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 Employment Opportunities in Cambridge


POSTING DATE: January 18, 2019

Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Department: City Manager's Office
Job Title: Prevention Specialist for Cambridge Initiative on Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Prevention
Job Code: M345-701
Civil Service Position: Non Civil Service position
Union Affiliation: None
Hours Per Week: 25 hours per week. May include evenings and weekends


The Prevention Specialist of the Cambridge Initiative on Domestic and Gender-Based Violence Prevention, reporting directly to the Coordinator of the Initiative, will coordinate the development and implementation of domestic and gender-based violence prevention strategies aimed at the Cambridge community and will serve as the principal resource to the Initiative's Coordinator.

The Specialist will provide age appropriate Domestic and Gender-Based Violence prevention education and training to children, youth, young adults, and youth-serving staff and caregivers; and through the Coordinator, will work in collaboration with the Initiative's Steering Committee, comprised of diverse community stakeholders, domestic violence prevention agencies, and relevant city representatives. The Specialist must be able to effectively develop and implement the Initiative's outreach and prevention efforts within the schools and community youth-serving programs and organizations.

Major responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Create outreach and prevention strategies for children, youth, young adults, homeless youth, youth-serving staff, caregivers of young people and others
  • On-going assessment of the needs of children, youth, homeless youth, young adults, youth-serving staff, caregivers of young people, and others on issues of Domestic and Gender-Based Violence prevention
  • Provide educational content on Domestic and Gender-Based Violence prevention to school and youth-serving staff tailored to the age, development stage and needs of the youth being served
  • Identify, develop, and oversee specific training content for youth identified as peer leaders, youth-serving staff and others; develop a process to evaluate effectiveness of training
  • Develop and maintain partnerships with local universities to develop peer leadership groups and provide ongoing prevention education and guidance
  • Oversee year-round peer leadership activities for Middle and High School-age students and coordinate opportunities for youth peer leadership groups to provide education to their peers
  • Create and disseminate tailored, effective, culturally and linguistically specific materials and content on social media and in hard copy in the form of posters and brochures
  • Provide on-going support and collaboration to various groups of youth and others to sustain prevention efforts
  • Create and nurture relationships with School leadership and staff
  • Build and foster collaborations across a variety of sectors including local service providers, city departments, community groups and others
  • Perform related duties as required



BA in related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience required, Master's degree preferred.  At least four (4) years' experience with Domestic and Gender-Based Violence initiatives, along with macro-social work or youth development training; including a minimum of 2 years of youth and/or community focused roles. Demonstrated ability to provide strong leadership and effective coordination of outreach, training, and prevention efforts based upon a commitment to the values and purpose of the Initiative. Demonstrated ability to interact successfully and sensitively across cultural, racial, age and other differences. Excellent communication skills, both oral and written. Proven ability to lead and manage multiple programs simultaneously. Commitment to issues of diversity, cultural competency and antiracism. Ability to develop and sustain partnerships with a wide variety of stakeholders. Experience in or familiarity with the City of Cambridge.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS:        Ability to access input and retrieve information from a computer. Ability to answer phones, maintain multiple files and be able to lift a minimum of at least 10 pounds. Ability to travel throughout the City of Cambridge to meeting sites.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions

WORK ENVIRONMENT:      General office environment with air conditioning and fluorescent lighting. 

RATE: $22 - $25 per hour


Internal applicants submit a job bidding form and 2 copies of both your resume and letter of interest; external applicants submit both your resume and letter of interest via email to: or to Personnel Dept, Room 309, City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge MA  02139. Fax 617-349-4312.  Resumes and letters of interest requested by 02/19/19.  Position will remain open until filled.

The City of Cambridge is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


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