Position Description

Program Liaison– Police Assisted Diversion
Location United States
# of openings 1
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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.

The Position

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.


Specific Duties

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:

  • Create a workplan for the development and implementation of improvements to the PAD Program model and protocol including: timeline, milestones, outcome targets, and amendments to the program’s governing MOU
  • Support the Assistant Director of Diversion and Deflection in their efforts to coordinate with the Philadelphia Police Department, the Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual Disability Services (DBHIDS), the District Attorney’s Office (DAO), the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Philadelphia Adult Probation and Parole Department (APPD), Prevention Point, and other community partners to develop and implement improvements to the PAD Program model and protocols
  • Support the Assistant Director of Diversion and Deflection and other PAD staff in in preparation of research and presentations including national standards and best practice for police-led, pre-booking diversion programs that are grounded in harm reduction
  • Assist in efforts to improve data collection, entry, management, and reporting practices of the PAD program, including support of program evaluation activities
  • Assist in the planning, coordination and facilitation of community engagement meetings over the course of the grant and attend other internal and external meetings as necessary
  • Coordinate with OCJ and other stakeholders on the development and submission of programmatic and budgetary reports as required
  • Assist in ongoing efforts to bolster cooperation between PAD and various other deflection and diversion efforts in the City of Philadelphia to avoid duplication and promote alignment (e.g., initiatives led by the DA’s office, the Philadelphia Treatment Court, etc.) 
  • Support OCJ staff in dissemination of harm reduction approaches in law enforcement and across other agencies and stakeholders in the City of Philadelphia, such as the courts; this can include enhanced training sessions and promotional material
  • Other duties, as assigned

Qualities and Qualifications

  • 5+ years professional and/or work experience in criminal justice reform, public policy, harm reduction, health and human services, or related field. If graduate degree, then 3 years’ experience
  • Undergraduate degree in criminal justice, law, public health, public policy, social work, or other relevant field; Graduate degree or J.D. desirable 
  • Strong interpersonal skills, with demonstrated ability to maintain collaborative relationships with internal and external partners
  • Project management expertise, with the ability to exercise independent judgement and maintain appropriate deadlines
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze data and basic understanding of evaluation and its role in supporting evidence-based programs
  • Self-starter with ability to work independently
  • Excellent computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)
  • Familiarity with law enforcement, behavioral health systems, and/or criminal justice diversionary programs preferred


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