The Prevention Institute is hiring!

October 08, 2015

PIlogoThe Prevention Institute is searching for strong candidates for several exciting positions. They are particularly looking for individuals who can play key roles in violence prevention and/or mental health work, including promoting mental well-being for men and boys of color. Like all of the Institute’s work, the focus will also be on promoting health equity.

About the Prevention Institute
The Prevention Institute, a dynamic organization, moves beyond approaches that target individuals, one person at a time, to create systematic, comprehensive strategies that change the conditions that impact community health. Determined to improve health and safety for everyone, PI builds prevention and equity into key policies and actions to transform the places where people live, work, play, and learn. PI’s work is characterized by an interdisciplinary approach and a strong commitment to community participation and promotion of equitable health outcomes among all social and economic groups.

Since its founding in 1997, PI has forged a strong track record in developing tools, building momentum for primary prevention, and in moving policy- and decision-makers toward an ever greater focus on community well-being and prevention. Our topical work includes advancing community prevention through health reform; promoting health equity; fostering healthy environments, such as those that support healthy eating and active living; and preventing injury — including violence — and trauma. The ideal candidate will be able to remain flexible and work across topical and functional teams and operational responsibilities as needed.

Read the job announcement below…

We are looking for staff members to join our team who are committed to improving health and safety and reducing inequities through a focus on prevention. We are particularly looking for individuals who can play key roles in our violence prevention and/or mental health work, including promoting mental well-being for men and boys of color. Like all of our work, the focus will also be on promoting health equity. This position will include responsibility for project implementation; advancing practice and policy; and taking on shared responsibilities within the organization.

Key Domains of Responsibility include:

  • Project management/leadership: Support development and implementation of projects. Coordinate projects, such as funded initiatives, the development of grants and papers, contracts, etc. to ensure successful and timely completion. Assist in development of materials and with preparation for events, conferences, consultations, and presentations, including logistical support.
  • Training, Presentations, and Consultation: Co-develop training tools and curricula and conduct trainings and presentations. Support the provision of consultation and technical assistance on effective prevention to various audiences, including organizations and communities. Support the provision of evidence/practice-based advice to key decision makers.
  • Research: Support research and/or writing on papers, articles, project reports and grants. Review the literature or other resources, conduct interviews, and synthesize key findings to inform prevention initiatives and tools. Support all aspects of research including key informant interviews, focus groups and surveys. Apply research findings to improve prevention initiatives.
  • Organizational Development: Share responsibility for operational and detail work required for project and organization success. Implement office/administrative systems.
  • Supervision: Provide supervision to Program Assistant(s), Coordinator(s), Manager(s) and/or graduate interns as assigned. Supervise work of designated project team members toward effective fulfillment of project goals and deliverables.
  • Partnership and Resource Development: Work with senior leaders to conceptualize grant elements and prepare successful grant proposals that strategically meet the goals of the organization and advance the field.
  • Other: Pitch in on other projects and assignments as needed


  • A minimum of 5-8 year’s relevant experience and a master’s degree in a relevant field or comensurate experience; the title and position, i.e. program manager or director, in the organization will be determined by the candidate’s experience
  • Ability to coordinate multiple projects, ensuring high quality, timely deliverables that meet funding requirements and advance Prevention Institute goals and visibility
  • Analytical and problem-solving capabilities
  • Ability to synthesize information and approaches
  • Ability to conduct literature reviews and interviews
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Effective oral communication skills, including for training and consultation and in meetings
  • Well-organized, attention to detail, and able to meet deadlines
  • Flexibility and ability to work on multiple tasks with appropriate guidance and supervision
  • Collaborative and team-oriented
    • Desire to learn and grow; consistently seeking new opportunities and integrating feedback to improve work quality
    • Commitment to prevention and health equity as well as PI mission, vision, and values
    • Interest in and commitment to work on injury/violence prevention and health equity
    • Expertise on men’s mental health and well-being and/or violence prevention highly desired

Salary and Benefits: Excellent benefits package & retirement plan. The appropriate salary level is determined by a review of relevant experience and set according to a principle of transparency and equity.

This position is based in our Oakland office.

TO APPLY: Please send a cover letter, resume, and brief writing sample or email to Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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