Assistant Director
Rutgers The State University of New Jersey
United States

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Applications will be received and reviewed until the position is filled. To apply, please submit:

• Cover letter addressing candidate’s qualifications with regard to the position responsibilities and which clearly outlines the candidate’s experience with gun violence prevention and community engagement

• Curriculum vitae

• Three (3) reference letters

Position Details

Position Information

Recruitment/Posting Title Assistant Director, Center on Gun Violence Research- Open Rank Faculty Position

Department SPH-Urban-Global Public Health

Salary Commensurate With Experience

Posting Summary

New Jersey’s Center on Gun Violence Research (GVRC), currently supported through funding by the state of New Jersey, is seeking an innovative and productive scholar, policy maker, and leader to join the Rutgers School of Public Health as an Assistant Director. This faculty position will be an open rank (Instructor to Full Professor), tenure-track or non-tenure track (Clinical or Professional Practice). The New Jersey GVRC is one of only three publicly funded centers in the nation. The Assistant Director will be working directly with Michael Anestis, PhD, who has just been appointed as the Executive Director.

GVRC is an interdisciplinary center at Rutgers University that works in collaboration with and is supported by New Jersey’s Office of the Secretary of Higher Education. Its mission is to create safe and healthy environments for New Jersey residents to live, learn, work, and play by providing high- quality, multi-disciplinary research on gun violence causality and prevention, and to translate this research into clear and actionable policies and programs. GVRC partners with city and community leaders and relevant local-, state-, and national-level experts to conduct and support research that identifies etiologic factors for gun violence, develop and rigorously evaluate interventions to reduce the burden of gun violence, and translate science into effective programs and policies to ensure their widespread adoption.

GVRC is housed primarily in the School of Public Health (Rutgers Biomedical Health Sciences) working in conjunction with the School of Criminal Justice (Rutgers University-Newark). The Assistant Director will have a primary academic appointment in the School of Public Health within the Department of Urban-Global Health.

The Assistant Director will report to the Executive Director and will assist with management and administration of GVRC while also serving as a spokesperson of the GVRC. This person will work with the Executive Director and with GVRC staff to ensure that the mission is fulfilled through empirical research, program development, strategic planning, and community engagement and advocacy. GVRC seeks to address all forms of gun violence. One of the primary roles of the Assistant Director will be assisting the Executive Director in efforts to ensure that the many forms of gun violence and the diverse communities impacted by gun violence are sufficiently represented in GVRC research, outreach, and education efforts.

The Assistant Director will:

• Oversee communications with relevant local, state, and national stakeholders including community partners
• Lead efforts with the Executive Director to secure external funding and philanthropy
• Provide real-time oversight to the GVRC budget by managing fiscal resources to align the functions of GVRC with the approved budget, ensuring maximum resource utilization, and maintaining a positive financial position
• Develop and implement strategic planning process while collaborating with governmental, academic, and community stakeholders
• Direct the planning of GVRC events including conferences, seminars, speaking engagements, and meetings with local, state, and national governmental entities
• Ensure community voice and empowerment are both at the focal point of GVRC scholarly efforts
• Maintain active communication and potentially coordinate collaborations with the other violence research centers throughout the United States
• Assist the Executive Director in managing center operations
• Assist the Executive Director with coordinating the marketing, communications, and community outreach efforts including dissemination to various media outlets

Posting Number 20FA0062

Posting Open Date 01/22/2020

Posting Close Date 06/30/2020


Minimum Education and Experience

We are open to candidates with a wide range of scholarly expertise that would complement the expertise of current GVRC members. The individual will possess a doctorate in public health, the social sciences, criminal justice, law, public policy, or a relevant health discipline, and expertise in working in a multidisciplinary framework. Applicants should have demonstrated leadership experience; skills in public advocacy and public speaking; ability to interface and engage with diverse populations through active and cooperative community engagement; success in collaborating with faculty and staff; working across disciplines to help shape the health and safety of individuals, families, communities, and populations who are affected by firearm violence. These goals should be accomplished through the implementation of community based applied research with vulnerable populations. Preference will be given to those with a doctoral degree, although we will also consider applicants with other post-secondary degrees.

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Under the leadership of Dean Perry N. Halkitis, The Rutgers School of Public Health is undergoing dynamic and transformative growth, including the addition of multiple faculty members this year. The Rutgers School of Public Health is devoted to employing an innovative, interdisciplinary model, which aims to improve health locally, domestically and worldwide through a unique blend of public health research, practice, and education. The CEPH-accredited Rutgers School of Public Health offers multiple master and doctoral degrees, dual-degree, certificate, and articulated BA/BS-MPH degree programs. Applicants will find a wide range of collaborative experts within the School ( and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS;, including the Cancer Institute of New Jersey (, the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy, and Aging Research (, and the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute ( Rutgers is a leading national research university and New Jersey’s preeminent public institution of higher education. Chartered in 1776 as Queen’s College, it is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States and a member of the AAU, the Big Ten and the CIC. Rutgers is comprised of Rutgers University-New Brunswick, Rutgers University-Newark, Rutgers University-Camden, and arching over all three locations, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences.

The School of Criminal Justice at Rutgers University-Newark was founded in 1974 by an act of the New Jersey Legislature—the only school in America with this kind of legal charter. With a dynamic faculty of 24 nationally and internationally renowned scholars, the School’s mission is to produce leading edge, high quality scholarship; to engage with stakeholder communities to enhance justice, equity and public safety; and to educate the next generation of leaders in practice, policy and scholarship.” The School is a partner rooted in the anchor mission of Rutgers University-Newark. Rutgers University – Newark’s vision is to be a national leader in 21st century higher education through a commitment to the values of educating a diverse citizenry, producing high impact scholarship, engaging in our community as an anchor institution, and drawing the connection between local and global, for the improvement of the economic and social well-being of society as a whole. Rutgers University – Newark (RU-N) is a remarkably diverse, urban, public research university that is not just in Newark but of Newark—an anchor institution of our home city. The RU-N community has long recognized that our location is both a defining influence in our story and a distinctive strength. It attracts and cultivates talent on many levels, ranging from generations of students hungry for the opportunities afforded by a first-rate higher education in a major American urban center, to faculty who vigorously embrace the opportunity to produce high-impact scholarship, and engage the community while preparing these students for professional success and informed citizenship. Our location is also a magnet for professional staff committed to advancing our research, pedagogy, and social impact within an inclusive campus culture focused on excellence. Our anchor activities to date range from cross-disciplinary initiatives rooted in community, to partnerships with diverse “communities of experts,” to co-created spaces in the city and region. Throughout, we seek to pool the expertise and energies of our faculty, staff, and students with those of partners from across the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Posting Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applications will be received and reviewed until the position is filled.
To apply, please submit:

• Cover letter addressing candidate’s qualifications with regard to the position responsibilities and which clearly outlines the candidate’s experience with gun violence prevention and community engagement
• Curriculum vitae
• Three (3) reference letters

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Campus Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)

Home Location Campus Piscataway (RBHS)

Location Details

Rutgers is located at the center of the Boston to Washington, DC corridor, with access to New York, Philadelphia, and the Atlantic Ocean beaches within an hour.

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Pre-employment Screenings

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