Community Impact Coordinator for Violence Intervention Strategies

*Please note: This is a Practicum opportunity for current University of Washington, School of Social Work, MSW candidates only.

About the Center for Children & Youth Justice

The Center for Children & Youth Justice, founded in 2006 by Justice Bobbe J. Bridge (ret.), is committed to reforming Washington’s juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Following an extensive national search, our Board of Directors appointed our second President and CEO Rachel Sottile in late 2018. CCYJ is the only statewide organization focused solely on reforming our state’s child welfare and youth justice systems.

CCYJ leads communities, our state, and the nation in empowering children and youth, stabilizing families, and strengthening communities through meaningful and lasting reform. CCYJ identifies gaps in the system, researches, develops innovative and creative solutions, and ensures that policymakers integrate these system improvements into practices and procedures. CCYJ’s results are realized into state law, adopted as standing protocols by the courts, schools, and other partners. We develop and pioneer innovative reforms to better support Washington State children and youth involved in the child welfare, youth legal, and other related systems. We do this with a trauma-informed focus on BIPOC and LGBTQ+ youth who are disproportionately involved in these systems. CCYJ has succeeded in driving positive systems change for more than a decade.

Position Description

This position organizes, coordinates, and supports aspects of CCYJ’s work in the Community Violence Intervention ecosystem in King County, Washington. MSW students will have the opportunity to participate in and support a range of program activities, including training and technical assistance, communications, program administration and implementation, policy advocacy, and monitoring and evaluation.

CCYJ's Leadership, Intervention, and Change - LINC program is a coordinated effort to prevent and reduce community and gun violence among youth (ages 12-24) and the involvement of young people in groups/gangs in King County. CCYJ convened LINC in 2011 to implement a regional adaptation of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Comprehensive Gang Model (CGM) in South King County. When CCYJ launched LINC, it was the nation's first large, multi-jurisdictional effort to use the CGM to address gang/group involvement. Today, CCYJ coordinates, trains, and oversees three Multidisciplinary Intervention Teams assigned to specific geographic regions in King County. These teams re-engage youth in education and employment, connect them to mental and behavioral health services, and other wraparound services.

CCYJ’s work in the community violence intervention ecosystem also involves capacity building and contract oversight for community-based services organizations delivering best-practiced based programs and other best practices in Community Violence Intervention, prevention, re-entry, and restoration.

Required Experience

  • Demonstrated relevant work experience (typically 4 years), or an equivalent combination of education and work experience in public health, public affairs, public policy, social work, criminal justice systems, court administration, law, education, positive youth development, or another relevant field.
  • Knowledge regarding the impact of trauma, violence, poverty, on underinvested in populations, particularly youth and young adults.
  • An understanding of the concepts of institutional and structural racism and bias and their impact on institutionally underserved, underinvested in, and underrepresented communities.
  • Experience working with people from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to flex communication style to multiple cultural environments.
  • Demonstrated ability to support the development of, and participate in, the facilitation of trainings to and dialogues with diverse audiences, specifically racially, ethnically, geographically, and socioeconomically diverse communities with differing points of view.
  • Knowledge of the fields of public policy, public administration, child welfare, juvenile justice, and/or education desirable.
  • Experience supporting the implementation of policy reform work is desirable.

CCYJ’s Culture

  • We are committed to a diverse, fully self-expressed workforce, representing the communities in which we serve.
  • We are committed to examining our own internal structures, policies, and culture, identifying and eliminating those aspects that promulgate racism
  • Together we are transparent, accountable, respectful, and self-aware in order to foster belonging and a sense of community.
  • We operate with an innovative and leading-edge mindset.
  • We are purpose driven and laser sharp in the fulfillment of our mission.
  • Our staff embraces a growth mindset; our development is essential to expand and grow our impact for children and youth in WA.
  • We produce results, not reasons.
  • We (believe) anything is possible.
  • We believe everyone has something to contribute.
  • We believe everything happens out of your relationship with other people.
  • We are grounded in the premise that great ideas can come from anyone at any time.
  • We believe people up to big things are going to make big mistakes. We own them, learn from them, and move on.
  • We believe transparency is essential to a highly functioning organization.


The hourly wage for this Practicum placement opportunity $22.00 per hour. CCYJ also offers parking or ORCA reimbursement.


Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information on our website: ​​

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We value a diverse workforce.