strategies, headquartered in New York City, is an international public health organization. Our programs strengthen public health systems and address the world’s leading causes of illness, injury and death. We currently work in 73 countries, supporting data-driven decision making in government, advancing evidence-based public health policies and mounting strategic communication campaigns. Vital Strategies’ priorities are driven by the greatest potential to improve and save lives. They include non-communicable disease prevention, cardiovascular health promotion, tobacco control, road safety, obesity prevention, epidemic prevention, overdose prevention, environmental health, vital statistics systems building and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis treatment research. Our programs are primarily concentrated in low- and middle-income countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the Pacific; the Overdose Prevention Program is our first initiative in the U.S. Please visit our website at www.vitalstrategies.org to find out more about our work.
Vital Strategies offers competitive compensation for full-time employees and pro-rata for part-time employees based on prior experience and qualifications as well as comprehensive benefits in order to best support our people. Benefits we offer include: health, dental and vision insurance where Vital Strategies pays generously towards the cost of these benefits for employees and their families/domestic partners; 15 paid vacation days (rising to 20 paid vacation days from fourth year of service and 25 from seventh year onwards), 13 paid federal holidays and paid days off between the Christmas and New Year's holidays; paid sick days; retirement savings plan; commuter benefits; and basic life and personal accident insurance.
Vital Strategies is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Program Liaison. This position will be seconded to the City of Philadelphia Managing Director’s Office of Criminal Justice (OCJ), located in Philadelphia, PA. OCJ oversees Philadelphia’s Police Assisted Diversion (PAD) Program, a pre-booking diversion program in which police officers exercise discretionary authority at the point of contact to divert individuals committing low-level drug, retail-theft, and sex work-related offenses into a community-based, trauma-informed, case management program where an individual can receive a range of harm reduction services. The PAD Program is a collaborative effort between the Philadelphia Police Department, the Managing Director’s Office of Criminal Justice, the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services, the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, the Defender Association of Philadelphia, and other local criminal justice partners and service providers
The Program Liaison will coordinate stakeholder engagement and strategic planning to enhance the PAD Program as it expands to additional districts and incorporates a new Co-Responder Pilot in 2020-2021. Reporting to the Assistant Director of Diversion and Deflection in the City of Philadelphia’s Managing Director’s Office of Criminal Justice, the PAD Program Liaison will ensure that ongoing and future evaluation informs the PAD Program’s design and implementation, including any necessary amendments to the program’s governing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The PAD Program Liaison will also support broader community engagement and activities to champion harm reduction approaches in law enforcement.
The Secondee shall conduct work as if the Secondee were a full-time employee of the City of Philadelphia Managing Director’s Office of Criminal Justice (OCJ) and shall have the following duties: