Jul 08, 2024

Violence Intervention Specialist

  • Children's National Hospital
  • Washington, DC, USA

Job Description

Violence Intervention Specialist - (220000XB)

Works within the Violence Intervention Program and with partnered community agencies in providing patient support for social, legal and educational concerns of assaulted pediatric patients ages 10-18. Provides intensive mentorship for adolescent patients impacted by community violence. Acts as an advocate between the Emergency Department, patient families/caregivers, and community agencies. Develops progressive functional knowledge and skills in trauma informed care, motivational interviewing and HIPAA compliant data management. Participates in monthly Project Change meetings, including case presentations. Performs data entry to document patients served in a timely manner.

Applicants with personal experience in overcoming violence/violence-related injuries/the criminal justice system are especially encouraged to apply


Minimum Education
High School Diploma or GED With 1-3 years of relevant experience (Required) Or
Associate's Degree With 3 years of relevant experience (Preferred) Or
Bachelor's Degree With 1 year of relevant experience (Preferred)

Minimum Work Experience
2 years Working or volunteering with adolescents in any capacity (coaching, teaching, mentoring etc) (Required)
1 year Working with persons impacted by violence (Preferred)

Required Skills/Knowledge
Ability to relate to diverse patient populations
Sensitivity to individuals from varied backgrounds and cultures
Demonstrated commitment to working with youth
Ability to work independently and as a part of a team
Punctual and extremely reliable
Demonstrates flexibility and adaptability in a constantly changing work environment.
Flexibility to work some nights and weekends
Highly organized and detail oriented
Bilingual Spanish strongly preferred

Functional Accountabilities
Mentors and Supports Youth Suffering a Violent Injury

  • Mentor youth injured by violence enrolled in Project Change
  • Discuss and develop a safety plan with youth to avoid retaliatory violence, with support of supervisor as necessary
  • Use range of communication skills to assist patients, families and staff to address care needs and complex issues
  • Maintains intensive follow up contact with client, parent and community service providers through in-person, telephone and computer contact.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned by supervisor

Identifies, Utilizes, and Recommends Appropriate External Resources to Meet Patient/Family needs

  • Perform intake with patient to identify needs suitable for referral
  • Research appropriate community resources for patient referral
  • Collaborate, Coordinate and report on mentoring cases with social worker, program medical director and other members of the CHYVIP team about youth needs
  • Refer youth to relevant agencies, respecting patient/family confidentiality
  • Maintain positive and effective referral relationships with community agencies and professional organizations
  • Advocate for patient/family needs within the community
  • Document consistently and accurately in electronic Program Database.

Participates in Data Collection and Reporting

  • Collects data on patients served, services offered and received, physical and mental health outcomes of patients in a secure, HIPAA compliant manner
  • Assists the medical director and social worker with quarterly grant reporting
  • Attends all Project Change meetings and presents case reports as required

Organizational Accountabilities
Organizational Accountabilities (Staff)
Organizational Commitment/Identification

  • Anticipate and responds to customer needs; follows up until needs are met


  • Demonstrate collaborative and respectful behavior
  • Partner with all team members to achieve goals
  • Receptive to others’ ideas and opinions

Performance Improvement/Problem-solving

  • Contribute to a positive work environment
  • Demonstrate flexibility and willingness to change
  • Identify opportunities to improve clinical and administrative processes
  • Make appropriate decisions, using sound judgment

Cost Management/Financial Responsibility

  • Use resources efficiently
  • Search for less costly ways of doing things


  • Speak up when team members appear to exhibit unsafe behavior or performance
  • Continuously validate and verify information needed for decision making or documentation
  • Stop in the face of uncertainty and takes time to resolve the situation
  • Demonstrate accurate, clear and timely verbal and written communication
  • Actively promote safety for patients, families, visitors and co-workers
  • Attend carefully to important details - practicing Stop, Think, Act and Review in order to self-check behavior and performance

Primary Location

: District of Columbia-Washington

Work Locations

Sheikh Zayed Campus
111 Michigan Avenue
Washington 20010


: Allied Health


: COE Hospital-Based Specliaties
Position Status: R (Regular) - FT - Full-Time
Shift: Variable
Work Schedule: 40 hours week

Job Posting

: Apr 5, 2022, 8:22:11 AM